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Old 09-30-11, 10:15 PM   #1
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Combine GPS tracking with turn-by-turn for iPhone

A - I haven't seen an iPhone app where you can import a route then get turn-by-turn directions along with GPS tracking/timing that can then be uploaded to strava, runkeeper, etc. I'm assuming there aren't any apps that do this.

That being the case, is it possible to run a cyclometer/strava/runkeeper type of app AND simultaneously run a Garmin/TomTom type of app that gives turn-by-turn at the same time? The Garmin/TomTom type of app would have to be capable of importing a route rather than deciding for itself what roads to take.

The reason I'm asking is that sometimes I plan routes that are just complicated enough to be able to remember all my turns - yet I also love have Cyclometer running so that I get full "credit" for all my biking - these numbers are important to my motivation.
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Old 09-30-11, 11:17 PM   #2
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Looks like I can run two such apps simultaneously. But now I'm having a harder time than I'd have thought finding an iPhone turn-by-turn app that allows you to provide a custom route. All the navigation apps seems to want you to give them point A and point B and they'll decide how to get you there.
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Old 10-01-11, 02:05 AM   #3
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http://certain.cc/2010/08/custom-routes-navigon-iphone/

I've tried this, but it doesn't work very well. You get "you have reached your destination" for every waypoint.
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Old 10-01-11, 05:45 AM   #4
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Just a thought--maybe a designated GPS is in order here. Attaching an iPhone to a bike seems a great way to get it stolen/broken/damaged/rained on/etc. and they are expensive buggers.
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My Garmin 705 sometimes fails on turn-by-turn directions. So now I use Courses, which don't give me a warning before the turn. The course is shown as a purple line on the map. My position on the map is updated continuously, so I can see when the next turn is getting close. I don't need warnings ahead of the turn if I keep the map on display.

Can you upload a route to display on your iphone?

For example:

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Old 10-01-11, 09:56 AM   #6
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Courses can provide turn by turn directions but they must be manually added to the file. Some of the websites that create courses will add them for you however I find that using Garmin Training Center allows me to put in the ones I want and exactly where I want them.

Another major drawback of using an iPhone to do all of this is battery life. I am guessing if you keep the screen on the entire ride you may get at most two hours before the battery dies. With it off up to four hours.
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Yeah, I've seen (and have) a couple of apps that can display a route but if I'm not sure how far ahead a turn is (hundreds of few or a few miles) it's so annoying to keep glancing down at the map. I want audio directions!

I just spent another hour this morning trying to find a GPS app for the iphone with turn-by-turn directions based on a custom route that I generate. I can't find any!

EDIT: Oops, hadn't seen that last post. Let me look into that... Is Courses an iPhone app? I don't see it... I wouldn't mind hand-adding directions in advance if there's an iphone app that can use the resulting file. Battery life isn't an issue if I'm getting audio turn-by-turn because with the display off I get 6 hours. I also have a small supplemental battery that'll plug in and give me more time.

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Did you look at the link I posted? The Navigon app lets you upload routes.
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Courses are a type of file. They have an extension of TCX or CRS.
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@bobones, I should have mentioned that yes, I did read the article. I don't want my iPhone jailbroken though. I have the know-how (I jailbroke my 3G) but I want to leave my iPhone 4 factory intact.
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Consider to check new iPhone app: Cyclist PRO - it supports RunKeeper
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