Links

Cycling UK – “a trading name of Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC)”. We are a “member group” Group and we receive a grant from them to assist us in running the Wednesday Wheelers (join Cycling UK here). After 3 rides you are obliged to join Cycling UK (see Join us page).

North Yorkshire CTC. Useful site for finding other groups in North Yorks. They also organise rides around the county, several of which are included in the North Yorks Awards Scheme.

Early History of the Wednesday Wheelers from Malcolm Pexton.

List of more than 400 cafe stops listed on York CTC web-site.

Gritting routes for planning routes on icy days: York, North Yorkshire, East Riding.

Harrogate Wheel Easy. One of the larger groups in the area with several grades of regular ride.

List of apps and webpages for route planning and recording

When planning a route these know where cyclists go and use this intelligence to help plan and modify routes for you. In all cases routes can be saved in the open, GPX format that can be used with Garmin and other cycling SatNavs.

Bikemap (app and website, details here) Excellent maps, easy to share (see our very own WW BikeMap routes). I have heard tell that they are not so easy to modify? Most features free, premium plan (needed for off line use) €29 p.a.

Komoot  (app and website, details here) I use this to turn my touchscreen phone into a cycling Satnav. Clever planning functions but maps do not clearly distinguish between categories of road which can lead to confusion. Local maps free. Worldwide maps, one-off cost of €29.

Strava (app and website, details here) More fitness and social media oriented than the above two apps. Records your ride and compute useful stats such as calories burned (to justify all those cakes :-). Follow other Wednesday Wheelers, comment on and give “kudos” on each other’s achievements. Can also plan routes, no idea how easy this is to use. Free for most useful stuff.

Garmin Basecamp (Widows or MacOS application, details here)  Adrian Setter says “The free download doesn’t come with much in the way of useful maps. You can buy mapping from Garmin but OpenStreetMap work very well both on Basecamp and on my Garmin device.  Several web sites offer free download of OpenStreetMap maps in the right format but so far I’ve found those from Openfietsmap, which have pretty comprehensive coverage of cycle routes the best for cycling. The download that includes UK is 10Gb, so decent broadband is useful. Basecamp will probably be of most interest to owners of Garmin devices, but those with other brands of GPS set could find it useful for route-planning as routes are saved in the open, GPX format.”

Garmin Connect (app, details here) I have not found anyone with experience of using this but it seems to be an app that syncs with your Garmin. May be of interest to cyclists keen on fitness monitoring and “connecting” on social media.

Bikehike (Website) Dave Bean says “When creating or viewing a route, the left hand side of the screen shows either 1) a generic map 2) a satellite view or 3) a OSM cycle map showing all the National Routes. The right hand side of the screen shows a 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey Map. This is a free site but donations are welcome! Bikehike have a limited OS Licence so sometimes (when heavily used) the 1:50,000 is not available. Bikehike covers the whole world – amazing (with cycling routes where available).”

Others? If you have a favourite cycling app or website please let me know.

Andrew.     Email rides@wwyork.org