pwa wrote:I've never used a bike GPS, so how quick and easy is it to cobble together a route and get it onto your device? Is it easy to learn? I'm not thinking of getting one, but I'm curious.
My hand-held Satmap is okay for walking, but it simply shows you where you are on an OS map of your choice. So you are reading a map, but with the advantage of having your current position indicated. And the map you see is less visible in sunlight, and liable to result in a crash if you try to use it while cycling. I still prefer to also carry a paper map when I am walking in unfamiliar territory because I can look at a wider area and see how the bit I'm on fits into the wider network of paths and lanes.
I found it depended on the device and the type/quality of the route you want. In my personal experience:
1 https://cycle.travel to Wahoo Elemnt - https://cycle.travel really easy to create/tweak/etc a good route and download it. Once on your phone/tablet if you have internet getting it to Wahoo GPS straightforward. Elemnt does have other means/3rd parties for route creation but the created routes were (in my opinion/experience) inferior.
2. Garmin 1030. Seems there are many ways to create routes and get them onto the device. I used mine with the device itself creating the route. Routes were not as "good" as the https://cycle.travel routes but they were appropriate for bikes and being created on the device were already there. Could be a bit of a fiddle specifying the route on a small screen but not really a problem.