Bike Apps You'll Need For Your Next Ride
Whether you bike for leisure, for exercise, or for commuting, there’s an app for that. We’ve rounded up some of the best bike apps out there to help you enhance your rides and adventures. You can sign up for all of these bike apps for free, and some of them offer a premium version that unlocks more features that you may find useful.
Strava is one of the most popular bike apps, and features a simple design that is easy to use. It’s available for both iPhones, Androids, and GPS watch brands like FitBit, Garmin, and TomTom. Although it was designed by athletes, you don’t need to be one to enjoy the features of Strava. In addition to keeping track of your athletic performance, many riders like to use this app to share bike routes, plan rides, and stay social and accountable with friends.
Connect your iPhone, Android, or GPS watch to Komoot to plan all your hiking and biking adventures. This phone app allows you to plot your bike rides and tailor your routes down to the smallest detail, considering things like your fitness level and what types of pathways are available along your desired route. Voice navigation allows you to follow directions and stay on track without having to constantly look at your phone. Komoot conveniently allows you to download your route, in case you lose service during your biggest off-the-grid adventures.
You may have seen friends share their bike rides on social media through Under Armour’s MapMyRide app, available for iPhones, Androids, and Windows devices. You can use it in combination with MyFitnessPal to track both your exercise and eating habits for a healthier lifestyle. MapMyRide offers training programs, routes, and challenges to help you stay motivated between workouts. They also have badges, achievements, and prizes to help gamify your riding experience.
Migo is a free iOS app that helps people find rideshares and bike-shares close by. While this isn’t a bike app that offers route tracking, it’s a great for casual riders that don’t have a bike of their own. Bike-sharing systems are becoming a normal staple in many cities, and Migo is there to help you find them. Migo has partnered with bike-shares like Lime, Jump, Spin, and Biketown to help you find the nearest docked or dock-less bike around. Use it to quickly and conveniently find your next ride, without the responsibility of owning a bike.
Do you love biking through trails, parks, and other scenic routes in your area? Outdoor lovers and cyclists may be interested in iNaturalist, a free app that lets you post pictures of birds, bugs, plants, and other organisms you see on your ride. Share your pictures on the app and other users and experts will help you identify your observations.