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How do you follow your routes?

Old 10-03-15, 12:47 AM
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How do you follow your routes?

Is there any app so that you don't get lost? I'm not technical. I'm even still scarred of roads, even though I have been testing them recently. But when and if I do get riding on more roads for long stretches, my biggest fear is getting lost. Do you use your phone for following a map? Or do you use a specialized device? I don't know.. I have some Map decks, but wouldn't know how to follow them even when I was good enough to ride on the roads.
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Old 10-03-15, 01:43 AM
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I use strava on my Samsung galaxy S6. Use a rockford case and phone mount on my bike, although I will usually take my car out and look at roads the day before if I'm planning on new routes.
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Is there any app so that you don't get lost? I'm not technical. I'm even still scarred of roads, even though I have been testing them recently. But when and if I do get riding on more roads for long stretches, my biggest fear is getting lost. Do you use your phone for following a map? Or do you use a specialized device? I don't know.. I have some Map decks, but wouldn't know how to follow them even when I was good enough to ride on the roads.
Do not fear the lost. Enjoy the lost. Getting lost can be the best part!


Most of the time I map out a route on Google maps, check a paper map, which I then tuck into my handlebar bag ... and off I go.
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Old 10-03-15, 03:15 AM
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I study routes at home and memorize the main turning points. Of course once I'm out there in the real world it can look a bit different than it did on google maps so my phone does help. I've never been totally lost, just confused for a spell.
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Old 10-03-15, 06:04 AM
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Old 10-03-15, 07:33 AM
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Take your phone, call your mama if you are lost.
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I use paper maps and my brain. No need for apps...I've never been lost while cycling.
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Old 10-03-15, 08:54 AM
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all roads lead to home
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If I am lost, I just ask for directions. However, I was once told by a helpful local "you cain't get ther' from here" Of course what he meant is I had to backtrack to the road I had come from.

But in reality I have a terrible sense of direction, so Google Maps on my phone is quite useful.
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Old 10-03-15, 11:27 AM
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I've never been lost on a bike. I've just taken many unexpected diversions on my two wheeled exploration device. The only bike club I've joined was named Serendipity. Seemed appropriate. We usually came in last on every 75-150 mile day tour because we had to explore every cantina, pub, bar and tavern along the way. However I did often tuck a map into the map pocket of my Kirtland Tour Pak handlebar bag. I might even look at the map now and then.

There's a entertaining young video blogger on YouTube, BikeBlogger, who videos and narrates in stream of consciousness style his daily commutes. Usually he chooses a cycling-relevant topic, or demonstrates some new gear he's added. Sometimes he just explores new routes to and from work or during recreational rides, and doesn't become flustered over missing a turn or having to explore a bit to find his route. He edits his videos just enough to minimize dead air, while retaining the leisurely feel of being on a bike for 15 minutes or longer (much longer on some trail riding videos).

He's even published videos of a few of his falls, which he handles with remarkable savoir faire. My favorite is when he topples over a rut during a trail ride, pops up, looks into the camera and says "Don't do that!" He's actually sustained some fairly painful bruises, but he didn't show it during the video although he said it took a few weeks to recover (I don't recall whether that was from the trail ride fall, or the ice slip during a winter ride).

And his POV videos give a sense of what it's like to ride safely on city streets. He uses a body mounted camera which minimizes camera shake, so you get very close to what it really looks like while riding - although there's the inevitable visual distortion from an ultra-wide angle lens, and the lack of true peripheral vision, so it still feels a bit claustrophobic compared with actually being on a bike.

I've tried something similar since resuming riding a month ago, but the results are hilariously awful. I'm in such poor condition my video narrative consists mostly of huffing and puffing and gasping for air.

Give BikeBlogger's videos a watch. Might help cope with the transition to bicycling on streets.

Personally I'm so accustomed to riding on streets and in traffic I don't think about it, while trailing riding is a little intimidating to me. I'm just beginning to explore semi-rough terrain riding by cycling around nearby vacant fields that have reverted to native Texas prairie, and the Trinity Trails paths have a few unpaved areas to try. On the plus side, I'm surprised to find my used Globe Carmel comfy/hybrid bike handles these modest challenges very well, with a simple spring suspension front fork and 700x38 all terrain tires. Big improvement over the standard road bike I was accustomed to. So far, so good, with rutted gravel paths and poorly maintained pavement.

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