When is the last time you explored a brand-new route? Think about it. Not just a new turn off an old route, but a new-to-your-Strava-account route that takes you up new climbs, down unfamiliar roads, or into a nearby town? Sounds pretty fun, right? Well, we want to make sure that when you are ready to go exploring, you have the tools to get out there. We’ve rounded up some top tips to help you cover more miles in brand-new places and have a blast doing it. Plus, with the ELEMNT family of bike computers, you can track where you ride, gather all sorts of helpful data while you’re in the saddle, easily upload and analyze the numbers when you get home, and never get lost along the way.
The Old Fashioned Way
- Visit your local bike shops. Shop employees are always willing to help you find great trails in the area. Ask for directions, a map if they have it, or even a route on their GPS device they can send you to follow. It’s always great hearing from locals about their favorite places to hit the trails.
- Join group rides. Take the guesswork out of it and let a group lead the way. You’ll make some new friends and learn about a new route in your area that you can ride any time you like.
The Tech Way
- Strava. This popular app is a great tool for finding new places to ride near you. If you live in a major city, you can find some of the most popular routes in your area using Strava’s Local Guides feature. You can also easily export the routes you choose as GPX files and save them to your ELEMNT to follow on future rides. No matter which rides you choose, or how long you’re in the saddle, your device is sure to keep up and keep you on track thanks to 15-hour battery life on the ELEMENT Bolt and 17-hour battery life on the ELEMNT Roam. Don’t worry about unpredictable spring weather, either. The ELEMNT devices are completely waterproof and ready for the next adventure as you are.
- ELEMNT Companion App. This app not only syncs with your ELEMNT GPS bike computer to control paired sensors, on-screen data fields, and third party app synching but it also enables you to create a route. You can select a premade route from your route library which synchs with the other apps listed here or you can select the “Take Me To” route option and then search for any place you want to go. The app will then create a bike-friendly route to get you there. So when you are out for your next ride and want to grab a cup of coffee but are exploring new areas, just search “coffee shop” in the “Take Me To” route section and start your guidance with a click of the button.
- Ride With GPS. Another great application to use to find routes in your area is Ride With GPS. You can easily narrow down your search to an area, distance from you, length of the ride, and elevation gain or loss. After you’ve chosen your route, you can send the ride to your ELEMNT from your iPhone or Android device. The wireless connectivity is instant and easy to use. Plus, the ELEMNT even contains comprehensive maps of North America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and South America (plus more that are downloadable over Wi-Fi), so you can stay on course no matter where you’re exploring in the world.
- Komoot. If you know where you want to go, the Komoot app can help get you there. This intuitive app allows you to plug in your starting point and destination, then creates routes to get you from point A to point B. You can also select things like road type, route type, and fitness level to deliver a more detailed and tailored route you’ll enjoy. If you’re following your route on your device and somehow get turned around, ELEMNT Roam has great features that will get you back on track. Roam can route you to your starting point, get you back on the route if you make a wrong turn, and even let you retrace your route (think: following bread crumbs!) if you need to backtrack.
Once you’re done exploring for the day, ELEMNT Bolt and Roam automatically upload your workouts to the app you choose so you can instantly see your route turn by turn as well as more detailed ride data. So, get out there, have fun, get a little dirty, and explore brand-new trails in your backyard.