Category Archives: Rides

How to use your Garmin Edge 500 for a dynamic cue sheet on the bike (even from a route you draw on Google Maps)

Part I. Acquire a *.tcx file
Option A. Get one from ridewithgps.com (e.g. http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1671655 -> Export -> TCX Course)
Option B. Generate one from a route that you draw on maps.google.com using the GoogleMap CueSheet bookmarklet.
a. Get the bookmarklet from http://winthefight.org/cuegle/googlemap_cuesheet.html
b. Draw a route on http://maps.google.com (you can drag to change route until it tickles your fancy). Be sure to use the “classic” Google maps, not the new one now available for public beta (mid 2013). Click the bookmarklet which you should have installed on your bookmark bar.
c. On the resulting screen in your browser, look under the “Garmin file parameters” section. Choose a name for the file. This will show up as the name of the course on your Edge 500, so choose something memorable. Only the first 12 characters will show up on your Edge 500 screen.
d. Click “Generate Garmin Output”.
e. Paste the output that appears into a file with the extension .tcx.

Part II. Plug Edge 500 into computer and place *.tcx file in GARMIN/Garmin/NewFiles. Then eject (unmount) GARMIN from your computer.

Part III. Make sure it worked.
a. Power on your Edge 500, then hold Page/Menu -> Training -> Courses.
b. Scoll to the course, push enter, then Do Course.
c. Press Page/Menu to click through the pages until you get to a cue-sheet-looking screen. Once you start riding, this screen should automatically update so the next turn is at the top. It *will* show street names for most turns if you use the GoogleMap cuesheet bookmarklet. Some .tcx files may not include street names, rendering the cue sheet page on the Edge 500 fairly difficult to use.

Written by Spencer Schaber. If this doesn’t work for you or you have an idea for improving this, please send comments to schaber at gmail dot com.

Palomar Mountain Roads

I didn’t make it on to the team camp this year as it coincided with some other travel obligations, but luckily I got to fit in some extra days riding in the San Diego county area between Christmas and New Year’s, as I had a conference in San Diego on 3rd Jan. We (Kenny and I) stayed at a higher elevation: 4,200′ in Warner Springs, rather than in Borrego Springs at 800′. I can certainly vouch for the other accounts that it is a lot colder higher up. It actually snowed while we were there! We took our cyclocross bikes and did several high resistance rides through the snow on the dirt/restricted access roads through the Palomar Mountains, Cleveland National Forest, and on one day we had some great views across from these mountains all the way to the Pacific Ocean and San Diego. Here are a couple of photos from the trip (the first two images are panoramics that are a bit more interesting if you click on the them to enlarge them):

ICIC Finale

This was the fourth year of a summer-time collaboration between MIT and Harvard, the Intercollegiate Ice Cream (ICIC) ride series, where college-minded riders from both schools explore the countryside together in search of frozen confections.  Yesterday night was the final ICIC ride of the 2009 Summer season, with a group making the trek out to Kimball Farm, eating a pint of ice cream each, and coasting back in the dark (with some help from the commuter rail) to town.

This year, we hit a new record for fewest number of flats and mechanicals, while managing to hit up a different ice cream stand every single week. We also had a significant number of people involved in leading and sweeping rides, and we’re grateful for your involvement. In particular, a big thanks go to Kate, Brett, Ben, Katha, Melissa, Dina, erika, and Nick for their extra involvement in planning and running the rides.

We hope y’all have enjoyed the series, found some new routes, met some new friends, tried some new flavors, and ventured a bit further — and we’ll hope to see y’all next year!

Collegiate and amateur racing in the New York Times

This isn’t really about MIT directly, but a recent post from the New York Times’s City Room blog deserves a shout-out. It’s called “For Would-Be Armstrongs, Some Bike Racing Tips,” and it’s all about the transition from riding to racing in the amateur and collegiate circuits.

It also features advice from the coach and riders from my own undergraduate alma mater, the Columbia University Cycling Team. ECCC pride!

Columbia is a squad that has had an enormous amount of success in the past few years and has turned itself into one of the largest and most successful organizations in the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference. The Lions almost always place talented and skilled riders in every men’s and women’s category. So it’s well worth reading their advice in the Times post.

Jose’s new 80-mile loop

From the recently crowned Fitchburg cat 3 champion comes a new 80-mile ride to test your legs…and your navigational skillz.

Hi everyone,

I’ve just finalized “The Green Ride”. It’s a beautiful, shade covered, calm 80 mile loop on nice roads, with a fair amount of climbing. It leaves via the usual way to Dover, and comes back from Concord using a brand new route. You can think of this as “the new Pie Ride”. The only real caveat is the number of turns. It’s online now at http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=2982237.

More goodies, including a PDF cue sheet and various topographic files, will be posted soon.

Return of the ICIC

The Intercollegiate Ice Cream ride series kicks off this week!  The ICIC is weekly summertime ride to different Boston-area ice cream stands for the sake of being social with other collegiate-minded cyclists.  Hosted MIT and Harvard, this is the fourth year of fun.

Rides leave from Edward Sennott Park (Broadway, between Prospect and Columbia) at 5:15 PM on Thursdays, June through August.  They are aimed at social and recreational cyclists, 10-12 mph and 15-20 miles.  Bring a bike, a helmet, water, and a spare tube if you’d like to join in.

Google Calendar

Hello MIT Cycling Community,
We have a new Google calendar on the http://mitcycling.org home page that we will be using exclusively for events scheduling for both club events and team events, for all disciplines road, mountain, cyclocross, and track. Note the calendar can be added to your own personal calendar if you have a google account.

For the time being, If you would like to add special rides, races, or cycling events to the calendar, please email Michael Hamilton with the date, time, location, and event description, and we’ll make sure to get the events up on the calendar. For regular training rides with short notice (less than 2 days notice), please continue to post to the cycling-club, mitoc-bike, or cycling-race lists.

Ride Leaders Needed

The City of Boston has a really cool event Friday morning August 22nd, called Bike Friday which gets new riders to try cycling to work. The police do a rolling enclosure (sorry, no blue lights). Anyway, we would love some more volunteer leaders to help on the Newton, W. Roxbury, Lexington and JP routes. You will even be back at school by 9 or 10!!

Let Nicole know if you are interested.

Info is at http://www.cityofboston.gov/bikes/bikefridays.asp