*UPDATE Endomondo is a very good option Bluetooth HRM belt will also give you heart rate and online it is like a facebook of exercise – in a good way*
I know the iphone is not a dedicated gps unit and won’t replace something like the Garmin Edge …. but i have one and apps are relatively cheap ince you have the phone. But so far I have to find one that I actually love.
What I want on my bike Screen is:
SPEED / MAX SPEED
Distance / Time
HR / Calories (or elevation/slope/Direction)
These are screen grabs from the garmin Edge 305 (with a smaller screen than the iPhone)
But then the iPhone must have an app as good or as versatile ….. No such luck – here is a run through
This looks promising although I haven’t tried it yet.
– Trip –
This is the speedometer function.
Current speed, maximum speed, average speed, travel distance, travel time, altitude, and calorie information are displayed. You can save your riding progress using the save button.
– Route –
Current location and travel path are shown using Google Maps.
You can read the saved route and photos using ‘Load’ function, and you can ride along the loaded route.
When you take a photograph, the location where the photograph is taken is displayed.
– History –
With calendar function you can check saved rout
e information organized on daily bases.
You can check total distance, total riding time, and total consumed calories for all previous rides (only with the saved route data) to get an idea about the amount of total exercise.
– Taking Photographs –
You can take photographs with an iPhone camera, and the location where the photo is taken is saved with the photo image so that they can be checked against the photographs from the route data.
– DATA Management –
You can check/delete/edit the riding paths and photographs, and you can send them by email and MashUp.
You can modify the functions related to BikeMateGPS to your preference.
(their blurb) MotionX-GPS is for your outdoor life:
That’s Walking, Hiking, Running, Cycling, Biking, Sailing, Skiing, Flying, Racing, Geocaching.
MotionX is committed to constant improvement. We listen to our millions of MotionX users and continuously add the most requested features. Recently added user-requested features include:
Map Storage Interface: Downloading and storing maps is faster and easier than ever.
MotionX Terrain and Road maps can be stored for worldwide use and no data fees.
High contrast skin style for easy daytime viewing.
Support for GPX file import enables wirelessly importing of GPS tracks and waypoints from any source, anywhere.
criticised in comments now tried and very swiftly deleted Not a great app for mtb’ing
(blurb) Monitor your speed, review your path, and share your travels. TrailBlazer lets you monitor and record where you are and how fast you’re going:
– see the route you’re taking on a map and monitor graphs of your speed and altitude
– review and share your paths.
Create colour-coded paths according to speed so you’ll know how fast you were going at any point along your track.
Create animating Google Earth files so you can watch your journey unfold in Google Earth and know exactly where you were as time progressed.
You can wirelessly download your track information from your iPhone directly to your Mac or PC using just a web browser!
3. The BIKE
Having a bicycle computer is one of the most fun (And geeky!) gadgets you can have on a bike. This one is similar but larger than a standard bike computer. None the less, this is a great little free app to have and I recommend it to all cyclists as long as you don’t want altitude and HRM functions.
GPSies is the most easy to use iPhone Application that allows you to geo track your sports and leisure activities. Recorded tracks can be stored locally for later reference or uploaded to GPSies.com with one tap.
GPSies.com is the leading platform and community for GPS recorded tracks and is used by thousands of outdoor enthusiasts around the world.
- Record tracks. Pause and resume any time.
- View elapsed time, current and average speed and pace.
- View covered path and altitude profile.
- One-tap upload to GPSies.com.
- Export to all major formats and applications through GPSies.com.
- Store tracks in the iPhone for later reference.
- US and metric system support.
- Recording interval adjustable to suit activity type.
- Pocket mode for optimized battery life.
- Edit tracks with map on GPSies.com.
This is pretty close to what I want apart from HRM functions
More of a cross sport web based app – for trails and paths.
(blurb) Use your iPhone 3G to do more than just listen to music while you run, bike, or hike. Download Trailguru and capture your outdoor activities using the iPhone 3G’s integrated GPS.
Although more of a running app it could be used for mtb’ing. Basic functions and displays though
I have not tried this as spending £6 to try something out that could be a bit pants is a lot …. their blurb promises a lot …..
BIKE LIKE A PRO
B.iCycle is a next generation cyclometer for your iPhone!
It provides all the information you need on the bike. Our stylish user interface combined with maximum ease of use create a new experience on the bike.
- – Accurate values for current speed, average speed, maximum speed, total distance, trip distance, current altitude, climbed altitude, burned calories as well as trip time
- – Watch your bike automatically move on the map and zoom in on your trail
- – Receive your trips via email (KML und GPX) and review them at home (e.g. with Google Earth) or share them with other bikers
- – Suspend, pause and resume for trips allows you to receive calls or take a break
- – iPod function can be used together with B.iCycle
Based on countless test drives and refinement we calculate all values with maximum precision of the built in GPS. In contrast to standard cyclometers you do not have to calibrate B.iCycle to your bike. It just works – out of the box.
For the full experience we recommend to use a bike mount.
“Bicycle Mount Pedestal with Swivel-head” from semsons.com provides solid mounting as well as fair pricing.
BUT THERE IS ONE MORE THING!
A MAP! Including bike trails! Even offroad you will not get lost while biking: Somebody from the huge OpenStreetMap community has already been there and mapped the trail for you! A community of more than 70.000 people is constantly mapping bike trails around the globe!
This really brings biking to the next level! B.iCycle makes perfect use of what the iPhone can do with GPS, connectivity and the amazing screen resolution.
And watching your tracks at home is more fun then ever, especially after a hard workout!
8. Misc BIKE QUIVER
Why you need this and why you would pay for it beats me – A free download like Evernote makes much more sense
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