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With the release of the London Cycle Routes eBook the most common question I’ve had is: “How do you get your hair to look so good even though you cycled here?” Oh wait, no, that’s not it. The question I get asked is: “Andreas, thanks so much for the eBook, it is awesome, but how on earth do I use the GPS coordinates?”
Well, here I’m going to explain how you can use GPS coordinates for cycling. After all, it hugely helps when navigating a cycling route and with the widespread availability of GPS devices you too could easily be getting in on the GPS action.
Once you have the file you can do whatever you want with it.
Show GPS route on a map
Lets take for example if you want to see the route on EveryTrail.com. Once you have an account choose “Create Trip”. Upload your GPS file and follow the instructions. You can then see the route on a map.
That’s all well and good but where things really get exciting is when you are actually cycling along the route. This is when you need some kind of GPS device such as…
With the iPhone you generally have a choice between two apps. The first is Trails. Whilst I’ve had a couple of problems with the app crashing on me, everyone else seems generally very satisfied.
The second is Outdoors. I like the simplicity of this application and the way it uses very little battery life. The reason for this is that all the maps are already pre-loaded into the application.
To load a route onto either of the applications you need to first upload it to EveryTrail. You can then search for the name of the route and download it into the app.
A Garmin GPS
If you have a Garmin GPS you can use the software provided to load the GPS files into the device. This is usually done via USB cable.
There are plenty of other GPS devices. The SatMap device comes very highly recommended but is a little more expensive. If you have one of the latest Smartphones then it may have GPS capabilities. All you need is a good application to follow the coordinates.
GPS for cycling
As you can see GPS coordinates are very useful for cycling. Especially for longer rides. The simplicity of having a map infront of you with a dot showing your location means you can focus on cycling rather than reading maps. Unfortunately GPS devices are still a little expensive at around the £200 mark. If you plan to do lots of cycling however they are a worthy investment.
Tomorrows post is a roundup of all the going’s on in March on London Cyclist and on other cycling blogs.