Once installed on the handlebars of your bike, your Android smartphone can do you a lot of services. Tracking your activity, GPS guidance, calculating your speed or your pedaling frequency are some of the possibilities offered by the bike applications available on the Play Store..
Runtastic Road Bike Cycling
We begin our selection of the best bike applications with one of the heavyweights in the sector, I am of course talking about the Austrian company Runtastic (owned by Adidas). This world leader in the field of sport has a very wide range of applications for monitoring physical activity. Whether you are a fan of running, fitness or a fan of pumps, Runtastic offers a wide range of applications dedicated to sport.
Obviously the bike has not been forgotten. The Runtastic Road Bike Cycling app, much appreciated by cyclists, offers a whole lot of service. Like most activity trackers, it measures distance traveled, speed, altitude and calories burned . You can also track your position on a map in real time via the GPS on your smartphone..
Runtastic Road Bike Cyclisme keeps track of all your bike trips. It is the ideal tool to measure your progress and motivate yourself to play sports. No option is missing. The app also has a module for finding thousands of route ideas and checking the weather.
For enthusiasts who always want more
The Pro version (paid) has additional features to better monitor his physical efforts and assess his progress. Among the different options available are:
- A voice coach capable of providing audio information (speed, distance, altitude) during the race
- The direct calculation of the percentage of a slope
- The possibility of connecting a speed sensor
- Live monitoring of your activities in order to receive encouragement from your friends or family
MapMyRide, bike cycling GPS
As the name suggests, the MapMyRide application will allow you to record all your cycling routes. Statistics offer detailed monitoring of all your outings (distance traveled, pace, elevation gain, calories, etc.)..
The application is compatible with more than 400 activity trackers such as Android Wear connected watches, Fitbit, Garmin, Jawbone smart bracelets and many other brands. It is also possible to share your sports exploits on social networks.
Unlike other competing solutions, MapMyRide does not impose the use of its integrated music player. So you can practice your sport while listening to your favorite music and without paying a single penny. The voice coach automatically activates every kilometer to provide you with detailed information on your race.
Strava GPS Runnig and Cycling
This is one of the most popular bike apps on Android. You will find there a lot of tools to analyze your different races and training sessions (GPS track, elevation report , speed, distance traveled etc ...). The application interface suffers from no complaints. The ergonomics are very satisfactory.
The app allows the user to concoct a training program and set their own personal goals. You can also participate in challenges, join a club or receive information from your favorite bike brand.
Postion sharing in real time
But that's not all. The website of the publisher of the Strava application offers a route design tool and a whole set of tools for finely analyzing your performance. Finally, the Premium offer has a very interesting feature called Beacon. Once activated, it will transmit your position in real time to your loved ones (up to three contacts).