Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-02-05, 11:33 PM   #1
CrimsonEclipse
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 508
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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
CrimsonEclipse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-05, 11:50 PM   #2
citizen560
Beamish enthusiast
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Libertyville, IL
Bikes: '87 Trek 560 Pro Series (Reynolds 531 goodness)
Posts: 163
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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!
citizen560 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-05, 12:26 AM   #3
Machka 
Long Distance Cyclist
 
Machka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: I ride where the thylacine roamed!
Bikes: Lots
Posts: 46,015
Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 230 Post(s)
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.
Machka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-05, 04:27 AM   #4
Medpilot
BOATS AND HOES!
 
Medpilot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Gilbert, AZ
Bikes: Madone
Posts: 666
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
Medpilot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-05, 07:47 AM   #5
RonH
Life is good
 
RonH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Not far from the Withlacoochee Trail. 🚴🏻
Bikes: 2001 Litespeed Tuscany and 2014 Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod
Posts: 16,303
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 85 Post(s)
I still like www.mapquest.com
Never had a problem with any of their maps.
__________________


The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. - Psalm 103:8
RonH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-05, 07:56 AM   #6
Totoro
King of the Forest
 
Totoro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 779
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Google maps are far better than anything else for finding alternative rural routes. The sat pictures are great!
Totoro is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-05, 07:58 AM   #7
ChAnMaN
Specialized Member
 
ChAnMaN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: I live in a small town
Bikes: 2004 Specialized Allez
Posts: 973
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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
Click here if any of the following apply to you:
1 You dont like Specialized, 2 You drive a SUV, 3 Your name is George Bush
ChAnMaN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-05, 09:02 AM   #8
Nightshade
Humvee of bikes =Worksman
 
Nightshade's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 5,363
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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!
Nightshade is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-05, 09:12 AM   #9
way124
Still Newbie
 
way124's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Guelph, ON
Bikes: A 1992 Norco road bike
Posts: 237
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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
way124 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-05, 09:18 AM   #10
BenyBen
winter is comming
 
BenyBen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Lachine, Quebec, Canada
Bikes: Mikado kensington 2003, "commuterized" 8yr old Mongoose hilltopper SX, Baycrest Hurricane 10 speed
Posts: 531
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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...
BenyBen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-05, 10:36 AM   #11
citizen560
Beamish enthusiast
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Libertyville, IL
Bikes: '87 Trek 560 Pro Series (Reynolds 531 goodness)
Posts: 163
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Holy crap - never heard of that before - downloading now!
citizen560 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-05, 10:37 AM   #12
ChAnMaN
Specialized Member
 
ChAnMaN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: I live in a small town
Bikes: 2004 Specialized Allez
Posts: 973
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I only have an intergrated graphics card.....not enough to run the google earth
__________________
You can never be too Specialized
Click here if any of the following apply to you:
1 You dont like Specialized, 2 You drive a SUV, 3 Your name is George Bush
ChAnMaN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-05, 10:40 AM   #13
citizen560
Beamish enthusiast
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Libertyville, IL
Bikes: '87 Trek 560 Pro Series (Reynolds 531 goodness)
Posts: 163
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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 10:46 AM.
citizen560 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-05, 10:44 AM   #14
Machka 
Long Distance Cyclist
 
Machka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: I ride where the thylacine roamed!
Bikes: Lots
Posts: 46,015
Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 230 Post(s)
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.
Machka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-05, 11:00 AM   #15
citizen560
Beamish enthusiast
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Libertyville, IL
Bikes: '87 Trek 560 Pro Series (Reynolds 531 goodness)
Posts: 163
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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 02:05 PM.
citizen560 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-05, 02:36 PM   #16
supcom
You need a new bike
 
supcom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Bikes:
Posts: 5,433
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
supcom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-05, 02:57 PM   #17
citizen560
Beamish enthusiast
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Libertyville, IL
Bikes: '87 Trek 560 Pro Series (Reynolds 531 goodness)
Posts: 163
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
citizen560 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-05, 03:11 PM   #18
operator
cab horn
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Toronto
Bikes: 1987 Bianchi Campione
Posts: 28,306
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
operator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-05, 03:32 PM   #19
Erick L
Lentement mais sûrement
 
Erick L's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Montréal
Bikes:
Posts: 2,146
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
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 L is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:58 PM.