iPhone App Review – Cyclemeter

We’re slowly working on getting the blog back online, but I wanted to get the first new post online first while I work on restoring the rest. Continuing my series of iPhone App reviews, I have decided to review Cyclemeter from Abvio

1) Basic Features

Cyclemeter acts as a fully featured replacement for your bike computer, using GPS to give you speed, distance and average speed information as you ride. However, because of the GPS functionality, it can give you a map of your ride, complete with elevation data. These routes can then be saved and then compared when you ride them again – this functionality is very easy to use and would be extremely helpful for competitive riders.

Rating: ★★★★★

2) Further Features

However, Cyclemeter takes the basic concept a lot further – in this latest version, there are many added features including integration with facebook and twitter, a calendar where all your rides are recorded. I was particularly happy with the ability to manually add rides to the calendar for those times you don’t use the app. Perhaps most impressively though is the “announcement” feature. At preset intervals, or when the inline remote is pressed, the app can read out your speed, distance and more information of your choice – it can also let you know whether you are faster or slower than usual on any given route, all without having to even look at your phone. Another extremely useful feature is the “Stop Detection”. This will detect when you have stopped riding and stop the clock automatically. All of these make Cyclemeter stand out from the competition, and indeed most dedicated GPS devices.

The log of your rides can also be exported into CSV format, along with GPX files of the GPS tracking. This makes keeping record of your rides easier than ever.

Rating: ★★★★★

3) Battery Life

My main worry when I first purchased the app was that the battery consumption would make it almost unusable. However, I was pleasantly surprised. On an iPhone 4, the battery level only dropped by 12% on a 90 minute ride. This makes it more than usable for longer rides, so may go some way into replacing a dedicated GPS unit. I should add that I was not using the screen much during this time.

Rating: ★★★★★

4) Price

Priced at £2.99, the Cyclemeter app is, I think, very reasonably priced considering its features. My only criticism is that for the announcements to be used, a voice pack must be purchased for £0.59, which is a bit irritating especially when you have just bought the app with that functionality in mind.

Rating: ★★★★☆

5) Overall

Cyclemeter is, on the whole, a brilliant app. For me, it achieves more than I need it for, and the price saves me a few hundred pounds over a dedicated Garmin unit. The training and analysis features are second to none and the battery life was better than expected. My only area of disappointment was the need for an added purchase for the announcements. Some functionality for navigation would also be a welcome addition.

Rating: ★★★★½

About Matt

I'll admit to being a bit of a kit freak, but cycling is a great sport for that! I've ridden a bike since I can remember, and now mainly cycle on road and on tour. I completed JOGLE in 2010 and plan to tour Europe next year. This blog is my place for product reviews, guides and my opinions on cycling in the UK