Favorite cycling smart phone apps

crystalball

New Member
Do you have a favorite smart phone app that you use when riding your ebike? I am particularly interested in two features that I have not found in existing apps yet>
  • Background integration with the iPhone health app (Background is key so you do not have to launch the app before you start your ride and shut it off when you finish your ride)
  • Bike trail maps. I suspect this may be more difficult because it requires a lot of data and updating by the developer
While these are two features that I am looking for and have not found yet, I am interested in hearing what others on this forum actually use everyday and like.
 

Rincon

Active Member
  • Bike trail maps. I suspect this may be more difficult because it requires a lot of data and updating by the developer
For trails I use MTB Project. They have curated an extensive collection of trails rides, with lucid commentary, photos and videos, live maps, and Best Of lists. The app and the website are attractive and full of eye candy. The MTB videos of the individual rides are awesome. The website has all of the same data. It is terrific for exploring areas or planning rides. It downloads topo data for off-the-grid use. No fees, free, supported by REI. It does not integrate with iOS Health as far as I can tell.

Trailforks is another trail cycling app for iOS with a website that also makes locating trails and planning trips easy. I find it a bit less useful than MTB Project, and somewhat heavy handed in reminding you about donations.

Strava integrates with iOS Health, but I'm not a fan of the app.

Here's a question for you: What holder do you use to secure your cell phone to the bike?
 
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Jmfrank79

New Member
I use the UnderArmor Map my Run app. It is free. It does connect to the Apple Health app. Provides some decent analysis for free, but could make in-app purchase for more detail. I keep it free. It has the ability to differentiate between the type of workout (Road Biking, Mountain Biking, touring bike, running, treadmill, elliptical, etc...) I am not sure about showing trails as there really aren't any near me. However, once I select the type of workout I'm interested in, I can look to see routes that other users of the app have taken in my area and the basic stats of that ride. Overall, I like the app. It also sends me an email with a weekly summary of my workouts and stats...
 

Cnugget

Active Member
Bike trail maps. I suspect this may be more difficult because it requires a lot of data and updating by the developer.
If you are handy with a computer and making your own maps, you can take advantage of the cycle map layer available on openstreetmaps . org using caltopo . com and the FREE pdfmaps app. :D
 

ROJA

Active Member
Strava! There is a separate activity type for e-bike rides, so you can compare yourself against other e-bike cyclists for particular hills, segments, etc. (if you're into that kind of thing).
 

Rincon

Active Member
Strava! There is a separate activity type for e-bike rides, so you can compare yourself against other e-bike cyclists for particular hills, segments, etc. (if you're into that kind of thing).
I don't think you can compare e-bike segments, unless you are on the same bike, same specs, and same power level. That type of information is unknowable using Strava. But it is nice that you can now identify your ride as e-bike.