Over in another discussion I mentioned how the Garmin Edge 500 could show some directions from a pre-loaded course. There were a comments that I was wrong and the reviews and manual indicated so but I was sure I'd seen some thing.
The review from DC Rainmakers in depth review and writes:
So unlike the Edge 705, it won’t tell you ‘Turn right on Main Street’, but it will show you a map, compass and direction of travel.
Tonight I picked a course from Training menu and selected Do Course. This is the third screen I get as well as the normal three screens of speed etc. I had the timer runnning. But buggered if I have seen this screen when out riding?
So I am only going half mad!
No u r not going crazy
further to our discussion, there is turn by turn directions, if you map a ride thru a site like "ride with gps" and has a cue sheet
but if you upload a ride that u have done to these sites it does not have the cappability to record a cue sheet of the uploaded ride.
i have tried all my courses and cant get directions turn by turn, but when i map a ride from start and use a cue sheet on a site i get directions turn by turn on the 500.
no need to book yourself into a crazy house just yet
Great! Thanks. It's lucky then that the course I picked to demonstrate in this photo actually had a cue sheet.
I was riding this morning and while I wasn't going to get lost getting to Norton Summit it was bugging me it wasn't showing!
Hey Gus is it very easy to use the Virtual Training Partner feature? I ride alot of the same routes and it would be good to be able to see how I am faring during a ride compared to previous attempts. Presumably its a case of uploading a ride to Garmin Connect, converting it into a training route, downloading it back to the GPS and hitting some magic button?
Has anyone else tried using this feature and what's it like?
I love the VTP -- he's my new best friend and arch enemy.
The Garmin Connect has just updated to let you build a course, set your average speed (hint if you set it low you win!), save it and click upload to device. Too easy. BUT..
The course bit works fine but the turn by turn photographed does not show because it doesn't generate a cue sheet and also the gradient overview doesn't seem to work or it is zoomed right in.
If you use RideWithGPS.com you can plot a route, save it as a .tcx file and upload it and it will show turn by turn and a reliable gradient overview. You just need to save the file manually into the folder called training or courses or something on your unit.
Try the Garmin option first, it's not like you are going to get lost out there retracing H'eroica... or will you!
if you dont need turn by turn but a simple bread crumb to follow just highlight a ride in your history if using garmin training ctr on your pc , then right click and click on create course from file
True, the breadcrumb line shouldn't get you lost.
The Garmin Connect website has been updated this week to do what Garmin Training CTR on the PC does but better. That software is an embarrassment. It also allows you to create stationary training workouts easily as well.
OK I will have a muck around on Garmin Connect tonight. No doubt I'll come back with some more Q's
on garmin connect site on the dashboard tab select a recent ride
just above the summary tab and to the right is a tab "save as course"
you can edit details such as speed, pace & time
rename if u wish & click save
on the courses tab "select course"
on the right click "send to device"
I have recently upgrade to the 800 & the VTP is even better, u can alter your speed setting on the fly if you are doing well to keep the pressure on and with the street maps its just like the GPS in the car. Noel from Bike station was matching prices from else where so if any one is interested i would make my way to him first to support a LBS with a friendly chat to go with it, he is an asset to the brighton area
Bloomin' marvelous. I've saved a course and will give it a go next week. I like the way you can alter the time/speed to make the VTP harder or easier to catch and I also like that you can set up, and modify, a course on the Edge without needing a computer. I dont think you can alter speed settings on the fly like the 800, but still a very nifty little feature. Now they just need to allow you to choose from a number of different DS voices so the device can start shouting at you in three different languages when you fall behind :-)
Off to try and build a course I have never ridden before and try to get the Edge to tell me which turns to make...
Thanks for the advice/help Brett and Angus!
Bit disappointed with the VTP on first experience this morning. The Garmin kept beeping at me the entire ride saying I was of course and then on course and then off course etc. This was clearly fabrication as I was riding up the Old Freeway so its not like you can wander off course. The VTP also ended up some 17km behind me by the time I got home so something screwy was going on in terms of stoppages during the course that I used to set up the VTP.
Might try and simpler route, with no stoppages, and see if I can get a bit better result
The best thing to do is to save your 'activity' from today as a course via Garmin Connect and re-upload that as TMLMM. I do also find it goes off course sometimes but I think that has to do with satellite accuracy. I wish it was an option to turn that notification on or off or at least disappear after 10 seconds or so.
or maybe you were just flying so fast you did actually beat yourself by 17kms!