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Re: Sat Nav

Postby al_yrpal » 26 Jul 2012, 12:26pm

Remember, the Google sat nav now has a cycling option, its early days but at least its there. I usually use bikeroutetoaster before I go to give me a rough route. Don't know how good Garmins routing is, if its anything like the Garmin in my car I would ditch it fast.

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Re: Sat Nav

Postby hexhome » 27 Jul 2012, 12:31am

Barrenfluffit wrote:One of the issues seemed to be that a routing algorithm for cars used very different priorities than for me touring.

So use a cycling specific one. Basecamp (free download from Garmin) will offer routes for 3 different types of cycling ie. Bicycling, Tour Cycling and Mountain Biking.
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Re: Sat Nav

Postby hexhome » 27 Jul 2012, 12:40am

al_yrpal wrote:Remember, the Google sat nav now has a cycling option, its early days but at least its there. I usually use bikeroutetoaster before I go to give me a rough route. Don't know how good Garmins routing is, if its anything like the Garmin in my car I would ditch it fast.

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I assume that you mean Google Maps? There seem to be improvements by the day. If you notice, Google achieves cycle routeing by changing the map to one with cycle routes on. When you select 'Cycle' the map switches. No option to upload a gpx sadly.

My Garmin has excellent cycle routing, just like Google, I use cycle specific maps.

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Re: Sat Nav

Postby Barrenfluffit » 27 Jul 2012, 4:12pm

hexhome wrote:
Barrenfluffit wrote:One of the issues seemed to be that a routing algorithm for cars used very different priorities than for me touring.

So use a cycling specific one. Basecamp (free download from Garmin) will offer routes for 3 different types of cycling ie. Bicycling, Tour Cycling and Mountain Biking.


Well yes. However I have experienced these problems on a bike specific one too. I suspect its a generic routing program with different settings then marketed as cycling specific (rather than a routing program written explicitly for cycle touring for instance).

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Re: Sat Nav

Postby hexhome » 28 Jul 2012, 1:11am

At the end of the day, an autorouting method will never quite match a personally planned route at meeting our expectations. Certainly using my favoured Velomap/Basecamp combination, I can achieve the type of autorouting you desire, but there will always be occasions when we would want to 'tweak' the route. Of course the beauty of autorouting GPS's is that they will adapt to the tweaks.