Author Topic: iPhone navigation for the Dun Run  (Read 1457 times)

Charlotte

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iPhone navigation for the Dun Run
« on: July 04, 2017, 11:02:36 am »
My Garmin's dead and buried and I'm riding the Dun Run this year at short notice.

I expect I'll be absolutely fine with a paper route sheet and half a clue, but if I wanted to install some kind of offline mapping software (preferably something cheap or free) just in case I get lost and there's no decent data connection, what would you recommend?  I'm running an iPhone 6s and I've got an external battery to keep it going all night if needs be.
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Re: iPhone navigation for the Dun Run
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2017, 11:09:29 am »
Are you wanting just maps, something you can follow a line on, or something that'll do navigation in response to where you are at that time?

Maps.me is my usual offline off bike solution.
Cyclestreets has an offline map pack too (and does routing).
It always takes me ages to figure out how, but Viewranger will let you save map tiles for the area you want and you can also display a .gpx line to follow.

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Re: iPhone navigation for the Dun Run
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2017, 11:14:05 am »
I've only used the Android version,  but Navmii has stood me in good stead when abroad with no data.  It's more a car satnav like system (i.e. not useful for following a pre-planned track), but is useful for working out where the hell you are, and how to get to the next known place on the route sheet.

I've used Viewranger too in the past, but abandoned it in favour of Navmii for random acts of navigation,  and OSMAnd (which is, of course, no use to an iPhone user - ETA: correction - it does appear to be avilable for iPhone - I always thought the "And" bit was "Android") for walking and following GPX tracks.
You are in a maze of twisty flat droves, all alike.

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Re: iPhone navigation for the Dun Run
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2017, 11:15:33 am »
http://osmand.net/

That's good, free and let's you download maps for offline use.

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Re: iPhone navigation for the Dun Run
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2017, 11:19:45 am »
Thanks chaps - that was quick!

I'm looking for a bail-out solution mainly.  Something that can show me the route I should have been following, as well as something that can respond to a 'take me to x town' when offline.

I'll check out the suggestions so far in a bit  :)
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Re: iPhone navigation for the Dun Run
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2017, 11:35:44 am »
You have email.

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Re: iPhone navigation for the Dun Run
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2017, 11:56:44 am »
Thanking you  :D
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Re: iPhone navigation for the Dun Run
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2017, 12:42:24 pm »
http://osmand.net/

That's good, free and let's you download maps for offline use.

Would be my suggestion too.  It'll store the map locally, show you where you are, overlay a GPX track so you can see where you should have gone, and can do some navigation stuff that I've never bothered trying to use.

Didn't realise there was a version for iThings.

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Re: iPhone navigation for the Dun Run
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2017, 12:50:44 pm »
Maps.me is free and simple. It let's you download offline maps for the whole country. The autorouting usually works quite well, it has an option for cycling.
Don't think you can load a route or track, but you can import waypoints in a KML file.

OsmAnd can do a lot more stuff, but can be confusing. And the free version is a bit limited.

Re: iPhone navigation for the Dun Run
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2017, 09:32:01 pm »
Have the voice prompts on your headphones rather than faff about with a handlebar mount.
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Re: iPhone navigation for the Dun Run
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2017, 10:18:20 pm »
 I see there is a version of Google Maps for iThings, funnily enough.  It can do offline maps and directions, too, albeit not cycling-specific ones when offline.  Needs less setting up and practice than OSMAnd (which I am a fan of as well).
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Re: iPhone navigation for the Dun Run
« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2017, 12:08:07 pm »
HERE WeGo is excellent in a car satnav stylee. Claims to have a cycle routing option, and will navigate completely offline (though the latest version (at least on android) seems to demand a data connection to calculate a route)

Re: iPhone navigation for the Dun Run
« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2017, 07:12:56 pm »
If you are riding on the Day/Night of the DUnwich Dynamo then just follow the river of red lights in front of you.

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Re: iPhone navigation for the Dun Run
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2017, 08:44:39 pm »
If you are riding on the Day/Night of the DUnwich Dynamo then just follow the river of red lights in front of you.

That works fine for the first bit.  Then things get spread out a bit, and that particular cluster of red lights in front of you can just as easily turn out to be following someone on the dubious basis that he's got a Garmin and therefore must know which way to go.  Next thing you know you're trapped in a maze of twisty Rodings, all alike.
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Re: iPhone navigation for the Dun Run
« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2017, 06:31:12 pm »
The few times I've done the ride it hasn't been a problem.  If you are unsure have a breather at a junction,and someone will be along in a few minutes at the most.