- GPX vs TCX For Navigation
I’m trying to use my Garmin Edge 800 for navigation somewhere. I am pretty bad with directions, so getting there on time and in one piece is my main concern. I’ve plotted a course using Bikeroutetoaster and I’m trying to figure out which format is best to use for my purposes.
The way I read it, it seems that a GPX will be more useful for navigation versus a TCX. Am I correct in assuming this?
All information gratefully received!Posted 4 years agoandytherocketeerSubscriber
Think it just points towards the next route point? (assuming it’s a GPX route that’s being followed). So if you go off track, or too far, the arrow starts pointing the other way, and you can see you’re no longer on the dotted line (pink usually on an eTrex, although you can change them). If it was a shortcut, it just catches up with itself when it sees a later route point being the next nearest.
(Re-)calculation depends entirely on the maps installed, not the track/route that’s being followed.Posted 4 years agotommyhineSubscriber
I’m not sure about the 800 but I bought an 810 last week and had a go sunday. I went of course at one point and it tried to direct me straight home by the quickest route possible!! bit oddPosted 4 years ago
I found a pretty well hidden option to amend that to get you back on the original course (only after I gave up on route and just made one up) so next ride with it should be better.
From what I’ve heard the 800 doesn’t do this so shouldn’t be a problem but just in case.petrieboyMember
Yeah it takes a bit of fiddling to get the options set up and the menus are not especially intuitive.Posted 4 years ago
Have a look at this link. I’ve found ridewithgps to be the most reliable. Use gpx tracks not gpx routes. Mine came with os maps but I’ve mostly used it with city navigator maps on road.
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