App review: Map My Ride

App review: Map My Ride

Track your bike rides
I recently moved to a new neighborhood where I can bike right out my front door, rather than having to rack up my bike and drive it to a trail. With this new inspiration to get out and ride, I went looking for good apps for biking. 
 
Map My Ride is the one all my friends use, and I have to admit, if all my friends used an app to jump off a bridge, I probably would, too. I see them using Map My Ride when they post their rides to Facebook, which is interesting and kind of braggy and obnoxious and neat, all at once.
 
Map My Ride has a ton of features, and that's just for the free version. There is a paid version that has even more bells and whistles. Frankly, I only need a few bells and whistles: I want an app that will use GPS to clock my mileage and show me my route and time. That way I can use that feedback to tinker with my workout, as well as track my progress over time.
 
I might occasionally want to post my rides to Facebook, and that "occasionally" is the only problem I see here. I have yet to figure out how to finish a ride without automatically posting it as a public Facebook post. Which is a problem because I start out from my house, and I have privacy concerns. So each time I finish a ride, I then have to go in and set it as a private ride as a separate step.
 
I assume this is just a setting I haven't found yet. The interface for all that stuff is a little confusing. But it is very easy to start, pause, restart, and finish a ride. As far as the basics go, it's great! And it's free - you can't beat free!