Smartphone apps

neil.beddell neil.beddell
I'm guessing that smartphone apps are becoming (or will become) as popular as the good old cycle computer if for no other reason than they're usually free or very cheap especially compared with some of the top end gps computers. So, if you're an app user, which is your favourite and why. I'm using Runkeeper for android at the moment but looking at screenshots of others available, some seem to offer more information to help set plans, categorise rides etc. Does anyone know of an app for android which will remember a route and 'ghost' your last / best time for that route as some of the cycle computers do? My premium membership of Runkeeper ends in a few months and I want to trial a few others before committing to another year.
360Petty 360Petty

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Strava is what you need, it records your rides and breaks it down into segments, once you cover the same segment again you can see how you did vs the previous ride! It also shows your relative pace against other Strava riders who have ridden the segment! If you follow people on Strava it can become quite competitive! ;)

i have been been using it for best part of a year and I can't fault it..... they do regular app updates and they also have challenges that you can sign upto if you feel the need for some extra incentive! It's free also!
Anonymous Anonymous

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Strava! I've tried others (mostly for running) but nothing else even comes close.
The best by a long shot. If you go premium you also have access to Sufferfest training videos.
Sunny Cyclist Sunny Cyclist

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I use Strava, but I think the best thing to do is to try them all and you will find what works for you. They all offer the same basic features, but the layout of the interface is where they differ, so you need to play about with them and see which you prefer.

neil.beddell neil.beddell

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Thanks guys, Strava it is then...will give it a go. Like the segments option particularly.

Nick Harvey Nick Harvey

Posted in reply to 360Petty

Yes have to agree Strava seems to be the app to use, even basic free membership is excellent, the data to review is good, you can't believe how many cyclists do the same routes! The competitive edge is great pushing you on even more to get on to the leader board, personally I have only just managed to scrape in to the top 100 for one of the sprints !!
neil.beddell neil.beddell

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Agree totally Nick. Been trying out Strava (at the same time as Runkeeper) for a few weeks now and it really is great for bringing out the competitive streak but also comparing ride to ride. Have basic right now but will become pro I think. It's lacking the comprehensive data reporting Runkeeper Elite gives on their website but the segments win it for me...and the ability to create your own is fantastic. Interested in my heatmap too! I may well use both though as Runkeeper has it's good points.
tre4orbragg tre4orbragg

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I think I'm the only person in the world left with a Blackberry! I use Endomondo, the do regular 'sales' so you can upgrade to Pro version for 99p which you can then race against your route. They also have challenges so you can monitor progress against goals or other people!
Maximustentus Maximustentus

Posted in reply to tre4orbragg

Ha Ha!  I have a "works" Blueberry Tre4orbragg!  I use Endomondo on my HTC phone, got Pro for 99p like you said and I think it's great.  Have only used it once or twice on the bike but use it all the time for running.  I like the "race yourself" feature!
Hazelnut Hazelnut

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Hi I use map my ride on iPhone. Works great for me, tracks and saves your route, splits and gives you alternative routes close to you. You can upgrade apparently and link it to a heart monitor. You can see your own progress against the same ride previous. I find it very easy to use as I am not the best technology wise! Good luck with whatever you chose. 
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