APP AND GO

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Once there was just the bicycle and leg power. Today cyclists tend to look more like astronauts, thanks to all the technological devices that have been invented over the years to make your ride more comfortable or engaging. Here’s a list of essential apps no 21st century rider can do without.

Stravastrava

Available for: iOS, Android

Price: Free

One of the most popular apps that needs no introduction to real bike lovers. Not only does it track and record your ride, but it also allows you to see the calories burned and the elevation ridden. Strava windows show your times on leaderboards so you can see your result compared to cyclists who have cycled along the same road and it challenges them too.

 

Cyclemetercyclemeter

Available for: iOS, Android

Price: Free

It has been described as the most advanced app for cyclists ever designed for a mobile device. Maps, intervals, laps, zones, announcements, graphs, training programmes and much more. You can have your phone mounted on your handlebars and have control of all your data at your fingertips.

St. John’s Ambulance First Aid for Cyclistsst.john

Available for: iOS, Android

Price: Free

This isn’t t the app you’ll check every day, but it is actually really helpful. Launched in 2014, it aims to give every cyclist the skills to deal with the most common cycling injuries. The app is full of first aid tips from St. John’s Ambulance experts and the Cycle Response unit to help UK’s cycling community.

 

Santander Cyclessantander

Available for: iOS, Android

Price: Free

Are you in love with Boris’ bikes? If so this is the app for you. It allows you to find the nearest bike and docking station. It also plans routes for you and has a built-in timer so you can check any usage charges.

My virtual missionmy-virtual-mission

Available for: iOS, Android

Price: Free

This app allows you to set a goal and work towards it. So you can create your mission on the planning map, then just go out and walk or cycle or swim and log each of your distances. You can check your progress and keep motivated. In addition to that, you can also set your mission as a fundraiser for a charity or for your own cause.

Bike Hub Cycle Journey Plannerbike-hub-cycle-journey-planner

Available for: iOS, Android

Price: Free

This cycling satnav allows you to find the quickest routes in the UK and Ireland using roads, cycle lanes and permitted paths. The app also includes turn-by-turn navigation, with voice instructions and vibrating alerts. Bike Hub also finds shops nearby and allows you to avoid hills when possible.

Bike Repairbike-repair

Available for: iOS, Android

Price: £2.49

For the price of a cup of coffee you can buy the app you need e when something goes wrong with your beloved bike. This is the most simple and complete bicycle repair and maintenance guide, with over 300 studio quality photos. It also features simple things to do to get rid of knee pain and other useful tips. Don’t wait to get an appointment at the bike shop, do it yourself, saving time and money.