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Re: Is there an app that replaces a Garmin?

23 March 2015 - 10:56pm
Thank you for a helpful discussion. It seems the app I had hoped for doesn't exist. I have a sat-nav app for the car which allows me to upload a country in advance & gives me turn by turn guidance, but of course I can't pre-plan a cycle route on it - although it did rescue us in France as it showed us where we were [not where we thought] when we had no 3G signal. Cheaper maps for Garmin would ease the discomfort o potential purchase.

Geoff

Re: maps for the west of USA

23 March 2015 - 10:14pm
http://www.usgs.gov/pubprod/ ?

Or you can just take the free ones form tourist information places? They are usually pretty good, but road atlas quality rather than OS.

Re: maps for the west of USA

23 March 2015 - 10:11pm
When I did my last trip to the USA (Nevada, Arizona & Utah) I bought Delorme / Rand McNally road atlases & just cut the sheets I wanted for my trip out with a Stanley knife. This was OK for a road based trip, if you intend to go off road you'd probably need to get stuff locally.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=dp_byline ... evancerank

I used the ACA maps when I did Seattle to San Fran, they are very good if you are just following one of their routes.

Plenty of GPS maps out there as well. I was able to download decent quality stuff to cover my trip & pre plotted my route at home.

Re: maps for the west of USA

23 March 2015 - 10:07pm
The ACA maps are worth it for all the extraneous (non map) stuff they contain. Are you doing an ACA route or 'just' touring? If the former, you could download the GPX and follow Garmin. If you don't have one, put the map cost towards buying one then just use State maps from petrol stations. If the latter, just buy the State maps. They're not great but there aren't that many roads to choose from like we see in Europe.

Re: maps for the west of USA

23 March 2015 - 9:43pm
Flippant perhaps but in my view there are no "good" maps of the US.

You might look at http://www.adventurecycling.org/ which has some resources to point you in the right direction.

Rob

maps for the west of USA

23 March 2015 - 9:30pm
Can anyone suggest good maps for the west of America - Arizona , Utah , Idaho , Oregon and the Pacific coast. I've costed the American adventure cycling maps but these seem very expensive. Thanks

Cycling route from Spoleto to Assisi (Italy)

23 March 2015 - 9:29pm
Ciao,

I suggest you the longest paved cycling route in Umbria (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umbria). The stretch reserved to the cycles runs from Spoleto (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spoleto) to Bevagna (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bevagna), then there is a cycling itinerary up to Assisi along low traffic roads. Total lenght about 38 miles.

For details: http://rideinumbria.blogspot.it

Re: Tour de Manche

23 March 2015 - 9:09pm
roygriff21 wrote:It maybe that our 4 day itinerary might suit you better Beekeeper:

Plymouth > Okehampton 67km
Okehampton > Sidmouth 72km
Sidmouth > Dorchester 88km
Dorchester > Poole 57km

Do let us know how you get on.

Roy
roy@signpostcycling.co.uk
Many thanks.

Re: Is there an app that replaces a Garmin?

23 March 2015 - 8:42pm
I like Maverick (on Android). Free Ordnance Survey (and lots of other) mapping, 1:50 and 1:25k, downloadable before you go, though maybe only with the paid for version of the app, which is just a few pounds. Will allow you to follow a track in standard gpx format in the same way as a dedicated gps but with a much nicer display. So just weather proofing and battery life to fix relative to an etrex, neither of which is insurmountable.

Re: Is there an app that replaces a Garmin?

23 March 2015 - 8:34pm
I Like Osmand~ on Android, which can do offline display and route calculation if you let it download the right files.

Re: cycling video collection of ascents:Alps, Pyrenées,Canar

23 March 2015 - 6:57pm
Hello !
I'm happy to share another cycling video about an alpine ascent; I introduce Sölden - Hochsölden (2089 m) climb to the cyclists.

It is situated in Tirol, Austria, just next to the famous ascent of Ötztaler gletscherstrasse (2829 m).
It is 6,3 km long wth 10,4% avg. steepness. At the end of the climb, Hochsölden there is great, panoramic meadow with a restaurant and a playground for the children. It is an ideal place for the family too.
Thanks for watching the video


PS: With the following video (Bielerhöhe) all of the austrian climbs finishing above 2000 m would be found in my video collection

Best regards,
Gabor
facebook.com/cycling.high

Re: NCN Routes 62 and 67 on a tandem?

23 March 2015 - 6:37pm
gaz wrote:Edit: I've flagged the query up to the Volunteer Co-ordinator for the area (at least I think I got the right one) to see if he can get a Ranger to respond.
Reply:
Hi Gaz,

There are two sections on that stretch of the NCN that are very likely to cause you problems on a tandem.

1) There’s an interim section of route on the edge of Barnsley near Carlton Marsh Nature reserve which is narrow and poorly surfaced. (we keep expecting the parallel railway line to become disused… it has one train a week…)

2) There’s a steep stepped bridge with a wheeling ramp in order to cross the River Calder just north of the village of Heath near Wakefield.

Most of the route is surprisingly rural, running on well made, but unsurfaced paths through nature reserves, country parks, alongside disused canals and former railway lines in a post industrial landscape. One of favourite bits of NCN follows the towpath of the former Barnsley Canal near Royston. If the weather has been persistently bad then there’s a risk of mud, swamps and rutting on route, but usually you’d be alright. There’s also a persistent problem of broken glass on the tarmaced / urban bits of the route…

Monk Bretton Priory, Sandal Castle and the Hepworth Gallery are all worth a visit and are all easily accessible by bike from the NCN using cycle routes. The pub in Heath comes recommended, as does the café in Anglers Country Park. You can also link across to the West Yorkshire Sculpture Park (you get in free if you arrive by bike) by following the West Yorkshire Cycle Way – although I don’t know how well maintained those signs are.
I don't have any local knowledge so I don't know how much of that makes sense and/or applies to your route.

Re: Is there an app that replaces a Garmin?

23 March 2015 - 4:47pm
just an idea, but... you don't actually need the map, if all you are doing is following a pre-loaded route. disabling (or not even loading) the maps makes following a route much easier, as the 'show on map' (Garmin) line is clearest when there's no visual interference from streets, roads, etc. I normally carry a paper map to know where I am, and for interests sake, but the mapless* Etrex30 for following a route. I have the map scale set to 300m, which is enough to determine the details of the route turns.

I agree with the above that the Etrex series are about the best touring Garmin devices.

* I have maps on the Etrex, but have them switched off normally. Saves a bit of power.

Re: Is there an app that replaces a Garmin?

23 March 2015 - 12:00pm
Mick F wrote:Sweep wrote:I'd get an Etrex 20 .............. I'd put money on it lasting longer than your iphone which as far as I can see is the apotheosis of built-in obsolescence.Excellent advice.
This is the way forward for anyone wanting GPS but afraid to dip their feet very far into the water.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Garmin-eTrex-Ou ... s=etrex+20

That's a great price Mick F - I''d encourage anyone to go for it.

Re: Tour de Manche

23 March 2015 - 10:57am
It maybe that our 4 day itinerary might suit you better Beekeeper:

Plymouth > Okehampton 67km
Okehampton > Sidmouth 72km
Sidmouth > Dorchester 88km
Dorchester > Poole 57km

Do let us know how you get on.

Roy
roy@signpostcycling.co.uk

Re: Safe routes in to central Lugano & Milan

23 March 2015 - 7:49am
Thanks for the suggestions so far. Have spent a good few evenings planning /studying with the help of Google Street view. Obviously I'll keep an eye out for further replies! Thanks, David

Re: Is there an app that replaces a Garmin?

23 March 2015 - 7:39am
+1 for Pocket Earth, I was using it this morning, it'll do what you want at a reasonable cost. The co-rider app has an export function which will send GPX files to Pocket Earth or you can email a route to yourself and import it into Pocket Earth.

Re: Garmin Edge Touring

23 March 2015 - 7:25am
^^^ True. I have an 800 with 4 map sets on it.

For Europe http://www.openfietsmap.nl/ has a better appearance than OSM (for me) and shows cycle tracks etc. All of Europe is on 3 files, Western Europe is one file and covers France/Spain/Portugal/Belgium/Holland http://www.openfietsmap.nl/downloads/europe Free to download.

Garmin Edge Touring

23 March 2015 - 7:23am
Ps, how do you pm on Taptalk? !!!!
Ignore this, now found, not terrible intuitive!

Re: Garmin Edge Touring

23 March 2015 - 7:20am
Thanks both, I'll pm you my email address Rob

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