Want to make the most out of mountain biking but not quite sure where to start? This guide will take you through the best apps out there, ensuring your MTB opportunities really are optimised. From tracking your journey and finding the best routes, to fixing your bike, or even ensuring safety comes first - there’s something for everyone and an app for everything!
This is one of the most common apps on the market for recording your rides, checking your stats and sharing data with friends. And if you’re after some friendly competition between peers, Strava can offer that too!
Find new trails with the built in explore feature or track your personal progress all for free! And if you wish to, you can upgrade to Strava Summit, a three-tier subscription service offering packages for training, analysis and safety. These start at £2.49 per month.
Used by around 4 million cyclists around the globe, Komoot is an activity route planner which allows you to map your rides with a built-in GPS function. Simply choose a starting point and a destination, and Komoot will show you the way with turn-by-turn directions.
You can also adjust various filters - such as your fitness level - to find a route that’s perfectly tailored to you. Once you’ve completed a ride you can save and share it with photos and notes; this allows others to see points of interest and gain inspiration for their trips too!
3. Trail Tips
If you’re looking to learn some brand new tricks, or simply improve your current skill level, then Trail Tips is for you. The app provides instructions and videos, for beginners up to advance level, explaining and demonstrating how to master a range of techniques.
You won’t need signal or Wi-Fi to access this app of tricks, just simply pop your phone in your pocket and benefit from expert guidance wherever you are.
4. Bike Repair
When it comes to maintaining, servicing or fixing your bike, the technicality can seem a little daunting. That’s where the Bike Repair app comes in use. The app provides easy to follow step-by-step instructions for a huge range of mechanical problems, ensuring you can get your bike fixed and back on the trail in no time.
It even features a what to wear guide, advising you on how to layer your clothing in different temperatures. A very handy app for just £.3.99.
5. British Red Cross
A useful app to have available when on the trail. The Red Cross app has written instructions, videos and animations demonstrating what to do in a number of first aid situations, from bleeding to broken bones. It is also equipped with built-in check lists to help you prepare for most incidents.
The app is available internationally with regional specific features; making it a very practical and handy app to have, but hopefully one you won’t have to use!
These five awesome apps will make your mountain biking experience even better, so what are you waiting for? Go check them out now!