I’m not talking Strava or Trailforks here. There are many other great Apps that you can put on your phone and take with you on the trails. The four I’m going to look at here are priced low or free and can be found on the usual phone App platforms. Don’t forget though that phone Apps are only as good as your network signal if they can’t be used offline.
A Bike Mechanic in Your Pocket
Bike Doctor was created by somebody with no experience of bike maintenance after frustration with bike manuals that make it far more complicated to DIY than it really is. The App enables a complete beginner to follow the instructions that include pictures for each step and no crucial details are missed. You would be hard-pressed to find a better bike maintenance guide that you can take out on the trails.
Only a Few Taps Away
It works on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices. Whether you’re shredding down a trail, or at home, you are never more than a few taps away from a solution. When you need to prep your bike for a big ride or have a problem, open the app, tap the part of your bike with an issue and follow the detailed instructions.
No More Annoying Squeaks
From replacing a gear cable, to truing a wheel and bleeding disk brakes. All the common bike repairs are covered, but Bike Doctor goes beyond that. There are also additional guides that show you how to avoid the most common maintenance errors like, how to stop bike squeaks and prevent punctures.
Search for “Bike Doctor” on the Apple App Store, Google Play or Amazon Appstore.
Bike Doctor works on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices. Make sure you are using iOS 6 or above.
(Cost – Free)
The idea for Relive was born during a cycling holiday because the founders wanted to capture their experiences and share them with others. They launched their mobile App in early 2017 and within two years had a community of over three million users.
The App enables the creation of 3D videos of your MTB rides and other outdoor activities that can be shared with others. Take a look at this one.
You can track your rides. Create route stories. Add photos, videos and notes and see what trails your friends have been riding.
Relive works with Adidas Running by Runtastic, MapMyRun, MapMyWalk, MapMyRide, MapMyHike, Endomondo, Garmin Connect, Suunto, Apple Health (Watch) and Polar Flow accounts. It no longer works with Strava although this is something outside Relive’s control.
You can also record all your activities with the Relive App.
First Aid Apps – St. John Ambulance
(Cost – Free)
If you’re not from the UK, you might not be familiar with St. John Ambulance. They are the leading first aid charity with a mission to teach simple, life saving skills. There are two Apps available, one offering first aid advice and the other specifically designed to help cyclists.
First Aid Advice at Your Fingertips
Even basic first aid knowledge can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. Their Apps put potentially life saving advice at your fingertips.
First Aid Advice App
Their first aid advice App provides easy to follow advice on a range of first aid scenarios, including CPR, diabetic emergencies, choking and allergic reactions.
First Aid for Cyclists App
This App has tips on how to turn your cycling equipment into first aid kit. The app aims to give every cyclist the skills to deal with the most common cycling injuries, including head injuries, cuts and grazes, and muscle injuries.
Available for Android, BlackBerry and iPhone® mobile device users.
(Cost – Free)
What I like most about this App and, I’ve assessed a few, is that I can sit at my laptop, plan a route, see the stats and upload it to my phone when I’m ready to ride. Before doing that, you need to unlock a region and your first one is free. Doing that enables offline mapping and voice navigation when you need it later.
The quickest way to plan a ride is to select your start point and soon after drop an end point. Once you have that, slowly drag the end point around the route you plan to ride. Don’t worry about way markers for now, just get the outline done. It does take some trial and error to get your route as you want it, but you will be out and riding in no time.
I prefer to plan my rides with the Google Satellite layer (right of screen). It’s still in Beta but it works perfectly.
Of course, the navigation isn’t going to work on your phone unless you add some markers so, go back to the start and add a way point to every place where you would benefit from a direction reminder. Save the route and upload to your phone.
There are mountain bike routes worldwide on this App and you can choose to upload and follow any of these.
You can download the app for iOS or Android and benefit from turn-by-turn voice navigation, offline maps and other features that will always keep your rides on track. There are some up sells if you want offline maps and regions beyond your first free upload.
Komoot currently works with Garmin, Wahoo and Apple watch devices and services to sync routes and recordings.
Comments & Questions
If you have your own favorite Apps, I would love to hear from you and by sharing you will be helping other riders too. If you have questions, always ask, I guarantee a quick response.