Road Bike Cycling Computer – GPS, Offline Maps, Speed and Cadence Sensor powered by runtastic (Free) by runtastic is a utility app for outdoor activities; it’s aimed especially at cyclists who enjoy working up a sweat in the open air. Its GPS capabilities allow you to keep track of exactly where you have been and how fast you got there and back.
To start off, the app allows you to log in using either Facebook or an account that you can create on the spot. This enables sharing of your stats online. You aren’t required to use a login though, and have the option to just get straight into the action.
The stopwatch on the “Sessions” tab will show you the usual time, distance, speed and calories burned. If you have sensors set up with the app, you can also keep track of your heart rate or cadence.
Once you start recording a session, I suggest you immediately put the phone to sleep manually or you may inadvertently stop the app and not record data. Upon pressing “start” you’ll get a 15 second countdown which you can change to five, 10 or 30 seconds or even just cancel.
You can also start or stop recording through the middle click on the Apple headphones you received with your iPhone. Every mile, you’ll have an announcement of your current distance, speed and time. In the lite version you are allowed only two announcements and then must upgrade for $9.99 for further announcements.
Once you have completed and saved a session, it will be available to view at any time under the “History” tab. From there you can also share your stats on Facebook, Twitter or through an email.
This app doesn’t have the same flexibility as some other similar apps and is double the price. Personally, I wouldn’t make this my first choice. However, it has more than enough to get the job done well and allows you to test its functionality through a lite version.