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A lot of riders use a GPS device of one kind or another. There is an ever increasing number of apps and websites devoted to GPS matters, and the aim of this page is to give members a small insight into what is available.

If you can add to the information here please send an e-mail to webnerd Maverick - laverick49 at gmail.com.

If you own a Garmin GPS and have ever bought a map for it you have probably been shocked at the price. However, now there are numerous maps based on Open Street Map (OSM) and Google Maps available free. Because OSM relies on people contributing entries for the maps they are often not as comprehensive as commercial mapmakers. You can download them here. Many of the maps can be installed on your PC so you can view them in BaseCamp and MapSource, and load them into your unit just when needed. For a description of the process look here.

Mapfactor Navigator If you want your phone to emulate a Garmin GPS then this is the one for you. Go to 'My places' and then 'Record/Replay/Manage' to record your trail in GPX format. You can then copy the resulting file to your PC from folder C\SD Card\Android\data\com.mapfactor.navigator\files\navigator\gpx. Sometimes it has been necessary to shutdown and reboot the phone before the track appears. Similarly you can copy saved tracks from your PC to the phone and then display them.

Endomondo • for browser, Android & Iphone • Free • Recording running, cycling and many other type of activities • Good visuals and good customisation options • Better for chasing PB's rather than competing against others due to lack of leaderboards for comparing your performance against others.

Garmin Basecamp • for Windows & iOS • Free • Downloads&upload gps files to/from your garmin • GPS file manager • Edit tracks to remove bits you don't need • Works with the free open source cycling maps • Displays multiple tracks for comparing and reviewing recces&other trails • Opens selected tracks (including multiple tracks&waypoints) directly in Google Earth (desktop version).

Google Earth • for Windows, iOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Chrome browser • Free • New browser version doesn't require an installation • Great for looking in more detail at the trails you have ridden&looking for new potential trails.

Locus Map - multifunctional outdoor navigation app

Map my Ride - map your route, track your activity, log your food and share with friends

MapFactor Navigator is an Open Street Map based free turn-by-turn GPS navigation by mapFactor for Windows, Windows Mobile devices and Android devices.

MAPS.ME. Uses Open Street Map. You can download the map you need (e.g. Thailand) before you set off so you don't need any phone signal when you are on your ride.

OsmAnd - Offline mobile maps and navigation

Ride with GPS • for browsers, Android and Iphone • Free • While the app can record your trips I only use the free browser version for planning trails since this is the best free route planner I have used so far • Switch between multiple maps • Good for on road or off-road route planning • Elevation graph for planned routes • Sharing routes online • Export as gpx/tcx/kml.

Strava - • for browsers, Android and Iphone • Free • Recording running and cycle trips • Leaderboards show your performance against others • Less customisation and slightly poorer visuals compared to Endomondo.

Page last updated: 13 Aug 2017