There used to be a time , not so long ago , when making and receiving calls on a mobile phone was revolutionary . However time and technology move at a rapid pace and the mobile phones of today are basically mini laptops and could possible be called ‘handtops’ . Much talking was replaced by texting and now some of that has been usurped by tweeting .
The Apple iPhone is one of the leading smart phones and offers a huge range of applications or ‘apps’ for any cyclist . These are a few of the ones that I use ;
Runkeeper – A full gps based cycling computer that gives you info such as speed,distance ,pace , etc on the move along with a map of where you are . It also allows you to download your spin when you get home so that you can have all training and racing on file . Plus it uploads to twitter and facebook for all of your friends to see .
Bike gears – If you are considering changing to a compact chainset or trying to work out what cassette ratio to use for the hilly Des Hanlon race in Carlow or if you are under 16 and want to know what is the maximum gear that you can use , then this is the app for you . I use it regularly in the shop .
Eurosport - The original app is very handy to check all sports results , especially the cycling ones . Theres also a blog called ‘Blazin saddles ‘ which can be quite entertaining . Recently they also launched the Eurosport player app for the iphone . This allows you to watch the Eurosport channels live on your phone for about €3 per month . Great quality picture and a solution to all cycling/coronation street disputes .
Cycling Grub – A handy one stop shop for all cycling related news and views
iCols – A must for anyone looking at tackling the Eatape or Marmotte or even the Tour of Flanders . All the necessary facts on every major cycling climb in Europe .
Of course there’s also plenty of Twitter and Facebook apps. which are jam packed with cyclists of every level and plenty of cycling related news and views .
So now you know all the technical aspects of your ride and have seen live how the pro’s do it , all that you have to do is get out on the bike itself and just do it !