- Brwinów (PL)
The best known example is the Ride with GPS app & site, I use Mapy.cz which is far simpler to use, good for the whole world, too, and works in your language, also offline.What’s that cycle route planner?
I'm probably saying the obvious but a good cycle route planner allows:
- Plan your route from point A to B through C, D, E, F, G & H (unlimited number of waypoints)
- Select the best routes for Road Bike or MTB (these can be different)
- The routes should be "bike friendly", that is, avoid traffic and lead through bike trails if available
- Allow you modifying the route at any time, even if you already are on your trip
- Calculate distance and elevation gain for the trip (necessary for planning the battery range), and estimated net ride time
- Provide you with elevation profile map, possibly with incline grade so you're not trying to climb the hills you cannot conquer
- Provide the weather forecast with Temperature, Precipitation and Wind information for the time you would be on your trip, with graphical indication on the route map.
- Maintaining a database of routes created by you for future re-use
- The route planning should be possible on both the smartphone and the computer.
- Guide you on your ride by visual and audio assistance (you might keep your phone in the pocket and just listen to the directions)
- Re-calculate your route in case you went off-route for any reason (intentional or a mistake)
- Provide Lane Assistant for roads whenever applicable
- Give the remaining ride distance and ETA
- Display a GPS speedometer.
- Anything you would expect from Strava (ride map & stats)
Unluckily, not daily, and my typical preferred distance is 30-50 miles. It is true I have made several metric centuries, several 70-milers and two 75-milers but cannot do it every day because I need to work... I was also able to cover several long mountain rides during the warm season. Thank you for building my positive legend, Art, but I need to ride more!He is from Poland. Flat land.Does metric centuries.Daily.
Even more riding techniques
- Before I make a planned stop (for example, riding up an intersection), I dramatically downshift. Some Shimano shifters allow downshifting by two or three gears with a single deep lever push. Being in low gear allows easy ride re-start without any throttle. When accelerating, I gradually upshift.
- Downshifting while riding uphill is doable. Just stop pedalling for a very short time on shifting, or at least ease up pedalling.
- Switch to the maximum PAS level just when you start riding uphill. It lets you maintain constant ride speed (combined with downshifting by one gear).
- When you can see you are riding into gravel or (worse) dirt road from blacktop, downshift. At least one gear at tarmac -> gravel, and at least two gears tarmac -> dirt. It keeps your ride stable. If you see the sand on your way, downshift dramatically.