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Open Street Maps for Garmin Edge 800

I just picked up a Garmin Edge 800. It has mapping capabilities, but to make a long story short, you need to install maps. If you haven’t done so already, read DC Rainmaker’s excellent post for background.

There’s a couple of sites which give advice on downloading free Open Street Maps.

In case you’re wondering about the differences between the maps, I’ve tried all three (four, if you count the included base map) and took some screenshots:

From left to right: the garbage base map, Openfiets, Dave’s. (Sorry, forgot to get Mantlik’s Contoured maps at this zoom level.)

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From left to right, now zoomed in: Openfiets, Dave’s, Mantlik’s Contoured. (The base map shows nothing at this zoom level.)

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So which maps to use? The Openfiets for sure, since they are bicycle routeable. (Though refer here for notes about how to adjust the routing preferences. For example, don’t “avoid major highways”, because “cycleways” are considered major highways!)

But the downside of the Openfiets light maps is that you can download only a single state at a time (but see clarification in the comments below). Since the Edge 800 supports multiple map files, I also wanted a generic non-cycling US map in case I had to travel and didn’t have time to download an Openfiets map for another state. So then I had to decide whether to go with Dave’s or Mantlik’s maps. Dave’s map is a simple download of a file, while Mantlik’s involves a torrent download. In the end, I went with the added complexity of torrent download in order to take advantage of the contour lines in the Mantlik maps. (But watch out for the bloatware included in the free Vuze bittorrent program – even a “power user” like me who normally unchecks the boxes to install toolbars, etc., missed that option in the installation.)

Here’s a screen shot showing how the maps can be enabled and disabled.  The Mantlik maps have two entries. Although they are not labeled, one is for the map itself, and the other is for the contours.

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Then you can do things like activating both the Openfietsmap and the contour lines from the Mantlik’s maps, as shown in the screen shots below.  Though I don’t know how that affects the routing functionality.

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Finally, here’s a random screen shot of the nearby points of interest on the map.

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Ah, and I did find a use for the basemaps – while flying on a private plane (no restrictions on electronics use)!

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EDIT 2013 Aug 09: Buried in the comments in DC Rainmaker’s original post is a link to a page with recommended road bicycling routing settings for the Garmin Edge 800

Menu > Wrench > System > Map > Map Information Select Map > Openfietsmap Lite (Enabled) Basemap (Enabled) City Navigator (Disabled)

Menu > Wrench > Routing > Calculate Routes for = Bicycle
Guidance Method = On Road for Time
Lock on Road = No

Avoidance Setup Toll Roads, U-Turns…
U-Turns = Do Not Avoid
Toll Roads = Do Not Avoid (avoidance will route on bike routes only (“NOT available in the cycling activity modes!”), but this last point confuses me)
Highways = Do Not Avoid (cycleroutes and cycleways are the main highways)
Unpaved Roads = Avoid (no routing on tracks, steps and unpaved (foot) paths, except gravel bike path. Also roads paved with cobblestones are avoided.)
Carpool Lanes = Avoid (avoids unpaved roads, footways and steps)
Recalculate = Prompted

EDIT: 2013 August 10: I had a chance to upload a TCX file from Ride With GPS and try navigating with the “courses” function. I like who I can keep the Edge 800 on the page with speed and distance, but then when I approach a turn, the map will automatically pop up.

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Then after I complete the turn, it automatically switches back to the screen with the speed and distance.

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3 Comments

  1. Glenn says:

    Thanks for this blog post! Got me motivated and I got my maps installed on my Garmin 800. Liking it!

  2. davep says:

    >> “But the downside of the Openfiets light maps is that you can download only a single state at a time.”

    This isn’t correct. You can download whole countries too. You can also select arbitrary regions. Its not very clear how to do that, though.

    http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl (Lambertus)

    In the “Perhaps you’d like to add some additional tiles?”, check the “Enable manual tile selection” and then click on the rectangles covering the region you want.

    I like this approach because you don’t have to download and copy more map data than you need.

    Downloading the Mantlik maps is strange if you aren’t into bitorreting. I couldn’t get it to work either. And you are stuck with maps bigger than you might need. If you want contour lines, that’s the way to go (I think I want led clutter on my maps).

    The Dave maps are straight forward to get (but they may be too big again).

    The Lambertus maps are easy/convenient to get (once you figure out the tile thing). You make a request to build a map and get an email (usually, within 24h) with a link to download the files. If you travel to different places, the Lambertus maps are going to be the most convenient (you’ll be able to get very up-to-date maps that include just the region you need in a size that is much faster to copy).

  3. BikingBrian says:

    For the Lambertus (Openfietsmap), if I want to have a map in the US which covers more than a single state, I would have to do a lot of manual selection of tiles. Whereas for the Mantlik maps, there’s two files, one for the western US and one for the eastern US. That was my thinking when I originally wrote my post, but thanks for the clarification, I’ve edited my post to refer to your comment here.

    Currently I have both the Lambertus and Mantlik maps loaded at the same time on the Edge 800. I’m not sure if this is a good idea, because I don’t know which map has priority for the routing. Especially because the configuration settings shown in my post above are “backwards” (such as “Toll Roads -> Do Not Avoid”) for the cycle maps.

    I just upgraded to an Edge 810 and I’m thinking of just using the Lambertus maps. The configuration menus are a little different than in my old Edge 800. Any readers know the recommended settings?

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