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Old 04-10-16, 02:53 PM
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Road bike route planner

Hi folks,

I have a goal to cycle from my house to the sea. There are several options for a destination, both east or west. So I was looking through some route planning websites, working out where would be best to go and I notice that the planners seem to include trails such as tow paths. There's one near my house which I spotted and know is far too rough for a road bike.

I wondered; are there any route planning sites that will let me specify that I'm on a road bike?
I'm being picky, I know because I could just use google maps and say I'm travelling by car, but then I want the quiet bike roads where possible, but I'd also really like to take advantage of paved cycle trails where I can. It's ok where I have local knowledge, but get difficult as I get farther afield.

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by nightshade18 View Post
Hi folks,
I have a goal to cycle from my house to the sea. There are several options for a destination, both east or west. So I was looking through some route planning websites, working out where would be best to go and I notice that the planners seem to include trails such as tow paths. There's one near my house which I spotted and know is far too rough for a road bike.
This year I'm seeing how the 100km -> 200km -> 300km -> 400km -> etc. progression goes with some rounding up to convenient imperial distances.

I combine Ride With GPS, the Randonneurs USA Permanent Route Search, the Strava Global Heat Map, and Krebs printed cycle touring maps

Ride With GPS is a decent on-line editing tool which exports .tcx files with custom cue sheet entries. It lets you copy other users' public routes and integrate parts of them in your rides, including a number of brevet and permanent routes. The Open Cycle Map maps are an option including points of interest like fresh water to refill your bottles (zoom in to see them). It'll route you along bike paths, but you can drop control points to anchor the parts you like and relocate the segments you don't.

Randonneurs enjoy unsupported long distance rides without wasting time to stop and socialize. There's a calendar of brevets where everyone leaves at the same time, and permanent routes which can be ridden at your convenience with the kilometers counting towards rewards. Those routes include nice cycling roads. Your national randonneuring organization should have a similar web site.

The Strava Global Heat Map aggregates everyone's rides for the year. The high traffic routes are much brighter. Usually lots of cyclists riding on a road implies the locals feel it's a good place to ride.

Krebs only does the US Pacific West coast, although you should be able to find printed bicycle maps of your area showing things like preferred routes.

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Drew is in the IT Bubble. , so has IT solutions. . (Apparently did not notice you were in England though)


.. as an Old Scout with Map reading skills:

Pick up a Paper copy of an Ordinance Survey Map and Use It. I found them In Book sellers as I Went on my last Bike tour..

& Which seaside? Blackpool or Scarborough? (theOS 1cm to 2.5Km maps # 5 & 6 cover both shores and overlap York.
I still have number 5 & found your town on it , you may want them covering less area w more details

www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/ they also have digital products. too ..

Neither of us are locals , but Aamericans , I did cycle tour through Yorkshire.

& join the http://www.cyclinguk.org/membership for lots more information, as a member benefit.

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Several of the programs will allow you to drag the route from one location to another. For example, on Google, if you don't like one road, drag it to another road. That is, of course, assuming you know where you're headed.
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Thanks guys. Seems the consensus is that software won't do it for me, I need to actively plan my route and use multiple sources if necessary.

Just wondering along similar lines, what kind of routes to the garmin units give when used for GPS - do they try to use dirt trails?
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