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Get on your bike: three ingenious apps for on the go






The weather invites you to go cycling, with the right app you can make the perfect excursion.

A bike trip in good weather is only really fun with the right route. We have put together apps for you that will help you with this.

Bikemap: The best bike tours

Once at the campsite, it’s time to explore the area. If you have your bicycles with you, this works particularly well. One of the leading bike map apps is Bikemap, which is available for Android and iOS. It contains around 7 million routes in over 100 countries.

These are classified according to various criteria, such as flat routes, hilly routes or uphill and downhill routes. You can search for a cycle route in your area or at a specific location. In addition, the app offers filters for the length of the route, the ascent, the type of bike and the predominant surface of the route. You will receive an elevation profile for the individual routes, you can also download the route on your smartphone in the paid version and view the route in a 3D route profile.

To help you find the optimal route for your excursion, Bikemap provides you with numerous filter criteria, including the length of the route, the optimal type of bike and the road surface.

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To help you find the optimal route for your excursion, Bikemap provides you with numerous filter criteria, including the length of the route, the optimal type of bike and the road surface.

The app costs just under 7 euros per month, just under 12 euros for 3 months or just under 35 euros for annual payments. The free version already gives you access to the most important functions, and you can even record your own routes. Overall, a well-rounded package that should not be missing on any smartphone when exploring the area by bike.

Naviki: Plan a route on the computer

The free version of the Naviki app takes a slightly different approach. Before you start a route with it, you must first define it on the computer via the browser. To do this, simply enter the start and destination and various route suggestions including the total length of the route and the altitude difference are displayed.

If you specify your bike type as an additional criterion, Naviki will adjust the route again. For the synchronization between your browser and the app you need a free account with Naviki. The specified routes are available to you in the app under “My Naviki”, from where you can start the navigation. In the free standard version, you also have the option of recording a route and making it available to other Naviki users.

After you have transferred the planned route to your smartphone, all you have to do is start the navigation in the Naviki app and your bike tour can begin.

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After you have transferred the planned route to your smartphone, all you have to do is start the navigation in the Naviki app and your bike tour can begin.

Naviki offers you numerous chargeable extensions in the app under Extras, such as route planning for mountain bikes or route planning for leisure. These cost between 4 and 5 euros once. These packages contain signposted routes and long-distance cycle routes, routes optimized for the type of bicycle and removal of the advertising banners. So if you are primarily concerned with using your smartphone as a navigation device for your planned routes at home, you have found the right app with Naviki.

Komoot: all-round app for cyclists

If you like to ride a bike and go on excursions in the mountains, you should take a closer look at the Komoot app. The provider advertises this as a bicycle, hiking and mountain bike navigation system and has thus found a fitting description. Komoot offers you access to its data either via a web browser or via an app. In addition, the service offers you numerous integration options with third-party devices such as bike computers, e-bike displays or smartwatches.

The route determination starts with the selection of the means of transport. In the case of bicycles, normal bicycles, racing bicycles and mountain bikes are available as the first filter criterion. Then you set the time span for the tour, the level of difficulty for the route and the starting point. Many of the tours are illustrated in sections, and you will also receive various tips for rest areas and sights along the way. There is also an elevation profile and, in some cases, a description of the type of path you have to take. Once you have found the right route, you can also download it to your smartphone and then start navigating.

In addition to the actual route, there are numerous references to sights and resting places that await you along the route for the individual routes. In addition, Komoot provides you with an elevation profile of the tour as well as information about the total distance and the average time.

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In addition to the actual route, there are numerous references to sights and resting places that await you along the route for the individual routes. In addition, Komoot provides you with an elevation profile of the tour as well as information about the total distance and the average time.

There are two different pricing models for Komoot: Komoot Maps gives you access to the maps of the region that you have licensed. The complete package costs just under 30 euros one-time, individual packages for certain regions cost just under 4 euros. You get the first region free of charge. For large tours over several days there is a premium package that costs around 5 euros per month and offers some additional functions such as tour weather or live tracking of your current position. A comparison of the two licenses can be found on the Komoot website.

Overview: The best apps for cycling

App name

purpose

Costs*

Bikemap

Bike routes in over 100 countries

around 7 euros a month, 12 euros for 3 months or 35 euros a year for downloading the routes to a smartphone and a 3D route profile

Komoot

Bicycle, hiking and mountain bike navigation

around 4 euros for individual packages, 9 euros for the region package, 30 euros for the world package, 5 euros per month for the premium package with tour weather, live tracking and more

Naviki

Bike navigation

between 4 and 5 euros for extensions such as route planning for mountain bikes

* All apps presented can be used free of charge with basic functions

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