This should ideally be in both the running and the biking forums, so instead it's in neither!
I've been logging some runs, in part to help our Chez Arran guests with ideas for good outings while they're here. I intend to do likewise with MTB and road bike circuits too.
So far I've been using Endomondo on my Android phone, which I think is great, but I'm constantly reading of people using other systems so I'm open to suggestion as to what would be the most useful platform to use so the most people can see and follow the circuits. Ideally it would be good if circuit data can be shared between systems - does anyone know if that's easy or even possible? If not, what should I concentrate on and why?
Sports Tracker is pretty good and if you think your guests might be a bit competitive you could try Strava. You might benefit from a bit of publicity through the latter with the whole social networking thing, equally it might put you right off : )
That's good to know. The ideal is that they don't have to do any loading at all as the routes are already available on their choice of clobber with their existing software - maybe I'm being optimistic if there isn't much uniformity in the software people use in practice but it was certainly worth asking. Thanks.
In reply to john arran: Not sure it really makes any difference - if (say) they have a Garmin Edge, then they need to import the route to follow it. They import a GPX file that can have been created in any software. If they use Sporttracks on their iPhone then they need to import the file - same again.
As far as I know all software (with the exception of Goole Earth) uses GPX files - it's kind of the "text" version of GPS, so as long as you can give them a GPX file it's unlikely they'd have to do any other mucking about with it.
Or are you talking about loading your routes onto (eg) mapmyrun or bikeroutetoaster as public routes? In that case if people use specific devices like Edge or Forerunner or Ambit then they need to import it in some shape or form anyway. I think that pretty much everyone who uses GPS for running or cycling will be pretty chuffed to have GPX files of routes to do anyway! Better than the photocopied stuff we've been given previously.
Some bike places we've used have pre-loaded Garmin Edges that people can borrow/hire - so they just clip it on their bike and off they go.
If your gps device is garmin, then it is very easy to upload to map my ride/run, strava, garmin connect, and endomondo simply logging on and choosing to upload activities and they will pick up all new routes on the device. Bike route toaster is a bit more of a faff I think, but may also use garmin communicator.... ive only used it to down load routes rather than uploading.
Alternatively host the files on your own website for free download.
> I've been logging some runs, in part to help our Chez Arran guests with ideas for good outings while they're here. I intend to do likewise with MTB and road bike circuits too.
I've been doing something similar (although we're not in a position to have guest yet, but for friends and family) and something that works well with Strava is the hookup with Instagram. Go for a run or a ride and log it with Strava, and if you take photos on Instagram along the route, it will automatically add them to the logged run/ride when you view it in Strava.
Unfortunately it doesn't flag where exactly on the run you took the picture, which shouldn't be too hard to do, but they are constantly updating it.
As barmybaldwin suggests, putting the gpx files on your website is the best option. There could be a folder for each route including some photos a map to print off (yes, some runners use maps!) and gpx file
> (In reply to Lord of Starkness)
> Go to the 'explore' tab and select 'Clubs'.
> Type 'UKC' into the club name, but make sure you type 'United Kingdom' into the location otherwise it won't show up.
Doesn't seem to work on the 'free' version. I'm a tightwad and avoid paying for 'premium' services where possible.