"Ride With GPS" digital files.

The Great Big FANY Ride will offer free "Ride With GPS" files to registered bikers.


Ride With GPS generates GPX files that work with Garmin units & others. See https://ridewithgps.com/help/export-routes-to-garmin-device                NEW FOR 2020!  - RWGPS now works w/ STRAVA  - be sure to visit https://ridewithgps.com/help/connect-with-strava


Route files on your smart phone.

 

If you've always wanted to follow voice cues on FANY, but don't own a fancy, schmancy GPS unit, now you can!  If you have an old smart phone kicking around, down load the free Ride With GPS app, and then TaDah!  The FANY Route files will include turn-by-turn voice direction, which is an upgraded feature of the free app.

Actually, you don't even need an old  smart phone if you want to use your current one.  One of Ride With GPS' strengths is that it barely sips battery life.  (however, packing a spare battery might be prudent until you know how Ride With GPS affects your smart phone.)

  1. First download the FREE APP on your smart phone (the free app doesn't include voice directions) NOTE:  you can download the app to an old, off-contract smart phone using WiFi.
  2. Second, as the date gets closer, FANY will send an invitation to JOIN.  (More details TBD.)
  3. Finally, when connected to WiFi, download & save the FANY route files to your phone. (The FANY route files WILL include voice directions.)
  4. Be sure to DOWNLOAD the FANY route so that your phone doesn't use data during the tour.

A note about digital files & paper cue sheets:

Please carry a paper FANY cue sheet during the tour! Some dedicated GPS units do NOT speak turn-by-turn directions.  If you don't turn your smart phone volume up you won't hear turn-by-turn cues.  Some screens are difficult to read in the sunlight.

 

The paper cue sheets include notes about where to eat, optional sightseeing detours, and some safety warnings.  Please read each day's cue sheets prior to biking.


NOTE:  NYS Bicycle Law limits bikers to only (1) earbud while riding.

Road noises sometimes make it difficult to hear the turn-by-turn GPS directions.  If you're planning to use earbuds, remember that NYS Bicycle Laws limits bicyclists to only one earbud while riding, to be sure that one ear is available to other sounds for safety.  Makes sense!