This week we've been reading up about the Faraday Porteur electric bike, a Kickstarter project for beautifully designed, electric bikes. The bike is packed with tech that is hidden within the design, just the way we like. Some of us already have bikes and won't be investing in the Faraday anytime soon, so we decided to share some of our favorite biking apps.
MyTracks: This Android app is a good choice for the more casual rider. The app works for any outdoor activity like running, hiking or biking. You can access real-time stats on your speed and where you're traveling. All you have to do is hit the menu and select "record track" to get started. If you find favorite hidden routes you like to take, MyTracks records all the routes so you can revisit them next time. If you're feeling generous, you can also share the routes with friends.
Endomondo: Endomondo is kind of like Nike+ except it's free. The app lets you monitor your sports activity performance over time and connect with a community of people who are using Endomondo and love outdoor activities too. This app is more fitting for the sports or fitness enthusiast and is ideal for setting goals too.
Bike Basket Pies: An app created by the San Francisco-based service that delivered pies to people via bicycle, the Bike Basket Pies app teaches you how to create the perfect pies to make your own bicycle deliveries. There are 14 seasonal pie recipes to choose from, including Pear Ginger and Potato, Leek and Cheddar. An app that combines food with cycling and tech — what's not to love?
MapMyRun: Another free exercise tracking app is MapMyRun, and we like it because of the interface design. This app is more interactive and aesthetically pleasing than the others. We also like how the site helps you connect with other runners, find an event, or start a training plan.
Strava: Strava is another runner and cyclist favorite. It works basically the same as the other apps. You download the app, go on your exercise route, and track your results on the Strava website afterwards. Strava also has a partnership with the 2012 Tour de France where you can see the segment of the day leaderboard. Definitely fitting for more intense cyclers and runners.
(Images 1. Faraday Bikes, 2. Endomondo, 3. Bike Basket Pies)