Author Topic: How to: View GPS files on your computer  (Read 792 times)

How to: View GPS files on your computer
« on: January 17, 2019, 09:51:58 pm »
Thought I'd try my hand at a video tutorial.  I enjoy putting routes together for myself, but when I first got a Wahoo I did scratch my head wondering is there a way to look at a route on a computer and not just through a limited App on a phone.

I wanted to also cover the topic of cycle tracks from the perspective of a Road Bike.  The NCN is full of off-road trails and paths, but which are actually any good for a Road Bike? It would be a shame to miss out on these; there must be tools out there that can help?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vowVyeK1g-U
Frequent Audax and bike ride videos:

https://www.youtube.com/user/djrikki2008/videos

Adam

  • It'll soon be summer
    • Charity ride Durness to Dover 18-25th June 2011
Re: How to: View GPS files on your computer
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2019, 10:27:37 pm »
Depends what you mean by viewing the GPS file. 

If you want to look at the actual raw data, then you can just open it in Notepad or other text editor.  Handy if you want to edit your Strava data......

Or to view the route graphically, just import it into a website like bikehike or RidewithGPS.

Regarding Sustrans routes, their map shows which bits are either on or off road.  Some sections of off road will be smooth tarmac, but most won't be.

https://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” -Albert Einstein

Re: How to: View GPS files on your computer
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2019, 08:23:17 am »
Depends what you mean by viewing the GPS file. 

If you want to look at the actual raw data, then you can just open it in Notepad or other text editor.  Handy if you want to edit your Strava data......

Or to view the route graphically, just import it into a website like bikehike or RidewithGPS.

Regarding Sustrans routes, their map shows which bits are either on or off road.  Some sections of off road will be smooth tarmac, but most won't be.

https://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map

Yeah, I might do a video at some point about renaming routes and merging routes and stuff like that in a GUI or like you say in a text editor.
Frequent Audax and bike ride videos:

https://www.youtube.com/user/djrikki2008/videos

Re: How to: View GPS files on your computer
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2019, 09:36:03 am »
Just use one of the free Garmin programmes, the old Mapsource or the new Basecamp

Re: How to: View GPS files on your computer
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2019, 10:49:11 am »
^^^^^ this about as easy as it gets.  Not sure why you want to make a video for yourself. Bit of overkill for something so simple.

Re: How to: View GPS files on your computer
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2019, 01:04:04 pm »
I've started using QGIS. Much nicer than Basecamp or Mapsource.

A bit OTT though, like using GIMP for cropping and resizing a photo to post on a forum.

citoyen

  • Cat 6 Racer
Re: How to: View GPS files on your computer
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2019, 07:59:54 pm »
Not sure why you want to make a video for yourself. Bit of overkill for something so simple.

You’ll never become a social media influencer with that kind of attitude. ;)

Re: How to: View GPS files on your computer
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2019, 08:42:11 pm »
Not sure why you want to make a video for yourself. Bit of overkill for something so simple.

You’ll never become a social media influencer with that kind of attitude. ;)

Just as well I am not on social media. ;D