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Uploading routes to your Garmin Edge 705

Uploading custom “turn by turn” routes to my Garmin Edge 705 has proved to be a difficult and frustrating task. I opted to not buy Garmin’s maps for my laptop. Instead I am utilizing as much Free/OpenSource Software/Web Sites as possible. Here is how I upload my routes from GPSies.com to my GPS. You should be able to follow similar steps for any online mapping site.

  1. Export from GPSies.com as a Garmin Route. DO NOT fiddle with Track Points or Track Simplification!! Everything else seems to not break “turn by turn” directions if you change them. I think GPSies is using an older version of GPX files when they create the GPX so this needs to be verified. TrailRunner for sure uses newer GPX types.
  2. Import the .gpx file into Trail Runner.
  3. Export from Trail Runner as a Garmin Track. DO NOT COMPRESS!
  4. Import the TrailRunner .gpx file into Garmin RoadTrip for OS X or Equivalent Windows Software.
  5. Plug the Garmin Edge 705 in to your computer via USB.
  6. “Send” the imported track to the GPS. DO NOTING IN THIS APPLICATION OTHER THAN SEND!
  7. Turn on the GPS.
  8. Go to Press the “Menu” button, select “Where To” then select “Saved Routes” and select your newly uploaded route.
  9. Select “Navigate”.
  10. Once it is done loading hit the “Mode” button until you are out of the menu and on the “turn by turn” direction screen.
  11. Don’t forget to hit “Start” to start the ride. If turn by turn fails restart navigation while on the route. Do not do it while standing still. You should automagically have turn by turn working for your route.

If you have any questions post a comment and I might be able to help. Good Luck!


March 31, 2010 Posted by | How To's | , , | Leave a comment

Terry Falcon X Women’s Saddle

Terry Falcon X

The time has come to upgrade from a recreational squishy gel saddle (WTB Speed She) to something a bit more fitted to what I am doing. After a bit of looking I settled on the Terry Falcon X Woman’s Saddle. I noticed immediately that it supported my sit bones a lot better. After a few rides of 40+ miles I have noticed less chaffing and shifting around on the saddle during the ride. I’m still working on breaking in the leather saddle but It feels like it is only going to get more comfortable from here!

March 31, 2010 Posted by | Product Review | , , | Leave a comment

Descente Women’s C6 Bib Shorts

Descente C6 Women's Bib ShortChamois Butt'r

I bought these shorts after the Cindy Training ride at Crank2 in Pleasanton CA. I have had issues with my shorts rolling off my waist and wondered if a bib short would work out better. I was pleasantly surprised that they fit like a charm and that the chamois is very comfortable. It feels a bit big at first but once you’re in the saddle it doesn’t feel squishy and uncomfortable. Combined with a liberal coating of “Chamois Butt’r” I had little to no chaffing issues on a 100k ride!


March 31, 2010 Posted by | Product Review | | Leave a comment

TrailRunner 3

TrailRunner 3 was released recently and has some great new features and a new feel! The first new feature that I really love is that you can now publish your training dairy as a weblog on MobileMe! They also cleaned up the training diary and made it a bit more intuitive. Unfortunately they did not revamp the route planner so I still rely on GPSies.com for all my route planning needs. If you haven’t upgraded yet now is the time!

My TrailRunner WebLog

March 31, 2010 Posted by | Applications | | Leave a comment

Cinderella Classic Training Ride #9

I’ve decided to change the information that I post to the cycleblog. TrailRunner now has a publish to web log feature that tracks my miles for me right from the application that I store my ride data in!

This week’s ride was on part of the actual Cinderella Classic route. We started at Crank2 in Pleasanton and looped thru the city to Livermore and back. The morning started out a little cold but by noon it was nice and warm. What a nice change from the recent rain storms. The ride was great and the blue group really seems to be getting better as a whole. We climbed the hills as a group and spent less time re-grouping and more time riding. With about 15 miles to go my crank came lose. I thought I would have to call it quits for the day but the ladies zipped off to the cars (which happened to be around the corner) and returned with tools and a vehicle just in case I was not able to fix the crank. Luckily I was able to tighten the crank and we were continued on with our ride. After the quick repair job we did a quick out and back on Pleasanton – Sunol Rd. and then went back to the cars parked at Crank2.

After the ride Crank2 was offering 20% off to the Cinderella Trainees. Crank2 has a lot of women’s specific cycling gear/clothing so I decided to take a peak inside. I found a pair of Descente Women’s Bib Shorts for 40% off that fit great! I’ve been really wanting to try a set of bib shorts but they seem to be really hard to find in the store.

What a great ride and a wonderful morning!

This Week’s Route

This Week’s Ride Data

March 31, 2010 Posted by | Cinderella Training | , , , , | Leave a comment

RIP Romeo

On Sunday one of the FFBC club members passed out on the Sunday ride and was rushed to the hospital. Unfortunately the rider did not make it and passed away.

My condolences go out to his Family and Friends.

March 8, 2010 Posted by | FFBC | | Leave a comment

Sunday mountain biking at China Camp State Park

Billy and I wanted a change of pace today so we got the mountain bikes out and did a thurough pre-ride check and drove up to San Rafel CA to go to China Camp State Park. China Camp is a great place for novice mountain bikers. It’s mostly single track and has a killer 2 mile climb at the beginning but you are rewarded with about 8 miles of awesome single track downhill with a few switchbacks. We have never been to China Camp this early in the year so when we encountered a lot of mud and running creeks over the trails we knew today would be a great day to ride!

The weather was awesome and warmed up quickly. When we got there it was about 55 degrees and when we returned to the car it was just over 60.

We had a great time getting muddy and after the ride we made a pit stop at A&W to get some root beer and onion rings when Billy discovered something hurting right by his ear. When I went to take a look at what had been bothering him I was surprised to see several pairs of legs sticking out of his skin! OMG A TICK! Thank god I have a small first aid pack for the trails that has tweezers for removing ticks in it! Luckily we caught it on the the first bite so it was easy to remove and did not leave a gaping hole in his head.

I like mud.

I like mud.

Billy likes mud.

Billy likes mud.

March 8, 2010 Posted by | Riding with Billy | , | Leave a comment

Cinderella Classic Training Ride #8

Miles: 35.71

TTL Mileage for the week: 52.31

Weather: 55 degrees and Sunny

Food: Cytomax, A Mini Clif Bar & GU Gel

The Ride: This week’s ride started out in Sunol then up Calaveras clockwise to the wall then back to Sunol. The ride out to Calaveras was nice. The climb to the false summit was very tiresome. Grimes Getaways was there at the false summit to provide us with fruit, trail mix, water and coffee for the 2nd half of the journey to the wall. This second half was a bit easier but by the time we reached the wall I was beat. We rested there for a few moments so we could all eat and drink then hoped right back on the bikes to go back to Sunol. At this point my legs were really burning but I pedaled on! I was thankful when we got back to the false summit as this meant it was all downhill from here. At this point my legs were pretty well spent. I think in the 4 hours we were riding I did not consume enough food and water. Once we arrived at the Sunol Jazz Cafe for a break we were all very thankful for a minute to chat and rest. After this we took a quick loop out Foothill to the bike path and returned on Sunol – Pleasanton Road to Niles and back to Sunol. I had a great time and the ride was awesome. I definitely need to get more time in on hills even tho hill climbing sucks.

Lessons Learned: EAT MORE!

GPS: GPSies - Cindy Training 8 - Actual Ride Data

March 8, 2010 Posted by | Cinderella Training | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Friday Ride To Work

Miles: 16.6

TTL Mileage for the week: 16.6

Weather: 55 degrees and Sunny

Food: Cytomax & GU Gel

The Ride: Easy quick ride to Palo Alto. The climb over the bridge is getting easier and I am able to increase my average speed every trip. This time it was 16 mph.

March 8, 2010 Posted by | Ride to Work | Leave a comment

Ride up Nike Trail

Miles: 17

TTL Mileage for the week: 72.67

TTL Mileage for the month: 273.82

Weather: 65 degrees and Sunny

Food: Cytomax & A Mini Lara Bar

The Ride: Great ride out to Coyote Hills. Once we got out to Coyote Hills we rode up the paved part of the Nike Trail up to the Nike Missile Silo. This was a hard nasty climb and I could not climb the last 1/3 of the hill as it was really really steep(due to physical fitness NOT ASTHMA!!). After a quick bite we went back down the hill and out the park where somehow I got a flat as I was making a right turn out of the park and almost got dumped off the bike from the front end sliding out. I took my time changing the flat tube then headed back home the same route I took to get to coyote hills. All in all it was a great short ride.

View from Nike Hill of Fremont

View from Nike Hill of Hayward

March 1, 2010 Posted by | Riding with Billy | | Leave a comment