A sequence of posts explaining George's approach to cycling with a (Garmin) GPS

Current status of the tutorials

The first three tutorials: Tutorial 1 - Device selection and purchase Tutorial 2 - acquiring and installing navigable maps Tutorial 3 - Creating and using pre-planned routes are now all completed as planned. Comments and queries welcome of course.… more »

Tutorial 1 - Device selection and purchase

We will need to take it in stages, with the most important information coming once you have chosen and bought a device.  Questions about the requirements: Definitely want route navigation? 'Yes' excludes devices such as the Garmin 500 that don't hav… more »

Tutorial 2 - acquiring and installing navigable maps

About the maps The digital mapping files on Garmin devices serve two quite distinct purposes: They contain images that are used to present a view of the map around your current location. And since the maps are zoomable, they include images for each… more »

Tutorial 3 - Creating and using pre-planned routes

The GPX file: Must use a track file, not a route file. Name on the device's menu will be the name that appears inside the file between <name></name> tags, near the top of the file, not the file name. Installing: USB mass storage Garmin &g… more »

Tutorial 4 - Logging your rides and mapping/viewing them

Use 'start/stop' button to start logging. The next press of the same button will suspend logging and another press will continue the log in the same file. I tend to start a log at the beginning of the day and leave it on because if I stop it during a br… more »