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!
@ DD I think so,. I had a little line to follow with distance to go and time to finish showing.
First time user of this feature and I liked it, plus there would seem to be a lot more to it yet.
veloway using ride with gps
Sorry, I know this is going to sound really dim, but I am racing up in the Hills on Sunday and wanted to try out the turn-by-turn feature, mostly so I know how far it is from one left hand turn on the course to the next, and so I can **tongue in cheek** unleash my breakaway sprint at the right moment to deliver me a solo victory.
If I use ridewithGPS I just map out the course, export the file and upload this to my Garmin Edge 500. Then at the start of the race I just turn on my Garmin and select this course the the magic fourth window should appear with distance to next turn?
The only other question is do I export GPX or TCX files. RidewithGPS suggest TCX is better for Edge 500's but has anyone tried doing both?
OK so I have given up on the Garmin Edge 500 to provide any useful ride-route advice. The constant beeping on/off course gave me the sheets. Instead my brother has pointed out this iphone option
So you map a route with Google Maps. Email it to your iphone and then the map loads in the Map app. To avoid draining your battery on the iphone due to constant GPS use, you simply pull out the iphone whenever you need a bit of navigational aid, find out where you are in relation to the course and then make directional decisions based on that. A bit low tech, but a whole lot quieter than "beep - you are off course, beep- you are on course, beep - you are off course"
I used the course feature of the Edge 500 on the weekend and it worked a treat. I went on a ride where I wasn't sure of where the various turn offs were, so I plotted the course in http://www.bikeroutetoaster.com/ and added course points with navigation instructions.
When I got close to the start of the course, I went into the Courses menu while the timer was still running and selected the right course a few hundred metres before the start. When I got to the start of the course, it detected I was on course and started the Virtual Partner.
Some of the additional pages were certainly handy. There is one that shows where you are relative to the virtual partner, but also shows what the elevation profile is like coming up. So you know if you can push the bit harder, or if you need to conserve some energy to get to the top.
The navigation points seemed to work well too. The only problem I had was the navigation points were set right on the turn, so by the time I got to an intersection I had to commit to turning either left or right, then use the Garmin to confirm if I was going in the right direction. On a couple of occasions I went off course. When this happens, the Edge 500 beeps and displays a crude map of where you are in relation to the plotted course. When you get back to the course, it detects where you are and continues on.
Will need to give the http://www.ridewithgps.com/ site a go as well. Might try that one for Ride Like Crazy this weekend.
What I would like to do is create a course from a segment of an existing ride. I haven't found an easy way to do that yet. I'd like to be able to load a ride I've already done, delete the start and the end, and save the rest as a course that I can compete against. Does anyone know of a way to do this? Maybe the ride with gps website will allow me to do this.