GPS Software

Hangie
Hangie Posts: 16
edited January 2009 in Commuting chat
I have a Garmin Foretrex GPS and have started sticking it in the rucksack on the commute. Also found a nice bit of free software call Sports tracks.

http://www.zonefivesoftware.com/SportTracks/

Even has an add on that down loads the weather at the time of your cycle and factors in headwind for a power Graph

Anyone else using this or found anything better?

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  • Cunobelin
    Cunobelin Posts: 11,792
    It has limitations, but is fine for training and recording. I find it too limited to design routes and for touring.

    The weirdest one is if you record a week of commuting then you get bizarre results. Apparently it is a known glitch if the Edge files exceed 18 hours in total....

    My actual 120 miles of commuting came out at some 1700, and as you can see the tracks are a little confusing as the smae route was used throughout....

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  • Even has an add on that down loads the weather at the time of your cycle and factors in headwind for a power Graph

    Do you have the details of the add on as I checked the website and can't find it.
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  • gb155
    gb155 Posts: 2,048
    I have a xda orbit, it has built in GPS, How do I get it to "record" what im doing so that I can upload to sport tracks ?
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  • Hangie
    Hangie Posts: 16
    The plug in for Sports track is called GPS2PowerTrack, the like below should take you to it, you need to import the weather one to.

    Works well with my does appear to correlate with how knackered I am when I get home :D

    http://www.sporttracks-plugins.de/Sport ... PowerTrack
  • Hangie
    Hangie Posts: 16
    The type of GPS's you get for cars "Sat Nav types" rarely record your data track, or certainly I have never come across one.

    I think there would be a few less getting bought by drivers if they thought they held a track recording their speed over the entire journey :!:

    They type of GPS that does record tracks are most of the sports, aviation and sailing types you can get.
  • gb155
    gb155 Posts: 2,048
    My device is a pocket pc and phone, Is there any program that anyone knows of that I can install ?
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  • gb155
    gb155 Posts: 2,048
    For Any Other PPC Users I have Found "BikeTrack v0.81" Looks good I will give it a try in the morning.
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  • girv73
    girv73 Posts: 842
    I use the Sports Tracker application for Nokia GPS phones. I've a Nokia 6210 Navigator and it works well enough - it will track you at ludicrous speeds from time to time but that's the only glitch I've seen so far. It's handy as I don't need to carry another device for tracking, just my regular mobile.
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  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    Nokia Sports Tracker works pretty well on my N95. Sampling rate works better for running - but its not too bad on a bike - you do get the odd corner cut off.
  • Matt-B
    Matt-B Posts: 112
    The problem I had with the N95 (apart from it not being waterproof and/or indesturctible one day in the forest...) was that the battery ran out so quickly - once I got lost and couldn't use the GPS or phone home as it was dead after only an hour of riding... I have an Edge 705 now, the difference is startling, but to be fair, the N95 is great for short rides.
  • I have a Garmin forerunner 205. So far have been immensely pleased with it, especially as it was a "thank you" gift from the company I contract to :D

    The Garmin software is fine, except it doesn't allow you to edit a tracklogged route to then add back as a route.
    I use GPSU
    It's very powerful, I suspect it may be too powerful for this user :?

    Definitely taking a look at the sportstrack software.
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  • I've got a pocket PC and use Memory Map on it. I find it quite good for the maps and route planning on the desktop too. I just didn't attach the phone to the bike well enough and dropped it on the road within 20m of setting off which was a bit annoying and a lesson learned.
  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,061
    girv73 wrote:
    I use the Sports Tracker application for Nokia GPS phones. I've a Nokia 6210 Navigator and it works well enough - it will track you at ludicrous speeds from time to time but that's the only glitch I've seen so far. It's handy as I don't need to carry another device for tracking, just my regular mobile.

    +1

    good software even better with an external GPS unit, I use my tomtom bluetooth device.

    On my mac I use trailrunner a freeware app that looks very cool (it is a mac app) has a few bugs but generally the best i've found with tons of features, now using www.bikehike.co.uk on my windows and linux laptops and of course Nokia sports tracker.
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  • cxi99
    cxi99 Posts: 1
    I think Garmin is quite ok, although I would prefer using a GPS device on my mobile as well. It would just be more handy and that is still a major factor for me. I'm still wondering why not more manufacturers are going into this direction. Sure, battery life is still rather limited, but you could use GPS for nearly every outdoor activity. What do you think? Any ideas what could be done to pimp up a mobile phone for outdoor tours? :wink:
  • alfablue
    alfablue Posts: 8,497
    I use an external charger for my n82, it takes 1 AA battery, so my phone's battery life is only limited by how many rechargable NiMH aa batteries I carry. I can run the phone with the battery charger attached, it is little larger than the aa battery itself.
  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,061
    Has anyone tried iTrail

    http://itrailr.googlepages.com/
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  • gb155
    gb155 Posts: 2,048
    itboffin wrote:
    Has anyone tried iTrail

    http://itrailr.googlepages.com/

    Looks just like the Pocket Pc version I am running, Once you FINALLY get it to find the inbuilt GPS then all is good :D
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  • infopete
    infopete Posts: 878
    Hi

    I wrote some software for the pocket pc a year or so ago that would track your routes and gave you live tracking via google maps of microsoft live.

    I've not done anything with it for months but I can resurect it if anyone is interested.

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