How do you navigate.

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


What do you use to navigate

Poll closed 23 Apr 2018.
  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. nickyboy

    nickyboy Norven Mankey

    Anything up to 30 miles it's very unlikely I don't know the route anyway

    Longer rides I'll plan it with ridewithgps and download to my Garmin which bleeps at me whenever I need to turn off the road I'm on. Preplanning the route lie this means I can make sure I go on the little lanes that look interesting on a map and explore a bit
    ColinJ likes this.
  2. ColinJ

    ColinJ A big clot!

    I bought my Garmin Etrex way back in 2006 after seeing the route for a 200 km audax event that I had signed up for in Cheshire and discovering that there were over 200 junctions to deal with. I had done an earlier 200 km route with only about 50 junctions and had spent so much of my time looking at the route sheet that I hardly noticed the scenery and despite my best efforts, nearly got lost a couple of times.

    With the help of my trusty Etrex, I navigated the route with no problems whatsoever and spent the whole day helping other audax riders with their navigation!
    fatjel likes this.
  3. mgs315

    mgs315 Senior Member

    Wing it mostly. Road signs, follow buses/read bus stops, pay attention to the direction of shadows and time of day, that kinda thing. I get my phone out when time is of the essence but it’s great fun suddenly cycling from somewhere you don’t recognise into somewhere you do. Good for working out alternative routes to the main drag.
  4. pawl

    pawl Veteran

    My nose has a bend in it.Could this be the reason I keep riding round in circles.Perhaps I should find a velodrome to ride on
  5. Depends what time constraints are or familiarity. If I am wanting to get somewhere fast I'll put the route in my garmin and follow. Similarly if its in a brand new area I'll follow the garmin (I may take a paper map too). But if I'm not time constrained and its an area I'm familiar with I tend to follow my nose.
  6. GuyBoden

    GuyBoden Fat, old bloke, on an old bike, pedalling slowly.

    You've not listed paper maps, the most commonly used navigation aid.
    classic33, alicat, HLaB and 2 others like this.
  7. bigjim

    bigjim Guru

    Manchester. UK
    Take a paper map but use Osmand on smartphone in or near towns to take me out the other side. Google maps won't work offline using cycle routes. Osmand is great for turn by turn directions, but it does use a lot of battery. I used to use an old Garmin Legend which works fine, but I struggle to see the screen on the move. I've noticed a lot of road signs seem to be disappearing lately which is I suppose due to Authority's assuming everybody is using satnav.
  8. Gixxerman

    Gixxerman Veteran

    Market Rasen
    If it is a local route then I generally know the roads well enough to just wing it, and extend / shorten the route depending on weather, inclanation and energy.
    If I am planning a longer route on unknown roads, I plan the route using bikehike / OS maps and make a route card using my own version of shorthand, and write it down on a scrap of paper. I then either stick it in my pocket or attach it in a plastic wallet to my stem using a bulldog clip. I used the latter method for my C2C and it worked like a charm.
    iancity, Heltor Chasca and raleighnut like this.
  9. the stupid one

    the stupid one Senior Member

    Online maps and Streetview to plan a route, a small piece of card with a list of roads/junctions/turnings in my pocket.

    I live on the coast in Wirral, so I'm familiar-ish with most places as far as Chester, and beyond that isn't yet within my capabilities. A few wrong turnings won't get me into too much trouble.
  10. JhnBssll

    JhnBssll Über Member

    To date I've relied on local knowledge and a good sense of direction :laugh: Back in November I caved and ordered a Hammerhead Karoo on pre-order. The first units are now out in the wild (and getting a mixed reception due to software bugs and glitches!) but mine isn't likely to arrive for another month or so. It's a new device and I'm confident it will be great once the software matures :becool:

    Hopefully :laugh:
    iancity likes this.
  11. I use Garmin, Wahoo, phone and paper maps. The Wahoo is a game changer though. So simple to use either by plotting on the PC at home or out in the field on the phone using Komoot.
  12. GilesM

    GilesM Guru

    East Lothian
    If I'm on unfamiliar roads, I use OS maps downloaded on my Android phone, works really well, paper maps have lots of advantages, but a phone you can hold in one hand is much easier to look at while you're riding along, especially if its windy.
  13. gom

    gom Active Member

    Paper maps (OS 1:50K) for me, on the handlebars all the time. That way I can see what I’m near and plan the next 5, 10, 20 miles any time I choose. Always loved following my way on a map.
    Use a Garmin for recording the route and it or phone if I fear I’m lost, but if I could only take one, it would be the map. Just like old times, though I fear my map reading skill has faded through lake of practice in this gps era.
    Heltor Chasca and raleighnut like this.
  14. Paper maps.
    raleighnut likes this.
  15. confusedcyclist

    confusedcyclist Über Member

    I find it helps by not caring about where you go, or how or when you get there. Haven't been late yet. A man is only truly happy when firmly rooted in place. And yet I still appreciate the gentle irony of using a cycle as a form of transportation.
    Heltor Chasca likes this.
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