I really like Strava and it's a cycling specific app. A lot of professional or serious cyclists use it too(you can follow them on the website) as you can upload your rides from garmin devices. So you can compare yourself to others. Also people submit segments in your area for example in my area there are several parts of the trail I ride that are segments on strava. So I can see how I compare to others that have ridden that same route and it really motivates me to push myself. It tracks your speed, power and elevation and charts it too. It also only counts your speed/distance when your moving in your overall stats from your ride. I use runkeeper to but I have to manually pause it when I stop. You also enter your weight and bike stats so it uses that in calculating everything. Since it uses the gps in my phone it works when I have no phone signal too. It's really great.
You can use an iPhone or Android. Sporty Pal is free.
Sporty Pal Pro is pretty good for every sport. You can pause it. Save it.
The older versions were not quite as good as a Garmin but the newer version is much improved. I use it for walking/hiking. The Garmin for cycling is not as good as or as accurate as other GPS systems unless you use the set points to calibrate.
I use SportyPal on my HTC Android through AT&T. You can set it to bike, walk, run, rollerblade, or hike. You do have to pause it yourself when you stop otherwise the time/speed will average that in. It works on a gps system. I have a phone holder on my handlebars so I can stop it easily. It all works pretty well for me - it is free but you can upgrade other versions and pay for it.
Linda Doing all things through Christ who gives me strength.
I'm thinking about jumping in and getting an iPhone, too. Can't wait to hear what apps people suggest!
Dana, Half Fanatic #1693
Completed 2013 Events: Feb 9 - Pedaling the Prairie, 45 miles Feb 16 - Lions Club Bike Ride, 46.5 miles Mar 3 - The Great Plane Ride, 25 hilly miles Aug 18 - TriGirl Sprint Duathlon Sept 2 - Dam Ride, 32 miles
I'm being nudged and dragged into the world of iPhones and will be getting one later this month. Verizon's sweetening the deal to make it only a little pricier, if even that, than sticking with my old "dumbphone." The iPhone is bulkier, which I don't like...probably stick it in my pannier when riding.
So you know me: researching all the possibilities that are out there in app-land! But I hadn't, until today while out on my ride, considered: Hmm...betcha there are some way cool cycling-related apps to consider. I'd especially appreciate GPS related stuff, but am open to considering other stuff. I'm sure there are things I wouldn't have even thought of.
Anyone out there with suggestions of apps to try?
Co-Team Leader for All Health Pros, Binghamton Area Losers & Laid Off But Staying Strong SparkTeams
Tell Me What Is It You Plan To Do With Your One Wild & Precious Life? ---Mary Oliver
Don't die with your music still in you. -- Dr. Wayne Dyer
"We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." --- Carlos Castaneda
"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." --- Buddha
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.