BioLogic's BikeBrain app turns iPhone into bike computer - and they make mount too (+ video)

Two versions available - one free, but £1.19 paid-for version has added features

by Simon_MacMichael   May 25, 2011  

US-based bicycle accessories company BioLogic has released a new version of its BikeBrain iPhone App packed with new features to help you get the most out of your cycling. The original free app is still available as BikeBrain Lite with the new version, BikeBrain Plus, available as an in-app purchase for £1.19.

“We launched BikeBrain at the beginning of April and had over 20,000 downloads
within the first 30 days,” says Joakim Uimonen, BikeBrain Product Manager. “And it
has a 4 1/2 star rating, so we’re on the right track. The great thing is that the success
of the app is leading to more awareness of our BioLogic iPhone-compatible hardware
and other useful cycling accessories.”

Those include handlebar mounts for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3g/3GS, the latter currently on sale at $39 from the company website. While both apps are said to be iPad compatible, you’d probably be ill-advised trying to attach one to your bars, so an iPad mount is one product the company doesn’t have in its line up.

Other products include dynamo powered rechargers for the Apple iPhone as well as USB-powered devices, CycleTunes Speakers and the Blast Airhorn.

As for the BikeBrain Plus app itself, that includes the features you’d normally expect from an iPhone-based bike computer such as GPS mapping and the ability to export ride data, including publishing it to Google Maps. It also allows logging of interval training, a calorie counter, sharing unlimited routes through Facebook and Twitter and unlimited training duration and distance, both the latter features being restricted in the free version.

The following video takes you through the features of BikeBrain Lite and BikeBrain Plus.

Uimonen says that it was the success of the company’s iPhone cases that inspired the app. “When sales of our bike-mounted iPhone cases took off, we knew a lot of people
were using their iPhone on their bikes,” he explains.

“With the increased capabilities of BikeBrain Plus you really don’t need to buy a separate dedicated cycling computer to keep track of your rides. You can have all of your cycling data right there on your phone, and now you can share that information easily and quickly with your friends and family.”
 

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Never as good as a proper dedicated GPS system. I've tried many such Apps on my iPhone and they've all come back with vague data as you're vunerable to the phone's GPS system, which is lightweight at best. Pretty graphic interface too that really gives you all the data you want.

Sean

posted by seanieh66 [195 posts]
26th May 2011 - 7:47

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Nerd Still bought it though as that Garmin Edge 800 is still in the post Wink

Sean

posted by seanieh66 [195 posts]
26th May 2011 - 7:51

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Maybe iphone GPS is dodgy, but my android phone (Motorola Dext, custom rom) records great data.

Motorola build them like tanks, too - mine's hit the road twice, 3 times if you include a fall when it was in my jersey pocket, and it's still going strong).

The standard firmware is pants, but easy to replace Smile

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posted by PJ McNally [591 posts]
26th May 2011 - 8:54

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I've got an HTC Desire and that records good positional data too. The thing that an Edge 800 (other GPS units are available) has over a phone is the battery life. That and the fact that the backlit LCD screen is legible even when it's not backlit, unlike an OLED phone screen which just goes blank.

Got a 5Ah backup battery for my phone which helps Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7468 posts]
26th May 2011 - 8:59

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Will be interesting when they add Ant+ Sport wireless capability, for cadence sensors, heart rate monitors etc...

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1368 posts]
26th May 2011 - 10:11

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Phone battery issues? Flight mode is your friend.

I know it sounds odd, but on (at least some) Android phones, GPS works fine in flight mode. The thing sucking most power is the antenna. Taskiller helps you economize, too.

Some phones, I think, will only do this if you turn GPS on, get a lock, then go into flight mode. Others (Motorola, standard firmware) won't do it at all. Im using modded HTC firmware on Motorola hardware, and it works a treat!

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posted by PJ McNally [591 posts]
26th May 2011 - 10:41

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