Reston Bike Club (RBC) has a Club Membership with Ride with GPS (RWGPS). This allows the club to offer a RWGPS membership with Premium features to all our members for free – a $80.00 license if you purchased it on your own. You get audio turn-by-turn navigation with the mobile app, off-line maps, estimated time to ride a route based on your riding history, advanced turn notifications, average speed and distance reminders and PDF maps and custom cue sheets – if you still want paper back-up. There are lots of tutorial videos on the RWGPS site so I won’t repeat them here. Here is how to get started.
3. Download the Ride with GPS App for Apple or Android to your mobile phone and log in with your free account credentials. You will see a new item on the main menu for “Club Routes.” This will show you the RBC Route library. If you don’t’ see it, close the app and re-open to apply your configuration updates.
Download the Slide presentation for a quick overview of how to get started with RWGPS, Club member privileges.
Go to the RBC RWGPS site and read about our route numbering and naming convention. This will make it easy to find a starting point, route length and elevation variety you want to ride.
Download the route you want while you are at home and have WiFi access. Or, download at the starting point over your data connection. It takes about 30 seconds to load a route. Use off-line mode while you are riding the route. This will extend battery run-time. Also, if you are riding in an area where there is limited cell tower reception, turn off your radio to save even more battery run-time. Do not use Airplane Mode as you still need a GPS satellite signal to navigate. With these power saving tips your phone should easily give you 6-plus hours of audio turn-by-turn instructions. This is more than enough to ride a Century route.
Pair a heart rate monitor and speed & cadence sensor in the mobile app to record ride data. Or, just let GPS calculate speed and distance. Put your phone in your pocket and use one ear bud to listen to the turn-by-turn instructions. Use of two ear-buds is illegal in Virginia. Use of Bluetooth wireless earbuds will work but will also shorten battery run-time.
Listen to only turn-by-turn instruction or add-in average speed and distance updates during the ride. Time yourself on segments. Use segments to measure progress on sections of your favorite route, or compare your ride times with other RBC cyclists. For added safety, use Live Logging to keep your SAG team at home up to date on where you are. Or, use Group Live Logging so you can view each other’s current location in real-time on your smartphones. This is an ideal tool for Ride Leaders on those long rides in the country. Your ride history and ride data are automatically stored at the end of your ride in you personal account.
RBC RWGPS routes can also be downloaded to your Garmin or other bike computer. I use a Garmin for speed, heart beat and cadence data. But, I must admit, the Garmin provided turn instructions are not as good as those provided by the RWGPS App on your phone