I’m testing an Edge 605 GPS from Garmin right now and while I’m not ready to write a full review, I did want to share a cool feature you might not have heard about. With the newest cycling GPS units from Garmin it’s easier than ever to import trails downloaded from the Internet (like those offered on singletracks.com) – and you can even do it with your Mac!
Just plug in your Edge 605 or 705 with the included USB cable and most computers will automatically recognize the GPS as a flash drive. Copy your GPX formatted trail files (like this one) to the Garmin/GPX folder and you’re done – the trails will now show up in the Where To? -> Saved Rides list on your GPS. Too easy… In the old days you had to convert your GPX files to a Garmin format (depending on what kind of unit you had) and then transfer the file using clunky Garmin software or buggy third party programs. I’m glad Garmin finally got it right on the latest GPS units.
Speaking of mountain bike trail maps for your GPS – did you know singletracks now has more than 400 trails mapped and available online? The maps aren’t just for your GPS either – you can view and print the full color maps and elevation profiles as well. Our goal is to have 500 mountain bike trail maps online before the end of the summer and we can use your help! Just submit 3 new trail maps and you’ll get access to the entire map catalog – plus you could win a free GoPro Helmet HERO mountain bike helmet camera in our current GPS contest. Gnarly!