How to map a route

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noste500
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How to map a route

Postby noste500 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 13:14 pm

What is the easiest way to map a route and check how many miles it will be on the computer/ iPad?
Ps don't want to buy any fancy kit or buy any software. Just want o put in points and get a mileage from it.
Cheers in advance.

ChrisAOnABike
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Re: How to map a route

Postby ChrisAOnABike » Fri Oct 19, 2012 13:15 pm

Google Earth (free).

Tools > Ruler > Path.
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laurentian
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Re: How to map a route

Postby laurentian » Fri Oct 19, 2012 13:49 pm

Just go on to google maps,

1) choose "get directions" (on left).
2) You will see two boxes - enter your starting point (town/place) in the first, then the next point on your journey in the second.
3) Click "add destination" below second box and put in your next point.
4) keep adding destinations until you have completed your route (in my case usually back to the first point in (2) above.
5) click get directions - hey presto, map of route and distance. Free.
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noste500
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Re: How to map a route

Postby noste500 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 14:55 pm

I want to stay off busy main roads where poss, so need to dictate which routes to take.
Cheers for replys.

tiredofwhiners
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Re: How to map a route

Postby tiredofwhiners » Fri Oct 19, 2012 15:07 pm

bikeroutetoaster.com - its all you need. there are dozens of other similar sites where you can draw your route onto a map and it'll give you distrance and an elevation profile.

campbellrae1
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Re: How to map a route

Postby campbellrae1 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 15:15 pm

Try mapmyride. Free and uses bike paths etc and keeps off busy routes as well as the rest of them. Also gives you reasonably accurate elevation data.
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karlth
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Re: How to map a route

Postby karlth » Fri Oct 19, 2012 15:28 pm

tiredofwhiners wrote:bikeroutetoaster.com - its all you need. there are dozens of other similar sites where you can draw your route onto a map and it'll give you distrance and an elevation profile.


Tends to underestimate ascent by quite a bit which can make a significant difference. I use Bikehike; it won't calculate time for you so you have to do that yourself.


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