bk Cycling route management update

Well do you remember this 🙂

After my last post about this little project, I’ve had some big improvements in gathering data !!
It seems I’m able to connect my TomTom bluetooth GPS receiver to my laptop !! And I’m also able to use the receiver for other programs on my PDA then the TomTom software !!

Stupid me, have this TomTom for 2 years now and never tried it LOL ! The passkey for connecting to the TomTom bluetooth gps receiver is just 0000, go figure !
So with the ability to connect the receiver, I searched the internet for some free software to track/log the gps data. I found 2 perfect programs, one for the laptop and one for my pda !
A quick overview :

* GPS Trackmaker is the free tool for the laptop. It’s a nice tool that will allow you to log real time GPS data during your ride and even map it on maps that you created yourself !! The log files are exportable to many formats like GPX and KML. I’m using this to log the cycling routes that are needed for my bk Cycling route management website !!
* The tool for the PDA is called outdoor-gps, it actually does the same thing as GPS Trackmaker, but now for the PDA ! Main difference is that the log file is always a GPX data file and that you can’t use real maps. But it works great and is a nice software program to keep record of routes you ride !! Even for running it’s great.

Naturally I had to test this outdoor-gps on my pda, so today I took it for a ride !
When I got back home I checked the data with my cycling computer and the are almost a match… outdoor-gps says I had a ride that was 28.8km and my cycling computer said 29km. So a small margin ( and I’m actually guessing it’s my cycling computer 😉 ). Total trip lasted 1h06.

Now behold, for all people to enjoy, I’ve made this trip public… I’m using this great website Bikley, it allows you save trips and add data to them, also it’s possible to share and use them in your blog ! So here goes…

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