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Cycling app of the week: Sweatcoin

Get paid for moving around! Sweatcoin converts movement into 'sweatcoins' that can be swapped for gadgets, vouchers and fitness classes, and it works for cycling in most cases
What is it? 
Simply put, Sweatcoin rewards you for moving - you earn one 'sweatcoin' per 1000 steps, and the coins can be used to get access to special offers and even for buying whole products for free. You don't need to keep it running in the background (the app takes care of step tracking for you), and after signing up you just need to allow Sweatcoin to access your phone's native GPS recording app, and supply your mobile number and email. There's also a social aspect, with a a leaderboard so you can compete with your friends, and you can also send and receive Sweatcoins to others using the virtual wallet. 
The offers change daily, with some noticeably more attractive than others. You can get money off products and free vouchers with relatively few coins - for example, today there's a tub of recovery protein powder going for £4.50 plus 215 sweatcoins, when the RRP is usally £19.50; and a £15 voucher to spend at a clothing retailer for 150 sweatcoins. There are some 'too good to be true' offers, just about obtainable but complicated to take advantage of; such as an iPhone8 and £500 in Amazon vouchers. These are listed under 'group offers', and requires you to pull in Sweatcoins from friends to amass enough to get hold of the iPhone (a whopping 20,000 coins), and you then get entered into a draw for the chance of getting one. The voucher offers are distributed between your group of Sweatcoiners. 
Although the algorithm isn't optimised for cycling, the app does record cycling as 'steps' per revolution "in most cases" if you keep your phone in a back pocket. It works best in a cargo pocket at the moment, and Sweatcoin are improving their algorithm so it records cycling more efficiently in the future, so it's worth keeping an eye out for developments. 
How can it help me?
If you need some motivation to jump on your bike or walk/jog to work instead of driving, Sweatcoin is about as good an incentive there is. Some of the free products you can get are genuinely useful for tracking your health too, such as a body fat scale and blood pressure monitor on offer at the moment for 2500 and 2000 sweatcoins. 
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What makes it unique?
There are other reward-based apps, but none that are so simplistic and with such potentially good offers available . Unless you really can't afford the memory on your phone, it's worth having just in case something catches your eye one day - if you forget about it it's surprising how many coins you can amass! 
Where can I get it? 
Sweatcoin is free to download on both Android and iOS (compatible with an iPhone 5 or newer)

After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake. 

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