Garmin is a company that produces consumer, professional aviation, and marine devices that make use of the Global Positioning System for navigational assistance. Devices such as hand-held GPS units, in-vehicle units and training units (Forerunner and Edge) are common in the consumer market. The Garmin Edge is their cycling GPS.
Garmin Connect is their online training tool to store, analyze and share all your fitness activities. Join millions of users who run, bike, swim and hike. Garmin Connect works seamlessly with your Garmin device and supports all your fitness goals.
Alternative brands include the Bryton Rider “Bryton is one of the most innovative manufacturers of Sports GPS in the market. With an exceptional knowledge of GPS product development and feedback from users at all levels, Bryton produce GPS products for everyone from leisure runners through to Pro Tour Cyclists. Bryton offer exceptional products at incredible value, allowing everyone to review, share and explore their sports data like never before.”
And the Mio Cyclo. “Mio have become one of the leading players in the mobile GPS industry, bringing mobility, navigation, and quality to an ever-growing audience all over the world. Mio’s brand tag line, “Explore More”, claims to focus on changing the way people experience the world and lets users know that they can explore the world easily and freely.”
GPS and Mapping
strava.com is a website and mobile app used to track athletic activity via GPS. There are a number of features available which include the ability to search the database for routes and athletes.
The site software provides a ranking of times on specific routes, including top male&female performance. Top performers are deemed KOM and QOM for King and Queen of the Mountain.
There is ability to comment on, and give accolades on, performances. However, activities can be kept private and therefore kept unseen by other members. Depending on map zoom level, the most popular routes will be displayed on geographical search.
ridewithgps.com is an online service that provides online tools to aid your bike route planning. The website doesn’t make that very clear, which confuses a lot of people. Nonetheless, signing up gives you access to plenty of features. The premium subscription lets you see your maintenance log, see advanced turn warnings for TCX exports, and more. You’ll even be able to print out the routes you devise as a reference for your trip.
Ultimately though, Ride With GPS is a performance tracking tool for people serious about cycling. On your profile, you will be given some basic information and tabs to choose from. You can log the bikes that you own, too. You will also be able to log each of your trips and save maps, making it ideal for bike route planning. You should basically see this as your online journal for cycling.
GPS mapping tool plotaroute.com has an auto-map feature that creates ten custom routes (including ’round trip routes’) on local cycle-friendly roads based on user-defined parameters.
The feature utlises map data from both Google Maps and OpenCycleMap – an online cycling map based on the open-source mapping project OpenStreetMap – to create tailor made cycling routes. It is listed as ‘make me a route’ under the ‘Plot’ menu on the tool’s interface.
Once selected, the ‘make me a route’ tool allows you to drop a pin on a location of your choice and select a distance you’d like to travel. The tool then provides a list of ten suitable local routes, of the chosen distance, from that point.
Looking for a new Cycle route, bike ride, or single track, somewhere you haven’t been before perhaps? Or if you are planning a Cycling holiday, but don’t know where is the best place to cycle. cycle-route.com is a place where you can share routes with others and therefore a great site for finding Cycle routes, mountain bike trails and single track that has been tried and tested. Add your own routes using the new Cycle route planner. Comment on other routes that you have tried, give them a rating and help others decide where to Cycle.
Other than being a Strava competitor, mapmyride.com (like Strava) has some great mapping tools. One of which is Route Genius. This is a new MVP feature that allows you to quickly create maps by entering your desired area and distance goal. So, if you are looking for a route in a new city, or just want to explore a new route locally, this is a great little mapping tool.
Another useful tool, although not part of MVP, is MapMyRide GPX Converter. Simply input the ID of your workout, and have it converted into a GPX file that you can import into Strava, trainingPeaks, or other services (Additional metrics such as cadence and heart rate are preserved).
cyclestreets.net is a UK-wide cycle journey planner system, which lets you plan routes from A to B by bike. It is designed by cyclists, for cyclists, and caters for the needs of both confident and less confident cyclists. The map data is from OpenStreetMap which is an ongoing project to map the world.
bikeroutetoaster.com is a course creation application primarily aimed at Garmin Edge/Forerunner owners although other users without a GPS may also find it useful for planning rides. Bike Route Toaster is built using many different technologies many of which are open source.
gpsies.com is an online sports community based around outdoor GPS routes. Types of route include hiking, jogging and bicycle tours (road bike and mountain bike). The user can either draw their routes on the online maps in the browser or imported as GPS recording or export.
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