Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by derrick, 1 Mar 2018.
Innate sense of direction.
Phone definitely needs to be added to the poll
OsmAnd on Android for me.
If the weather is a bit dicey I use dead reckoning.
I follow the ley lines to work out the ley of the land.
Garmins 200 and Touring and roads well ridden.
On the increasingly rare occasions that I ride a bike somewhere new, I generally pedal and follow.
Memory, a squint at a map very rarely.
I tend to follow my instinct. But if I get really lost, I'll get my 'phone out and set Google maps for home, until I am on roads I am familiar with.
The wind dictates my outbound journey. Always into it whichever direction that happens to be. Once the general direction is decided, it can be wherever my nose takes me...and however far my legs will.
If I am going outside my normal routes/ comfort zone, I'll look it up on my folding paper map laid out on the floor.
Jot down a few details and that's me set to go.
Smart phone in an emergency, but generally I can get by via road signs.
Garmin when I'm straying away from a 30 mile radius from home.
Check the route beforehand, then it's memory from then on.
Specific street, signs.
A serious answer this time : maps, real paper ones, usually torn from a spiral-bound road atlas.
Supplemented by an occasional look at Google Maps on a smartphone when I'm stumped, which happens mainly in towns when looking for the right road out.
On more local rides, especially if I'm leading a group, I just store a route in my head, using Google Maps at home to help prepare, and streetview for a preview of unfamiliar junctions so that I'll recognise them when I get there. I always have a folded map in my back pocket just in case though.
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