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iPhone Cycling Applications

Posted on | February 11, 2009 | 41 Comments

Routes / Maping:
Every Trail
Trails: Felix Lamouroux

Bicycle Gear Calculator:
JP Martineau

Training log:

Virtual powermeter:

GPS Cyclocomputers (Speed, Distance, Map):
Abvio Cyclemeter
BikeMate GPS
Biky Coach
Sporty Pal
Cycle Tracker Pro / Training Peaks GPS
Bike Pro by Gary Miller

ANT+ compatible GPS Cyclocomputers (communicate with ANT+ external sensors):
Digifit iBiker
Pedal Brain
Enki Sports iPhone Training System
iBike Dash
Fisica ANT+ sensor key

GPS Cyclocomputers that communicate with proprietary external sensors:

Every Trail iPhone bike computer

From Every Trail a bicycle computer GPS app for your iPhone that displays an odometer, speed, time and allows you to record and upload a track of your bike ride and works with iPhone Trails app. Note that the landscape mode display makes for huge easy to read display.

iPhone trails and gear calculator applications

above left: Trails a GPS app from Felix Lamouroux allows you to record, export and import tracks onto your iPhone.

above right: Bicycle Gear Calculator from JP Martineau allows you to evaluate current or potential Gearing Ratios, calculate Gain Ratios, Gear Inches, and Development. Use the Skid Patch Analyzer to visualize and minimize your fixed-gear’s tire wear. Explore equivalent gearing configurations that let you reuse parts you already have.

UPDATE 03/11/09:
The iRPM+ iPhone app from Smheart Link adds a heart rate monitor and cadence to the feature list. UPDATE: This app is now called Digifit iBiker. Digifit communicates to ANT+ devices like HRM straps and cadence sensors through a Digifit connect accessory that plugs into your iPhone.

UPDATE 05/05/09:
B.iCycle cyclometer

Thanks to Vince in comments for the heads up on another new app: B.iCycle cyclometer.

iPhone bike appsAbove left is BikePower and above right is iMapMyRide. iMapMyRide features real time tracking with distance, time, pace and speed display. It integrates with MapMyRide.com and Twitter. BikePower estimates your power output on the bike.


Cychosis allows you to chart your rides (distance, average speed, and time). Optional automatic tweet (twitter) of each ride after you enter it.

MotionX-GPS MotionX-GPS allows you to save up to 303 waypoints, email waypoints to google earth or google maps, save up to 101 tracks, live compass (true or magnetic bearings).
Pedal Brain iPhone cycling app fully compatible with ANT+ cycling sensors such as SRM, PowerTap, Quarq, MetriGear & Garmin. Pedal Brain will also offer a web training platform as well as coaching plans by subscription.
New SportyPal Bike app will be available very soon for iPhone, Android and Windows Mobile users. Log and map your position, movement, distance, tempo and calories burned. It will not affect normal operation of your mobile phone, so you can still listen to music, receive and initiate calls and messages.

Cyclemeter continually records your time, location, distance, elevation, and speed – years of rides only take up the space of a few songs. Stop and start recording on-screen or with your earphone remote.

UPDATE: 5/13/2010

Enki Sports has just announced a new smart phone app that will integrate ANT+ cadence, speed and heart rate sensors with a web based training application.

Phone, music, email, cycling computer and GPS tracking all in one device. Pretty slick. However before you trash your pricey cycling computer be aware the iPhone has an Achilles heel as a cycling computer. Battery life… Just as you are starting to break a sweat the iPhone will be needing a recharge. However external batteries are available which can extend your iPhone charge long enough for a century or a 100k brevet. if you have a dyno hub the new E-werk hub dynamo powered universal power supply and charging unit from Busch & Mueller can provide power as long as you can pedal.


41 Responses to “iPhone Cycling Applications”

  1. ‘The Bike Computer’ by EveryTrail «
    February 14th, 2009 @ 3:58 pm

    [...] to ruedatropical for the heads [...]

  2. Heart Rate + Cadence on your iPhone «
    March 11th, 2009 @ 7:56 am

    [...] March 11, 2009 by ruedatropical I just added a link to another app to my growing iPhone cycling app list. [...]

  3. vince
    April 5th, 2009 @ 5:36 pm

    Hi guys,

    another tip for the use of a biking app on the iPhone:
    I just bought it and it works great. You get a bike computer with map and trails and all that stuff.
    Maybe interersting for you…?!

    Cheers Vince

  4. ruedatropical
    April 5th, 2009 @ 6:05 pm


    Thanks for the heads up. I will add a link to the post.

  5. John
    April 11th, 2009 @ 12:54 am

    Cychosis is another that I’m looking at (it was linked off of the gear calculator’s page):


    Anyone have any first-hand feedback on any of these?

  6. Ron
    May 6th, 2009 @ 3:17 pm

    John, I am the author of Cychosis — if you have any questions or would like a promo code to try it out, email me at support [at] cychosis dot com.


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  9. scgvlmike
    June 21st, 2009 @ 2:32 am

    What I want for my rides is to have elevation lines overlaid on the Google Maps feature of my IPhone. Because of bursitis in both my knees, I’m not very strong on the uphills (more often than not, I have to get off and walk the bike until the incline is under 3 degrees).

    If I could see my route through neighborhoods on a map– with elevation lines– in advance of trying a route, I could more easily find a route that’s within my performance range.

    There’s no sense in me trying to attempt an incline of 20 degrees (which Google Map’s “walking route” often includes) when I’m on my bike, knowing in advance that I can’t climb that steep a slope!

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  13. hunter
    July 22nd, 2009 @ 3:47 pm

    I noticed you say “the bike computer” works with the Trails app. How do they work together? I didn’t see anything on the EveryTrails site discussing this, and I now have both apps but don’t see how they’re integrated. Could you be more specific there?

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  15. Kevin
    July 25th, 2009 @ 3:49 pm

    This is late.. long wait for Apple to approve. But a Tour de France 2009 Tracker for the iPhone. http://is.gd/1MqPl

    We are building one right now for the Tour of Utah and other races still this year.

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  17. iCols
    August 14th, 2009 @ 3:34 am

    We just submitted a cool iphone app espacialy for cyclist. iCols is an app with over 1300 cols in it. For more information http://www.icols.net.

  18. iCols
    September 2nd, 2009 @ 9:15 am

    The app is out now. You can find it in the appstore.

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    September 23rd, 2009 @ 11:02 pm

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  20. Brown
    October 28th, 2009 @ 8:49 am

    Those three: BikePower, iMapMyRide and Cychosis to the iPod Cycling apps list. + one more http://www.Sportypal.com

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  22. radcomputer
    January 30th, 2010 @ 5:34 am

    nice – does it show the stats in Kilometer too?

  23. john
    February 4th, 2010 @ 4:50 pm

    i don’t have an iphone… will this cycling programs work the same with an itouch?

  24. John
    April 3rd, 2010 @ 5:52 am

    Hi If i plot a map on mapymyride+ can i use my iphone to give me direction as i am cycling cheers john

  25. Melissa
    April 27th, 2010 @ 11:31 am

    I have an ipod touch, not the phone, so i would have to get a GPS receiver for the ipod like the ones below:


    Dual GPS Navigation and Battery Cradle $195.95

    Digifit Connect Accessory for iPhone and iPod touch $79.95

    Has anyone used any of these? I know it would be easier to get an Iphone but I just bought another phone and I’m not changing until it dies. Thanks!! Keep on spinning in the Miami heat and humidity.


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  27. Mitch
    August 8th, 2010 @ 8:17 pm


    Another iPhone/iPod application with additional hardware:

    Reviewed here:

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  29. Tdude
    September 25th, 2010 @ 11:33 am

    Just bougt an iApp-something (Cyclemeter) and it works splendido.

    Just a note: if app developers keep using the prefix “i” or “my” for the apps, the whole world will unanimously BARF!
    Maybe iBarf…

  30. Greg
    September 27th, 2010 @ 11:27 am

    This is an excellent list of apps! Any possibility of updates with new apps out over the last year (LiveRider and more)???


  31. Tim
    October 5th, 2010 @ 4:26 pm

    Great list of apps. I use the LogYourRide application. It works with background tasking so i have been able to get a full century ride in on about 50% battery usage!


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  33. Luis
    March 8th, 2011 @ 5:58 am

    Have you checked out VeloTrac?

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  35. Andy
    July 21st, 2011 @ 7:42 am

    Runkeeper should be on this list. It’s a really nice all in one app. Otherwise I think these are pretty good alternatives.


  36. Re: Andy
    November 2nd, 2011 @ 11:27 pm

    Runkeeper should be on this list. It’s a really nice all in one app. Otherwise I think these are pretty good alternatives.


    Runkeeper has all in one, and nothing useful.
    endomondo and runkeeper are simple UI to use.
    BikeMateLite shows unique speedometer design.
    I would like you guys to use other apps first and later BikemateLite..
    your gonna set Bikemate to your sportypal.

  37. key.tag
    November 18th, 2011 @ 12:22 am

    I recommend bikematelite, wahoo fitness, endomondo, runkeeper, sportstracker.

    for blogging, bikemate
    for multi-purpose, runkeeper, endomondo
    for various sensor you want? wahoo fitness.

  38. Wheels Miami
    December 2nd, 2011 @ 5:21 pm

    Nice post. I used to be checking constantly this blog and I’m inspired! Extremely helpful info specially the last part :) I care for such information much. I used to be seeking this particular info for a long time. Thank you and good luck.

  39. Fred
    December 4th, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    iPhone won’t operate above 97 degrees – that knocks out much of the warm months for outdoor use…

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  41. eugene
    July 11th, 2012 @ 3:00 am

    Currently, I’m using Cyclist Ultimate ( here is the link to AppStore http://bit.ly/LBjocK ). I’m consider Cyclist Ultimate is the best bike iPhone app for me. It supports all sensors and has lot’s of staff. Cyclist Ultimate helps me track my daily route and inform me about my stats. Great app.

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