Best cycling apps: Plan routes, stay safe, track your fitness and more

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The best cycling apps can cover all your cycling needs, either for free or for a small subscription. 

You can plan your rides and get route ideas from other riders, then navigate your route. While you're riding, you can record where you've been, how fast and with how much effort and you can keep a record of this longer term to see trends. You can also allow others to keep track of where you are and there are apps which will call for help if you have a crash.

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Paul has been on two wheels since he was in his teens and he's spent much of the time since writing about bikes and the associated tech. He's a road cyclist at heart but his adventurous curiosity means Paul has been riding gravel since well before it was cool, adapting his cyclo-cross bike to ride all-day off-road epics and putting road kit to the ultimate test along the way. Paul has contributed to Cyclingnews' tech coverage for a few years, helping to maintain the freshness of our buying guides and deals content, as well as writing a number of our voucher code pages.