10 Essential Phone Apps For Mountain Biking

10 Essential Phone Apps For Mountain Biking


– Neil, now I don’t know about you, but I rarely go anywhere
without my mobile phone. – Exactly
– Especially on a bike ride. Because I want to record my ride, I want to check my stats. And, obviously, I want to
get some good instabaggers. Yeah, super useful. And especially with
these mountain bike apps – Oh, yeah. – You can use them to really boost your mountain bike experience. – Yeah, it’s true. So here’s a rundown of
a few of our favorites. (tires crunching) (instrumental hip-hop music) Now perhaps the most common cycling app on the market is Strava. Loved by many for how it
records and shares your rides, it can also provide
valuable training insight, and it can create some
friendly competition when you’re both battling it out for king and queen of the mountain. – [Neil] Yeah, and some
pretty unfriendly competition, if you’re anything like my mates, trying to steal each other’s KOMs. – [Jess] That’s true.
Very frustrating. One great feature of Strava is being able to find new trails near you by using Segment Explore. This shows you riding
segments in a specific area, so it’s great for uncovering
those gnarly single tracks that may be lurking just over those trees. – Until recently, Strava
had a premium package, which was a paid-for service. However, this is now being
restructured as Strava Summit, which offers three
different tiers of features to suit your needs. These tiers start at one
pound 58 or $2.99 per month, but they can be stacked so
you unlock more than one. (instrumental hip-hop music) Komoot, now I’m going to be using this on my upcoming trip to Iceland, and it’s a relative
newcomer to the app market, and it’s an activity route planner. So before you set off, you can use the GPS function
to locate your position, then add in a destination
and Komoot will map your way. There are a number of options
for mapping your ride, like adjusting your fitness level, preferred terrain, and type of ride, so you can tailor it as much as you want. – Now Komoot offers
turn-by-turn directions, so you never miss beat or a berm. But once you’ve completed your route, Komoot saves it as a planned journey, and then it records your
activity as completed tours, which can be then shared
with other users of the app. You can then upload photos
and notes to your route, so that other users can
see points of interest and get some inspiration
for their own adventures. – Cool, like it! (instrumental hip-hop music) MTB Project. Now this is a worldwide trail database with a large proportion of the trails being added by its own users. Currently, there are over
126,000 miles of trails registered on the MTB Project app, and you can download
specific regions for free, which is perfect if you’re
going on a biking holiday or if you wanna further
explore your local area. – Even through GPS location, it does track your movement, but the app works offline as well, for when you really go off-grid. (instrumental hip-hop music) Now onto some practical first aid, and the Red Cross app is perfect for that. So even if you don’t ride bikes, this app is actually really
handy to have readily available, as it will guide you through what to do in a number of situations, with everything from
bleeding to broken bones. As well as written instructions, there are videos and animations to help guide you through
a first-aid situation. Now the app also has a built-in checklist that are there to help you
prepare for most things. But really, it’s an app that’s
reassuring to have handy, but hopefully one that
you’ll never actually use. – I try to ensure all
my friends have that app when they come to ride with me. And it’s available internationally, with regional-specific features. (instrumental hip-hop music) Bike Repair. Now, maintaining, servicing,
or fixing your bike can be a little daunting. Obviously, you can use our videos, but if you want an app, you can use this Bike Repair app. It’s got your back. So it provides step-by-step instructions for a huge variety of mechanical
problems on your bike. It’s clear, easy to follow, and even has a what-to-wear guide for how to layer in
different temperatures. – That will be perfect
for your Iceland trip! – Yeah, a bit nerdy, but pretty helpful. (instrumental hip-hop music) – Now, Trail Tips. Now, Neil, do you ever come across something in the trail that you think, “Oh, I could actually
do with a bit of help “getting down this”? – No. – Thought not. Well, I do sometimes. So if you’re a bit like me and you wanna finesse your techniques or learn some new tricks entirely, then the Trail Tips app is just for you. Created by Sebastian
Johnson and Andrew Shandro, the app offers to help all abilities, from basic level to
more advanced guidance, including how to pull
off some gnarly shapes. No need for signal nor WiFi, this app of tricks can
be at your pocketside for each ride. Now the app is free to install, but there are optional in-app purchases with individual skills from just 99p, or the full package from two pounds 79. – Andrew Shandro is a former World Cup racer and legend, actually. – So you’re in good hands. (instrumental hip-hop music) – Dark Sky Weather. The weather plays a
vital role in your ride. How to plan, what to wear, what to pack, and even where to go. So having a good weather
app is pretty essential. The Dark Sky app uses
your current location to not only display the
weather and the forecast, but shows you heat maps as well. – Perhaps the coolest feature of this app is the ability to set alerts, which allows the app to notify you if rain is on its way to your location, or if the temperature is
gonna plummet overnight. Especially good for bikepacking. – Cool. If I know rain’s on the
way, I’m out of here. Don’t ride in wet weather.
– Yeah, exactly. Gives you enough time to
find shelter, at least. (instrumental hip-hop music) – This app uses your GPS data and overlays your ride on
a 3D map for animation. It’s a pretty cool app for sharing your ride activity with others, and gives you a great
overview of where you’ve been. – Yeah, just don’t overshare. Really, no one cares. – Yeah, it’s cool to
see where you’ve been, but when someone else sends me that, it’s just super boring. – Yeah, exactly. (instrumental hip-hop music) – Zwift is an interactive
training tool for cyclists, connecting your indoor training gear to the virtual world of over
100 kilometers of roads. No off-road at the moment, unfortunately. The software can run on either
your computer or via iOS, and as a companion app, it runs on your phone to
help you choose your route, say hello to other riders, and even give you more stats. – Cool. It’s a virtual world that
lets you train and interact with thousands of other
riders around the world, and makes turbo training
a much more engaging, and, dare I say, fun thing to do? – Yeah, it’s great for when
you can’t get out on the bike, and this has been my winter savior. From just riding the mountains, to structured training workouts, and even social rides. (instrumental hip-hop music) – And last but not least, we have Instagram. And now, I don’t know about you, but I do love to throw
up a couple of photos of me on my bike trying to look gnarly and cool. Also, I love using the app to follow other riders, races, teams, and just keep up to date
with what’s happening in the mountain bike world. – Absolutely!
How many followers you got? – Uh, 25,000. – That’s a lot.
That’s not as many as me. – Ugh, whatever you say. – And of course, the last app is YouTube. You’re probably watching us
on the app at the moment. – Yep.
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