Five Useful Mountain Biking Apps

As smartphones become an integral part of our daily lives, users consciously or unconsciously dedicate two hours or more daily to interact with these gadgets. In connection, there appears to be an app for everything – even for cycling. Your cycling life is made easier with smartphone apps that aim to enrich your cycling experience, regardless if you are an expert club cyclist or a complete beginner. Below are 5 affordable mountain biking apps you can use in your off-road adventures or bike repairs. These apps are accessible on both iPhone and Android-based phones.

1. Strava Cycling allows you to track and analyse your performance in detail by recording all your rides. The great thing about this app is that it motivates you to do better in every cycling event you attend to because you can compare your time and speed with others. This is very applicable on trails like uphill cycling.

Price: Free (Premium service available)

Compatibility: iOS and Android.

Website: http://www.strava.com/mobile

2. Bike Doctor offers visual and comprehensive repair guides on common bike problems. It is like having a bike mechanic wherever you go. The app is constantly updated by developers. Gone are the days wherein you had to rely on complicated bike maintenance manuals. Even a complete beginner could follow the easy-to-follow instructions.

Price: £2.99, iOS, £1.79, Android

Compatibility: iOS and Android

Website: http://bikedoctorapp.com/

Bike Doctor iPhone screenshot

3. Size My Bike is a professional computation tool to easily and efficiently chooses the right bike size that fits your body morphology. This bike fitting app computes the optimal geometry of your MTB as you ride in trails, Xcountry or All Mountain.

Price:  £2.99, iOS, £3.77, Android

Compatibility: iOS and Android

Website: http://www.sizemybike.com/

4. MapMyRide is a mountain biking app that tracks your fitness. By using your GPS-enabled mobile device, you are able to accurately record your fitness activities. Effortlessly record your workout data (i.e. distance, duration, speed, pace, elevation, route travelled and calories burned) and then save and upload them to MapMyRide to view your route workout data from time to time.

Price: Free (Premium service available)

Compatibility: iOS and Android.

Website: http://www.mapmyride.com/app/

5. WeatherBug allows you to access the world’s largest network of real-time weather sensors to have an accurate weather report wherever you are. You can opt to use its basic seven-day forecast or hourly updates. You can also check weather cams and interactive maps so you can plan your training route ahead.

Price: Free (Premium service available; 100% ad-free)

Compatibility: iOS and Android.

Website: http://weather.weatherbug.com/mobile/android.html

With plenty of mountain biking apps in the market today, it is best to read reviews as well as check the features of an app to make sure you get the most out of it, making your cycling life uncomplicated.