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Old 08-20-13, 01:43 PM
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Newer eTech for carfree?

Most LCF users are a lot more tech savvy than I am. Can you share some of the more recent developments in computer/mobile/camera/GPS/apps that are useful for carfree cyclists? (A short review would be interesting and helpful to other users.)
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The one i lean on the most is Google Maps for Android (with GPS features). I occasionally borrow a car, usually to go somewhere I can't find without directions. I take public transit fairly often to somewhere I have never been (or at least where i have no knowledge of the transit schedule). This is partly because the destinations I use in my day-to-day life are mostly places I walk & bike to.

The turn by turn navigation features and public transit features are much better than they were two years ago. Also much improved in recent months is the app's ability to store maps so that you are likely to have good maps when you go somewhere with no data connection. (and maps will often work okay for a device with no cellular data plan if you start in a place where you have wi-fi)

the SEPTAdroid app is just nifty-- uses the GPS receivers on most public transit vehicles in Southeastern PA, to tell you where said vehicles are in real time, using a map. Other public transit systems may have a similar app.
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Old 08-20-13, 03:22 PM
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Originally Posted by cerewa View Post
The one i lean on the most is Google Maps for Android (with GPS features). I occasionally borrow a car, usually to go somewhere I can't find without directions. I take public transit fairly often to somewhere I have never been (or at least where i have no knowledge of the transit schedule). This is partly because the destinations I use in my day-to-day life are mostly places I walk & bike to.

The turn by turn navigation features and public transit features are much better than they were two years ago. Also much improved in recent months is the app's ability to store maps so that you are likely to have good maps when you go somewhere with no data connection. (and maps will often work okay for a device with no cellular data plan if you start in a place where you have wi-fi)

the SEPTAdroid app is just nifty-- uses the GPS receivers on most public transit vehicles in Southeastern PA, to tell you where said vehicles are in real time, using a map. Other public transit systems may have a similar app.
I have also been impressed with the new Google Maps 2.0. We don't have the real time bus location in Lansing yet. But I can tap on the nearest little bus icon and see the next three scheduled departures from that stop. This is much easier and quicker than the bus company's website or phone service. The bus, bike and walking directions are also much more accurate than they used to be. Also, you can cache maps if you have wifi only on a tablet, as I do.

i have to admit that I have never seriously used the bike features on google maps. Within range of my house, I can't get lost and I know bike routes that google can only dream of.
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Another vote for Google Maps, and the ZipCar integration into the smartphone.
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I always thought bikely.com would be a great web site for community building, where groups of cyclists could suggest their routes.

Having said that, it often didn't work out that way when I tried to use it for cities I was visiting.
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Old 08-20-13, 07:02 PM
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Google Maps with the bike feature turned on has led me to quite a few hidden bike routes that I was completely unaware of. I was staying at a hotel just outside of Iowa City, IA. I knew there was a fairly extensive MUP system in IC, but had no clue that it ran right behind the hotel and tied into a major bikeway up the Cedar River. I also found out it would take me within a block of the grocery store that I had been riding to along busy roads.

I use Endomondo app to track my riding occasionally. Usually forget to turn it off and it also tracks my wandering around the grocery store. so my average mileage rate is pretty abysmal.

I sometimes listen to music when riding, I either have music loaded on to it, or I use something like Pandora, turn the it up as loud as it will go and ride on.

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Old 08-20-13, 07:18 PM
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I always thought bikely.com would be a great web site for community building, where groups of cyclists could suggest their routes.

Having said that, it often didn't work out that way when I tried to use it for cities I was visiting.
I remember posting maps on bikely years ago, but it seemed to fizzle out.

What about the more mainstream social sites like Facebook and twitter?
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I love a Facebook group called "I Want to Ride My Bicycle. I Want to Ride My Bike." Every day they make me smile by posting a picture featuring bikes. The only message is that bikes are cool and people love them. I don't know how to link to a Facebook group, so you'll have to find it for yourself.
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+1 for Weather Underground's Wundermaps - We get a lot of isolated (and I mean like a few city blocks across) showers rolling through in the summer. It is way better to have the radar overlayed on the street map.

+1 For Google's Transit and Biking maps. I use the biking map to get a first iteration on a good route and then tweek it from there based on knowledge I may have of the area (like traffic and road quality)

I also like to use MapMyRide's route feature to see how much climbing is on different routes. Anything going E/W for me can get to be a 500' climb or more pretty fast - you don't want to be going up and down when another route just does up, especially when hauling the kiddos in the trailer. It's also nice for recording ride distances and times.
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Update...

The last couple of posts reminded me of some more apps that I use on a regular basis.
  • Our Groceries (allows us to generate lists that go across platform iOS, BB etc)
  • Life 360 (family tracker)
  • Key Ring (all those store cards that get you the discount)
  • Weather Bug (I prefer it over wunderground on the mobile platform)
  • Shazam (to ID that song playing on the Muzak that is driving you crazy)
  • Urban Spoon (finds interesting restaurants and gives reviews)

I have quite a few more that I use for work related purposes:
  • Cam Scanner
  • iAuditor
  • OSHA Heat Tool
  • OSHA Ladder Safety
  • Sound Meter
  • Kingsoft Office
  • Noaa Weather
  • Radar Now
  • Orbitz
  • Scan Pet
  • Traveler by Flight Stats
  • Trip It
  • and most of the hotel chain apps

Most of my apps are free, if I really like the app I will quite often spring for the pay version.

Roody mentioned FaceBook and Twitter. I basically gave up on FB when they started changing stuff on a weekly (well it seemed that way) basis. I got tired of having to go in and change my security settings to protect things because their default shared too much information. Twitter I am kind of ambivalent about. Our company uses social media to a point, but I think in too many cases it is more of a distraction and less of a tool.

Here is the link to I Want to Ride my Bicycle I want to Ride my Bike that Roody mentioned.



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Old 08-23-13, 07:40 AM
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I'm basically a knuckle-dragging luddite, but the new B&M Luxos U makes me want to get some sort of smartphone, just so I can charge it off of my dynamo and track my routes or whatever it is that phoneppl do while they rub their screens all day.
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The Fort Worth bicycle share has a nice smart phone app that shows availability and other information concerning their bike share systems. The systems is available for all of the cities where they run the bike share.
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I mainly just use google maps, but instead of having it give me bike routes, I have it give me car routes, with the option to not use highways. Around here the bike routes will add on miles, while the car routes tend to be the shortest.
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