Here you will find a selection of cycling related smartphone apps for iOS and Android operating systems (OS). The Hubbers have personally tested and continue to use many of these apps as they're the best we've found in relation to their features and ease-of-use. They therefore come with the 'Hub Tested' seal of approval.
Although most are available for both iOS and Android please check the availability for each in the app description. We will endeavour to keep this list up-to-date but please be aware that both smartphone OS and the apps themselves are updated on a regular basis with the result that sometimes the apps are no longer available for older smartphones due to incompatibility with the OS they are running.
The Bike Hub cycling satnav app for iPhones (iOS) and Android handsets finds the quickest or quietest cycle routes for you in the UK and Ireland. It also locates the nearest bike shops and cycle parking (in relation to your current location) throughout the UK, provides you with information on Cycle to Work schemes, the do's and dont's of cycling on the road and also has information about local cycling clubs within your area. Phew.....
CycleStreets is a journey planner for cyclists by cyclists. Available for iPhone, Android, Windows and Blackberry 10 handsets. Plan routes from A to B anywhere in the UK with a choice of three routing modes to suit a range of cuclists from beginner to regular commuter. The Photomap section of the app also allows you to submit your pics of infrastructure problems or good practice in your area.
MapMyRide is a fitness tracking app for iPhone, Android and Blackberry handsets although the Blackberry app does not contain the full feature set that the other versions have. The app enables you to use the built-in GPS of your smartphone to track all of your cycling activities. Record your cycle including duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned and route travelled and then have it all displayed on an interactive map. You can effortlessly save and upload your cycle data to MapMyRide where you can then view your route data and ride history online.
Strava is another fitness tracking app for iPhone and Android handsets and probably the best known and most popular in the world of cycling. As with MapMyRide the app enables you to use the in-built GPS abilities of your smartphone to track all of your ride acticities including the route travelled, duration, distance, speed and elevation. Strava also displays 'segments' that you have ridden against the activities of friends and strangers on a leaderboard to compare how well you have done on that particular segment. You can even create your own segments within the online utility. You can follow others including professional cyclists from around the world using Strava too and you'll probably never tire of trying to grab that elusive KOM (King of the Mountain) or QOM (Queen of the Mountain) from another rider. Highly addictive. Strava also provides a premium set of features that are only available to subscribers.
FillThatHole is a free app for both iPhones and Android handsets. The app has been developed by CTC and enables you to report potholes from the roadside. When you spot a road defect you can instantly log it and FillThatHole will contact the relevant highway authority to get it fixed. Super. Smashing. Great.
ViewRanger is a great navagational app for mountain bikers as it utilises both OS (Ordnance Survey) mapping and OSM (Open Street Maps). Available for both iPhone and Android users, it can help you to pre-plan your route on and off-road. It has useful features within the app such as accurate grid referencing, accurate speed in real time, atomic clock, sunrise and sunset times. You have a choice of 6 maps, the most useful free one being the OSM Cycle mapping. You can download either 1:25,000 or 1:50,000 OS map tiles for specific areas that you require but these are at an additional in-app cost and pricing varies depending on the size of tile set you wish to purchase. The app itself is free to download and can be used purely with the OSM mapping but it is the OS mapping functionaity that makes this a standout app to have when wandering off the beaten track.
MTB Skills is a great app for people that are just getting into mountain biking. Featuring professional mountain biker, Neil Donoghue, the app covers the basics of mountain biking and the core skills you'll need but also provides you with tips and tricks for learning more adavanced skills like riding a drop-off, how to manual your bike and bunny hopping. The coaching is provided in a series of videos with some additional literature to back it up. The app is available for both iPhones and Android smartphones.
Cycling Biomechanics is an app that helps you set-up your bike so that you can can get the optimum performance out of it. It is easy to use and only requires two measurements to calculate how high your saddle should be, how high your bars should be and what size of frame you require. It's only currently available for Android smartphones however.
Essential Cycling Skills is a free app for both iPhones and Android smartphones. Developed by Cycling Scotland as an aid to anyone that might be returning to cycling or indeed just starting out on their cycling adventure. The app is designed to help people cycle on the road with confidence. There are educational and interactive quizzes to test your road knowledge and to also provide you with great tips and other information about cycling on the roads safely.
Bike Repair is the swiss army knife of bike repair apps with advice on how to fix almost anything on your steed. It has everything from repairing an inner tube to showing you how to overhaul a freehub (look it up in the app if you don't know what it is) via it's handy repair guides. There is a plethora of other tips, tricks and advice within the app covering everything from general bike maintenance to what to wear when cycling. Previously only available on iPhone it is now available for Android handsets too for only a few pounds. Money well spent we think.
The content for this First Aid for Cyclists app was put togther by St John Ambulance and it aims to cover every day injuries that cyclists may sustain in an accident. The app provides you with step-by-step guides on how to treat different injuries such as broken bones, bleeding and even how to deal with shock. It also provides you with visual aids on how to improvise with everyday items in place of medical equipment. The app is free to download for both iPhone and Android smartphones. Don't leave home without it.
Gear Calculator app helps you to calculate your gear ratios and provides you with stats on what your gear ratio is, how fast you should be able to cycle in that gear ratio and how long, on average, it will take you to ride a mile in that gear. This is a great little app for anyone that is starting a new bike build project or for someone that wants to upgrade their drivetrain for a more efficient bike. This app is available for both iPhone and Android smartphones at the princely sum of £0.79.
Based in Peebles, Dirt School, are one of Scotland's most renowned mountain bike coaching outfits and they now have their own coaching app. Developed as a coaching aid rather than just a 'watch-and-do' the app is designed so that you can watch each of the skill videos from different viewpoints and read the step-by-step 'how-to' instructions but the killer feature of this app is then being able to video yourself attempting a particular 'skill' and being able to compare your video to the coach's one to see what you might need to refine. A very handy tool if you don't want to fork out for an actual skills session. The app is currently only available for iPhone for £4.99.