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There are a number of different kinds of iPad apps for mountain biking, ones which record distance or are geared to painfully breaking down energy spent, carbs lost, nutrional value in blood and so fourth – but for the purpose of this article let’s focus on apps which deliver enjoyment!
Mountain Bike Trails Price: $1.99 This app is really only worth purchasing if you live in Australia, Canada the U.K or the U.S. Reviews are excellent except for those living in really remote parts where the GPS trail locator has difficulty finding the nearest trail to you. Otherwise, you get detailed GPS directions to your nearest route or bicycle shop from 5000+ cycling treks to choose from. For US cyclists there are trails in every state. The latest update is working on ways you can record your routes and upload them to this app, thus sharing and expanding this apps directory of trails.
Bike Maps Price: $0.99 Bike Maps actually doesn’t fair well with user reviews but for under a dollar it still gives you a certain level of data you’d have trouble compiling on your own. For example you have over 400 maps which you download to your iPad with a resolution of 10’000 x 10’000 which span across most States in the U.S. For Apps not listed you can request them to be added to their email support however reliable that may be plus the latest upgrade allows you to organize folders for maps.
Bike Repair HD Price: $3.99 OK, so this is a pretty important app to have when it comes to not being so clued up on how to exactly fix your chain or gears. This app has 55 highly graphic repair guides plus a further 73 ways to eliminate the aches and pains of some heavy duty cycling. The design of the graphics for each of those perplexing bike fixes are very clear and detailed. The app is in English and has 52 instruction guides for the novice and the advanced cyclist to follow at ease. You won’t need a large array of tools as what you can carry on your bike will suffice. It gets great reviews this app, and for under $4, it not just teaches you how to become completely competent at fixing every part of a bike but saves you money by not getting your local shop to charge you an arm and a leg.
Cyctastic Price: $5.99 This app gets rave reviews, all being that it’s over $5. It is designed not just for cycling but also running, or skiing etc. In fact it can even be used for parachuting! By tracking your location through GPS, you can record your time, speed, elevation, calories burned etc by uploading your activity of choice to runtastic.com and get feedback on how you’ve performed, all formatted in your personal diary. You can use their blog to get opinions and help from others or their twitter or FB pages. This is one of the best apps for logging your exercise history. The only downside as with any app running GPS – which is optional – is that it kills your iPhone battery pretty quick.
My Radar Weather Radar Price: Free Lets not forget to ignore the weather, something that can make or break a great days cycling. This free app is argued to be the simplest, most effective and fastest way of seeing what weather is coming your way. This weather app only performs in the U.S unfortunately – but for those that do have the luxury of using it - just start her up, it will recognize your position and will tell you and show you if rain or any severe weather is heading your way. It’s extremely detailed in the way it displays weather patterns. A must have free app.