Following a route

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feemackenzie
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Following a route

Postby feemackenzie » Tue Mar 05, 2013 21:35 pm

I'm planning to cycle Glasgow to Edinburgh in the next few weeks. Any advice how I plan and follow a route - i have an Android phone only but am concerned the battery life won't last the 4+ hours I'll need. Should I write it out? Any thoughts welcomed!

PS: my support crew will bring me home hopefully (kids , car and wife)
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mbthegreat
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Re: Following a route

Postby mbthegreat » Tue Mar 05, 2013 21:36 pm

Don't know about your route but if there's a lot of villages etc I like to print off a list of places I'll go through, and stick it in a jersey pocket, easily consulted when coming up to signs.

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elderone
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Re: Following a route

Postby elderone » Tue Mar 05, 2013 21:46 pm

spare battery of ebay should give you the time you need.
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Inutero
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Re: Following a route

Postby Inutero » Tue Mar 05, 2013 21:49 pm

feemackenzie wrote:I'm planning to cycle Glasgow to Edinburgh in the next few weeks. Any advice how I plan and follow a route - i have an Android phone only but am concerned the battery life won't last the 4+ hours I'll need. Should I write it out? Any thoughts welcomed!

PS: my support crew will bring me home hopefully (kids , car and wife)


http://www.pedalforscotland.org/

Couple of routes planned out on that site :)

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smidsy
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Re: Following a route

Postby smidsy » Wed Mar 06, 2013 07:39 am

Just use your compass app and keep heading east :-)
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Re: Following a route

Postby Supermurph09 » Wed Mar 06, 2013 08:06 am

I can basically get lost in my own front room so I used the courses feature on my Garmin Edge 500 at the weekend for the first time. As soon as I deviated from the route "OFF COURSE" flashes up, spin back round and get back on course "COURSE FOUND". Works brilliantly for me, maybe an option for you.

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CiB
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Re: Following a route

Postby CiB » Wed Mar 06, 2013 09:23 am

First time I did my long ride from the East Mids across The Pennines to the in-laws a few years ago (108 miles) I printed a simple table in Word of major towns to aim for, road numbers, where to turn off, and distances to each, laminated it and fixed it to the bars with a couple of plastic ties. Waterproof, free, no batteries to die, always visible, weightless, each landmark point mentally ticked off as it cropped up... Sometimes technology isn't the best solution.

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Re: Following a route

Postby backo » Wed Mar 06, 2013 14:05 pm

try plotting the map on something like mapmyride. I try and memorise the route and for points on the route where I have to make a turn, I go on to googlemaps and the use the "littlle gold man" thingy to view the junction/road and see if there are any landmarks i.e bus stop, bench, post box, etc......always helps this feature on googlemaps so you can see bits of the route before you head out on your bike.

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Re: Following a route

Postby Bobbinogs » Wed Mar 06, 2013 15:55 pm

Yepp, what Backo says. RidewithGPS is also good. When you have a route, make up a routecard like this one:

http://www.ukcyclist.org.uk/calroutes/VofRcal.pdf

You can then print it (I also laminate mine) and clip it to your bars using a Polaris Maptrap, but stick a map in your pocket in case you miss a turn, etc.. Pretty much the standard way for most of us audaxers to get about.

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Re: Following a route

Postby pride4ever » Wed Mar 06, 2013 17:11 pm

I always write down a few postcodes on my 100 plus rides in case something happens to the bike or god forbid I bonk (hasnt happened yet) so the Mrs can come and get me, takes the unknown factor out of the equation. She hasnt had to come fetch me yet but you never know one day.......
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Re: Following a route

Postby dhobiwallah » Wed Mar 06, 2013 19:39 pm

Is the battery on your phone shot or is it a model with a poor battery to start with? I get just over 4 hours with gps/display/mp3 when running with my iPhone (notoriously poor batteries compared to some). If I switch the screen off and only use it when I actually need to check position I get 8 hours of GPS/MP3.

Why not use the GPS around town/on a normal day and see what the battery does?

(And have a paper backup - printout from an online routefinder should get you there)

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coriordan
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Re: Following a route

Postby coriordan » Wed Mar 06, 2013 19:55 pm

Just use water soluble pen on the back of your hand

R (right) L (left) SO (straight on). Just don't wipe your forehead.

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Re: Following a route

Postby Crankbrother » Thu Mar 07, 2013 18:51 pm

Go to a bargain book shop and buy an AA road map book for £1/2 ... tear out the page(s) that relate go your ride and stick them in a freezer bag and stick it in your jersey pocket ...

It's called road cycling, roads all have signs (and if not country lanes always have identifiable junctions etc) ...

Cycled all over britain using this method ... only time we got lost was 25 miles from home and we 'looped' by accident and only noticed due to a broken hoover part at the side of the road ...

If you plan to go 'off piste' take a £2 compass as well ... and remember where the sun should be at the given time of day ...

Ps. i'm in edinburgh so wave hello when you get here ...

feemackenzie
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Re: Following a route

Postby feemackenzie » Thu Mar 07, 2013 22:16 pm

@crankbrother: great idea. Planning Glasgow to Troon on Saturday (if not blowing a hooley) - will test your idea.
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