Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Any ideas for me

I am looking to use my Iphone as a GPS for riding. Any recommendations for an app to use? Not really looking to buy a Garmin, Any good ideas??

11 comments:

Frank Burgess said...

I use the paid version of Ride With GPS. $80 bucks a year and you get audible directions. The free version is really good, just have to keep checking the map. I tried several of the other apps, but went with the paid version of RWG because of the audible directions. Once upon a time, there was some discussion about Google Maps and loading route overlays onto it. I didn't dig into but it might be a viable option now.

Zac said...

Strava. If it's not on strava it didn't happen.

Jimmy said...

Will Strava let me download maps? I don't have a garmin.

Frank Hernandez said...

Ride with GPS. I have the $50 per year version which gives you audible directions and planning of routes etc.... Never have gotten lost after I did it. Love the app. Strava kept crashing on me. Those that say STRAVA generally don't use it primarily on the their smart phones. They use their Garmin and then upload to STRAVA. Not the same thing as you're trying to do. My 2 cents anyways......

Miley said...

Check out OsmAnd. Uses a vector map that does not require a data signal, in case you're out in the boonies where the best roads are. Can also download routes and run turn by turn navigation. Downside with navigation is it's a heavy draw on the battery.

Jeff Gibson said...

As far as I can tell Strava doesn't do turn by turn guidance... So Zac it can't happen since it doesn't have it.

Blog Admin said...

You might want to check out the FOGBEE blog. http://www.fogbees.com/p/smart-phone.html

Brian Beisel said...

I use Ride with GPS for many of the same reasons already stated. It is also what the FOGBees use for route planning so downloading is easy. You search by the route name and then you can download the route on your iPhone. Audible turn by turn directions works great. You don't need to keep the screen on which saves battery life. I have used this on longer rides with no issues. You can save your rides and their are a lot of metric information. Speed, distance, elevation, etc. $50 a year a bargain for what you get.

Todd Jarrell said...

I just follow those with the highfalutin apps....

Tony Hernandez said...

LOL! I'm with you Todd! ...... Which way did Dave go???

Seriously though, I'd just get a Garmin or other cycling computer with GPS.
Dedicated hardware for a specific purpose usually offers much better performance.
I tried to use my phone before and had a hard time seeing the screen and the battery would die on long rides trying to use turn by turn.
Dave's suggestion will probably help with the battery life but I much prefer just using a Garmin.

Jimmy said...

Hey everybody thank you for all the great input. It'll def help me make the best decision.
And BTW I really enjoy riding with you all. 🚴🚴🚴