24 OF THE BEST CYCLING APPS FOR MOUNTAIN BIKERS

Maybe you want meticulous speed and distance logs, or just a fun way to bond with biking friends? The best cycling apps have social features, training tools, on-bike navigation and more. Some come in handy during the ride and others are best used before or after.

Turn-by-turn directions, ride logging, even almanacs of useful bike information are all available at the swipe of a finger. Being online gives up-to-the-minute weather data, and offline features make these smartphones apps useful even on your wildest adventures.

Want to track your heart rate, speed, and power without wires or specialized bike computers? There’s an app for that, too. Even the most tech-averse rider will find something to love in this lineup of the best cycling apps.

1. RIDE LOGGING & SOCIAL

STRAVA

This popular app made a splash for letting roadies compete against each other in user-defined ‘segments’–stretches that can be ridden at any time which log leaderboard achievements. It’s made an angsty shift to mountain biking as well.

The best thing about Strava is that you don’t need to use segments; it provides some of the best maps and logging, including records of your past efforts for the rider looking to track progress. Easy social-media syncing–even to Instagram–makes this the ideal app for the cyclist who loves to share.

COST: Free and premium versions

COMPATIBILITY: iOS and Android

MAPMYRIDE

MapMyRide is Strava’s underappreciated little cousin. The in-tool advertising makes the free web version a pain, but this app produces detailed map ride logs without the pressure of segments and a peanut gallery.

MapMyRide is a popular app for riders who want the social aspects of sharing but none of the stress of segments and competition.

COST: Free and premium versions

COMPATIBILITY: iOS and Android

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