May is national bike month, and you know what that means…cool toys for your bike! You heard that right, couch potato season is officially over. Time to shred it like cheese. Trade those bulky layers for cool shorts and tees, get out your bike and cruise down to the bike trail. It doesn’t matter if you’re a roadie, a chaser, a spinner or just looking for an excuse to get outside, there are plenty of top bike apps that can help you make the most of your time.
Getting There- and Back
Before you even lace up your shoes, you should take out your smartphone and download a few apps that will help you map out your course. One of the most popular options for this job is MapMyRide. This application lets you plot your routes or find routes other bikers have used in you area. It’s available on both iPhone and Android for free, but you can also take advantage of a premium option that will give you access to advanced mapping and tools.
Also available on your iPhone and Android devices are free biking apps like Google Maps. Google Maps gives you the opportunity to plot out your trail before you take off and receive turn-by-turn directions.
After a long winter of cruising the couch cushions and enjoying more than your fair share of hot cocoa, (don’t feel bad, we all do it,) your bike might not be in the best shape of its life. Luckily, there’s an app for that. If your bike needs to be serviced, let the Bike Doctor come to your rescue. While it isn’t a free application, it can save you time and money by helping you avoid a bike repair shop. The app gives step-by-step instructions on how to fix any mechanical issue your bike might have.
If you haven’t taken the time yet to purchase the bike of your dreams, SizeMyBike can help. This app is available on Android and iPhone for a price, but can help you choose the right sized road bike or mountain bike for your skill level, height and body type.
Track Your Fitness
There’s nothing like pedaling down a trail, wind in your face and heart pounding. But you don’t enjoy biking simply for the pleasure- at least not completely. It’s also a fantastic way to stay fit. There are a number of top bike apps that can help you track just how fit you really are while you’re on your bike as well.
- Wahoo Fitness– This app lets you track almost anything, from your heart rate to your speed. It also plays well with others, giving you the opportunity to connect it to your favorite fitness site and link to Bluetooth sensors that monitor your power, speed and pulse.
- Cyclemeter– When you’re looking for top bike apps, this is one option you can’t miss. It is only available for iPhone users but provides plenty of customizable options you’ll enjoy as you track your fitness. All of the data is saved to your phone and alerts can be set to help you monitor your distance, heart rate and even time.
- iBiker– Biking apps like iBiker make monitoring your cycling activities simple and easy. While it’s only iOS 8 compatible, it can track your time, speed and heart rate while recording your route at the same time.
Getting the most out of your next bike ride begins with the right biking apps. Make sure your smartphone is compatible to the ones you want to own so you can track and enjoy every trail during national bike month. Is your favorite app not mentioned? Why not leave a comment below and tell us what it is.