Pedal for health with these cycling Android apps
Biking is a great way to whip your body into shape and stay healthy, and with the rise of smartphones, there are plenty of apps out there that can be extremely useful to cyclists in keeping track of things like their workouts and the best routes around.
For Android users, there are a mess of apps geared toward cycling, but not all of them are created equal. We’ve created a quick list of some of the best and most useful apps for cyclists, running the gamut of workout trackers to apps that can help you repair your bike in a jam, and they’re all available in the Google Play store.
Plan your route and plan for fitness
Among the most useful biking-related apps you’ll find is Bike Hub Cycle Journey Planner (free). As the name suggests, the app helps you find and pick out the best routes for taking your bike to your destination, navigating you on roads as well as trails, shortcuts and cut-throughs. It’s a great app for finding the right routes for you to take your bike on whenever you head out.
Up next, Endomondo Sports Tracker (free) is the app that will help you turn those cycling sessions into results. Endomondo is a workout tracker, and you can set it to keep track of the distances you cover and speeds you hit while out on your bike to get an accurate idea of just how many calories you’re burning. You can sync your workouts across multiple platforms, tie in with certain brands of heart rate monitors, and even get online, instant pep talks from your friends as you’re working out.
Cyclists out for a long time will want to focus on their form and technique as well as just going far and fast. Cadence Calculator for Cycling (free) is a great app for checking and keeping your riding rhythm, helping you to make sure you’re keeping the right pace in order to make those long-distance rides.
Rounding out your crop of fitness-useful apps is Livestrong.com Calorie Counter. Apart from tracking your workout, Calorie Counter also includes a number of built-in tracking features for the foods you eat, differentiating it from Endomondo and giving it its own niche. You can use Calorie Counter to monitor your food intake and compare it to your workouts to make sure you get the results you want.
Fixing things up
Our final app for cyclists isn’t really about health, it’s about getting out of trouble. Bike Doctor ($2.87) includes instructions and photos that can walk you through 40 common repairs, which makes it great for fixing your bike on the fly, whether you’re out riding or at home in the garage. You can search for your repair by category or choose the spot on a diagram of the bike that’s giving you trouble – making Bike Doctor useful for avid cyclists and beginners.
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