Garmin Edge Info

–To have the Garmin Edge track your position along a highly-accurate course map, without turn-by-turn prompts, follow the instructions for downloading a TCX Course file.

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–To ride with a map and turn-by-turn navigational prompts, use the instructions for downloading a GPX Track file. (This method only works with Garmin Edge 605 / 705 models.)

See below to learn more about each type of Garmin file, and how they’ll make a difference on your ride.


Which Ride File should I use?

The Garmin Edge supports a number of file types. For the Rubber to the Road rides, we recommend either the GPX Track file or the TCX Course file. Either type of file can be used to help you navigate the ride route, but they use different methods to help you get around.

The TCX Course file
This type of file — accessed in the Training section of your Garmin Edge device — is a good way to follow the ride route and track your personal performance. To navigate a ride using this file type, use the map function. The ride route will be highlighted on an interactive map. Your position and heading are indicated by an arrow that moves with you along the map. You can zoom out to see the whole ride, or zoom in for a detailed view of your surrounding roads so you don’t miss a turn.

Using the TCX Course file, you won’t be given prompts at each turn, but you will be able to see each turn coming up on the map. If you’re relatively familiar with the area, you may find this navigation method less distracting from your ride.

The GPX Track file
Rides of this type are accessed in the Saved Rides list on your Garmin Edge 605 / 705. (With older models, use the Couse TCX file). If want the assurance of turn-by-turn instructions, you will need a GPX track file. To do its magic, the Garmin device reads trackpoints in the ride file, and compares them with its internal road map. Based on this comparison, it generates ride directions, gives advance warning of upcoming turns, tells you when you’ve arrived at each turn, and alerts you if you stray from the course. If you do lose your way, the Garmin will direct you back to the ride route.

Exciting as this is, you’ll still need your wits. Some ride sections, like bike paths and unrecognized roads, aren’t on the Garmin internal map. You’ll still get accurate prompts, but they might be extraneous or under-informative. Remember, too, that these rides were mapped by a human being on a bike. Enjoy the knowledge that a fellow cyclist has scouted each ride for you, but look out for prompts to cross the street where your guide once stopped for water, or to make a quick U-turn on the far side of an intersection.

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Downloading a TCX Course file (no navigation prompts)

In a nutshell: Download the Garmin Course TCX file directly to your Garmin Edge from the ride page at GPSies.com.

1. Plug your Garmin unit into an open USB port. Close or minimize the Garmin Training Center program if it loads automatically.

2. Choose a ride on RubberToTheRoad.com, and click the link marked View Map and Ride Data at GPSies.com.

3. Press the Export to Garmin GPS button. Choose your GPS Format as Garmin Course TCX. You may need to do a one time download of a Garmin plugin to continue. Follow the onscreen prompts to complete the download as required. Then press Send GPSies file to Garmin GPS device. Your Garmin screen should then say ‘Transfer Complete’.

4. When the file transfer has finished, unplug your Garmin from the computer and power it on. Go to the Main Menu, and scroll down to select Training. Scroll down and select Courses. Your downloaded ride should be listed there. Select the ride and confirm that the download was successful by selecting the Map button. A small map of the ride should be visible that looks similar to the map on gpsies. Always check to make sure that your download was successful.

5. When you’re ready to ride the route, load the ride map as described in step 4. Use the zoom buttons to zoom in to your desired level of focus. (Zooming in makes it easier to follow the course precisely). As you ride, an arrow indicating your position and direction will follow the marked course line. Press the mode button to see other ride functions. After moving through several other modes, you will return to the map.

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Downloading a GPX Track file (supports navigation prompts)

This file type only works with the Garmin Edge 605 / 705 Models. For older Garmin Edge models, see the Course TCX instructions above.

(Please note: We’ve done only limited testing with the GPX Track file. Your experience may differ from ours.)

In a nutshell: Download the GPX Track file to your computer, then copy it into the Garmin’s GPX folder.

1. Plug your Garmin unit into an open USB port. Close or minimize the Garmin Training Center program if it loads automatically.

2. Choose a ride on RubberToTheRoad.com, and click the link marked View Map and Ride Data at GPSies.com. (You can also download directly from the built-in map interface on a Rubber to the Road Directions page).

3. Use the GPSies drop-down menu to select GPX Track, and press Download (OK if using the built-in map). If prompted, choose Save to Disk, in a location you’ll remember. Make sure you select GPX Track, rather than GPX Route, which will not generate navagation prompts.

4. Open the Garmin’s device memory by clicking on the GARMIN icon (Look under My Computer if using Windows). Navigate inside the Garmin folder, and find the folder marked GPX. Now take the GPX Track file you saved earlier, and drag it onto the GPX folder icon. Open the GPX folder and make sure the new file shows up inside. If you’ve downloaded multiple ride files from GPSies, you can drag them all in together.

5. When the file transfer has finished, unplug your Garmin from the computer and power it on. Go to the Main Menu, and scroll down to select Saved Rides. Your downloaded ride should be listed there.

6. When you’re ready to ride the route, select your saved ride as before, and click Navigate in the pop-up window. The Garmin will take a few minutes processing the route, so be patient. Once it loads, press the mode button several times to display the map (it may take another few seconds to generate). With the map open, the Garmin will display your position, and should begin giving prompts as soon as you start riding.

You can use the mode button to show other functions, but prompts will only be given while in map mode.

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