Singletracks Topo (honorable mention)
OS: iOS, Android
Cost: Free, Co-op, $3.99
This is app #11 on our list–call it an honorable mention. The 10 apps above are fantastic, but we can’t fail to mention our very own Singletracks app. We think it’s well deserving of a mention, too: with the largest mountain bike trail map database at your fingertips, you can easily find and ride new mountain bike trails. Also, you can use the Singletracks app to find bike shops, share photos and reviews from your ride, check-in at trails and earn badges, check out our featured Photo of the Day, and more!
Your Turn: What apps do you use to make your mountain bike experience smoother and more enjoyable?
Last updated on March 28, 2016, by Greg Heil.
Cool stuff. I’m glad you guys included Windows Phone in the lists of OSes, though you forgot to list Windows Phone on Instagram. I just wish more of these niche apps were available on WP (though it’s getting better with time). There are at least a lot of good activity trackers on Windows Phone.
Runtastic has two bike specific apps in both free and pro versions (at least for iPhone). Runtastic Mountain Bike and Runtastic Road Bike. And according to their website apps are available for all major platforms. Records your ride, weather conditions, photos, etc. can be hooked up to sensors for cadence and other data too.
I’ve been using Runtastic for almost 5yrs. It has its quirks but then what product doesn’t. I was really impressed when it tracked me FLYING from Seattle to San Diego, now that was neat! The only beef I have is that I have both the free and Pro versions but I can’t move history from free to pro.
Where is Endomondo? Great App of choice for me, iOS and Android plus Internet interactive. Works with Wahoo & Polar HR Monitors, google maps, satellite view and more…
I’ve found Google MyTracks to be a good, easy app. Uses very little battery, is pretty accurate, provides graphs on speed and altitude, and charts all your basic stats, in addition to providing the maps and route. It also syncs with Google Earth so you can replay a ride.
EveryTrail is a good app for sharing with others. It also has the basic stats and some graphs, but is also web based so you can view a route before you ride it – seeing the speed and altitude at each point, and if you like to take pics while you ride, the photo will show at the appropriate place on the map. I’ve found the GPS to be not as reliable as MyTracks, but it’s still good.
Last, I use a very simple weather radar called Rainy Days to see how the weather is looking. It’s very accurate and with the exception of those pop-up storms that you can’t predict easily, it’s extremely reliable. I always check Rainy Days before I go ride and have completed many great rides when our weather forecasters said it would rain all day.
A couple that I use are PDF Maps from Avenza and MTB Projects from the IMBA. The PDF Maps use the GeoPDF maps and are great for keeping track of where you are. The MTB projects uses GPX files that you can download right to your GPS. I have to admit that I use a iPod Touch and GPS not a smart phone with a data package but that is just a little toooooo expensive a habit for me to start.
OsmAnd+ – powerful mapping app, stores everything for offline mapping, offers multiple layers, very customizable. http://osmand.net/
This article was just updated on March 28, 2016.
As one that rides solo 95% of the time, I heavily rely on mapping apps. Avenza PDF maps is my go to app while riding new territory. You have to do some research but many maps are out there; on their store or other online sources. At last count I had 70+ trails from 14 states on my phone. “Maprika” is another good one. Some of the maps are not quite as detailed as the ones on Avenza, but there are more local user posted maps available. Additionally, the “current location” button on the Singletracks app has help guide me in the right direction frequently.
Windows Phone has some third-party options for Strava. I use Cyclers. It’s free and works great. There’s also Straver and Straza Mate. There are also multiple GPX viewers available. Still no Singletracks app on Windows, though, and GoPro has announced they are dropping support for Windows Phone (probably because of how badly they’re doing now), but you can still download and use the app.
I really like the Trailforks app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pinkbike.trailforks&hl=en). It’s great for finding trails.
TrailForks and MTBproject both work well when navigating trails and you are out of cell service.
I find TrailForks uses a lot less battery. In the backcountry, that can be a big factor.
Trail Jar app is great for creating trail bucket lists and trail life lists
Garmin Connect has an app for Windows Phone 10