GPS Files

OK, SO HOW DO I GET THE GPS RIDE FILE ONTO MY GARMIN DEVICE?

There are two ways to do this from the Ride platform.  One is the “easy” way, the other is the “pain in the butt way”.  I really encourage you do it the easy way, which will cost you a little bit of cash (i.e. a Ride Premium Plan), but every penny is worth it.

The easy way:
– Use the Garmin write feature built into Ride.  Check out the video on how to do this.

The “pain in the butt way”:
– Here is how to do it for a Garmin 800, but for each Garmin device it is a bit different.

  • Plug in your Garmin
  • On the website, navigate to your route or ride
  • Click the Export tab then click on your desired filetype, either TCX Course or GPX Track
  • If your computer prompts you to save the file to a specific location, place it somewhere memorable like the desktop.
  • Using the Finder, My Computer or other tool on your computer, open up the drive associated with the Garmin, usually labeled Garmin
  • Open the Garmin folder located inside the Garmin drive.
  • Click/drag the exported 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 locate your route

For Garmin device specific directions (810, 800, 705, 605, etc) follow this link and scroll down to the “NEED MORE INFORMATION ON YOUR GARMIN DEVICE?” and select your specific device.

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