Komoot just got better

Komoot is the best app for riding in Canberra, not least because of the great maps from OpenStreetMap. Komoot has released several long awaited features. One of the best features remains. Komoot is free, including an on-the-move smartphone route planning app and an excellent website. Give it a try.

Strava has now priced itself into the stratosphere. Strava has, however, a great feature: the privacy zone. Komoot now has this, too – just better.

Facebook, Strava and Komoot have something in common. They are a form of social media. Komoot previously had limited sharing options. These have now been extended.

Both these points are discussed in this post.

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Navigation for CCT and BNT without the suburbs

Canberra Centenary Trail without the suburbs” explains how Canberra can be circumnavigated on dirt tracks on a combination of the Bicentennial National Trail (BNT) and the Canberra Centenary Trail (CCT). The Komoot app provides navigation on the smartphone. The route passes through or by Canberra Nature Park. The links are provided below.

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CyclOSM: OpenStreetMap for bikes

Getting an overview is the start to planning a ride. CyclOSM turns the Canberra map on its head by showing a cyclist’s view of the city. The map data is from OpenStreetMap. These maps are available on the smartphone with another open-source product: OSMAnd.

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Cycling Computers: 99 Bikes

A full range of Cycling computers was on sale at 99 Bikes in July 2020. It provided an overview of the range and pricing. Prices range from $26 to $900. You get what you pay for. Navigation with maps starts around $400. Colour screens with maps are better than black and white screens.

While this article refers to the 99 Bikes sale, Pushys had a better deal on the Garmin Edge 530 GPS Bike Computer that was discounted to $399 on 20/7/2020 ($100 off RRP). It is always worth checking the larger retailers in Canberra as they are competitive.

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Komoot and navigation around Canberra

Canberra has much to offer, but navigation is difficult. The combination of Komoot and GPS bike computers is ideal for finding your way around Canberra. Even if you cannot afford GPS, the free Komoot app is enough.

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Finding the right route

We rely on directional signage to find our way around Canberra, which has improved, but there will always be the need for navigation. OpenStreetMap is the best cycling map for Canberra. Finding the best route with digital maps and GPS technology can be a great aid for biking and active travel.

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