Tech Talk-Cycling Apps

By Dan Reynolds, |

Published 05/28 2014 07:34AM

Updated 07/27 2014 06:47PM

        Whether for recreation or transportation, cycling has become one of the nation's more popular pastimes.
        With so many having a smartphone, there are some great biking apps. Start with the app called Runtastic. They have apps for runners and cyclists as well as optional gear that reads your heart rate cadence. The 4-99 Runtastic apps measure speed and distance as well as tracking and mapping your route. You can share status and reports via social media. It works on all major mobile phone platforms and there are specialized apps aimed at road cyclists or mountain bikers.
        The Map My Ride app has been around for several years. It has a strong following of more than 20-million cyclists. It's updated regularly and lets you find specific routes and trails to bike wherever you are. This one works pretty much anywhere in the world. You can get maps of routes to ride, or create your own route. The app, of course, tracks your speed and distance. The app works on all platforms and is free.
        One more: Wahoo Fitness. A lot of hardcore cyclists love this app. It tracks all the standard things, but works with Bluetooth for heart rate monitors and other add-ons. The app works on the iPhone and Android phones and is free.

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