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In the video above I talk you through how I plan rides to make sure they are as good as they can be, using the best cycling roads in the area, to use on my Garmin or mobile.

The following is the video transcript from Youtube, there will be spelling mistakes and punctuation errors!

0:01 so this is as far as I'm
0:04 concerned is the best routing software
0:06 if you ride on the road and you've got a
0:12 Garmin 800 or I think the newer one newer
0:17 ones the 1000 that allows you to put a
0:21 route in from a GPX file and then you
0:24 can follow that but what's great about
0:27 plotter route and I've used lots of
0:32 these things we start a new one let's go
0:37 to a Ovington so these are roads I've
0:48 ridden round for I guess about 10 years
0:53 now and we always kind of go the same
0:58 way we always go along there and into
1:00 Pocklington up a hill but we always kind
1:05 of go the same way because because I've
1:07 got court and a habit well we had some
1:10 other people join the ride the other day
1:12 and a guy I ride a lot with suggested
1:17 that we maybe reroute or change some of
1:21 the roads that we go on to see what else
1:23 there is
1:23 and I was like right yeah ok
1:28 and the great thing about plotter route
1:32 which a lot of them don't have is ok so
1:36 let's start there we can drag the street
1:40 view and actually get a very good idea
1:46 what that road surface is like and how
1:50 big it is how much traffic it's going to
1:51 have on it so that looks fine I mean
1:57 usually we branch off here but how about
1:59 this time we take this road up here they
2:03 go Pathan have a look yeah well let's
2:07 see that looks like quite a good road so
2:09 let's go up there
2:11 and I know this road I know that's a
2:13 good one so let's go up there now I've
2:16 no idea what really happens here I don't
2:18 want to go on the 1079 I have a look
2:23 around and I know that I want to get up
2:28 to where it Lincoln this Brit so I wanna
2:36 get up to this road here so we've a
2:39 thought down there
2:40 so obviously I'm a little blocked off
2:44 here don't want to go into pop Clinton
2:49 maybe I should actually go up mister
2:51 road here so some do that go up there
2:56 let's just check that you know that
3:02 looks okay
3:05 and then I know there's a main road here
3:07 that I don't want to go on and then I
3:13 want to get up to Bishop Wilton
3:20 I'll do I know so I want to get across
3:24 up to here and then I can get onto the
3:26 Roman Road this is an awesome road along
3:28 here I don't want to go through
3:31 Pocklington so somehow I've got to get
3:34 kind of a cross there I have no idea
3:38 what these roads are like so let's have
3:41 a look at this road that cuts across
3:43 drag this on yeah that looks like a nice
3:49 quiet road I can't tell you how
3:52 brilliant it is to move the street view
3:55 and just drag it on and have a look
3:56 around all the other ones I've used
4:00 don't have that so you have to have
4:02 Google Maps open in another window and
4:04 like trying to sync the maps together
4:09 and it's just a pain in the ass so if we
4:14 go up along there we can come back down
4:16 there so I wonder what it's going to be
4:19 like around here again that's all fine
4:24 for me
4:25 I'm glad bring it to there and you know
4:33 you probably could do it Auto Plata
4:35 route and click there and click all the
4:39 way up here and it will work it out for
4:42 you trouble is it won't be on roads that
4:44 you want to go on and we did that once
4:47 years ago when I hadn't done much of
4:50 this and we ended up on a cycle track in
4:53 the middle of a field completely lost
4:56 because it thought it would be great way
5:01 for us to go but it wasn't so you really
5:04 are better off plotting your own route
5:06 checking out and if you don't know the
5:10 area almost better off checking every
5:12 single Road to see if it looks like one
5:15 you don't mind cycling along right so I
5:19 know this hill I know what I want to go
5:20 up here but I don't want to do that
5:23 undo
5:27 check that is a good road no it's a bit
5:32 rough but it will do so we will go along
5:35 there come up here now I know this is a
5:40 hill but if I didn't I can turn Hills on
5:43 as you can see the road starting to go
5:45 up usually we'd go up here along to
5:50 Friday thought and then down to slid
5:53 near but I want to take in this Roman
5:55 Road here which is where the Tour de
5:58 York shit would went next year 2017 and
6:04 I actually watched it from the top of
6:05 the hill here I've never been on this
6:07 road I'm just going to have a look at
6:11 that again yes I wouldn't want to drive
6:18 a bus up it but it will do on my bikes
6:20 so that will be fine and this is quite a
6:24 busy road so don't want to spend too
6:26 longer than that but that's fine because
6:29 we could see that we could turn off and
6:33 I can also see there's a bitter hill
6:36 it's not enormous and I still make it up
6:40 there right
6:43 oops done against but then I want to get
6:48 around here to Weezer that Weaver
6:49 thought because I know then I can come
6:52 round to slid me I know there's a cafe
6:55 there that does good cake so not really
7:00 ridden over here very much I've been to
7:02 Malton a few times but I don't really
7:05 know what these roads are like I do it
7:11 you know this is a great road I rode
7:12 this at the weekend it's a really great
7:16 road that we will take that
7:22 don't know what this roads like yep
7:28 I'll do it will crack across there
7:39 all the while I'm looking for new roads
7:41 that are going to be nice and small so I
7:45 mean there is a cut across here the
7:46 other thing you can do is if you drag
7:48 the street view basically the street
7:52 thing is made by a little smart car
7:54 so wherever it goes blue you know that
7:57 you can get a smart car along it and
7:59 you'll probably be ok on your road bike
8:03 so I can see there is a cut to across
8:07 drag that on beautiful look at that so
8:12 that's going on there that's all now
8:15 downhill as well so result that looks a
8:21 bit weird this little corner here too
8:23 let's check it out it's a little village
8:26 should be okay now when you're riding
8:31 with like six other guys and you're in
8:34 charge of navigation you really really
8:36 really want to know where you're going
8:38 there's nothing worse than stopping
8:41 every Junction trying to work out which
8:44 way you're going everybody gets pissed
8:46 off with you and it's no fun whereas if
8:50 you spend the time doing this you can
8:53 create them awesome route and know
8:58 exactly where you go in get the Garmin
9:00 to tell you where the next turning is
9:03 and it really really will improve your
9:07 ride so then we get up got to weave a
9:11 thought and I know this road is good and
9:14 fast love that road okay
9:23 so I'm not going to do it now but I
9:26 would have routed this what mileage we
9:31 don't that's 33 miles so we were looking
9:33 to do about 90 miles I'd loop that up -
9:36 what's that 45 no I know that there's a
9:44 nice little diagonal road there so if we
9:49 go along like that but nope they want to
9:51do that up to there okay you can see
9:58 that diagonal row goes all the way along
10:00 it's not all the roads do so like little
10:05 lanes that just stop like farm roads and
10:08 stuff I know that goes up to slip near
10:11 and I know that the cafe is about there
10:15 now looking at that I can immediately
10:17 see that that's not going to fly off
10:19 that's only 36 miles so what I need to
10:22 do is add a bit more mileage so it's
10:25 pretty simple to just go undo undo and
10:30 I've not been up here let's see what
10:32 that's like beautiful all lovely roads
10:39 to cycle on that's 36 and let's see if
10:48 we then just now let's try that let's go
10:53 up to there down there and there - slid
10:58 me boom 45 miles perfect coffee cake I'm
11:07 sure the Sun will be out someday
11:09 and then you could even just go back the
11:13 way you'd come or route another 45 miles
11:16 to create a loop I know there's some
11:18 excellent roads around here
11:24 so I just say the coffee shop where is
11:30 it you turn it to satellite there we go
11:40 and the coffee shop is just about there
11:46 right if it is dr. lovely coffee then
11:53 turn that back to the normal map alright
12:03 so you can save that get save button
12:08 give it a name private or public road
12:11 cycling boom save it assuming you've
12:15 made a and logged in as yourself made an
12:18 account then if you want to change parts
12:24 of it you've got all these excellent
12:25 tools here and again lots of room top of
12:29 the top of the pile as far as I'm
12:31 concerned they've got really easy to use
12:36 ways to change parts of your route I
12:41 just do a quick quick one so if I want
12:44 to reap lot a section ok let's say that
12:50 I want to go up and around there so what
12:54 I can do is click that that's the start
12:59 of where I want to change that's the end
13:00 of where I want to change hello ok you
13:07 can change that in an out point then all
13:12 you got to do is drag this little dot
13:14 boom look at that so easy confirm
13:21 there we go so easy and I need to save
13:26 it again and there's various things that
13:28 you can do now double it
13:32 once you're done you hit download and I
13:37 use it like I said a Garmin 800 people
13:41 eight hundred and a lot of these mapping
13:45 sites I have real problems with the
13:48 outputs that I load them in get out on
13:51 the bike turn them on and the Garmin
13:54 just doesn't read it properly and it's
13:57 sometimes really difficult to tell
13:58 that's going to work until you actually
14:00 get out on the road and if you've
14:03 actually had to travel somewhere to then
14:07 find that your route doesn't work
14:09 properly is a real pain in the butt
14:12 however clutter route I always keep the
14:16 default GPS GPX track download it to my
14:20 desktop never had a problem with it all
14:25 has to do is go into my Garmin and I
14:28 think I have to turn on the things that
14:32 says it's like turn directions or
14:36 something like that for us to do another
14:39 video on that khatma what it's called
14:41 and I think you have to turn off virtual
14:45 partner which is a bit annoying but if
14:48 you do those things it works perfect
14:50 every time it's awesome bum-bum-bum I
14:58 think that's it
14:59 but I've done a lot of these now and so
15:05 well maybe three or four years ago we
15:09 started cycling in Spain and I used some
15:15 of the early mapping routing websites
15:18 and yeah
15:21 without the Street View thing it's a bit
15:23 of a nightmare especially when you're
15:25 going to a foreign country so this
15:29 it just makes it so much easier and I
15:34 thought I can think of if you got any
15:36 questions leave some comments and I will
15:40 maybe do another video sometime about
15:43 how I plot the roots in Spain when we go
15:45 and write in Spain and Portugal because
15:49 yeah that's all good right all right it
15:54 isn't
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