With the growing popularity, usage and reliance on smartphones, it is not surprising at all that there are mobile apps for just about anything, including specialized ones for cyclists and e-bikers.
In fact, many of these cycling apps will actually turn your smartphone into a bike computer, as well as into a fitness and activity tracking device, a navigation system and a tour planning device.
There are hundreds of useful apps for cyclists and e-bike riders which are absolutely worthwhile downloading and installing, but to save you time, here are the best smartphone apps you should get if you have an Android phone or device.
This app is probably the most popular cycling app for ride tracking. This free GPS cycling mobile app will keep track of all of your rides, including the duration, speed, distance, elevation, calories burned and others. Best of all you can compare how you are doing among the other Strava users for each segment of your ride. With Strava you can join cycling competitions, join one of the many clubs and share your results, as well as follow those of other cyclists who use this app. The basic version of this useful cycling tracking app is completely free, but if you want to become a premium member you will need to pay a fee for the upgrade.
- Training Peaks
This app is possibly the best Android app for training tracking of athletic performance. It allows for coaches or self-coached cyclists to input the workouts. Cyclists and athletes can use the app to prepare for a race and to achieve their goals by setting them and committing to them, also they can schedule their training sessions and get personalized workouts,
All of the workouts can be exported to your preferred training device and synced with your training calendar. The basic version of this app is free, but if you want to schedule future events, you will need to pay a monthly subscription fee of just under $20.
- Bike computer
This is a free cycling app for Android devices which will literally turn your smartphone into a GPS bike computer. The app can also be paired with a Bluetooth enabled heart rate monitor. The Bike Computer app will track and meticulously store your riding data including the distance, speed, route, elevation and other data and allows for instant sharing on Strava or on Facebook. Best of all, the app has been developed in a way allowing for battery saving, so you don’t need to worry about the batteries draining as you use it.
The Endomondo app for Android phones is yet another very popular fitness and activity tracker app which is perfect for cyclists and e-bike riders. It will track and save your distance, pace, time, and the calories you have burnt, and will allow you to monitor and analyze your riding and training progress. You can also pair it with a heart rate monitor, so you can get your heart rate data stored as well.
- Bike Citizens Cycling
This clever app is a must-have if you enjoy touring, exploring new cities and places and traveling abroad with your bicycle or electric bike. The app will offer you very useful information regarding the best routes to take in accordance with your type of bike and your preferences. You can choose the easiest, the most balanced and the fastest routes, as well as the most suitable ones for mountain bikes, road bikes or city bikes. This app has most European countries and cities covered, as well as many cities in the US and around the world. You can use it to plan your trip, get useful tips from other users, as well as leave your own ideas and tips for the best routes for a certain area.
This smartphone app is one of the best Android apps you can get for planning a trip and for navigation when touring. You can use it to find the best route to suit your preferences and the type of bike you are riding, as the Komoot app will offer you several different variants for each destination. You can also use it as a navigator which will guide you with voice instructions as you are riding.
The basic version covering one area is free, but you will be asked to pay a minimal fee if you want to explore other maps and areas for your future travels.
This app is particularly popular among people who have turned to e-bikes for commuting and are looking for alternative routes to make their trip to work or school more interesting and refreshing.
This cycling app for Android will present you with a truly impressive video of a moving map covering any trip of yours. You can upload your cycling data from Strava, Endomondo, Polar or Garmin Connect to the Relive app, and it will create this amazing video for you for free.
- Garmin Connect
If you have a Garmin Edge GPS on your bike, then the Garmin Connect app is a very useful one. It will connect to your GPS and upload your statistics and info to the Garmin Connect website from where you can easily share your results to Strava or to MyFitnessPal. You can also use this app to keep somebody informed of your location at all times.
- Google Maps
If you are using an Android phone, you already have this completely free and incredibly useful app on your device. You can use Google Maps for navigation, for route planning, for calculating distances, and it also will provide you with cycling routes for the specific area you are interested in.
This is another cycling app for Android phones which each cyclist will find useful. It will turn your phone or another Android device into an actual bicycle GPS computer. If you mount your phone on the handlebars you will have a wide array of useful information about your ride at a glance thanks to this nifty app. It can be customized to suit your preferences and can also be set to alert you when you reach a certain goal or another set measurement.
- Map My Ride
This cycling app for Android will track and map every single ride, provide you with feedback and statistics to help you improve your performance and results. The MapMyRide community has over 40 million members, and the app can log more than 600 different activities, cycling included. You can set the app to provide you with audio feedback on your statistics as well as audio alerts for certain stats such as distance, pace, time and others. You can pair the app with your fitness tracking wearable device and synchronize your statistics with Fitbit, Garmin, Google Fit, Android Wear and others.
So, why not turn your Android smartphone into something more than just a device for answering calls and messages, and use it to enhance your cycling experience, improve your results, and help you find better routes for some unforgettable tours.
Go ahead and try one or more of these apps now – you can try them all for free!