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5 Handy Biking Apps to Amp Up Your Ride

Whether you’re tackling mountains, going off-road or cycling as a way to commute around your city, these apps can help you map out your route and provide important information for your ride.(Related:This Is the Perfect Pandemic Sport to Get Into Now)

Google Maps

Seriously, nothing beats good ol Google Maps, particularly for urban cyclists you can use it to explore your citys bike lanes, monitor traffic and look out for any road closures. Bonus: The street view function is nifty for anxious riders who want to preview exactly what their ride will look like (guilty as charged). maps.google.com

Toronto Cycling Map

If youre in Toronto, this is a great resource for building a customized route. The interactive map lets you select the type of biking infrastructure you prefer (such as lanes, on-street routes, multi-use trails), and you can plan your ride around the citys bike network. Toronto also maintains a system of winter cycling routes in the downtown core that are regularly snowplowed and salted. toronto.ca(Related:6 Great Spin Bikes that Cost Less Than a Peloton)

Strava

Strava is a popular mobile app that features detailed route maps, complete with distances and elevation information. You can build your own routes or engage its popularity function to browse and follow other users routes. If youre new to a city or looking to explore your own, Strava also has a heatmap that shows you the most popular routes, as well as city guides for some major centres, like Calgary and Vancouver. strava.com

RideWithGPS

RideWithGPSs free planner lets users search for routes by a number of metrics (like distance and elevation). The app is great for finding courses in unfamiliar locations, and all routes can be downloaded to most GPS devices and phones. ridewithgps.com(Related:This Is the Best Fitness App for You)

Maps.me

This offline mapping program (users can download maps) is ideal for remote routes because it will track your location in real time even without cell service. Its also great for when youre travelling and dont want to pay for an overseas phone or carrier fees. maps.me 

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