MapMyRide Won't Save to Garmin

Written by david weinberg
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MapMyRide is a social site that allows bicyclists to share their favourite local biking routes. All of the routes hosted on MapMyRide can be downloaded in a GPS compatible file format for transfer to a mobile GPS unit. MapMyRide offers two download formats, GPX and Garmin/CRS. GPX is a widely used standard format for GPS waypoints and routes. Garmin/CRS is a proprietary format used in a small number of Garmin fitness devices. If you're having trouble saving to your Garmin, try using these instructions for the more compatible GPX format.

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  • Garmin data cable

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  1. 1

    Visit MapMyRide and open the route that you'd like to save to your GPS.

  2. 2

    Click on the "Route" button in the upper left corner of the map and click "Save to GPX." Save the route to your desktop. Close your web browser.

  3. 3

    Download, install and open Garmin BaseCamp from the link in the resources section.

  4. 4

    Select "Import" from the "File" menu. Browse to your desktop and select the route that you downloaded from MapMyRide. Click "Open."

  5. 5

    Connect your Garmin GPS unit to your computer using the included data cable.

  6. 6

    Right-click on the route in the "Library" pane on the left side of the window. Select your device name from the "Send To" menu. Your route will be sent to your GPS unit.

  7. 7

    Close BaseCamp and disconnect your GPS.

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