Incredible & Useful Free Apps For Cycle Touring & Bikepacking
So you want to start your first bike touring experience or maybe you have already been touring for years and you are looking for awesome Apps that will make your life easier while you are on the road.
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Mapping, Route Planning
Hey guys! I am Roman and in this article, we are going to talk about awesome apps that you may want to consider for your next cycling touring adventure.
I had my first bike trip experience back in 2010 while cycling from Perth to the Gold coast in Australia. At that time, I did not even own a phone, and having some of these apps would have made my life easier.
Google Maps (Android/iOS)
Google Maps is getting really good now. Most of the world has excellent mapping coverage, and the new vector maps are fast, detailed, and attractive.
If you’re hooked up with a data SIM card and you get good service throughout your ride, Google Maps may well do everything you need.
Many places allow you to download maps in the default style for offline use. But that’s about the limit of the offline functionality. It won’t show the terrain view, which makes it hard or impossible to estimate a route’s elevation if you don’t have a data connection.
Not to mention that it can store anything offline about points of interest other than their name. Routing also depends on being online – so while the base map may be hidden, you’ll have to do your own navigation.
Pair Google Maps up with Street View if you want to explore places in VR before you get there. I only use this if I’m heading for a specific spot in a city, such as a Warmshowers host’s house, and want to visualize the location in advance.
In the last couple of years, MapsMe.com has become the number one to compete against Google Maps and it’s easy to see why. It’s been focused specifically to fill the gaps left by Google in terms of offline mapping and routing.
When you first start the app, you can download parts of the world region by region, starting with your current location. All of the app’s main functionality will then work offline, including bicycle-optimized routing. On my 2015 trip from Mongolia to Tajikistan, my friend and I used this feature daily and the great thing about this app is that you can also search offline for nearby points of interest such as cafes, grocery stores, and lodgings.
My biggest downside is that the map does not display any topographical data (contours, hill shading, elevation color coding). Apart from that we highly recommend it to everyone.
Other Apps that we have not used:
- 1- Download Soviet Military Maps Free for Android
- 2- Download Ride with GPS for Android | iOS
- 3- Download komoot for: Android | iOS
Weather Apps For Cycle Touring
It’s good to check the weather before setting off on a ride. In circumstances when a change of weather would bring about greater risks, it’s critical for a safe and enjoyable ride. These apps will help with that:
In terms of quantity and range of data, nothing I’m aware of beats Windy, which visualizes almost every weather factor you could ask for on an interactive map.
If you’re into making your own forecasts or want an in-depth perspective on what you’re seeing and experiencing, give Windy a data connection and it will give you pretty much all the information you need.
Accommodation Apps For Cycle Touring
When you’re ready for a night off, here’s a few apps that might make finding a bed (or campsite) that much easier:
I have used this app’ during my cycling trip from France to Turkey. It mainly aimed at motorized travelers, iOverlander’s app is still of relevance to the cyclist, mainly because it’s the closest thing to a ‘wild camping app’. Including vehicles and bike-friendly hostels, campsites and wild camping sites
Agoda is an online platform that will help you find cheap and affordable accommodation. They are available in more than 30 countries and it is also very reliable.
We also use Agoda.com on most of our reservations and we never had an issue with it.
Agoda is also launching a new feature, called “Mix and Save”, for extra budget-conscious travelers, allowing customers to save up to 50 percent in some instances, by booking the cheapest combination of available rooms within the same hotel.
View Their website: Here
Hostelworld is also one of the world’s largest websites for booking hostels and budget accommodations.
If you’ve researched hostels in the past, chances are you’ve already come across their website. Their impressive list includes 36,000 properties in 170 countries.
A snapshot of HostelWorld in numbers:
- Around 36,000 properties
- 170 countries
- Over 10 million verified guest reviews
We have been using Hostel world many times and it is a great way to meet other travelers.
View their website: Here
I have used and continue using this app and the website all the time.
The original cycle touring hospitality exchange platform might not have taken off quite like Couchsurfing but it is still the best in my opinion.
The much-improved current version of the WarmShowers app makes searching for willing hosts much easier, with an interface that’s better and more user-friendly than the website itself. The map search function is particularly very useful.
Travel & Transport Apps For Cycle Touring
Sometimes – oftentimes – you will need to get on a plane, train or bus to get yourself and your bike from A to B before or after you ride it. That’s where the following apps may come in handy.
When it comes to searching for and booking flights, I tend to default to Aviasales, not many people know about it and that is one of the reason is so good. Mainly for its extensive filtering capabilities, as well as because it usually turns up the cheapest tickets, especially if your dates are flexible.
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Communications Apps – Meet new friends
Find a companion to join you while cycling the world is always a great option and guess what there is a few app and website for that…
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Bicycle touring is the taking of self-contained cycling trips for pleasure, adventure or autonomy rather than sport, commuting or exercise. Touring can range from single-day trips, to multi-day trips, to years
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This mobile application will allow you to meet people from all over the world and it could also be very helpful to meet new friends before you get to your future destination.
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