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Logging setting on your GPS device

Your GPS device has a lots of settings. Even using the manual is a hard puzzle to the make the correct settings. Mytracks.me it is, of course, necessary to set the log function to 'on'. This feature allows you to  review te track later. In many GPS devices it is possible to log in three ways:
  1. Regularly, eg every second. This gives a very precisely defined track. This mode gives many track points which can cause that charts on mytracks.me are unreadable, the track is not shown in google maps, or an error is generated. This mode is not recommended for mytracks.me.
  2. At certain intervals, eg every 30 meters. This mode gives an inaccurate logging of the track, and for instance, ignores stop. This mode is not recommended anyway.
  3. Automatic (sometimes called "smart"). This mode gives you enough points for an accurate track. Mytracks.me for this mode is recommended.
Perhaps some devices may not know all the possibilities, or perhaps more opportunities.

There are a lot of GPS devices available. Most brands have their own data format. This site is capable of dealing with the next formats :

formatbrand/typedescription
gpxGarmin - all types
GPX format is based on XML. It contains for all track points location (x en y), height (z) and time (t). Not all Garmins log height. Some devices can handle hart rate and cadans as well. In a GPX file also waypoints and routes can be saved. These information is read on mytracks.me. There is one condition: every gpx-file must contain at least one track.
hrmPolar -
This format contains x,y,z and t for alle track points. This format supports also waypoints and a few other features which are not yet supported on this site.
kml
KML is the standard for Google-Earth. KML doesn't support time. KML can not be uploaden to mytrack.me
tcx
Garmin Edge series
Format contains besides the usual postition and time also height and hart rate. It should be posible to make a devision in laps, but this is not tested on mytracks.me. The format is based on XML.

The new file format of garmin (extension : fit) is not yet supported. Via gpsies.com an simple conversion to gpx file does the trick.
Best practice for Garmins

Explanation Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx (also valid for other Garmins)


This GPS device comes with a booklet which is in a lot. See it but once found. The site MyTracks.me the tracks for this device is important
What exactly is a track?

Where a GPS device is very good at, is to determine what place on earth. Both in latitude / longitude and altitude. The latter is a GPS device also not quite as good. Most GPS devices to store a certain time the current position (lat, lon, altitude and time). Usually this is adjustable. The resulting points give the path that we have made. This path, also called crumb trail, to the crumbs of Hansel and Gretel, in English called a track.

The points of a track do not have any relationship except that there is a time sequence.

With most GPS devices so you can use the crumb trail to find your way back. So much for trackback, it brings you to the start of the distance traveled. This is nice if you're really lost. But if you do not let it come naturally.
Saving Tracks

The GPS device has a few places where a track is stored.

    1. The tracklog part
    2. The saved track
    3. The SD card

    1. The tracklog section. This section is automatically filled with new data. You do not have to do. The amount of track points that can be stored here, is limited. If that is full then the first track points erased. Too bad. The device can store very many track points, so for a single trip, or a weekend cycling in the Ardennes, there is no problem. If the memory is still crowded than Garmin offers below the above option "Save Track" (see 2).
    2. The saved track. With a track to save memory is obviously not played unless the track is stored maimed. And that is what Garmin does: All Reest any time information is removed. It also limited the number up to 500. Although it is intelligently done, but lost points are really lost. Never use this option! Data lost, unless option 3.
    3. The SD card. The Garmin allows for a big SD card in the device stabbing. These are first put the card information (MapSource does that for you). This would leave enough space for hundreds of tracks. These tracks are complete: all points and time information. To use this feature, you must do this once to express your device. This goes through: menu>> tracks>> setup>> data card setup. Put here the tick on the right place. The move of the computer tracks of the SD card will not work with Mapsource. You need to set the Garmin USB Mass Storage option (menu>> Setup>> Interface>> USB Mass Storage). The data is now in the tree (explorer) in windows to move to the computer. The data is stored daily. In MapSource, the track then be polished (see 1.) This is bit more complicated than downloading directly from the log memory. But it works fine, and the data is not maimed.

In summary: Option 1 is the easiest: Just after every ride with the MapSource cumbersome memory transfer. Option 3 is for long vacations very convenient. Option 2: NEVER NEVER NEVER USE OPTION 2.
Best practice

After a ride, or after a few rides, I connect the Garmin to the computer and download the track to MapSource. Often more than tracks in the file. I remove the track sections that are irrelevant, or toehoren to another ride. A trip to the tracks that I heard possibly MapSource flock together. This creates a track for each ride. I delete at the beginning and end of the track even as the issues that are not relevant. I also give the track a eenduige name. Then I save the track as GPX file. The file can then be uploaded to Mytracks.

One pitfall is to operate between points manually track the drawing. Mapsource provides that opportunity, but of course stores information in no time (and no height). The result is a track with two types: with and without time information. MyTracks ignores cases in which time information for the entire track. Never Signing points so!

This information applies to most in my Garmin.
Routes?
The great confusion in GPS devices on the U.S. route. the track. Described above is what a track: no more than a set of points on a map. What is a route? Actually that is not more than one set of points on a map. TomTom In that collection is only two points: the current location and destination. TomTom calculates a route map from which he will advise Chaffeur. Garmin also has that option. You need to have a routable map. The standard map of garmin is routable, but it contains so few roads that quickly on the highway cycle. The maximum number of route points for use with a routable map is 50. That is too little for a longer bike ride, but looking for Garmin itself points to using the routable map. It is a surprise about which roads you sent. I would rather own hands. So I never use this option. A nice feature of this option is that the Garmin clearly indicate whether they should turn right or left. In the offroad mode is not indicated.

The Garmin can also routes that are not linked to a map. Garmin calls this off-road. The Garmin beeps in the offroad mode if you approach a waypoint, but no arrow indicates the direction you need. However, it is textually indicate which direction to go. This is a confusing complex intersections.

In the offroad mode is a card not necessary but useful for orientation. It is important that you have enough points route. Garmin is only 250 points in the route offroad mode. This is usually sufficient, but as neat as all auction items are appointed, and if it is clear which way we should at the intersection. One route you can manually draw, for example in MapSource. I find no fun, but you can also see it as a part of the preparation of your trip. If you hand-draw the route, then 250 points are usually sufficient.

You can also create a route by a track to convert. It all kink points in the track into a route point. You will then quickly hundreds of waypoints. Because the Garmin selchts 250 points can be divided into one complete circuit section of routes 250 points, usually about 30-40 km per route section. You need every 30 to 40 km of route change here. This can usually bicycle. That number of 250 may be different for each GPS model.
The tracks on GPStracks.nl be downloadable, all have one track, no route. If you want a track bike, it is advisable to convert the track into a route. Then through this site. Uploaded a track of a route can be made. The number of route points can be filtered, so that a reasonably compact circuit arises, when the bike is fine. One route of 100 km will usually consist of three sub-routes.
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