I have strava, the membership. There is that explore option and they show you routes but I have no idea if these are just random computer generated ones and most likely a bit rubbish or if they're nicely planned if you know what I mean. That I don't want it to be like Google maps that led me to cycle down bad roads and even onto the motorway...Strava? ridewithGps?
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I have no sense of direction. Don't do paper maps and can't use a compass and don't think I ever will use those 2 things. The worst is you can't go home and you're stranded riding up and down random country lanes. I happily go random places on my bike in London because I know it quite well and can always find a way home but don't know Nottinghamshire at all- still after 1 year I hardly know the place...Your fear of getting lost is completely irrational and denying you much of the pleasure of cycling, get out there and explore, take some food and drink basics with you, what is the worst that could happen?
Carry an OS map and compass in your bag, these will get you home in the event of failure of electronic devices.
I just use my phone to follow routes. I don't like getting lost, it stresses me out. I don't need more stress in my life. I want a quick 2-hour bike ride, I don't have the whole day to explore especially with daylight hours being short and it is cold.https://cycle.travel/map
give it a start point and an end point - select round trip - it has a great talent for finding quirky and surprisingly quiet routes even in this crowded isle. I've ridden for miles and seen hardly a thing.
you can also tell it to stick to paved routes.
as for getting lost, being slightly lost is interesting - you are hardly likely to get totally lost and not be able to find your way back as it seems you have a gps.
don't go through the back of the wardrobe though.
ok - I'd take more than a phone though if getting lost stresses you so much - back it up with a garmin that takes AA batteries and/or a map.I just use my phone to follow routes. I don't like getting lost, it stresses me out. I don't need more stress in my life. I want a quick 2-hour bike ride, I don't have the whole day to explore especially with daylight hours being short and it is cold.
I don't have garmin or wahoo or any of those GPS devices.
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