Version Reviewed: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5
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Thanks to the diverse App Store, iOS users can take their phones with them on bike rides. There are many different apps to use that replace cycling computers, but one in particular that is worth noting is BikeMeter. BikeMeter tracks cycling performance and keeps track of numbers and statistics to help users improve their rides. Additionally, the app logs GPS data to provide a visual profile.
To get started, the app can be placed on the handlebars or in a secured pocket. To start a ride, simply tap New Ride and it immediately begins recording. There’s a pause button at the bottom of the screen for when users need to take a break. At the top of the screen users can see all their data; such as the speed, average miles per hour, distance, and grade. Tapping on any of these numbers reveals a list that users can select to fine tune the date to suit their needs; such as the grade, elevation, max speed and wind. Furthermore, BikeMeter uses the GPS to also generate an appealing visual ride profile. Users can view the graph at the bottom of the screen and they can also swipe to see a map of their ride.
The main screen also features two other buttons: Stats and Rides. Stats displays overall numbers of the total rides stored on the iPhone like total duration, total distance, and total climbed. The Rides button features all the past rides that can be renamed. Users can go in and view data, take snapshots to share with friends on Twitter or Facebook, and even import and export PGX data in iTunes or email to use with third-party apps. For those who want more from BikeMeter, it’s possible to connect a heart rate monitor via Bluetooth.
After testing BikeMeter out over the weekend, I was satisfied with how smoothly the app works and how appealing it looks. It has a simple and well-designed interface, but it also is powerful and engaging. The only downfall that I noted is that the app has no way to keep track of calories burned. It would be ideal to enter my weight and height, and even set a calorie burned goal. All in all, BikeMeter is great for anyone who rides their bike often and is looking for a way to keep track of their stats. It’s also a fun way for anyone to improve their lives by exercising more as the app helps users strive to be better. BikeMeter is currently free for a limited time, so snatch it up before the price increases to $2.99.