2 Useful iPhone Cycling Apps

“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1896

“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.  Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” Ernest Hemingway

So read two of the quotes about cycling which are merely an interesting aside in the Bike Hub application for the iPhone.  This application primarily uses the google maps interface to allow you to plot routes between two places.

It also includes a map of bike shops within a 6 mile radius of your location (which will be updated in the future to include cafe’s), a list of bike events and a series of useful articles including cycling and the law and the ubiquitous quotations above – and many others.

The second useful application that should be on EVERY cyclists iPhone is the CTC’s app for reporting holes in the road – Fill that Hole.  For those that have used the fillthathole.org.uk website this application adds a new level of convenience

As you can see there is the ability to use the iPhone’s GPS to submit the location, complete with description and photograph.

Both of these apps are free on the Apple iTunes app store.  Any other good apps?  Let me know.

Recommended Software for Cyclists and Garmin Users #1

Like most cyclists I collect data about my rides.  In fact it’s fair to say that in whatever I do I’m a bit of a stats junkie.  I use a Garmin Edge 705 bike computer and gps navigator, with associated heart-rate strap and cadence sensor.  The software that comes with it is a bit disappointing – Training Centre – especially on Apple Mac OSX.  Some people I know (roadphil) upload their stats to one of the web-based sites that provide data storage and analysis for free (I think). I, on the other hand, like native software and for that reason I use rubiTrack.

Calendar view

The layout of rubiTrack allows you to arrange your events in a number of ways – by date, as index cards or as a list.  Clicking on one shows the map of your route in google maps (or you can choose other providers), and at the bottom a series of graphs showing various data items such as speed, elevation, heart-rate and cadence.  If you read this blog often you will recognise the screenshots I use to illustrate rides as coming from rubiTrack.  Once you’ve synchronised the Garmin with rubi then there are a number of options for analysis – the graphs above, or some reporting tools

Total ascent by week in feet

Total distance by month

rubi also keeps track of data about the athlete (ahem!) and also the equipment used – in this case bikes

Athlete view

Equipment view

This is by no means meant to be an in-depth review of the software as I’ve skimmed the surface really but I really do recommend this software.  It’s been rock solid as long as I’ve had it, and you can also download it and trial it first.  It also has a sister iPhone application which syncs with rubi on the Mac and can also make the iPhone a gps data collector

So that’s rubiTrack.  If you collect gps data for cycling and you have a Mac, give it a try.