Don’t lose your Garmin Edge so easily!

A tweet from Mark Cavendish

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made me think that I really wouldn’t like to be in that position with my Garmin Edge 510 jumping off the mount whilst out on the bike.

As the Edge comes with a wrist strap, I figure a really simple way to not have your Garmin Edge bouncing down the road is to attach the wrist strap, and then loop the strap around the handlebar and through itself, before clipping it onto the mount.

1) Attach Wriststrap 2) Loop around stem 3) Connect to mount 4) Don't lose if it snaps off.

1) Attach wrist strap – 2) Loop around stem – 3) Connect to mount – 4) Don’t lose if it snaps off.

Sure, if the Garmin Edge did clip itself off the mount, it may bounce off the frame and forks a little, but surely that is better than smashing off the floor or being lost forever?


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Garmin Edge – Create course from scratch with working Virtual Partner and Turn Warnings

If you wish to create a course from an existing Garmin Workout and have Virtual Partner working, then see ‘How to take a Garmin workout and create a course with working Virtual Partner‘.

I’m sure if you are reading this, you are aware that if you create a course using the Garmin website and send it to the Garmin Edge, there will be issues with the Virtual Partner and possibly the Elevation data and Turn Warnings also.

Below I will describe how to create a course from scratch, and turn it into a course with working Virtual Partner. Note the Virtual Partner will ride at a constant speed throughout the course.

1) Create a free account at http://ridewithgps.com

2) Click PLAN on the top menu.

3) Design your course. (On the righthand menu I like to use the ‘Optimise for cycling’ option). The course creation will follow the roads and bike routes, so you can click between long distances. If your route takes an unexpected road, simply grab the route with the cursor and drag it to the road you want.

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4) Save the route, which will take a few seconds, and then view your saved route.

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5) On the right hand side, click the export tab, and export the workout as a .TCX file. (Don’t worry about it saying it is not optimised for Virtual Partner. We will fix that next.)

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6) Open the website http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php

7) Click ‘Load Route’ and upload the previously exported route. Be sure to check the ‘Upload Coursepoints’ box.

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8) Once uploaded and the route is visible on the map, click ‘Save Route’.
In the dialogue box, leave the file type as .TCX, choose a name, the speed to want the Virtual Partner to average, and a course warning range. (This is the distance you will get a turn warning at junctions). I usually set 200ft.

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9) Connect your Garmin Edge to the PC using the USB cable. Once your pc recognises the Garmin, navigate to the folder structure and copy the newly downloaded .TCX file into the ‘NewFiles’ folder.

10) Turn on device, it will take a few minutes on the ‘Loading Profiles’ screen, then your course with working Virtual Partner and Elevation will be ready to ride.

11) Once the device starts and shows the home screen, select the folder (bottom left) then ‘courses’, and select the course you have just installed. This will take a moment or two to load. You can then view the elevation or map of the route.

12) When you are ready to go, click ‘RIDE’.

I’ve tried to make these instructions as clear and as simple as possible, but if you have any problems, drop me a message and I will be happy to help out.


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Garmin Edge – How to take a Garmin workout and create a course with working Virtual Partner

If you wish to create a course from scratch and have Virtual Partner working, then see ‘Create course from scratch with working Virtual Partner and Turn Warnings‘.

I’m sure if you are reading this, you are aware that if you simply send a Garmin workout or course to the Garmin Edge via the Garmin Connect website, there will be issues with the Virtual Partner and possibly the Elevation data also.

Below I will describe how to take an existing Garmin workout, and turn it into a course with working Virtual Partner.

1) Select the workout within Garmin Connect. Click to view the detailed view of the workout, and then export the workout as a .TCX file.

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2) Go to http://ridewithgps.com and create a free account.

3) Click the upload link at the top menu, and upload the .TCX file you previously exported on the left hand menu.

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4) Name your upload to how you wish to have it displayed on the Garmin Edge and click ‘Update’.

5) Click on the link to the file you have uploaded to view the route on the map.

6) On the right hand side, click the export tab, and then once again export the workout as a .TCX file. (Don’t worry about it saying it is not optimised for Virtual Partner. This only applies if the course is created from scratch.)

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7) Connect your Garmin Edge to the PC using the USB cable. Once your pc recognises the Garmin, navigate to the folder structure and copy the newly downloaded .TCX file into the ‘NewFiles’ folder.

8) Turn on device, it will take a few minutes on the ‘Loading Profiles’ screen, then your course with working Virtual Partner and Elevation will be ready to ride.

9) Once the device starts and shows the home screen, select the folder (bottom left) then ‘courses’, and select the course you have just installed. This will take a moment or two to load. You can then view the elevation or map of the route.

10) When you are ready to go, click ‘RIDE’.

I’ve tried to make these instructions as clear and as simple as possible, but if you have any problems, drop me a message and I will be happy to help out.


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