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gpx files

  • 06 Apr 2013 5:45 PM
    Message # 1261812
    I am interested in purchasing a gps for my bike and using the gpx files for club rides. I would appreciate some advice on what I need to make good use of these files.

    Thanks,  Steve
  • 09 Apr 2013 11:24 AM
    Reply # 1264127 on 1261812
    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    I am not the expert, however the GPX file format is a generic waypoint format which is commonly used by many different manufacturers.  This allows some degree of flexibility when selecting a device. I use a Garmin, but the software is poorly designed. I cant speak for other manufacturers tho.
  • 12 Apr 2013 11:56 PM
    Reply # 1267612 on 1261812
    I purchased a Garmin Edge 800 in 2012.  The 800 has a map display and will give you turn by turn directions.  The 800 is geared somewhat toward training, laps, etc. But it has a lot of features and I find it very suitable for the recreation riding I do.  There are so many features and screens, it took me a while to learn how to use it.  The screens are customizable, letting you add/delete pages and put what ever statistics you want on each page.  The screen is touch sensitive for swiping.  The 800 and other models allow you to download GPX and TCX files for routes, or courses in Garmin parlance.  The Garmin Edge 810 is new this year.  Go to Garmin's web site to learn the differences.  GPX files are available from the CD, or now the RBC web site.  You can also create your own using sites such as Garmin Connect, Map My Ride, Ride With GPS, Bike Route Toaster, etc.  Ride With GPS has some tips on how to configure the Edge 800.

    When I bought my 800, I tried to save money by buying just the GPS, not the bundle.  The stand alone Edge 800 comes with only a very basic map, not suitable for bike riding.  I also thought I could use one of my many heart rate monitor straps.  It turned out I needed an ANT+ heart rate monitor.  After discovering these things, I bought a map chip and also an ANT+ heart monitor.  I would have saved money if I bought the bundle which includes both plus a cadence sensor.  You can purchase the stand alone Edge 800 and then buy a blank 2GB microSD card.  You can down load Open Street Maps for free onto the microSD card instead of paying Garmin's map.

    The 800 can be use on multiple bikes, or even other non-cycling activities.  I took mine on a couple down hill ski trips and clocked over 50 MPH!
  • 13 Apr 2013 8:32 AM
    Reply # 1267734 on 1261812
    Thanks for the very helpful response. If others are thinking along these lines, Garmin is currently offering a $100 rebate on the 800. -Steve
  • 08 May 2013 11:04 PM
    Reply # 1288925 on 1261812
    Deleted user

    Here is my experience with the Garmin 800.  I bought the basic Garmin 800 more than a year ago from a local bike shop using bike club's discount.  It is not necessary to purchase the bundle that includes the Garmin's City Navigator bundle.  I acknowledge that the basic Garmin 800 will not provide turn-by-turn direction.  However, you can visit for useful advice on how you can obtain turn-by-turn direction and how you can obtain useful basemap much cheaper or even free.  The GPX files that RBC provides is minimal and will only display route but not provide turn-by-turn direction.  Again, visit for discussion on different file formats.  I decided to become premium member of the Ride With GPS website so that I can print useful cue sheets and directly download routes in either TCX or GPX Track format.  I acknowlege that turn-by-turn directions are not perfect.  Hence, it is always a good idea to bring along a cue sheet.  Note that GPX file that you find on the RBC web site is not GPX track but rather just GPX route.  Let me provide more useful web links if you want to just purchase basic Garmin 800:

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