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How do you navigate.

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by derrick, 1 Mar 2018.


What do you use to navigate

This poll will close on 23 Apr 2018 at 11:43.
  1. Garmin

    32 vote(s)
  2. Wahoo

    5 vote(s)
  3. Lezyne

    0 vote(s)
  4. Bryton

    0 vote(s)
  5. Cateye

    0 vote(s)
  6. Polar

    1 vote(s)
  7. Other

    20 vote(s)
  8. Follow your nosw

    5 vote(s)
  9. Follow your nose

    45 vote(s)
  10. Phone

    18 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Jenkins

    Jenkins Veteran

    On new routes a Garmin Touring plus a quick look on Google Maps & Streetview but mostly I'll have a destination and make up the routing there & back as I go.
  2. ColinJ

    ColinJ Hillfinder General

    Memory on familiar routes. Ancient Garmin Etrex on new routes, which I plan using digital OS maps and the cycle.travel website.
    dave r likes this.
  3. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Veteran

    A map and look at the sign posts.
    Paulus, gavroche, robjh and 1 other person like this.
  4. Lozz360

    Lozz360 Well-Known Member

    I use a Garmin 520 or just ride roads I am familiar with. The pole only allows one choice, although there are a number ways one might navigate.
  5. Supersuperleeds

    Supersuperleeds Guru

    Satmap Active 20 gps unit.
  6. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    On 3 Wheels
    Maps, proper paper ones as I've yet to have one go 'flat' on me.
    classic33 and robjh like this.
  7. RealLeeHimself

    RealLeeHimself Just keep peddling, just keep peddling...

    Plan out route by Google My Maps, export to Cyclemeter on iPhone. Cyclemeter doesn’t have turn-by-turn navigation so a lot is done by memory, road signs and occasionally checking the map on Cyclemeter.

    I like to explore though so if I see an unfamiliar road or bridleway, chances are I’ll follow it just to see where it goes. To much Star Trek as a kid, I guess.
    NorthernDave likes this.
  8. Regulator

    Regulator Not a SPM snowflake.

  9. Rocky

    Rocky A Scotsman abroad

    I follow my nose......and use a bit of local knowledge. I can never see the display on the Garmin and haven't managed to master its navigation facilities (I nearly threw mine away when doing the Way of the Roses a couple of years ago as it kept recalculating the route and then 'hanging' with the sheer numbers of calculations).

    I also talk to other cyclists and get them to share their favourite routes.
    Paulus, derrick and robjh like this.
  10. pawl

    pawl Veteran

    Mine to.Never let you down. Don’t need charging.
    raleighnut likes this.
  11. Follow my nose 90% of the time. Garmin Etrex backed up with a good old fashioned map if I'm in an unknown area.
  12. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    Paper maps and compass when far from home, I know all the roads within 100 miles or so of home.
    Although I have found the Garmin handy for getting back to base after a few hours of aimlessly exploring new territory.
  13. Charlotte Alice Button

    Charlotte Alice Button Über Member

    Ashford, Kent
    I have LOTS of set routes around here, so I never really need to resort to maps. But if I do...I usually use Google Maps on my tablet. :hyper:
  14. Will Spin

    Will Spin Senior Member

    If I'm going somewhere new I check and memorise the route on the OS maps and also use google street view to identify landmarks before turnings etc.
  15. Normally I plan routes using gpxeditor.co.uk (cos I like being able to flip between proper OS maps plus OSM and Google) Then transfer to Garmin Oregon.

    But when riding I can generally remember what I planned anyway.