When you head out cycling you usually take a few of the essentials with you. Pump, tire levers, spare inner tube, keys, and mobile phone. The final one can double up to offer a ton of useful functionality. Here are three apps that may be of use.
1/ Bike Doctor
[Disclosure: This is my app!]
Available on: Android and iPhone
If anything crops up during your ride you can quickly refer to the app for repair instructions. It’s far better than heading to the nearest bike shop and spending $10-$20 for a simple repair you can do yourself. The app also has some useful extras such as a bike safety check to be sure it’s ready to ride. This version has a total of 24 repairs.
2/ Cycle Meter
Available on: iPhone
This is a firm favorite GPS tracking app. It gives you all the readings you’ll need such as ride time, speed, distance and elevation. It keeps track of all your rides on the phone and allows you to Tweet or Facebook your ride. Rides can also be exported if you wish to upload them to cycle route Web sites. The only downside is its only available currently on the iPhone.
Available on: Nearly all mobiles
Similarly to Cycle Meter this app will track your cycling. It’s worth mentioning this one too because it works on a wider range of mobile phones and people have often not heard of it. It will also allow you to follow a route.