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Measuring ride distance(10 posts)

Measuring ride distanceUncleMoe
Aug 6, 2001 9:44 AM
Besides getting a computer for the bike, and/or driving it by car to measure the ride...

Can anyone recommend a website or software that lets you path out a route and it measures the distance for you? I'd like this for planning training rides.
Try www.mapquest.com (NM)Cima Coppi
Aug 6, 2001 9:49 AM
The problem with Mapquest...UncleMoe.com
Aug 6, 2001 9:56 AM
is that you would have tp specify every intersection along your route. I'm looking for some software where I could plot a course, maybe by tracing along the route. When complete, it calculates the distance.

Does anyone know of an inexpensive piece of software that does this.
re: Measuring ride distanceJL
Aug 6, 2001 9:58 AM
Try DeLorme's TopoUSA 3.0. Not only let's you plot the course, but gives you ave. grade (for hills) and other useful info about the route.

Happy Riding.

JL
Problem with Topo SoftwareJS5280
Aug 6, 2001 10:39 AM
I do have some local Topo software, but the major problem I have is that the maps tend to be very old (some 10-20+ years) so a lot of roads and particularly bike paths aren't on the map. There's been a LOT of construction here in Denver, CO over that time. Not sure if I have DeLorme or not. You can still trace an approximate route if you can read a map fairly well and know the landmarks. I was hoping to use it more for MTB since it's got some cool elevation profiling tools. Guess I got to buy a GPS now ;-)
Problem with Topo SoftwareCliff Oates
Aug 6, 2001 11:10 AM
If you're talking about Topo!, the maps are from the USGS quads and they are frequently pretty old. Delorme's Atlas software is not tied to the USGS maps, and has it's own road database that is current, and largely (but not always) accurate.
Yep, it's Topo, how's DeLorme on Hiking/MTB trails? (nm)JS5280
Aug 8, 2001 2:01 PM
re: Measuring ride distanceCliff Oates
Aug 6, 2001 10:04 AM
I'm using DeLorme's software, and the autotrace feature is pretty slick. You can get regional versions for $50, which is what I did. I don't need the whole US. The user interface is funky, but the software generally does a good job.
re: Measuring ride distanceJL
Aug 6, 2001 11:14 AM
Cliff,

I picked up Topo 3.0 after seeing some pics from your website and seeing others recommend it as well. What/Where is the autotrace feature you're mentioning? Is that the auto-calc? Just wondering.

Thanks.

John

P.S. I agree it's not the best user interface, but easy enough to pick up with trial and error.
re: Measuring ride distanceCliff Oates
Aug 6, 2001 11:25 AM
Sorry, yes the auto-calc feature on the navigation tab. All of the maps on my site were done with Topo!, by the way, and were very tedious to do. The auto-calc feature makes this sort of software usable for us.