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Best route planning site ?

DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 7,787
Just to plan and share road rides with others - ideally so they can download them to a GPS.

I did use Strava but I don't have a subscription and wouldn't use any of the other features - anything easy to use that is free ?

Additional features are a distraction not an advantage.

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  • ibr17xviiibr17xvii Posts: 969
    Ride With GPS is the one I use apart from Strava.

    Had a dabble with Komoot as well but didn't really like that.
  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 10,149
    Tempted to try Komoot, plenty of people seem to rave about it.

    What was it that put you off @ibr17xvii?
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  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 7,787
    I tried komoot a while ago - vague memory it wasn't as simple to use as Strava.
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  • dabberdabber Posts: 1,784
    I've started using Komoot and, so far, it seems to work very well. I plan a route on my laptop and navigate on my mobile phone. I like the voice prompts which I find useful if I'm not concentrating on the screen. It seems to reroute pretty sensibly if you go wrong. I did a mixed route of road, fireroad, singletrack, canal path and mixed off-road today and it was perfect.
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  • Mad_MalxMad_Malx Posts: 4,590
    Cycle.travel is by far my favourite for desk-based, and exports directly to garmin connect or gpx. I don’t think there is an app yet but web interface works on phone if you have 4g. iPhone app is imminent (if not out already). You need to select paved only, unless you like towpaths. Free with very good open source mapping, or a modest subscription to add ordnance survey and Europe mapping like ign etc.

    I can’t get on with Komoot, doesn’t seem to fit my brain, and I hate its ‘social’ interface.
  • DefbladeDefblade Posts: 93
    Kamoot takes a bit of... ummm.. . finessing. You can pick the point you want to go to, and kamoot picks a route, which is generally there and back on the same route. As I prefer riding circles generally, I then tease the out and back routes apart with waypoints. Fiddly, but once it's done, it syncs up to my Bolt well and the rides just work fine.
  • ibr17xviiibr17xvii Posts: 969
    daniel_b said:

    Tempted to try Komoot, plenty of people seem to rave about it.

    What was it that put you off @ibr17xvii?


    As others have said I just didn't find it very user friendly although to be fair it was a while ago now.

    Since Strava did TBT navigation & updated the route planning interface I've not needed to look at anything else.
  • photonic69photonic69 Posts: 1,487
    This is brilliant! Just found it last week. Syncs perfectly with Garmin Connect so you can create routes, sync to Garmin Connect then upload to your device. Very intuitive and you can choose Any Route or Paved Routes. Give it a go.

    https://cycle.travel/

  • N0bodyOfTheGoatN0bodyOfTheGoat Posts: 4,859

    This is brilliant! Just found it last week. Syncs perfectly with Garmin Connect so you can create routes, sync to Garmin Connect then upload to your device. Very intuitive and you can choose Any Route or Paved Routes. Give it a go.

    https://cycle.travel/

    Think I had that site bookmarked ages ago, but the route planner looks better now, you can simply pick a destination and circular route to be given an option within seconds! Only thing I cannot immediately see is details on the climbing and option to do proposed route in reverse.
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  • photonic69photonic69 Posts: 1,487

    This is brilliant! Just found it last week. Syncs perfectly with Garmin Connect so you can create routes, sync to Garmin Connect then upload to your device. Very intuitive and you can choose Any Route or Paved Routes. Give it a go.

    https://cycle.travel/

    Think I had that site bookmarked ages ago, but the route planner looks better now, you can simply pick a destination and circular route to be given an option within seconds! Only thing I cannot immediately see is details on the climbing and option to do proposed route in reverse.
    Yes, there is a button to reverse the route and also to show the elevation. Mouse-over the elevation graph and it shows you the gradients. Cool, huh?







  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 4,983
    As a club we use RidewithGPS as its free for everyone and very easy to download direct to the GPS unit.
    That said I prefer Strava's route mapping.
    Kamoot looked like a faff when I looked previously, but has thrown lots of freebies at the cycling journalists.
  • DefbladeDefblade Posts: 93

    This is brilliant! Just found it last week. Syncs perfectly with Garmin Connect so you can create routes, sync to Garmin Connect then upload to your device. Very intuitive and you can choose Any Route or Paved Routes. Give it a go.

    https://cycle.travel/

    I like the look of that... bookmarked. Cheers!
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 19,075
    Away for the weekend and forgot my connecting cables. Looked at map, figured out best route, ride tomorrow from memory. Will report back if it fails, but otherwise, sorted.
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  • briantrumpetbriantrumpet Posts: 10,080
    pblakeney said:

    Away for the weekend and forgot my connecting cables. Looked at map, figured out best route, ride tomorrow from memory. Will report back if it fails, but otherwise, sorted.


    Old skool: maps and memory. I never use GPS for navigation, and if I can't memorise bits of a complicated route I do a screen grab as back-up.

    I'm a RideWithGPS user if being modern, for the planning bit. I'd never go on an automated planner, as I enjoy the interaction with maps & terrain for each part of a ride.
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