My iBiker Review, Is It A Gem Or A Dud?

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iBiker Fitness App

I’m an affiliate marketer, but I’m also an avid cyclist, so I thought I’d review my fitness app here on my affiliate marketing blog.  I hope you don’t mind.

This review is for iBiker, an app for Apple smart phones, iPad, and iPod Touch, that lets you track several functions of your workout using GPS. Here’s the basic information:

  • Seller: Fitdigits, Inc
  • Size: 68.4 MB
  • Category: Sports
  • Compatibility: Requires IOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iphone, ipad, and iPod touch.
  • Location: This app could use your location even when the app isn’t open. This may decrease battery life.
  • Price: Free
  • Upgrades: Plus – one time cost of $6.99, Pro Plus – $9.99/year, Star – $39.99/year.
  • In-app purchases: Enable sensors – #2.99, Pro upgrade – $7.99, Fitness Assessment – $3.99

Free version features:

  • GPS routes available for outdoor rides
  • Adjustable voice feedback for intervals, laps, etc.
  • In-workout metrics to aid you in achieving your workout goals for distance, duration, calories burned and more
  • Health metric tracking including weight, blood pressure, resting pulse, sleep, etc.
  • Syncs to the web for easy access
  • You can share your workouts, charts, and maps on social media.

Plus features include:

  • All free features plus
  • Heart rate tracking with compatible heart rate monitor (Bluetooth)
  • Track real-effort calories
  • Real-time heart rate charts
  • Recovery feature allows you to see heart rate recovery

How It Works

I have used iBiker for over two years now. I used to use a bike computer, with the sensor attached to the fork and the magnet on one of the spokes. I’m sure you’ve seen them, and you’ve probably owned a few if you ride. Once I found iBiker, I took the computer off my bike, because the app does everything that the computer did, at least as far as the functions I wanted.

All I need to do is select the Bike function (shown above), and when I’m ready to ride I touch the arrow button on the lower right of my screen. The app syncs with GPS, and then begins a 5-second countdown. I have a Quad Lock mount for my phone on my handlebars so I can see my progress as I go, but if you carry your phone in a pocket you will receive verbal notifications at the intervals you have set previously. After the countdown iBiker begins recording your ride.

As you ride, you can switch screens if you want to see your route, your variations in speed, or elevation gain/loss by swiping the screen. The app records the duration of your ride, the distance ridden, max MPH, average MPH, calories burned, CPM average, elevation ascent, and elevation descent.

If you stop during the ride, the app has an automatic pause function that can be turned on or off. It pauses the recording after 5 seconds without moving. You can also manually pause and resume. When you pause manually you are given the option to resume or end the workout.

At the end of the ride there is a screen for notes so you can record any highlights, the weather, your mood, and more.

iBiker also keeps a record of your rides for the year, and will display a summary for the current month, year, or all rides since the app want active. You can also set a custom summary for between the dates that you pick.

Besides an app for the bike, there is a page for recording Cardio, Hiking, Indoor Cycle, Running, Walking, and more. You are able to choose nearly any other physical activity and add it to your list.

I have found iBiker to be a very reliable and easy-to-use app for recording my rides. I have also recorded hikes and walks.

My Opinion

I give iBiker 4 out of 5 stars. It’s colorful, responsive, customizable, and easy to use. For a free app, it can’t be beat. I upgraded to Plus and it does everything I need.

Pros And Cons

Pros

1. It’s free. You can’t beat free for something that works this well.

2. It’s user-friendly and colorful

3. All the activity is recorded by GPS so there is no need for a bike computer.

4. You can record several activities, and that is customizable too.

5. You can track health vitals such as weight and blood pressure, and more

6. Upgrades are not expensive (if you want or need them).

Cons

1. If you pause manually and start to ride without touching the RESUME button, the app will not resume automatically and record your travel and you will lose the data from where you paused to where you manually resume.

2. The app averages your rides, but uses a formula for riding every day, and if you don’t ride every day, your averages are off. You can always divide total distance by the number of rides for an accurate average distance per ride, but you’d think the app owner would fix the issue.

For example, so far this year I’ve ridden 34 times for a total of 785 miles. That averages to 23 miles per ride. The app shows my average distance as 8.9 miles per ride. I’ve contacted app support with the problem and they say that a fix is in the works.

3. The app uses battery power from your phone. I use a power pack that I plug my phone into when I start a ride so I won’t use up my battery. A 35-40 mile ride using the app and listening to a playlist can run a fully charged phone down to nothing. I don’t think this is really a con, because I don’t think there is an app available that uses GPS that doesn’t do the same thing.

Conclusion

This is a great app for cyclists, and for hikers, runners, and walkers. I like the screens, the functions, and that it’s customizable. It has worked great for the last 2+ years for me and I expect to get several more years from it. I heartily recommend it.

Where Can You Get It?

It’s available from the App store on your phone, pad, or pod.

Thanks for reading my post. Leave a comment if you have a question, or if you have something to add.

I”m Grant

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