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Old 06-19-19, 07:23 PM
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Road apps or maps??

Wondering if there are any apps or such that list roads and their conditions? Preferably by state and county. The roads around my area are an absolute mess and while they are paved, they are much more suited for a full suspension mountain bike and not a road bike. The pot holes will kill your wheels. It'd be nice to go somewhere to ride with decent roads.
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Old 06-19-19, 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted by moto367 View Post
Wondering if there are any apps or such that list roads and their conditions? Preferably by state and county. The roads around my area are an absolute mess and while they are paved, they are much more suited for a full suspension mountain bike and not a road bike. The pot holes will kill your wheels. It'd be nice to go somewhere to ride with decent roads.
I’d be very surprised if something like that exists to the granularity you are looking for. Google street view is not even available everywhere. It’s hard to imagine something having accurate road conditions beyond paved and dirt.
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Old 06-19-19, 09:45 PM
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I like Maps, printed, on paper. Europe has better Maps of their land, ud only Delotme \

or state by state printed ... ORDOT coast route map, is good,

and free..




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Old 06-20-19, 02:01 AM
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Check out maps.me. It uses OpenStreetMap data. And other apps using OSM also offer alternative maps that are updated more frequently based on user input. Occasionally those are more up to date than Google and other maps.

However those maps tend to tell us only whether a road is finished or open, not necessarily the condition.

Checking bikepacking and touring groups on Facebook and elsewhere. They'll often have the most up to date info on road conditions based on direct rider experience.

Other popular apps with up to date info:
Komoot
Map My Ride

chasingwatts.com website and app (iOS only at the moment) is new to me. I'm not familiar with it but a couple of local groups have switched to it for organizing group rides when it's necessary to make quick changes to accommodate road conditions.
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Old 06-20-19, 02:26 AM
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Google Street View

And I get weekly reports about all the construction projects going on in the State.
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Old 06-20-19, 06:06 AM
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I use Google street view to identify roads that are likely too busy / fast for me tastes. I am looking for less used and therefore often less maintained roads, so it is kind of the opposite of what you want. The issue I run into is that the roads I am seeking are the ones less likely to have street view available. In your case it should work in your favor, and the more maintained roads are better covered by street view.

Of course, since going with 35-38mm tires on my rod bike, crappy roads are no problem.
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Old 06-20-19, 09:19 AM
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Many cities and counties have a Pavement Condition Index (PCI)
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Old 07-24-19, 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
I like Maps, printed, on paper. Europe has better Maps of their land, ud only Delotme \

or state by state printed ... ORDOT coast route map, is good,

and free..



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Your useless reply doesn’t address the question the OP asked.

Bizarre.
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Old 07-24-19, 08:08 AM
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Originally Posted by njkayaker View Post
Your useless reply doesn’t address the question the OP asked.

Bizarre.
Uhhh.... this is fietsbob you are talking about. A coherent, on-topic response is what would be truly bizarre.
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Old 07-24-19, 08:22 AM
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Uhhh.... this is fietsbob you are talking about. A coherent, on-topic response is what would be truly bizarre.
A GPS killed his father.
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Old 07-24-19, 02:01 PM
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Originally Posted by njkayaker View Post
A GPS killed his father.
Back then they called them 'electric maps'
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Old 07-25-19, 06:34 AM
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Definitely maps
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Maps are good for your brain. Really. By using a map you are forced to memorize things, and they help you orient yourself. Most animals, including us have an inate ability to navigate, and maps help us. Some apps especially the devices in cars that tell you to "turn left here" etc. don't engage your brain and the part of your brain devoted to navigation will atrophy.

Roads in New England are also in terrible shape, especially after winter, with its freeze-thaw- refreeze cycle. Thats why I have 42mm wide tires on my bikes.

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Old 07-25-19, 08:28 AM
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I'm throwing my hat in the ring for Google Street View. Shows you if there is a bike lane, the quality of the road, and sometimes you can get an idea of the volume of traffic too.
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Old 07-25-19, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by ironwood View Post
Maps are good for your brain. Really. By using a map you are forced to memorize things, and they help you orient yourself. Most animals, including us have an inate ability to navigate, and maps help us. Some apps especially the devices in cars that tell you to "turn left here" etc. don't engage your brain and the part of your brain devoted to navigation will atrophy.

Roads in New England are also in terrible shape, especially after winter, with its freeze-thaw- refreeze cycle. Thats why I have 42mm wide tires on my bikes.
Agree totally with the usefulness of printed maps. I read them at breakfast.

Unfortunately it's not really what the OP was asking as he was desiring "any apps or such" that would give him updates as to road conditions. And as much as I like printed maps, they are not timely as to road conditions.

I think Google Maps likely will have the most recent information as they update faster than anybody.
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Old 07-25-19, 03:19 PM
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osmAND has avoid dirt roads feature , when google takes me through the woods and over streams on my carbon race bike :
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