/ Biking navigation apps?
I've been using MapMyRide, but the max back-light timeout is 2 minutes.
View ranger all day long ;)
Looks good, thanks! Is there any way to make it follow roads rather than go direct?
Have a look at Back country navigator, they do a free 3 week trial to play around with. for UK you select multimap UK OS Explorer which goes to 1:25k, so you should be catered for at every level of detail to your choice. You can overlay .gps routes (your own plotted or 3rd party routes you downloaded), record your own real time and even plot routes (I tend to use mapmyride/bikehike for that tho, like you). After the 3 weeks trial, you can pay one off £6.99 for it thereafter. others cost much more to buy small tiles of OS maps. Use it for biking and hiking. The key thing is to use your wifi at home to copy and store the OS maps required on your phone to use offline. you can keep them or erase depending on phone storage capacity.
ViewRanger is the one I use, but for road cycling it has one major complication:
If you create a route on the website (with 'follow road' enabled) and sync it to the phone, you get a waypoint (and hence trigger the alarm) at every bend in the road. Useless! If you only have waypoints at relevant junctions then the navigation display is useless (it doesn't often point in the right direction) and you can't use the 'off-route' alarm function (which is great for warning you when you've gone wrong).
I've managed to get round this with a script which modifies the GPX file to turn off the proximity alarm on 'bends' and to attach different sounds to waypoints so I get a useful audible indication of a turn ("Oy, left turn coming up!"). The latter means the phone screen can stay off most of the time and save battery power.
It works, but it's a bit of a pain to set up a route (create route, sync phone, export gpx to PC (via DropBox), run script, import modified gpx from PC), so gets infequent use.
Any better solutions?
I had a look at CycleStreets, but for me it's useless in that it doesn't allow me to plan the route - it just work out the 'best' route for me.
Elsewhere on the site
F ounded in 1993, Mountain Hardwear are a pretty young mountaineering clothing and equipment manufacturer but are also one of... Read more
Perhaps the perfect Xmas gift for the climber in your life... Wild Country's Crack School has two of the worlds best crack... Read more
On Saturday 13th December Greg Boswell and Guy Robertson kicked off their Scottish winter season early by making the... Read more
Rock shoes stink – let’s face it. Boot Bananas are the perfect way to fight the funk and keep them fresh. They help... Read more
At a bar in Llanberis an old man chimed in And I thought he was out of his head Being a young man I just laughed it off When... Read more