7 Free and Inexpensive Apps that Turn Your Smartphone into a GPS for Mountain Biking

Runkeeper (free)


Don’t let the name fool you! Runkeeper is well suited to tracking the basics for all your mountain bike rides. Runkeeper features a mountain biking mode that shows your speed and distance during the ride, and also overlays your current and past position on an interactive map. You can save and share rides via Facebook, track calories burned, and take part in virtual challenges. The app is simple to use and is easy on the eyes. There are even built-in audio cues and the ability to connect with other services like Garmin Connect.

Use this if: You only need basic GPS functions and limited fitness tracking. If you find yourself off the grid often or want to pair with a heart rate monitor, consider another app.

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