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Software

You may be asking yourself, what does software have to do with cycling? I use a variety of software for cycling. Here's the basic breakdown by functions.

Ride planning I often plan my route ahead of time. For that, I use a driving directions type program. I also like to plan out my climbing profiles. For that, I use topographic software.

Post ride analysis After my rides, I like to see what I've done. I download my GPS track logs and get relevant stats.

Ride logging I keep a diary of all my rides. I can see my progress over time and track service intervals for my bike.

Here are the applications I use. I have separate pages set up for details on each of them

Basic mapping If you're looking for something more basic (and free), try Gmaps Pedometer. This web site lets you lay out a track on top of streets on a Google Map and then export it as a GPX file. This is a great way to use a non-mapping GPS to follow a pre-planned route. I suggest this for use with a basic Garmin eTrex or the Garmin Edge line of cycling-specific units. Also, I use this when I'm not at my own computer with access to my maps.