The iPhone has been out for several years now, there are more cycling and mountain biking apps than ever before, ranging from simple social and goal-tracking apps to those used for navigation while out on the trails. For some, you need to have your iPhone strapped to your handlebars in order to be able to see it properly. For others, you can keep the phone in your pocket. Here's our list of the best iPhone apps for mountain biking.
27 Mar 2016, by Cherry Mae Torrevillas
The Runtastic Mountain Biking app will transform your phone into a GPS cycling computer for you to use when exploring new routes or touring your favorite trails. You can monitor training progress and compare it to that of your friends'. The Runtastic Community has millions of users and there are thousands of mountain bike routes available. The voice coach keeps you updated on elevation gain, speed, distance, and other metrics, and you can download and save maps to your iPhone so you can use them without an Internet connection. Using GPS you can track distance, elevation, pace, calories burned, duration, and more.
iBiker is the ultimate in cycling apps. It will track your route, heart rate, speed, time, duration, and more. It works for both street cycling and mountain biking, indoor and out. You can plan your outdoor rides with GPS and compare your results over time. The app offers voice feedback, in-workout pictures, online workout access features, and splits, you won't need another app. You can integrate iBiker with pedometers like Misfit Shine, Fitbit, and Jawbone UP to monitor your sleep, total daily activity, and other metrics in addition to a more accurate calorie burn rate. If you like, you can share your charts, maps, and results on Twitter, Facebook, and other sites.
AllTrails is for people who love the outdoors. It has over 50,000 trails from across North America. It is curated by three million campers, hikers, and mountain bikers and has the largest collection of detailed trail information available. You'll be able to search for and find the perfect trail for your next ride by length, rating, and difficulty level, and there are a variety of filters like if dogs and kids are allowed. Save the trails you have yet to explore, the ones you've finished, or the ones that look fun. If you're worried you will get lost, turn your iPhone into a GPS tracker.
IMB Free Mountain Bike Magazine will make sure you never miss an issue of the best mountain biking magazine available. This mag is published every two months and focuses on all aspects of mountain biking, from cross-country to downhill, freestyle to enduro. It's also completely free and this app will give you access to read trail guides, reviews, and technique articles. Each issue has stories, photos, and videos about the sport, interviews, trail guides, and reviews on equipment. You'll get notifications when a new issue comes out and you can enjoy each issue with a full-screen experience.
Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder lets you find the parks nearest to you with all the activities you want. The app's writers and editors have spent years putting together a comprehensive database of every state, local, and national park as well as federal public land in the United States. Each location has a list of all the information about available activities. You can read park overviews, activities descriptions, related articles, and have access to maps and directions, weather, important phone numbers, and lodgings. This app comes from the same team that publishes the little green Oh, Ranger! Guides to national parks and public lands.
Bike Gears Free is a bike gears calculator that lets you choose speed, cadence, tire size, gear ratio, gain ratio, pedal rotations, speed, and more. Try it out and if you like it, you can buy the full version as a separate app. This is for cyclists of all levels who want to be more powerful and to find out if they have the wrong gears. You can create tables and look at important information with just a glance. When you choose Time, the app will calculate the distance you cover using number of pedal rotations and a particular gear ratio. Or calculate distance and time based on the number of rotations per a certain gear ratio.
TwoSpoke Bike Cycling Forum is the mobile version of TwoSpoke.com where you can go to read posts from a variety of authors and jump into any thread on different topics from saddle setting to bike falls and injury. There are photos and videos to look at, a cycle registry, and you're sure to find new friends with similar interests. Have a question about a particular trail? Start a new thread. Have a look through all the posts with topics like posture and tours or read a review on a particular piece of equipment you've been eyeing.
TrailLink is the trail-finder app you always wanted. You'll get full-length reviews, trail descriptions, and trail maps. It's powered by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy expert trails database, which gives you functionality for more than 30,00 miles of multi-use trails. The maps you will gain access to include amenity waypoints like trailheads, bathrooms, drinking fountains, parking lots, and more. If you need offline maps, you can buy them through the app. You can search for trails by location or near you, save your trail favorites, upload photos, search for trails on the map, and share trails with friends.
Cyclemeter GPS turns your iPhone into a fitness computer with training plans, announcements, intervals, maps, splits, zones, and more. Wired calls it “Obsessively complete” so if you're looking for an all-around app to store an unlimited number of workouts, see bar and pie charts summarizing all your workouts, and analyze your workouts, all updated using iCloud, download this app. You don't need a website login and you can swipe across the stopwatch to see pages of maps, stats, and graphs. You can record heart rate, bike cadence, bike power, and bike speed with sensors, and automatically record the weather.
MTB Project is a mountain bike trail and ride database with new trails and rides constantly being added. You get amazingly detailed bike trails, high resolution photos, full GPS route info, interactive features, elevation profiles, and detailed topographical maps. The app syncs with your Check Ins, To-Do List, and favorites on MTBProject.com. Your precise location is shown on the trail and vertical profile, and you can get local experts to show you what you need to plan out a good ride. You can also download trails so you have offline access.