Mechanical Load Outs

So we were talking about being self-sufficient, and your bare minimum load out. Basic Load Out So this is the minimum I take? But why? Spare Tube You are not going to stand on the side of a road and do an old school patch. I don’t even patch the tube when I get home, I chuck it. I don’t …

Be Self-Sufficient

You may be riding as a group of friends, with a club or solo. In all cases you should be prepared to look after yourself in a wide range of mechanical and other eventualities. This means carrying a minimum amount of “stuff” with you to be ready to deal with those eventualities, as well as simple things like having a …

Road Ride Rules

As far as I’m concerned there’s a few rules you must follow as a road rider on the roads of the UK. And I’m not talking about The Rules. Or even The Highway Code. The later being a given and the former being a thing of personal choice. But these rules really, really matter if you’re going epic. Be self-sufficient Have …

Setting Up Your Garmin for Navigation

You’d think once you have put the GPX/TCX file on your Garmin, you could just ride it right? Wrong. Unless you change a few settings, navigation is a bit sketchy, trying to route you random ways, down footpaths, all sorts of rubbish. What you need to set depends on your device. If you have a device that supports maps, but …

Downloading and Copying Files to Your Garmin

First step is to download from the Strava Route page. This will have options for “Export TCX” or “Export GPX”. You probably want a GPX file, unless you know specifically your device requires a TCX file (Garmin 500, 510 for example) . Click on the right button and your browser will download the file to your disk. Where it goes …

Using Routes on a Garmin

This is just a quick guide to help people load routes onto their Garmin’s for successful cycling navigation. Get your device set up right Get a route onto the device Ride with the navigation enabled You need to make sure the right options are set on your garmin, or you won’t get turn by turn direction and you’ll get all …

Free Garmin Maps

Many people ride with a Garmin GPS unit. Some people have Garmin Edge 500 or 510, these don’t provide a map display. Some people ride with a Garmin Edge 705, 800, 810 or 1000. These do support maps. Some people with the map supporting Garmins do not have the maps as the Ordnance Survey map bundles are pricey. Some people …