How do you keep track of when you need a new chain, or when your cogset is worn out? You don’t, do you? You just keep riding till stuff stops working right or something breaks. Don’t feel too bad lots of athletes, of all levels, do it. Most of us have so much going on in our lives that its tough enough finding time to fit in training much less keep track of proper bike maintenance. After all that’s what your favorite mechanic is for right?
Well now you can help yourself (and your mechanic) out a bit with two new apps that will help you keep track of when you need to renew the “consumable” parts of your bike, i.e. chains, cogs, chainrings, brakes, cables, etc.
The PedalWrencher.com app is pretty straight forward. You simply register, state how old your current components are, and link with STRAVA (what can’t STRAVA do these days). Once your parts need to be changed you will get a text notifying you what needs to be changed and suggesting a bike shop to do so.
Its free, its easy, and there’s no catch. In fact if we at dirtTRI were in charge we’d suggest getting shops to offer discounts to app users, but that’s just us.
Much like Pedal Wrencher the Feedback Sports app allows you to upload component age and other information and can serve to remind you of needed maintenance. However, it does not track your riding via GPS and incorporate this into automatic notifications. Basically this is a much more simple app which serves to keep all your bike maintenance information in one easy to find location. While it is not a sexy as Pedal Wrencher it does serve its purpose and may appeal to the non-STRAVA users. Plus, its free, so hey…why not?
While these two apps are similar but different they are both well worth the free price tag which might actually save you some money in maintenance costs by reminding you of maintenance needs before things start failing, which often leads to needing more work done.