May is National Bike Month in the United States; a time many of us forgo our cars and ride our bikes to work, school, or other destinations. As part of Bike Month, Friday, May 17 is “Bike to Work” day, which brings the perfect opportunity to use our HTC devices to find the best route and track progress.
Fortunately there are plenty of tools available that make it easy to find the best route. Here are the some of our favorite apps for tracking and sharing your ride with family and friends.
Bike Route Planner let’s you quickly plan routes and help navigate your course based on GPS readings. Possible bike routes are shown on top of Google maps, color-coded to indicate any hills you may encounter, especially important if you want to avoid any steep climbs. Bike specific routes are available for Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US.
Free your endorphins with Endomondo. Track ride duration, distance, speed, and calories burned while getting audio feedback on lap time for every kilometer (or mile) you ride. Search and select nearby routes then use the map to navigate your ride. Save your favorite routes for fast access on future rides. Plus, connect with friends who can give live pep talks during your ride. Endomondo quickly connects to Facebook making it easy to post workouts to your timeline.
MapMyRide turns your HTC One into a cycling computer. Easily track your route, speed, distance,and time while getting audio alerts of your performance on the ride. Using the GPS in your smartphone, MapMyRide provides route mapping while tracking elevation profiles, average, max, and current speed, and counts calories burned. Search the MapMyRide database to find local routes and courses then see where you rank among others who’ve ridden the same route. You can even track diet and weight information.
My Tracks uses the GPS sensor in your device to record your routes path, speed, distance, and elevation. During your ride, My Tracks lets you view your ride data and announces your progress. Because it’s part of the Google family, you can easily store your tracks with Google Drive, Google Maps, Google Fusion Tables, or Google Spreadsheets. Then, share your Google Maps URL with to your social community.
Strava is a GPS app that let’s you record your rides, review performance, and see how you match up compared to friends and other local riders. The Strava dashboard shows your distance, speed, route map, and more. Explore the most popular routes for your area and even earn King or Queen of the Mountain honors for segments of your ride. Since Strava accumulates all your ride information it’s easy to see your personal records for distance, time, and other achievements.
Whether you’re riding to get to work or school, save money or time, or for exercise, get on your bike this month and explore your community. Better yet, use one of these apps to track your ride and share the link with us in the comments!