GPX onto a Garmin 520, teach me please.

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  • GPX onto a Garmin 520, teach me please.
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    Alright guys,

    Just downloaded a GPX for a ride in Burgundy…. but how do i get it onto my Garmin 520 ?

    I use my Garmin only for tracking via Strava, so never done any ‘routes’ stuff before.

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    Save GPX on computer
    Plug Garmin in to said computer
    Drag the GPX file into the routes file of the Garmin.
    Unplug Garmin.

    I think that’s how I do it anyway.

    richardk
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    Awesome guide from Ride With GPS here   Jump straight in at step 6 if you already have the GPX file

    Also, take a look at DC Raimaker’s guide to getting new base maps onto the device here  Your device will only have some very lo-res maps, if it has any at all for France.

    mashr
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    Save GPX on computer
    Plug Garmin in to said computer
    Drag the GPX file into the

      “New Files” folder

    of the Garmin.
    Unplug Garmin.

    Unless the 520 is different (wouldn’t put it past them)

    avdave2
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    Also, take a look at DC Raimaker’s guide to getting new base maps onto the device

    Definitely do the above if you want to actually get any use out of it for navigating, base map is pretty useless. It’s easy to swap areas around as well so while you are doing it get a map for the areas you do most of your riding in as well as where you’re going

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    OK, on the case… don’t have the Garmin at work but i’ve downloaded the GPX and the France Map. We’ll see where we go next when i get home.

    GolfChick
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    JUst make sure you put it in the directory called ‘new files’. I think you’re limited to space on the 520 otherwise I’d say I’ll send over the talky toaster France map but I doubt it’ll fit being 2.1GB.

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    The map i’ve downloaded from above site is 1.1Gb…

    GolfChick
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    You’ll want to reduce that in size then Im afraid, the 520 doesn’t offer a micro sd slot so you’re limited in memory size available.

    ‘While doing so, keep an eye on the side bar, it will give an estimation of the map size, which you want to keep under 90Mb. You can fit more (about 100Mb), but you need to keep some space for your session, strava and other files. If you keep it to 90Mb you have a large safety margin as the Garmin and Strava files are pretty tiny.’

    avdave2
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    The map i’ve downloaded from above site is 1.1Gb…

    You need something around 50mb in order to leave room for recording rides etc.

    steve_b77
    Member

    Use a .tcx file for the route and stick it straight in “New Files” folder, they’re smaller than GPX but just as good.

    Also trim the maps to absolute minimum from the DC rainmaker post.

    Then give it 6 months / a couple of firmware updates, chuck it in a drawer and buy a Wahoo.

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    Don’t know about 520, but on the 820…

    Open GPX on iPhone and chose the send to garmin connect option

    Save as a course

    Download to 820 from connect over the airwaves (Wi-fi, Bluetooth, whatever it is)

    Done

    sarawak
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    If you are wanting to do navigation then why not get an eTrex? That will take a massive microSD card, big enough for all your maps and routes. Proper turn by turn directions, and will create a track to upload to Strava. And it leaves your 520 free for the more usual things that you want it to do.

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    This was only a one off thing in an area of France I don’t know. It’s the first time in 15+ years I’ll have wanted to use maps, so if it can’t be done, it’s no biggy.

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