Ride with GPS (http://ridewithgps.com) is a website cyclists can use to map routes, share routes, find nearby routes, upload routes to their GPS device, and keep a log of all training/riding activity. This guide will highlight the features of this website which will also act as a route database for the Wausau Wheelers bicycle club.
Ride with GPS is an advertisement-free site, meaning no ads show up on the website which provides a clean look and feel. The site was started by two guys in 2007 that now treat it as their full time job. They are very active with adding features and updating the site to meet the needs of its users. There are many sites out there that are similar, and others may have more/better features in one specific area. I have been using this website for the past 3 seasons and have found it to be the most complete package.
|Create routes||Adding gear|
|Uploading to GPS device||Segments|
|Wausau Wheelers Group||Privacy|
|Logging ride data||Summary|
A free account is necessary so that you can keep track of the routes you create and the rides you track. There are options for premium paid accounts as well, which provide features above and beyond the free account. In my experience, a free account encompasses the needs of most. https://ridewithgps.com/signup/free
One useful aspect of this website is the ability to create routes. Routes are typically created before going for a ride to so that one can know the distance and elevation profile ahead of time. Navigate to Add Content –
> Map Ride (http://ridewithgps.com/routes/new) Once created, the user can print the route and/or cuesheet or upload to their GPS device for navigation purposes. Here is an example of a route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2324155
Routes can also be shared with others via email, Facebook, and Twitter. See the “share” tab on the right-hand side of the route page. If you are viewing a route that you did not create, you can copy it to your account, which will enable you to easily view it again and/or edit the route to your liking.
As mentioned earlier, any route you are viewing can be uploaded to most Garmin GPS devices to give you turn prompts while you are riding the route. This can be done using the Export tab on the route page. The site has detailed directions for the supported devices. Instructions for Garmin Edge 500 shown here: http://ridewithgps.com/edge_500
Once you have created an account, you can join the Wausau Wheelers group within Ride With GPS. http://ridewithgps.com/groups/Wausau-Wheelers The group is a section of the website where routes can be stored for easy access by other members of the group. You must have administrator privelidges to add routes to the group. If you have a route that you would like to have added to the group database, please send it to an administrator and they will review it and add it to the group page.
Another feature of the electronic routes is that the ride leaders for our group rides can plan a route and share it with the group prior to the ride. This will allow riders to familiarize themselves with the planned route for that evening and even upload the route to their GPS device.
Ride With GPS can also log data from rides taken for training and data purposes. Speed, Distance, Cadence, Heart rate and Power can be viewed at any point during the ride (if applicable) If you have a Garmin GPS device, you can sync your activites easily. Simply navigate
to the Garmin Sync section and go from there http://ridewithgps.com/trips/gar min_sync
Those without a Garmin GPS can track their rides using their smartphone. While ridewithgps does not have its own dedicated app, there are third party apps available which will track your ride data and you can then upload it to ridewithgps. iPhone: http://ridewithgps.com/help/IPhone
If you have ride data saved on another site, you should be able to bulk input that data into this site using the upload section: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/upload
If you do not use a Garmin GPS or iPhone to capture your rides, ride data can still be captured but must be entered manually. Navigate to Add Content -> Log Ride (http://ridewithgps.com/trips/new) where you can manually enter data from a traditional cycling computer.
When logging ride data, either from your Garmin or manually, if you have multiple bikes you also have the option of choosing which bike was used on that particular trip. This can be useful to track mileage on each bike and to plan maintenance. Navigate to Add Content -> Add Gear (http://ridewithgps.com/gears/new) where you can add gear to your profile.
Ride With GPS also supports Segments. Segments are relatively short sections of routes that are commonly used by other riders. If a segment has been created, (either by you or someone else) everytime you ride through that segment your time will be compared with your own other efforts and efforts of others. Participation in segments is completely optional. More information on segments can be found here: http://ridewithgps.com/segments/help
For those concerned with privacy of their routes and/or trips that they have taken, the site allows you the option on every route you create and trip that you log to mark it as private. Feel free to choose the level of privacy that you feel comfortable with.
Ride With GPS is a great tool for mapping rides, storing GPS data, tracking bike maintenance and sharing routes and ride data with others. I encourage everyone (especially those with Garmin devices)
to create an account and start using the site. There are many tutorials and help sections all over the site if you need assistance.
More resources can be found here: Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/ridewithgps
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/ridewithgps