Earlier in the month I was writing about the items you need to start in mountain biking. One of those items – which brings you a feel of accomplishment — is a bike computer. You could purchase a purpose built bike computer (for several hundred dollars) or you could opt for an application that is running on your iPhone and allows you to leverage it as a large screen computer.
To start on the path of getting your iphone in the role of a bike computer you need to take the following steps:
- Figure out how to get your iPhone on the bike in a most secure fashion. One option for that is leverage my personal experience described here (in earlier blog articles); There is always the danger that the iPhone can suffer some damage on your bike, but I personally have taken a good tumble with my mountain bike which resulted in bending the rear wheel of the bike but NOT damaging the phone which stayed securely in the braket.
- NOTE: you need to replace the cord that came as original on the caddy with a stronger elastic cord – I bought mine from REI
- Review options for iPhone applications to install on your phone;
In this write up I will provide the list of iPhone applications I have tried; Here is first the list:
|iBiker||Easy to use; dashboard stays on; Review||Free|
Easy to use; some quirks; Review
|BikeComputer||Limited capabilities; Review||Free|
|BikeBrain||Good capabilities; Easy to use; Review||Free|
Runtastic Mountain Bike Lite
|Excellent application; Feature rich; Review||
|MapMyRide||Very good application; Still need to decide; Review|
|Argus||Another interesting application aggregating several aspects of your daily routine; Review||Free|
|Cycle Watch Lite||Free|
Stay tuned – I will provide an overview of these applications – starting with iBiker first and continuing with the rest of the list over the next few days