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How to find routes

For Germany, the go-to answer is to buy the ADFC-Radtourenkarte for your region, and use that to get ideas where nice bike routes are located. The advantages of these cards are numerous: They use a ...
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What waterproofing rating is sufficient for a navigation device for touring?

Easy bit - Touch screens don't usually work when wet, you can easily test it, sprinkle some water on the screen and see how it goes. Because phones are high volume consumer goods designed as life ...
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How to find routes

You could use Komoot, which is an app and a website which can give you recommended rides around your area and you can plan your own. On the discover page of Komoot you can search routes in your area ...
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How to find routes

An approach that works well if you have a good memory. Just go out and ride. Memorize the route while riding. When you feel like you don't want to ride more than the same distance again, just turn ...
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How to find routes

I don't know about Germany specifically, but I used to use Strava for finding places to ride. If you have an account, you can go to Explore and select Segment Explore. You can move around the map and ...
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Are there any bike GPS computers / devices that can create routes themselves out on the road?

Yes. The Garmin Edge 530/830/1030 can be loaded up with extensive map data, and can give you live routing, even without a cellular connection. Wahoo's ELEMNT ROAM can also do routing on the fly. The ...
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How can I print a map with my GPS track?

Inkatlas lets you create printable PDF maps with GPS tracks and waypoints (on multiple pages if needed). You can select a map style with terrain. Smaller PDFs (6 pages or fewer) are free. Full ...
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How to find routes

I would like to add CyclOSM to the recommendations: https://www.cyclosm.org/ This layer for Open Street Maps will show you a lot of useful information for planning your own bike tours. If you also ...
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What waterproofing rating is sufficient for a navigation device for touring?

I use a Sony Xperia z3 compact as my bike computer/GPS, in all UK weather. It's described by the manufacturer as waterproof, but not for immersion, and I've never had any water ingress issues (even ...
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Navigating to a saved location on a Garmin Edge 530 results in a ludicrous circuitous route

My guess is that "popularity routing" is weighted quite heavily in the choice of route, and "minimise time" is a secondary weighting. I see Google has routed you on the A541, ...
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What to look for in bone conduction headphones for bike voice navigation?

Point 1, hearing the outside world, is mostly easy. If the audio is too-high a volume it can still drown out the background, but that's got to be quite loud. Point 2, these headphones have to work ...
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How to calculate elevation gain for a route not recommended (by Google) for cycling

I highly recommend https://brouter.de/brouter-web for bicycle route planning. It also calculates elevation gain/loss and tries to avoid elevation changes. Keep in mind that elevation data can be ...
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Route planners with route avoidance features

https://brouter.de/brouter-web/ Allows you to draw no-go areas. Allows you to specify cost for ascents or descents. I’m not sure it’s possible to tell it to completely avoid streets above a certain ...
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Navigating on tour / in urban areas

I have used bicycle mode of Google Maps for this purpose. Of course Google maps is not available everywhere. The idea is to use the voice prompts for each turn. You may be able to follow a route ...
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Is a garmin oregon series GPS useful as a bike computer for navigation and ride tracking?

Yes, you should be able to use a Garmin Oregon that way. A Garmin Oregon can do almost anything that a Garmin Edge (GPS bike computer) can do. The exact details will depend a lot on exactly which ...
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Resources for finding dirt roads for planning gravel grinding rides

For those still interested, there's a pretty solid map site available now covering the US. Not everything is on there, and you can add more gravel roads as you find them. https://gravelmap.com/#9.57/...
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How to find routes

When I got back into cycling, I would find a destination with some reason for going there, and as long as I wasn't moving something large/heavy/fragile, then the bike was a valid solution. With a ...
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How to find routes

Two websites I use to find routes are RideWithGPS (for road and off-road rides) and TrailForks (for mountain biking). I've also used RideWithGPS to plan my own routes; I'm not sure if TrailForks can ...
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How to find routes

I suggest you to have a look at brouter.de . Not immediate, but extremely useful and based on OpenStreetMap data, it allows you to correctly consider (possible) heavy traffic and ground quality (...
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How to find routes

Openrouteservice has a function for "Round trip routing". This service will suggest a randomly generated (roughly) circular route. The user states where they want to start, how for they ...
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What iOS / iphone app can give me turn by turn navigation of a pre-planned route?

The RideWithGPS Android and iPhone apps now also offers this with subscription payment. http://ridewithgps.com/app As mentioned before, the RideWithGPS website is useful for trip planning, you can ...
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Can Garmin Edge 500/510 and 800/810 be charged while riding?

as far as i understand it all garmins will charge off any cable/charger combination except for the Edge 500... basically the cable needs to have pins 4 and 5 grounded to earth not just pin 4, so a ...
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Is a garmin oregon series GPS useful as a bike computer for navigation and ride tracking?

I use the Garmin Oregon 450 as a cycling GPS and I am quite happy with it. I don't have the speed/cadence sensor, but I plan to get it soon. According to the documentation it supports ANT+ sensors ...
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Is a garmin oregon series GPS useful as a bike computer for navigation and ride tracking?

The Oregon series only reads your speed and distance from the GPS which is not always as accurate as classic speed sensors - from my experience the difference can be up to 4-5% depending on the ...
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Finding DISTANCES on longer bike/hike paths

All the services I've used (Strava, Google Maps, Bing Maps) seem to be essentially the same. They're route planners, so they want to plan your route for you. When you have a specific route you want to ...
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Finding DISTANCES on longer bike/hike paths

I use Google maps (set to 'cycling mode') and Strava to plan routes. Both try to find the 'best' route between the start and end points but allow fine control of the route by setting intermediate ...
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How to calculate elevation gain for a route not recommended (by Google) for cycling

It's possible to get an estimate (rough, but quite possibly better than Google's) using Strava route builder in manual mode. I've checked against a local motorway (where cycling is illegal and would ...
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Which bike computer is best purely for navigation?

Your phone would be great for navigation, but not so much for working with sensors. I have had good luck with Garmin (1030 - I figured if I was spending that kind of money, do it once vs. getting a ...
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Navigating to a saved location on a Garmin Edge 530 results in a ludicrous circuitous route

Some routing algorithms really don't like UK A or even B roads, and will do silly things to try to avoid them. A short stretch of dual carriageway to allow overtaking is another potential feature for ...
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Are there any bike GPS computers / devices that can create routes themselves out on the road?

The Garmin Monterra can do that (and android-based Garmin GPS). I say 'can' because apparently it is still for sale, but i am not sure i would actually recommend someone else to buy it. You load an ...
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