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Best cycling apps for iPhone and Android

Cyclist magazine
10 Aug 2021

We select some of the best cycling apps for iPhone and Android to boost your cycling, improve your training and stop you getting lost

Technology is ever-present in modern life, and cycling isn't in any way immune. So whether used to plan your ride, guide you through it, or analyse it afterwards we’ve rounded up 15 of the most helpful cycling apps. Working with ios or Android phones, those we’ve selected can help with route planning, logging your training, reminding you when to eat, and even advise when it's time to change your chain.

Each deserving of a spot on your home screen somewhere between Tinder and AccuWeather, read on to find out which have made the cut…

Our selection of the best cycling apps for iPhone and Android 

Strava

Strava barely needs an introduction, such is its popularity. The year 2020 saw big changes for the app as it put some of its most popular features, notably segments and leaderboards, behind its premium paywall. We say it's worth the few quid it costs a month, however, as Strava really is the ultimate companion for any bike ride.

For: iOS, Android
Cost: Free (with premium service available at a cost)
strava.com

Citymapper

One for city dwellers, Citymapper can be tweaked for bike users to navigate quieter, faster, or regular cycle routes between locations. It also displays cycle hire bikes on the same map, in case you're without your own ride. Now with turn-by-turn navigation for cyclists. 

For: iOS, Android
Cost: Free

citymapper.com/london

Fill That Hole

Created by Cycling UK, the Fill That Hole app means that if you come across a pot hole while out riding, there's something you can do about it. Put in the details, upload a picture, and the app sends off the information to the local authority. 

For: iOS, Android
Cost: Free
fillthathole.org.uk

Ride With GPS

A comprehensive mapping tool for worldwide routing, with intuitive route planning function. Highly rated by many as the best mapping service available to cyclists.

For: iOS, Android
Cost: Free, with paid subsription upgrades
ridewithgps.com

Zwift

The leading online training app that transforms indoor riding into a game with a detailed virtual world and interactive avatars.

For: iOS
Cost: £12.99/month
zwift.com

Komoot

Another mapping service, Komoot has an abundance of quirky extras that we really love and that are super useful for cyclists. Primary among that is the highlights feature in which other users can pinpoint places of interests, quality cafe stops and beautiful roads for other users to explore.

For: iOS, Android
Cost: Free

komoot.com

Instagram

One of the best things about riding your gorgeous bike in lovely places is that you can share a picture of it on social media to make all of your friends jealous. 

For: iOS, Android
Cost: Free 

instagram.com

Cyclemaps

Compiling the best information from other mapping sources, Cyclemaps filters the important bits to give a range of speed and safety options for A-to-B routes, or routes with multiple waypoints.

For: iOS, Android
Cost: Free
cyclema.ps 

Maps.Me

Another mapping tool, except that unlike other options that rely on a 3G/4G signal, with Maps.Me you can download the data for entire countries, to be used offline. Useful for multi-day trips in areas with poor connection.

For: iOS, Android
Cost: Free
maps.me

Cyclist App

Saving the best until last: The Cyclist app. Get every issue directly to your device, re-formatted and optimised ready to read on screen. 

For: iOS, Android
Cost: 3 issues for £5, then £19.49 every six issues. 
cyclistmag.co.uk

My Fitness Pal

A neat app for tracking food and calorie intake if you're attempting a diet. 

For: iOS, Android
Cost: Free
myfitnesspal.com

Sleep Cycle

There's little doubt that getting enough sleep is an important aspect of any budding cyclist's life. The Sleep Cycle app is a remarkably clever thing that measures your sleep cycles throughout the night, and wakes you up at an optimal moment to reduce your grogginess for a morning training session.

For: iOS, Android
Cost: Free
sleepcycle.com 

Bike Gear Calculator 

One for the geeks. Input the measurements from your bike set up - or prospective setups - and get information about gear ratios laid back to you. Interesting in any case for the nerds, but potentially quite useful when changing or replacing drive train components. 

For: iOS, Android
Cost: Free
bikegearcalculator.com

Cyclemeter

An app that aims to turn your smartphone into a comprehensive bike computer. With all the trimmings...

For: iOS
Cost: Free
abvio.com/cyclemeter

My Campy

From Campagnolo, obviously, My Campy keeps track of your cycling activities in a way that not only measures them from a physiological perspective, but also offers information on the interaction with your bike – or bikes – as you go, even going so far as to say when you may need to replace your chain, for example. 

For: iOS, Android
Cost: Free
mycampy.campagnolo.com

OS Maps

For the more adventurous rider, the Ordnance Survey maps are all but incomparable for the rider who wants a full perspective on the land they intend to ride over. 

For: iOS, Android
Cost: Free
ordnancesurvey.co.uk

The Sufferfest Training app

Now owned by Wahoo, The Sufferfest has been long considered as one of the leading training platform available to cyclists. There is a whole host of training plans to pick for catering for beginners to pros with everything from on-the-bike sessions to yoga and strength training plans. 

For: iOS, Android
Cost: Free (In-app purchases)

Bicycle Maintenace Guide

Bicycle maintenance made easy. Lots of videos and simple to follow instructions covering modern technology including disc brakes and electronic gearing. Working without an internet connection, it supports plenty of useful roadside emergency repairs. At the same time, its exhaustive range of home workshop tasks and multi-media format makes it a winner at home too.

For: iOS, Android
Cost: £3.49

bicyclemaintenanceguide.com

Endur8

Do away with the guesswork of nutrition on your ride and let your phone do it for you. Endur8 gives riders performance-based nutrition plans and can even provide you with real-time fuelling alerts on rides/

For: iOS, Android
Cost: Free for 'casual users' or £8.49 per quarter for those after more developed plans
endur8.com 

EatMyRide

Forgetting to eat or drink on a ride might sound silly, but as a serial flat liner I’m aware that it can be very easy, especially during long days or intense races or tours.

EatMyRide aims to stop this occurrence by creating a custom menu for you to eat based on both your route, physiology and culinary predilections.

Then sending notifications to a compatible Garmin, it’ll remind you to eat at precisely timed intervals, keeping you perfectly fuelled the whole way around your ride. Currently, the app's free plan covers both nutrition and drinking plans.

However, the full subscription version will cover you to also include your breakfast, lunch and so on, and customise for your type of ride (endurance, interval, race, etc) or average HR/Power. This is used in Team DSM's case, for whole Grand Tours.

For: iOS, Android
Cost: €60 per year

eatmyride.com

For a comparison of the best apps tailored to training, see our in-depth guide here.

Here is a guide to turbo trainer workouts geared to making you a better cyclist

• For information on how the Wattbike Atom can help you achieve your training goals, visit wattbike.com/gb

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