I remember when the first mobile phones came around in the 1990s. I tended to turn my nose up and think who would want to get one of those? A few years later I, of course, had my first mobile phone. I never used mobiles much (save texts from students to say they had slept in for lessons) so I tended to have cheap phones on pay as you go.
Anyway to cut a long story short I decided to buy the new iPhone 4. Despite all the hype, I was surprised to realise how good it is. I still don’t get any phone calls (apart from now my mother who has now also worked out how to send text messages…) But, it is great for cycling. The camera is good quality, and means I don’t really bother taking my Panasonic compact camera now. There are also a few apps for cycling that I have founded very useful.
Useful iPhone Apps for Cycling
Cycle meter – £1.49
The advertised price is £2.99 but I got it for £1.49. I just can’t believe anything so good and useful can be so cheap. It tracks your ride, distance, average speed, height, and after your ride you can follow your route on the map. This is the kind of thing I have been wanting for the past 15 years of cycling. My average speeds are suspiciously low, though it is supposed to automatically stop when you stop. It also shows how unreliable distance on standard bike computers can be. It is simple to operate; I found you can even use your nose to start and stop, when you are wearing three pairs of gloves in winter.
I was toying with buying a purpose built GPS for the bike. It would be useful to view whilst cycling, but, with this App it is hard to justify the cost of buying a specific GPS speedometer.
Bike Hub Cycle Journey Planner
A dedicated GPS for cycling. This offers specific GPS support for cyclists showing cycle paths and bike shops. Reviewers suggest it has a tendency to crash when in use. The kind of product that has potential to be very good. Hopefully future versions will correct this problem and enable excellent cycle journey planning.
Bicycle Gear Calculator
I’ve been cycling for 15 years, and I still have little idea what it actually means when people talk about 93 inch gears. As I’m considering a fixed gear bike for hill climbs, I thought I would get this for an easy way to calculate various gear combinations.
Bike Repair App
Useful for showing some bike repairs. I rarely do it on move. But, seeing screenshots is often more helpful than reading ordinary text book.
More bike apps for iPhone at London Cyclists