The 7 Best Free & Paid Indoor Cycling Apps to Keep You Engaged in 2022

Best Indoor Cycling Apps: A women riding on a Saris bike trainer looking at the icons of the best indoor cycling apps (Zwift, ROUVY, TrainerRoad, Wahoo SYSTM, Wahoo RGT, Kinomap, and FulGaz).

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These are the best free and paid indoor cycling apps. I tried & tested them all, so you don’t have to.

I will also help you orient yourself in them and recommend which one you should use based on your goals.

All apps below will take your indoor training to the next level – they will keep you engaged and motivated.

Together with your self-discipline and effort, they will help you increase your fitness.

Some of them even allow you to visit beautiful places worldwide virtually.

Are you ready to learn more?

Let’s dive in.

What Are the Best Indoor Cycling Apps?

The best indoor cycling apps are those apps that offer a free trial so that you can try them without strings attached.

They should be available on major platforms like Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and Apple TV.

They should also help you meet your goals (e.g., improve fitness, have fun, virtually visit places worldwide, etc.).

I selected the following apps based on these criteria. I also tried them all to understand better how they work and who they are for.

Feel free to skip to the comparison table to compare all apps that I tested.

Zwift

Game-inspired cycling app that makes indoor cycling fun…

Zwift Indoor Cycling App
  • Ideal for: People who like playing games or look for social interactivity, competitiveness, racing, and fun
  • Price: 14.99 USD / month
  • Free trial: 7 days (limited to 25 km)
  • Connectivity: ANT+ FE-C, Bluetooth, BLE FTMS
  • OS Compatibility: Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Apple TV

Zwift is the most popular indoor cycling app out there. Eric Min, the co-founder of Zwift, said in an interview for Forbes that they had about 3 million subscribers and, at one point, around 45,000 simultaneous users (2021).

The Zwift app consists of a virtual world and avatars representing individual riders. It’s a game for cyclists, triathletes, and runners.

Screenshot from my ride in the London world in Zwift
Can you guess what city I ride in in the screenshot?

In addition to the virtual world, one of Zwift’s main features is the social element. It allows you to ride with your friends or people from all over the world. Thanks to the Zwift Companion app, you can interact with others using the in-built chat. You can also set goals, see your stats, etc.

What I also like about Zwift is the effort with which they improve it. They expand their worlds, features, etc. However, the in-app physics is not as sophisticated as in Wahoo RGT.

Zwift also leverages many gamification elements. As you ride, you gain experience (and drops) that translate into levels. Levels unlock new equipment you can buy for drops to build your “dream setup.”

Zwift's Garage - choose a frame
Zwift Garage

There are also various challenges and achievements. If you enjoy games, you will enjoy Zwift!

Thanks to its popularity, many websites, videos, and other content have been created with tips and tricks to help you get the most out of Zwift. I can recommend Zwift Hub, Zwift Insider, or What’s on Zwift.

Paradoxically, the main disadvantage of Zwift is the virtual world. After discussions with fellow cyclists, I found that it reminds them of children’s games. It’s too cartoonish. Additionally, the number of worlds/routes is limited.

Zwift Routes.
Zwift Routes

Therefore, apps with real-world routes like ROUVY or FulGaz are great Zwift alternatives.

Zwift can be considered a pioneer among indoor cycling apps. It is not the first application of its kind, but definitely the most popular.

If you don’t have a trainer yet, make sure to check out my selection of the best bike trainers for Zwift to get the best zwifting experience possible.

…or read my in-depth Zwift review.


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ROUVY

Thousands of beautiful routes from around the globe…

Rouvy Indoor Cycling App
  • Ideal for: People who want to visit beautiful places worldwide, do structured workouts, or race
  • Price: 15 USD / month or 144 USD / year
  • Free trial: 14 days
  • Connectivity: ANT+ FE-C, Bluetooth
  • OS Compatibility: Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Apple TV

ROUVY was founded by two brothers from the Czech Republic. In 2011, they partnered with Saris Group (CycleOps brand back then), and ROUVY quickly grew in the foreign market.

These days, ROUVY belongs to one of the most popular indoor cycling training apps out there. According to the company, the g’rouvy’ing community counts hundreds of thousands of registered users.

ROUVY differentiates itself from the other apps by offering real-world recordings of famous climbs and routes.

These recordings are augmented with a virtual avatar and other ride data from your bike trainer or 3rd party sensors.

This makes your training more realistic, and you can explore beautiful places worldwide from the comfort of your home. Currently, there are more than 10,000 video routes in their database.

Screenshot from my ride in Arabba - Passo Pordoi in ROUVY
Me climbing Passo Pordoi

Unique is also the possibility to ride official routes of races like Vuelta a España, IRONMAN, Tour de Suisse, and many others, and compare your performance with the elite WorldTour and triathlon. Eventually, you can compare your times against Strava KOM.

You can even create your own rides and invite friends to join you on a group ride. So if you have a favorite route in your area, take a video of it, upload it to the app, and start riding.

Runners can use ROUVY too. It works on the same principle as cycling.

ROUVY also introduced a new Career at the beginning of 2022 to keep you motivated and engaged. But it’s not as sophisticated as in Zwift (yet).

On the other hand, they have a database of 10,000+ routes to ensure your workouts’ diversity.

ROUVY In-App Routes Library
ROUVY in-app routes library

Another feature introduced in 2022 is the OmniMode. It allows you to change camera views (rear and panoramic views). ROUVY team had to record the routes using 360° cameras to make this happen.

I recommend ROUVY for every rider who doesn’t like the virtuality of Zwift and wants to enjoy the beautiful sceneries of famous routes in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and many more countries.

…or read my in-depth ROUVY review.

TrainerRoad

One of the best apps for improving your performance…

TrainerRoad Indoor Cycling App
  • Ideal for: Serious and dedicated athletes who want to push their limits and improve performance
  • Price: 19.95 USD / month or 189 USD / year
  • Free trial: n/a (30-day money-back guarantee)
  • Connectivity: ANT+ FE-C, Bluetooth, BLE FTMS
  • OS Compatibility: Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Apple TV

TrainerRoad is a different type of indoor cycling app. It mainly focuses on improving your performance than on pleasing you visually.

My ride data in TrainerRoad
My ride data in TrainerRoad

TrainerRoad is ideal for serious cyclists who want to take their results to the next level and maybe win some races.

Its main focus is on structured workouts. It can create personalized training plans based on your goals (they have a handy Plan Builder for this). Their library includes plenty of them. Of course, you can upload your own.

TrainerRoad Training Plans and Plan Builder in web app
TrainerRoad plan builder

TrainerRoad developers even implemented artificial intelligence to adjust your workouts based on your data, the latest coaching principles, etc. They call it Adaptive Training, which helps you make the most of your training.

Jonathan Lee, TrainerRoad communications director, told me that they plan to constantly improve this feature to find the best way to make you faster.

TrainerRoad can also count your outdoor workouts into your whole training plan and adjust it properly based on your fatigue, fitness, etc. This is great if you combine your indoor workouts with outdoor training.

I also cannot forget to mention the analytics tools you get in the TrainerRoad web app. It will help you scrutinize your training and learn from it.

My Ramp Test Results in TrainerRoad web app
My ramp test results in TrainerRoad

The reliability and connectivity of TrainerRoad are also flawless. It’s the best-rated indoor cycling app on Google Play and Apple Store.

Remember that the best way to use TrainerRoad is with a smart trainer with a precise and reliable ERG mode. However, this setup is not required, and you can use a budget wheel-on trainer with a power meter, for example.

I am sure you will like using TrainerRoad, but if not, you can take advantage of their 30-day money-back guarantee.

…or read my in-depth TrainerRoad review.

Wahoo SYSTM (formerly known as The Sufferfest)

Comprehensive training platform for a wide range of (endurance) athletes…

Wahoo SYSTM Cycling App
  • Ideal for: People who appreciate a versatile approach to their training and endurance athletes
  • Price: 14.99 USD / month or 129 USD / year – you can subscribe to Wahoo X to get access to Wahoo SYSTM and Wahoo RGT at the same price
  • Free trial: 14 days
  • Connectivity: ANT+ FE-C, BLE FTMS
  • OS Compatibility: Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Apple TV

Wahoo SYSTM (formerly known as The Sufferfest) is for cyclists, swimmers, yogis, and people who want to strengthen their mental health and body.

This makes this app unique and suitable for a wide range of athletes.

Its advantage is that you can download the training library and use the application offline.

SYSTM won’t provide you with the social element. It focuses on you and you only (unlike Zwift).

The individual workouts are accompanied by recordings (these vary depending on the interval you ride) and your ride data. It’s an FPV, meaning you won’t find a virtual avatar in SYSTM.

Wahoo SYSTM Funny Quote: Only Couchlandrians hold back. And that is certainly not you.
Wahoo SYSTM is full of (sometimes funny) quotes

Thanks to many disciplines, you don’t even need a bike trainer for this app. What I mean is that you can strengthen your core muscles, for example, by following their structured videos.

Wahoo SYSTM Library (Cycling, running, swimming, etc.).
Wahoo SYSTM sports library

The SYSTM workout library is extensive and well thought out. The workouts were designed by Neal Henderson, an acclaimed coach whose athletes have won over 47 titles in various disciplines, Grand Tour stage wins, and Olympic medals.

I like SYSTM’s approach to determining your fitness level. They designed the so-called 4-dimensional power that tests you more comprehensively and categorizes your rider type.

It’s more precise (especially for sprint intervals) than just determining your FTP, allowing you to target the exact watts you need.

Wahoo SYSTM 4DP Test Results with detailed description of rider profile
My 4DP test results

I quickly chatted with SYSTM’s head of marketing, Dylan Robbins. They plan to release many features and expand their libraries. Let’s see how they succeed.

The main disadvantage of SYSTM is the lack of a social element. SYSTM is great for riders who take their training seriously and who want to learn more about their strengths and weaknesses.

…or read my in-depth Wahoo SYTM review.

Wahoo RGT (formerly RGT Cycling) – The Best Free Indoor Cycling App

Virtual cycling with real-life-like physics…

Wahoo RGT Review: Screenshot from Zwift app put into MacBook Pro mockup
  • Ideal for: People who want to try virtual cycling on a budget
  • Price: Free or 14.99 USD / month, 129 USD / year – you can subscribe to Wahoo X to get access to Wahoo RGT and Wahoo SYSTM at the same price
  • Free trial: 14 days
  • Connectivity: ANT+ FE-C, BLE FTMS
  • OS Compatibility: Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Apple TV

Wahoo RGT (formerly known as RGT Cycling) is the only indoor cycling app on this list with a free plan and premium subscription.

The free plan won’t allow you to access structured workouts, the workouts library, or create events, but it is sufficient if you want to try the app before paying for the Wahoo X subscription. Wahoo X provides you with access to Wahoo RGT and Wahoo SYSTM.

Wahoo RGT has more realistic graphics and physics than Zwift. The world is virtual, but it is inspired by real roads from around the globe.

Me riding in Wahoo RGT (Wahoo branding)
RGT Cycling to Wahoo RGT – Wahoo branding

One of the main advantages is the ability to control the application directly via your phone. It’s very convenient and user-friendly (for example, you don’t have to reach for the mouse, keyboard, or remote).

Unlike Zwift, you can easily choose which part of the road you want to start your training. The movement of the avatar is also more realistic, especially during descents. It slows down automatically before corners and hairpins.

The number of available roads is pretty limited, though, so they may get repetitive over time.

However, you can submit a route you ride in your area, and the RGT team will create a ‘magic road’ with the same profile but a pre-prepared world.

Moto view of a Magic Road in RGT Cycling
Me at the start of a Magic Road in Wahoo RGT (moto view)

The last downside I found is the lack of the social aspect and gamification elements leading to lower motivation for long-term use. However, this should change after the acquisition by Wahoo.

Wahoo RGT is the closest Zwift alternative. It’s perfect for people who don’t like the Zwift graphics, want to enjoy riding on virtual roads inspired by the real world and don’t need so much external motivation.

…or read my in-depth Wahoo RGT (RGT Cycling) review.


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Kinomap

An underestimated training platform not only for cyclists…

Kinomap: Screenshot of Kinomap website in a MacBook Pro mockup.
  • Ideal for: Cyclists, runners, or rowers who need to train in all weather conditions…
  • Price: 11.99 EUR / month or 89.99 EUR / year or 269.99 EUR / lifetime
  • Free trial: 14 days
  • Connectivity: ANT+ FE-C, BLE FTMS
  • OS Compatibility: Android, iOS (screen mirroring available)

Kinomap is a training platform for cyclists, runners, and rowers. It includes structured free rides, training plans, and coaching plans.

Like FulGaz, Kinomap also only plays video and doesn’t augment it as ROUVY. The Kinomap community also contributes to the comprehensive routes library, providing you with countless possibilities.

Kinomap routes library on the desktop.
Kinomap route library on the desktop

Its user interface is pretty intuitive and easy to navigate. I was surprised by the high quality of their video footage. Of course, some routes are better than others.

Screenshot of Arc dde Triomphe in Paris in the Kinomap app (FHD quality).
Arc de Triomphe in Paris in FHD quality

The main disadvantage of Kinomap is that they don’t have Windows or macOS apps. However, it can mirror the video to these devices via a browser. It has almost no latency and works well.

Social interactivity is also limited. You can see the leaderboards, but you can’t chat with others or race.

I am sure you will find routes or workouts that will suit you in Kinomap. Just remember, you have to be internally motivated because it doesn’t leverage gamification elements.

…or read my in-depth Kinomap review.

FulGaz

A comprehensive routes video library played without distractions and in the best possible quality…

FulGaz Indoor Cycling App
  • Ideal for: People who want to explore distraction-free footage from thousands of places worldwide
  • Price: 12.99 USD / month or 108.99 USD / year
  • Free trial: 14 days
  • Connectivity: ANT+ FE-C, BLE FTMS
  • OS Compatibility: Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Apple TV

FulGaz is one of the applications that pay attention to details and ease of use. The initial setup and pairing with smart trainers are straightforward, and the app itself is intuitive.

One of the main added values of FulGaz is the quality of the footage of up to 4K. Therefore, you can easily transfer yourself to the summer Alps, for example, and forget about the winter outside.

The routes library is extensive, thanks to the cycling community from all over the world contributing the footage. Not every video is accepted, though.

FulGaz library sorted by elevation gain.
Fulgaz library

In FulGaz, you can ride solo or organize group rides. Remember, there is no drafting, so it’s only up to you and your fitness to keep up with others!

The lack of social interaction (as we know it from Zwift) is probably the biggest disadvantage for some riders. Personally, I don’t mind it as much.

I also asked the FulGaz team what their plans for the future are and found out that they want to host more events and bring the community of cyclists closer together. Hopefully, they will succeed.

Overall, FulGaz is a good alternative to ROUVY and other apps that use real-world footage for people who don’t mind the lack of social interaction.

…or read my in-depth FulGaz review.


AppPriceFree TrialWorldMultiplayerConnectivityPlatform Availability
Zwift14.99 USD / month7 daysVirtualYesANT+ FE-C, Bluetooth, BLE FTMSAndroid, iOS, Windows, macOS, Apple TV
ROUVY15 USD / month
144 USD / year
14 daysRealYesANT+ FE-C, BluetoothAndroid, iOS, Windows, macOS, Apple TV
TrainerRoad19.95 USD / month
189 USD / year
n/a**n/aNoANT+ FE-C, Bluetooth, BLE FTMSAndroid, iOS, Windows, macOS
Wahoo SYSTM (formerly The Sufferfest)*14.99 USD / month
149 USD / year
14 daysRealNoANT+ FE-C, BLE FTMSAndroid, iOS, Windows, macOS
Wahoo RGT (formerly RGT Cycling)*Free or
14.99 USD / month
149 USD / year
14 daysVirtualYesANT+ FE-C, BLE FTMSAndroid, iOS, Windows, macOS, Apple TV
Android, iOS (remote)
Kinomap11.99 EUR / month
89.99 EUR / year
269.99 EUR / lifetime
14 daysRealNoANT+ FE-C, BLE FTMSAndroid, iOS (screen mirroring available)
FulGaz12.99 USD / month
108.99 USD / year
14 daysRealYesANT+ FE-C, BLE FTMSAndroid, iOS, Windows, macOS, Apple TV
List of the best indoor cycling apps with the info about their price, free trial period, type of the world, multiplayer option, connectivity, and platform availability.
Updated on the 15th of November, 2022.
*You can only subscribe to the Wahoo X subscription and get access to Wahoo SYSTM and Wahoo RGT.
**30-day money-back guarantee

What Are the Best FREE Indoor Cycling Apps?

The best free indoor cycling apps are:

  • CycleGo is one of the best free indoor cycling apps out there (in-app purchases available). It’s available for Android and iOS. It’s ideal for beginners and casual riders that want to spin their legs from time to time. The main downside of this app is that it can’t communicate with devices like trainers and sensors. You have to adjust the resistance on your trainer or shift gears and follow the instructions from the app. There is also no support for Windows or macOS devices.
  • Wahoo RGT (described above) has better graphics and is available for more platforms than CycleGo, but the number of free routes is limited.
  • Trainer Day is like TrainerRoad, but with limited functionality in the free plan. It only shows you your ride data. It’s perfect for structured training. Their premium subscription is affordable and unlocks more features like personalized cycling plans.
  • Veloreality is similar to FulGaz or ROUVY. Their free plan allows you to play videos in 720p definition. Unfortunately, it’s only available for Windows.

Honorable Mentions

Here are a few apps that did not make it into the list but are also worth trying:

  • Tacx Training works on a similar principle as FulGaz and SYSTM. You choose a prerecorded real-world route, and the app adds your ride data. Tacx Training is available for Android, iOS, and Windows. Unfortunately, Tacx Training is compatible with Tacx trainers only when connected via Bluetooth Smart.
  • My E-Training is similar to Tacx Training. It’s only compatible with Elite trainers and is good for structured training plans, riding real courses, and post-ride analysis.
  • BKOOL is decent when it works, but many users report connectivity and accuracy issues. I also don’t like its graphics and poor video quality. It’s available for Android, iOS, Windows, and macOS. You can learn more in my BKOOL review.

How Did I Choose the Best Indoor Cycling Apps?

When selecting the indoor cycling apps for this list, I evaluated criteria like price, connectivity, compatibility, etc.

Below, you can learn more about these features and what to expect from indoor cycling apps available in app stores.

Price

Most indoor training applications are paid. You usually subscribe for either a month or a year.

Subscriptions per year are, on average, about 30% cheaper. Subscription prices range from about $10 to $20 per month or $100 to $200 per year.

All applications on this list offer free trials for a week, two weeks, or an entire month. It is a great way to try an app without obligation, so I recommend taking advantage of it.

Remember that the trial period can be limited by the number of miles or kilometers. This can vary from app to app. So, make sure to read the FAQ of the dedicated app. Here is an example from the Zwift FAQ page:

Zwift Free Trial Limitation
Zwift limits the number of miles (kilometers) for iOS, Apple TV, and Android.

Free apps are of worse quality because they have low resources for development. They are usually only monetized with in-app ads.

Device Connectivity

Connectivity is important because if an app doesn’t offer connectivity with your smart trainer or sensors, you can’t use it.

Luckily, all selected apps support ANT+, ANT+ FE-C, Bluetooth, or Bluetooth Low Energy Fitness Machine Service (BLE FTMS) protocols.

If you want to use the app on your computer running Windows or macOS, you will need an ANT+ dongle that ensures compatibility (learn more about ANT+ and how bike trainers communicate).

Operating System Compatibility

Depending on the device you want to use the app with, you should not forget about the OS compatibility.

Most indoor cycling apps are available for Android, iOS, Windows, and macOS. But, if you want to use it on Apple TV, for example, double-check if the app is available.

As consumers, we are lucky because developers try hard to provide us with support for additional operating systems. Apps that don’t support some OS may include the support in the future.

Some apps (like Kinomap) don’t offer the desktop version but can mirror the screen from a mobile device to a computer or TV.

App Design

There are three basic types of indoor cycling apps in terms of design.

1. Apps with recordings of the real world with or without virtual avatars – they are attractive because you can experience famous climbs almost on your own skin. These apps (e.g., ROUVY, FulGaz, SYSTM, Kinomap) will also allow you to relive memories from your vacation if you ride the real-world route in-app.

Screenshot from my ride in Arabba - Passo Pordoi in ROUVY
ROUVY app design

2. Apps with complete virtual worlds and avatars – the best example of these apps are Zwift or Wahoo RGT. They include virtual worlds and artificial routes inspired by the real world.

Screenshot from my ride in the London world in Zwift
Zwift app design
Screenshot from my ride in RGT Cycling
RGT Cycling Graphics

3. Apps with a training plan and ride data only. The TrainerRoad is the best example of this type of app. It only displays your workout structure and the ride data like power, HR, cadence, etc.

My ride data in TrainerRoad
TrainerRoad ride data

User Reviews

Reviews from other users often help us decide whether or not even to try an app. The truth is there are dozens of indoor cycling apps out there, but just a few of them are worth using.

I did not include apps with an average rating of below 2.5 stars on Google Play and App Store.

Sometimes, an app gets bad reviews just because of one unsuccessful update that is fixed later. However, it’s not good if an app gets bad reviews consistently.


Conclusion

Based on my testing, experience, and evaluating user reviews, I selected the following apps as the best:

  • Zwift is the most popular, sophisticated, social and e-racing-friendly.
  • ROUVY is the best-augmented reality app.
  • TrainerRoad is the best TRAINING app.
  • Wahoo SYSTM is the most comprehensive training platform.
  • Wahoo RGT is the best ‘free’ indoor cycling app.
  • Kinomap is the best indoor cycling app for cyclists who also run or row.
  • FulGaz has the highest footage quality of routes worldwide.

I hope you enjoyed this list of the best indoor cycling apps. Which one is your favorite? What app did you try but didn’t like? Or is there an app that I should include? Let me know in the comments below.


Best Indoor Cycling Apps FAQ

8 thoughts on “The 7 Best Free & Paid Indoor Cycling Apps to Keep You Engaged in 2022”

  1. the least expensive ‘good’ simulation of cycling worlds would be grand theft auto – after you buy the game, you can ride thereafter for free.

  2. You forgot Kinomap, better than Bkool, and it supports 400+ devices which is huge! Even devices from Decathlon.

    icTrainer is a cheap alternative at 3$ with real world videos and training.

    😊👍

  3. Alastair Seagroatt

    I use Kinomap, I’m not interested in game aspects and I love that I can submit videos, which extends my subscription and also publicises our area for cycling. I use an iPad & iPhone for it.

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