Apps to Keep You on Track

There’s something very powerful in your pocket that you probably aren’t using to its full potential. Smartphones such as the iPhone and Android-based handsets offer a range of applications to turn your humble phone into a powerful cycling aid. They can help you track your training, get you ?tter and even ?x your bike. Here’s how…

Bike Doctor 2

The bike doctor app features 29 of the most common repairs. From ?xing punctures to stopping gears from skipping, the app will take you through it step by step. It’s a useful guide to have in your pocket at all times ready for emergencies. The app also contains a safety check to make sure everything is running smoothly before a ride.  www.bikedoctorapp.com

Bike Hub

Bike Hub promises to get you from A to B via the best route for cycling. This app lets you decide between a quiet route, a fast route or a balance of the two. The Bike Hub app stands out with its really useful listing of local bike shops, so you can always locate one nearby. The best part is, it's free to download. www.bikehub.co.uk

BioLogic BikeBrain

This free app turns your iPhone into a cycle computer, with GPS mapping, speed, distance and altitude as well as a programmable training mode. Upgrade for just £1.49 and you can upload your routes to Facebook and Twitter, and save unlimited rides to your phone. You could even splash out on a bar mount for your iPhone so it’s easy to use when you’re on the go. Overall, this app is cheap, very simple to use, and pretty useful too. www.thinkbiologic.com/products/bikebrain

Calorie Tracker - Livestrong

This app helps you track your exercise, weight and calorie consumption, and is perfect for anyone training to be a better rider. To measure calories the app allows you to search a huge food database provided by The Daily Plate, so you don’t have to guess the calories in a meal. It also integrates with the online service to create more data about your training. www.livestrong.com/calorie-counter-mobile

LiveRider

Download the App and mount the sensor to your rear wheel, and you’re good to go. The sensor provides more advanced and accurate data than apps that rely purely on GPS, so you can keep track of measurements such as cadence and an estimate of power output. It also lets you measure performance against previous best rides. www.newpotatotech.com/LiveRider/liverider.html

Cyclemeter

Cyclemeter is a great solution for tracking your cycling that utilises the iPhone GPS. As you set off on your ride, hit the start button and you’ll be able to see statistics such as speed, distance and elevation, plus you can view your route on Google Maps once you’ve ?nished the ride. All your rides are stored in a calendar and can be exported to your PC. www.abvio.com/cyclemeter/

Endomondo

Endomondo is available for almost any GPS-enabled smartphone. It tracks time, average speed and distance covered and allows you to review your ride on Google Maps. The app comes with an audio coach, which can update you by voice with your ride statistics. There were a few early bugs but it is being constantly updated and improved. www.endomondo.com

EveryTrail

Using GPS and the Everytrail app you can see your route, as well as your current position, on a Google Map or satellite view. This clever app integrates with the website to load your saved rides, and allows you to download Open Street Maps to your phone, which conserves battery life. The free version is restricted to a maximum of three rides. www.everytrail.com

Wahoo Fitness ANT+

The Bike Pack from Wahoo Fitness comes with a weatherproof mount to attach your iPhone to your bar, an ANT+ receiver and a sensor to place near your rear wheel. It provides data such as speed, cadence and a calculated power estimate. You can also monitor heart rate with an additional sensor. Click here to read our full review of the Wahoo Fitness ANT+ package. Available at www.wahoofitness.com

Map My Ride and more are also very popular and can help you keep on track with your health and fitness resolutions this year!