The Garmin Edge Touring and Touring Plus are excellent GPS units for the casual cyclist who is interested in turn by turn directions. Unlike most other units from Garmin, the Touring is pre-loaded with Open Street Map data, so no separate map card purchase is required.
The Touring Plus is the same as the regular Touring model, with the addition of heartrate monitor support and a barometric pressure based altimeter.
Some quick navigation specific settings for your Edge Touring.
- Click the Wrench Icon on the main menu of the unit.
- Select Routing Options
- Change Routing Mode to Cycling
- Change Calculation Method to Minimize Distance
- Ensure Lock On Road is set to Off
- Enter Avoidance Setup and disable all (keeps the unit from changing your pre-planned route based on its own map data)
- Change Recalculation to either Prompted or Off (Important!!! If you lose GPS signal or go slightly off course, recalculation will usually short cut you to the end of your route. You almost never want it, so we set it to Prompted).
- Course Turn Guidance must be OFF. This feature only works when the device recalculates the route, which you don’t want if you are using a TCX route.
- Off Course Warnings is Enabled. Venture too far away from the route and the device will let you know.
How do I load A Route Onto The Unit?
Anyone can manually load a planned route from the site onto the Edge 1000. the following instructions assumes the route is on www.ridewithgps.com:
- Plug your Garmin into your computer
- From the club route library click on the link for the route you want and it should take you to www.ridewithgps.com
- On the www.RideWithGPS.com website, display the route you want to use.
- On the top right of the page displaying the map, there are 3 tabs “OVERVIEW, METRICS, EXPORT” click the actual orange words “EXPORT” . Then on the right column further down click the actual orange words “GPX Track (.gpx)” (ignore all the tick boxes )
- If your computer prompts you to save the file to a specific location (otherwise it usually saves it in a folder called “downloads” , Place it somewhere memorable like the desktop.
- The GPX file is now on your computer ready to transfer to your Garmin.
- Now open up the file manager which is usually called Finder or My Computer on your computer, and open the drive associated with the Garmin, its labeled Garmin.
- you should now see a list of files and folders on your Garmin
- Open the folder called Garmin. you should now se a list of files and folders. One of them is called NewFiles
- Copy/drag the exported GPX file from your desktop to the NewFiles folder.
- Safely remove the Garmin (Eject on an Apple machine) and unplug it from the computer
- After powering it on click the Courses icon and check the route is installed.