There’s an app for virtually every detail of a bike ride these days. Want to log your activity? There’s Strava. Want to analyse your data? Golden Cheetah’s always ready for new nerds. Want to adjust your electronic gear-shifting mechanism? Or monitor the status of your battery? There’s an app for all of these, and more. But there’s little out there for planning new, challenging and multiple-surface cycle routes. Google Maps is an option, but it’s not ideal—and Strava’s route planner doesn’t work on your mobile phone. Which is exactly why Komoot has jumped into just that space. 

Plan your route, with Komoot

Komoot seems to have found a niche in exactly the spot where the other apps fall short. Although their service is not only focused on cyclists, we are one of the main target groups. And we’re not just talking about road cycling. Want to go off road? Then it’s really easy to find a route that goes off the beaten track. A combination of tarmac and unsurfaced? Time to get the gravel bike out. Know where you want to go, but not sure what the route is like? Komoot tells you exactly how many kilometres of tarmac and unsurfaced roads you will have to deal with—and includes an elevation profile, too. Perfect if you want to set out a cycling holiday, and be prepared for a wide variety of circumstances along the way.

On the go

Komoot is free to use either in-browser or through the app, making it an ideal tool to discover new routes on the go. The only thing you do need is an internet connection, and once you’ve created an interesting route, navigation is super-simple. (If you’re not sure whether or not you will have an internet connection for the whole trip, you can download the route for offline use.) You can also save your phone’s battery by using turn-by-turn navigation. Bump up the volume and you will be told where to turn around 100m in advance.

Even if you’ve invested in a cycling computer from a manufacturer such as Sigma, Garmin or Wahoo you can also easily download a Komoot route. Just synchronise your bike computer with the Komoot route, and it will appear on your device screen. And if you want to receive directions on your wrist, there’s also an app for Apple Watch and the Samsung Gear.

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Komoot is compatbile with the newer bicycle head units of Garmin, Wahoo and Sigma. Photograph: Road Bike Connection – Tristan Cardew.

Creating a log

Once you’ve completed a route, it will appear in your Komoot log. Similarly to Strava, your route will be saved to a file that keeps track of all the routes you have ridden. If you have in-app friends, then they can also see your routes, save them and ride them themselves. If you’ve created an excellent route, you can inspire and help your friends on their way, and vice-versa.

You can download Komoot free of charge. You initially get one region included. If you want to go to the next area, then you will have to pay a one-off charge of €3.99. If you aim to plan a road trip through Europe, then there are a number of special offers. The whole world package costs a one-time payment of €19.99 (special offer price) for unlimited use—’yours forever’, as the makers say. You can also unlock single regions for a one-off charge of €3.99, which is handy if you know your holiday destination, for example. And as soon as you start using Komoot, you will realise that there are a lot more paths in the region that you thought there were, be they single track, gravel or just normal tarmac roads. Happy trails!

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