I’ve finally done it. I’ve learned how to bring my rides to the web so you can download them and take them with you.
You can purchase the rides here: https://wheretobikenyc.com/shop/
But first, you need a bit of knowledge. Let me explain…
As much as I love paper, getting a ride on your phone or bike computer makes loads of sense. You’re probably carrying it already, it has mapping capabilities, it can tell you where to turn, it doesn’t get destroyed when wet like an old-fashioned map. (well, at least not if you’re using a bike computer or phone with an IPX rating of 7 or higher)
So, to that end, I’m offering the rides in the Where To Bike New York City book as downloadable singles. Pay a fee, download a PDF with intelligence you’ll need (turns, advice, etc) and a GPX map file, and you’re good to go.
You’ll need at least a computer or mobile device to do this. You can download the files straight to your phone, open the files with an app, and you’re golden. Or you can download it to your phone, tablet, or computer, move it to a GPX-enabled bike computer, and go from there.
If you want to do it with your phone, you’ll need an app that reads a GPX file. There are so many. Apps I’ve heard of include: Beeline, MapMyRide, RideWithGPS, Strava, Zeopoxa, and many more. Depending on your phone plan, battery life, access, and privacy issues, you may or may not want one that allows you to use the app without data (aka offline). Search for “maps” on your phone and see what comes up. Google maps doesn’t always work.
Once you have the app installed, you search for the downloaded file in “files,” then touch the gpx file’s icon. That should pop up a window asking which app you want to use to open the file. Choose the app. When it opens, you’ll see the route placed on the map.
You can also push or transfer the GPX file to many a GPS-enabled bike computer. If you don’t already have one, this is probably a discussion for another day. You should know that most bike computers sold these days seem have GPS capabilities, which can be a good thing–don’t have to set up a speedometer on a wheel and the rides can be recorded and saved or shared (if you’re into that sort of thing). Though you’ll need the computer to also have mapping capabilities. Some bike computers have a companion app that goes on a phone, others have an app for a computer or can be accessed through a web browser. The biggest player in this market is currently Garmin, though in the US, Wahoo is making big strides. Others include: Cateye, Lezyne, Stages, and many others.
The rides are in all five boroughs and northern New Jersey–rides NYC people can easily get to.
The rides are priced individually. $2 for a single ride, though I’ve thrown in some free samples. Starting with purchasing three rides, you get a bulk discount. 5% off for three to six, 10% off for seven to nine, 15% for 10-11, 20% for 12-13, 25% for 14-15, 30% for 16-17, 35% for 18, 40% for 19, 50% off for 20. Will go even higher, once I start adding more rides.
You can purchase the Where To Bike New York City rides here: https://wheretobikenyc.com/shop/