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Hi all,

I bought myself a properly modern mobile phone recently, seems I've finally caught up with my mates at uni...

Anyway, I'm looking for an app to use on my phone than can create routes and show elevation/distance etc.

I usually use strava a on my laptop to create routes but this feature isn't available on mobile, anyone know of an app that can create routes?

Google maps doesn't work very well for round loops and doesn't allow drag and drop change route on mobile phone.

Cheers!

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Welsh boy [443 posts] 2 weeks ago
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I use plotaroute.com on my pc, very good for plotting routes and a very useful tool for replotting sections of the route without having to delete sections. Not used it much on my phone but it does support phone use

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ConcordeCX [556 posts] 2 weeks ago
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You can plot routes with Viewranger. It has a very idiosyncratic user interface, but the route-plotting on a tablet or phone is quite good once you've figured it out. 

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ricardito [23 posts] 2 weeks ago
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I think either Komoot or RideWithGPS would do what you're wanting; that said, I prefer to do route planning on the desktop versions because of touch interface idiosyncrasies as well as the bigger screen size. The routes you create sync automatically to the apps.

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wellsprop [614 posts] 2 weeks ago
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I've just tried Komoot, very good for finding commute cycle routes, not so for round routes.

Turns out I can use Stravas route builder in the browser on my phone which works surprisingly well.

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DaveE128 [968 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Only one I've found that works on my phone is Strava's route builder through the web browser. It is awkward and some features don't work, but it is the only useable option I've found. For plotting routes on the computer I use ridewithgps, gpsies and strava. Unfortunately none of their mobile apps support route planning  2

I played with Viewranger several years ago, maybe I should take another look...

Oh, and for utility cycling I find the www.cyclestreets.net app very useful. Not really used it for planning recreational loop rides though. You can set via points in order before final destination so it is probably possible.

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Johnnyvee [129 posts] 2 weeks ago
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I think there's also one called cycle hub. I once used it to plan a route to work. You can set it for quiet routes and such. Have a look - though I've not used it for a while.

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Shades [347 posts] 2 weeks ago
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I mainly use it for navigating unfamiliar urban areas, where it uses quiet roads and bits of cycle path I wouldn't necessarily know, but Cyclestreets works quite well (web and phone app).

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shufflingb [27 posts] 2 weeks ago
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I went through a bunch of these last summer to try to find something for planning gravel rides. I wanted something to create routes out to 100miles plus that had manual plot capability as well as automated route following for simpler sections.

In the end, the two that I found with almost workable solutions to the small screen and big finger mobile problem were Plotaroute and ViewRanger.

Frankly they're still horrible to use compared to the best desktop sites and I would only consider using as a no other choice option.

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ConcordeCX [556 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Another one worth looking at, if you remain within the GB national grid, is OS Maps. I think it's good, but unfortunately GB only.

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Deeferdonk [113 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Johnnyvee wrote:

I think there's also one called cycle hub. I once used it to plan a route to work. You can set it for quiet routes and such. Have a look - though I've not used it for a while.

 

http://www.bikehub.co.uk/app/

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Stratman [102 posts] 1 week ago
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I use pc tools for the reasons set out above, and then download to my Garmin

best I’ve found are ridewithgps and bike route toaster.

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shufflingb [27 posts] 1 week ago
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ConcordeCX wrote:

Another one worth looking at, if you remain within the GB national grid, is OS Maps. I think it's good, but unfortunately GB only.

 

Annoyingly there is no autorouting between points outside national parks and the editing options are very limited e.g. can't do route split, join, trim etc - mobile's as rubbish as everything else. I have the service for its detail and accuracy in the countryside but unless in a national park it's not much fun  2

 

 

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ConcordeCX [556 posts] 1 week ago
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shufflingb wrote:
ConcordeCX wrote:

Another one worth looking at, if you remain within the GB national grid, is OS Maps. I think it's good, but unfortunately GB only.

 

Annoyingly there is no autorouting between points outside national parks and the editing options are very limited e.g. can't do route split, join, trim etc - mobile's as rubbish as everything else. I have the service for its detail and accuracy in the countryside but unless in a national park it's not much fun  2

you might want to rethink how you do your route planning. I put a waypoint on each of the roads I want to travel on, and join them with a route tool, then transfer that to my Garmin. This minimises the number of waypoints (Garmin has some limits), and leaves it to the Garmin to decide how to get to the next waypoint. Putting the waypoints along the road, rather than at junctions, makes it easy for the Garmin. Mostly.

if I want to plot a complex route I tend to use Google maps or something else that has automatic routing, but then manually plot the route as above, maybe breaking it into several smaller routes.

i never plot a circular route. That sends Garmin's tiny little head into a spin. Instead I plot it as two routes, out and back.

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Duncann [1175 posts] 1 week ago
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OSM for Android gives you seven free map downloads (inc. whole countries) and has a reasonably good cycle route option in its direction plotting. As with others, I prefer to self-plot on Strava (on a big screen) then upload to OSM to follow - but the OSM option works OK if you need a new route on the move.

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HoarseMann [13 posts] 1 week ago
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I really like Pocket Earth for route planning on mobile. It is quick and easy to add waypoints and drag them around. Also, maps are downloadable, so re-routing mid ride in a weak signal area is no problem. Has turn by turn directions.

But it doesn’t do elevation. I use RideWithGPS for that, but need to use website which is a bit tricky on the phone. 

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Mia Mars [1 post] 1 week ago
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Try BikePlan. It's a really good which works both on phone and computer.