Ride with GPS

Have struggled manfully with Bikely for preparing routes for my Garmin I think I’m about to finally jump ship to another system.  Bikely suffers from being on unreliable servers and from a total lack of development.  Fair enough; it’s free after all.

I have looked at a few others over the years but they have either been rather scruffy or cluttered with ads.

However Ride with GPS seems excellent.  It does everything I need including exporting directly into the all-important TCX format.

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  1. 1 smaryka said at 11:16 pm on April 12th, 2010:

    Bikeroutetoaster is my website of choice for creating routes. It’s got the full Google maps plus Open Street/Cycle maps for off-roading too. Bikely is a little too flaky and unreliable for my liking, though one benefit is it’s searchable.

    Why do you use tcx files for the Garmin? If you use gpx files and put them into the GPX folder on the 705, you can navigate the route a lot better than by using “courses”. To navigate, go to Where To > Saved Rides > then load the route you want and either set it to navigate (beep before every turn) or just have the route highlighted on the map.

  2. 2 paulnixon said at 8:07 am on April 13th, 2010:

    smarkya

    thanks for the comment.

    bikeroutetoaster is one of the sites that I have briefly evaluated in the past and i can’t remember why I decided against using it. dropping by now I can see that it seems to have both the functionality and the lack of ads, etc. the interface is a little basic/functional but that shouldn’t count against it too much.

    the reason for using courses rather than gpx was simply that this was the only way I could get the damn thing to work when I first got it. I suspect the problems that I experienced (eg the unit constantly trying to recalculate and screw up my carefully planned routes) have been resolved with subsequent firmware upgrades.

    if i had a criticism of the garmin (which is a truly wonderful piece of kit) it’s the vast and poorly documented profusion of routing options; routes, tracks, courses, waypoints, trackpoints, etc, etc. what the hell does it all mean?

    i might give gpx another go then and see how i fair.

    keep up the nice work on your blog by the way. oh, and buy a power meter!

    cheers

    paul

  3. 3 Reuben said at 8:49 pm on April 14th, 2010:

    Paul

    Forgot to link you to the software I use.

    http://www.easygps.com/

    System I use;

    Download route in .gpx form from bikely (or other source)

    Open file in Easy GPS

    Send file (via Easy GPS) to Garmin

    File appears in Where to?/Saved Rides

    Seems to work well; although I find following courses just as easy as a saved ride.

    Reuben