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    Even use Google Maps to plan bike route?

    I've just tried http://maps.google.com/
    and I am very impressed at the level of detail on maximum zoom.
    I was able to check possible long distance routes from Ft. Lauderdale to Palm Beach,
    all off road!! WOOHOO!!! Now to plan MIA to PBI!

    This tech stuff makes me giddy.

    CE

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    Yeah, that's one of my favorite net toys. I like being able to see what the roads actually look like - much easier to spot the 4-lanes that I'd rather stay away from!
    So very poor...

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    Nope ... it's pretty much useless.


    But I do use Mappoint: http://mappoint.msn.com/
    It's probably the best of the bunch I've tried.

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    I use Google maps quite a bit. I love the drag feature. Also once you have your area map pulled up you can query a business in the search window which can useful.

    As far as planing my road bike trips I use the software (MapSource) that came with my Garmin GPS. It gives me very accurate distances from anywhere I click on the map.

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    I still like www.mapquest.com
    Never had a problem with any of their maps.
    My bikes: 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---2015 Cannondale Supersix EVO carbon

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    Google maps are far better than anything else for finding alternative rural routes. The sat pictures are great!

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    yes but you cant save google maps to create and save your own map. www.terraserver.com gives black and white images that are savable.
    You can never be too Specialized
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    Just tried Google maps......
    Sorry but it located my house in a small town of 2000 people three
    blocks........off!!! If i was looking for my home I'd get........lost!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChAnMaN
    yes but you cant save google maps to create and save your own map. www.terraserver.com gives black and white images that are savable.
    You can... it just takes massive amount of work

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    You can try google earth now

    http://earth.google.com/
    It's like google maps, but on steroids. You CAN save maps with that.

    Google maps is really really good if you're trying to find a bike-able path to someplace. The ability to drag the map is just simply awesome. And the way that the streets are displayed is more precise then mapquest. And it's just the beta version...

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    Holy crap - never heard of that before - downloading now!
    So very poor...

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    Specialized Member ChAnMaN's Avatar
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    I only have an intergrated graphics card.....not enough to run the google earth
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    Oh man - that's SOOOO inaccurate - I typed in my address and it pinpointed the parking lot 25 feet from the house.

    *sarcasm*

    This thing is AMAZING!!!! I can actually see the garbage bags in the dumpster next door.


    edit** None of that was meant to sound like a jab at anyone who doesn't like Google maps. In retrospect, it came off sounding pretty jerky. Sorry.
    Last edited by citizen560; 07-03-05 at 11:46 AM.
    So very poor...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tightwad
    Just tried Google maps......
    Sorry but it located my house in a small town of 2000 people three
    blocks........off!!! If i was looking for my home I'd get........lost!

    Yeah, that is part of my issue with it. For Canadian information, it is really lacking. It doesn't give you highway and road numbers. It doesn't provide much detail. I haven't figured out if it will calculate out a route or not yet like Mappoint will. It's difficult to navigate around. Basically, they've got a lot of work to do with it yet to get it up to the level of some others.

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    I didn't want to shrink this down and lose any detail. This is Google Earth showing me Khufu's pyramid at the Giza Plateau:

    http://www.zombielatte.com/pyramid.jpg

    206kb, 1280x1024

    Pretty impressive! I can zoom in more, but then you can't see the whole thing. Does anyone know how often they update their satellite imagery? The set for my city is at least three months old, because our deck isn't finished yet, and the new part of the bike path isn't there yet.
    Last edited by citizen560; 07-03-05 at 03:05 PM.
    So very poor...

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    Google maps lacks a critical feature for bike route planning. Google does not allow you to specify preferences for various types of streets. Googel will route you the fastest way assuming you are driving a car and don't mind using interstates and other fast highways.

    TopoUSA is a good choice for bike routes. You can see the elevation profile, set waypoints to control your route, and configure the software to avoid interstates and other primary roads and favor smaller roads. Get the version on DVD and you'll have the entire US available to you.

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    I emailed them about that when it first came out, specifying what types of roads to use/avoid, and they said it was something they were looking into implementing later on. The Google Earth application has latitude and longitude, so I imagine they can implement it into the Maps web service eventually. That stuff's all Beta, so I'm sure there will be more features as it is refined more and more.
    So very poor...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChAnMaN
    yes but you cant save google maps to create and save your own map. www.terraserver.com gives black and white images that are savable.
    Pfft, anything that's displayed on your monitor can be saved. Usually with the printscreen button, other things require specialized software.

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    Lentement mais sûrement Erick L's Avatar
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    I don't get why people like on-line maps, or even map software. You can only see a tiny area at once. I use regional paper maps. I can see the whole route at once and there's no need to print anything. It has bike path on it and color-coded roads.
    Erick - www.borealphoto.com/velo

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