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    What are the best mtb trail apps in your opinion? I went trail riding last night and I wanted the following functions:

    * Distance traveled. Should include distance across twisty lines not just point-to-point straight lines.
    * Total elevation traveled. If I go up 100 feet, down 100 feet, up 100 feet, the app should have the option to record total elevation traveled as 200 feet
    * Average speed
    * Nice to have - speed over specific areas. For example, what was my average speed on mile 3 out of 5?

    Those are the initial basic functions that occurred to me off hand that I would like in an mtb app. What are some other functions that you find useful in your app or that you'd like to have?

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    Strava when I'm not wanting to use my bike computer. My Wahoo ELEMNT Bolt does all that stuff though. If you want accurate data, a single app may not do it for you. It would be better to just get a couple sensors and use a bike computer. I use a speed sensor on my mountain bike and a power meter, speed, and cadence sensor on the road bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by titus View Post
    What are the best mtb trail apps in your opinion? I went trail riding last night and I wanted the following functions:

    * Distance traveled. Should include distance across twisty lines not just point-to-point straight lines.
    * Total elevation traveled. If I go up 100 feet, down 100 feet, up 100 feet, the app should have the option to record total elevation traveled as 200 feet
    * Average speed
    * Nice to have - speed over specific areas. For example, what was my average speed on mile 3 out of 5?

    Those are the initial basic functions that occurred to me off hand that I would like in an mtb app. What are some other functions that you find useful in your app or that you'd like to have?
    Sounds to me like you want:
    Strava
    Map My Ride/Run
    Cyclemeter

    To get your "nice to have" you will probably need a GPS device such as Garmin or others (then set a lap for your desired mile). Garmin for example allows you to set an auto distance for a lap, or you can press the lap button). With a GPS device such as Garmin you would probably want to add a speed sensor.

    I personally do know know if any phone apps will allow you to set a lap.

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    Strava is pretty inaccurate if you actually want data that is relevant. Run it next to a handheld GPS and itís always off a solid 10-15% in elevation and 2-3% in mileage. It always gives you more, which Iím guessing is a pretty good marketing tool.


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    Strava, but I run my Garmin 520 and it uploads it to Strava.

    I've been Ride with GPS curious though.
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    Alltrails does most of that. I'm sure it has the usual GPS inaccuracy as to distance and elevation.

    It's probably hiking or "multisport" oriented, but has fairly complete maps of all the trails around here (Dallas).

    It's free, check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    Strava, but I run my Garmin 520 and it uploads it to Strava.

    I've been Ride with GPS curious though.
    I upload data to Strava but use RWGPS to lay out courses that I download to my Garmin.
    What, me worry?

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    If you can get it to work, Relive is pretty cool. The app has had some recent compatibilty issues this past year.

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    Elevation is going to be all over the place as thereís not a GPS made that can consistently track elevation. Some of the better dedicated cycling GPS units will have a barometric sensor which helps, phones not likely. The issue with GPS only elevation is just that the type of signal and geometry to the satellites doesnít lend itself to accurate elevation location. Latitude and Longitude - Yes, up/down, not so much.

    Sending to Strava can help as they can compare your recorded track to others and average and correct the data. Not sure if Garmin Connect does this and I donít think RWGPS does.

    As well, note that in deep wooded areas with a lot of foliage, all GPS units can have errors while tracking, mostly due to the weak GPS signal that the unit receives. Is why a lot of mt. bikers uses a speed sensor whose data a GPS device will use to record distance. Far more accurate at times.

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