A guide to getting turn-by-turn navigation working on the Edge 1000
Note that this page is very much work in progress whilst I experiment with the Edge 1000 to unlock it’s full potential.
I frequently cycle up to and over 100 miles, often in places I’ve never been before, pre-planning my route to visit particular places, follow the nicest roads/avoid the nasty roads and pass the features I want (cake stops!) when I want. Rather than keep stopping and looking at a map/route-card, I’ve used a Garmin Edge to follow the route for many years with great success.
Though the Edge 1000 is pretty good out-of-the-box, it does have a few quirks, so this page details how I have it set up and how I use it for navigating.
This guide is broken down into just 5 steps:
- Set up your Edge 1000 – some of the default settings are a bit odd so we’ll change them (only needs doing once)
- Plan your route
- Download your route
- Copy your route onto the Edge 1000
- Go ride!
After the guide there’s some sections covering other relevant information.
Maps are critical to the success of turn-by-turn navigation because that’s where the Edge will get the turn-by-turn information from, not from the route file.
The Edge 1000 comes with a pre-loaded map which is based on the Open Street Map (OSM) project. You will get updates to this map via Garmin Express.
So far I’ve had no issue with the included maps though it’s possible to use the old style Garmin City Navigator and OS maps on SD card if you prefer.
You can also use a different “cut” of the OSM maps that you download yourself (see here for a guide on how to get them) should you need an area not covered by the included map, you have issues with it or would rather a map that didn’t include cyclepaths (in which case select Generic Routable as the map type).
Some of the default settings on the Edge 1000 are a bit odd/undesirable/wrong so you need to make a few changes (this only ever needs doing once).
Select Tools from the main menu, Activity Profiles, a particular activity, Navigation, Map and set the options like so:
When done, press the back arrow, select Routing and set the options like so:
When you get to Avoidance Setup, set the options like so (or as applicable to your bike type):
Keep pressing (or press and hold) the back arrow to get out of the menu system. Obviously you need to do this for each profile.
Plan your route
There are numerous websites out there that allow you to pre-plan a cycle route but RideWithGPS is by far the best so that’s what I’ll assume you’ll be using.
Some tips for route planning (originally written by Uncycle on the Garmin forums):
- To avoid the confusing the Edge 1000, always finish a circular route 10-15 metres away from the start
- When plotting a route always click in road segments NOT at junctions (to avoid little side stubs when you click a bit inaccurately)
- Allow the website’s routing algorithm time after each click to complete its routing to that point (avoids odd little loopbacks)
- Go round the course at max zoom to check that all is correct
Another little trick that I do is to grab “peg man” and hover him over the route, if my route lights up blue, it means the Google StreetView car went down that part of the road and so there shouldn’t be a problem going down it myself. If it doesn’t light blue then why did the StreetView car not go down there? Most likely it’s an unpaved or private road that Google thinks is navigable when in fact it’s not practical and/or legal to do so.
Download your route
Once you’ve planned your route on RideWithGPS, use the Export feature to save the route as a GPX Track.
Copy your route onto the Edge 1000
Plug the Edge 1000 into your computer, wait for it to be recognised and then copy the GPX file you exported into the Garmin\NewFiles folder on the Edge 1000. I prefer to use the Garmin\NewFiles folder on an SD Card as it means that should the Edge 1000 ever do a “factory reset” during a ride then at least my route is still safe.
Once you’ve done the above actually navigating a route is really simple, just select Courses from the menu screen, select the desired course & hit the big green Ride button. This will cause the Edge 1000 to:
- Overlay the route on the map page (in purple, you can’t change that)
- Give you turn-by-turn instructions (bleep & on screen prompt)
- Give a bleep and an instruction for every entry in the RideWithGPS cue sheet (if you used the TCX option)
- Shriek and show “Off Course” if you stray off the route (you can turn this off by selecting Settings and change Off Course Warnings to Off).
Note that there is no way you can turn off turn-by-turn instructions if you Ride a course.
An alternative (if you don’t want the bleeps & prompts) is to not hit Ride but select Settings, Map Display and set Always Display to On. Then keep pressing (or press and hold) the back arrow till you’re out of the menu system. If you then find the map screen you’ll see your course displayed in the colour you chose and you just need to follow the line. This option obviously removes any intelligence from the device, which is no bad thing if you don’t want to follow a course exactly or you’re not totally familiar with the technology and want to keep it simple and/or quiet.
Note that when you hit the Ride button, the Garmin will say “Calculating” from 0 to 100% whilst it works out the turn-by-turn notifications for your route. The speed at which it goes through this process is not consistent (e.g. it may take as longer to get from 30% to 40% than it did to get from 20% to 30%). On longer routes it may stick on 100% for a while.
Ride WithGPS Premium Users
It’s worth noting that RideWithGPS Premium users have two extra features directly relevant to Garmin Edge users:
- Garmin Write – this sends a route directly to your Garmin Edge 1000 meaning the Putting a route onto the Edge 1000 section is completely redundant and the whole process is easier/quicker.
- If you use the TCX format you can tick the “Notify before turn?” option to get an extra bleep just prior to junctions.
There are lots of other benefits to being a premium user as well as the fact you’re supporting a great website run by two great guys so it’s worth considering.
There are some issues/bugs relating to the above that I’ve witnessed on my Edge 800 which I expect will also apply to the Edge 1000:
- If the maps you have loaded don’t contain all the paths used on your route, the Garmin might change your route during the “Calculating” phase. I’ve heard of another user experience this and I’m 95% certain I saw this once or maybe twice when I used a lot of cycle paths on my way from Calais to Amsterdam. I did my route plan on RWGPS using OSM (which knew of the cycle paths) but had a Garmin map loaded on the Edge (which didn’t have all the cycle paths). I suspect different settings (e.g. “off road” in guidance) might of have meant this didn’t happen but I haven’t experimented as I now use the OSM maps on my Garmin so it’s unlikely to reoccur.
- Sometimes you don’t get a turn prompt when you expect one. This is because the map you have loaded doesn’t know about or understand the junction and isn’t a fault with the Garmin. Typically this happens when the map thinks a junction has a different layout (different road priorities) to what is marked on the road.
If you’ve any questions or comments re navigation using the Garmin Edge 1000 then leave a comment below. Please don’t ask generic questions about the Edge 1000 or questions not related to the above as unfortunately I’ve not got time to answer those, use the Garmin Forums instead.