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Which mapping site is easiest to use?

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by Bigtallfatbloke, 2 Jul 2008.

  1. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    Google maps
    Bikely
    mapmy ride
    bike route toaster
    some other one??

    ...I need to plan in a route and create/save to gpx file quickly and easily...so which one to go for?
     
  2. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Location:
    Beside the road
    I use bike route toaster

    Just click away and it automatically plots your route on the left of the nearest road. Automatically adding waypoints (if needed) at junctions / on long stretches.
     
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    Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    I am using bikeroutetaoster right now...but I cannot seem to find how I save my routes to my hard drive / memory stick as a GPX file for uploading to my new Garmin?

    or is that what this does?
    http://www8.garmin.com/cartography/mapSource/tripandwaypoint.jsp

    I like the terrain function on google maps...bike toaster doesnt have it...it's good for planning to avoid big hills/mountains etc.
     
  4. jags

    jags Über Member

    btfb what garmin did you get i must have missed that one,i reckon these satnav are the way to go as long as you know how they work ,myself i have no idea dont think i'll ever know,
     
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    Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

  6. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Location:
    Beside the road
    It's very easy.
    You just click the summary tab at the top of the map/screen
    Then in the download box (bottom left) click gpx - You don't need to fill in all those detaiils.
     
  7. jags

    jags Über Member

    oh there is a video on you tube ,garmin gps map 60csx crash course part 1 if you haven't seen it well it could give you some help have fun.
     
  8. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Location:
    Beside the road
    Just click view in google earth (on the summary page).
    Perhaps a combination of the two!
     
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    Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    Yep I've seen it...I have 2 days to learn it lol!

    Hi Redbike,,,thats perfect thanks..I just saved a file. So hopefully I will be able to upload it to the gps when it arrives. Ta.
     
  10. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Location:
    Beside the road
    Sorry to hear you're having trouble with your GPS unit.
    I tend to plot my routes on B.R.Toaster then upload them to the Garmin via the trip and waypoint manager.

    Once loaded onto the Garmin I tend to forget all about trying to follow that map and just leave it on the screen with the big arrow. There's just no way I read that map while i'm riding along. Mind you I only have the grey scale version (the Legend)

    If I go off-route (the arrows pointing in a daft direction) I stop and switch over to the map.
    Normally its easy to see how to get between the arrow pointing where you are and the thick black line representing the plotted route;

    If I want to work out how to get somewhere (other than on the plotted route) I always use tomtom on my mobile. It's just so much clearer. It's just a shame the batteries don't last very long.