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The Henry Mountains of southern Utah have fascinated me ever since one of my geology professors in graduate school eloquently described their unique setting and their unlikely stature in the field of geomorphology. As a student, I found myself eagerly diving into a century-old geologic report to learn more, and then as a professor, I found myself taking my own students to the area to experience its grandeur in person. But a deeper understanding of the landscape could only come from moving through it for days on end. I finally had the opportunity to make that happen in late November with the company of my friend Chase Edwards – nine chilly days, 350 miles of pedaling, climbing six range’s most prominent peaks, and endless awe.
Ever plan a route and when you get out on it, it’s not what you expected? Perhaps you wanted a road rout and the dirt roads are too chewed up for 28mm tires, or you want to do a gravel tour and the route is mostly pavement? This can happen for a number of reasons like outdated Google Earth images. Ride With GPS’ newest tech helps facilitate this by breaking down what surfaces your new route is made of.
There are three surface type categories:
-Paved – Paved surfaces include asphalt, concrete, and chip seal. Paved surfaces are shown as a solid line.
-Unpaved – Unpaved surfaces include gravel, dirt, cobblestones and natural/unimproved trails. Unpaved surfaces are shown as a dashed line.
-Unknown – When there is insufficient data available about a surface it will show up as unknown. Unknown surfaces are shown as an outlined white line.
Check out more details at Ride With GPS!
Patrick from Bikes or Death sat down with Kevin from RideWithGPS to discuss route planning and navigation in this 2+ hour long podcast video. Got some time to listen to an informative podcast this morning? Give this a listen!
We’re pleased to introduce the Backcountry Bike Challenge by Ride With GPS and our friends Kurt and Kait. Check out the full press release below, particularly if you like a challenge and are looking to ride your bike off-the-beaten path…
There’s nothing worse than ending up on the shoulder of a highway due to bad planning, only to find later that a pleasant gravel road was another option. Heat maps show the most popular routes cyclists ride in dense urban environments, rural areas, and beyond. They are helpful when visiting a new city, or learning how to commute by bike safely and of course, when planning rides and routes.
Ride with GPS has rolled out a new mobile and web-compatible heatmap, which aids in planning rides and routes, worldwide. You can check it out on the web at Ride with GPS and on the iOS and Android mobile apps. The heatmap is viewable when recording a ride, for free, for all Ride with GPS members, and also available for Basic and Premium members as an overlay in the Mobile Route Planner for creating and editing routes on the fly.
Head to Ride with GPS’ blog post for more information and pick up your app today to start planning.
To start, my Review of the Wahoo Roam is definitely going to be a bit narrow in scope, I don’t often ride road bikes, have a bunch of random sensors all over my body and bike, or keep meticulous logs of all my riding, so about 50% of the cool shit this device can do goes untouched by me. You’re probably asking, what the hell do you ride and why are you talking to me about this? Well, I like to do short mountain bike rides and longer touring routes, both of which are super rad to have a GPS device for. I also dabble in route creation, Im no Sarah Swallow, but I’ve been dipping my toes in the water and having a Wahoo has made that a more fruitful experience.
When Ride with GPS began developing their new mobile route planner, they had a whole list of things in mind. For one, they wanted to utilize a smart phone’s tapping feature to allow the creation of a route. Users should also be able to search for various locales and be routed to and from your current location, with interactive elevation profiles and deliver riding time-based on how long you climb, pulling from your previous riding history.
Once they began working on the app, they were able to tap into the various map options offered like satellite, terrain, OSM Cycle, OSM Outdoor, ESRI, and more. Finally, they wanted users to develop color-coded routes to distinguish sections.
This app is now available to use, so if you’ve been struggling with other apps, give this one a try!