Essential Apps for Cyclists*--by Amelie Cartwright

A lot of cyclists have enjoyed a number of apps made for biking since the humble beginnings of the iPhone. Now that Apple’s smartphone is in its 5th installment, bikers have hundreds of apps to choose from on the mobile market. The apps range from system tools that teach users how to fix bikes to useful navigational resources. Here are some of the best ones that are available for download through the app store: 

Cycle Tracker Pro 
Cycle Tracker Pro is an app that offers statistical data to bikers who like to keep track of their progress. The information obtained by Cycle Tracker Pro include the speed, distance and time traveled, altitude, and calories burned by a person during a cycling session. Apart from keeping track of data, the app allows users to set a playlist that will play whenever they need motivation for cycling. Cycle Tracker Pro is available for $4.99. 

Bike Repair 
Avoid overpaying repair shops again for doing minor fixes on your bike with the Bike Repair app. The app is very easy to understand so even complete beginners can mend their bikes in an instant. What’s good about the app is that all the information is pre-loaded so users won’t need to connect to the internet to get help in fixing their bikes. Its offline feature makes it a very handy tool when users need a quick fix while in the middle of nowhere. Bike Repair can be downloaded for $1.99. 

Strava has similar features with the Cycle Tracker Pro. However, instead of using it to track data, the app is more popularly used by cyclists for its social aspects. With Strava, users can upload their cycling routes on Facebook so they can see who among their friends have also taken a similar route in the past. They may also upload pictures directly via Instagram using the app. Cyclists also use the app to form biking routes with other Strava users. Strava is free for download but it also has a premium plan for $6.49 a month. Strava’s premium edition provides users post-ride stats and long-term analysis on their biking habits. 
These cycling apps prove that mobile phones aren’t only tools that are good for browsing or playing music. Today, phones can be used for one’s safety and progress. In a statement made by Gaming Realms, entertainment site Bubble Bonus Bingo's parent company, the mobile app business continues to grow, potentially becoming a $40 billion industry by next year. The numbers reveal that smartgadgets are becoming indispensable tools to people and therefore will get more apps that can help them with their everyday life in the future. 

*You probably noticed that this is a guest post--ENDracing will occasionally get requests for placement of content on the site. Most of them don't make the cut and never appear, but some, like this one, pass on information that we are excited to hear about (check out app number two!) and find useful enough to share.  Cheers--ENDracing.