This summer I found myself obsessively planning bicycle tour routes. Ironically, this habit started shortly after Strava announced that its online route planning tool would be available only for paid subscribers and, coincidentally, after my smartphone GPS began misbehaving.
I decided to try out Komoot. And once I conquered the learning curve I was hooked on building bike tour routes.
Komoot allows route planning for trips on bike or foot. Planned trips can be loaded onto a GPS to see turn by turn directions. Trips can also be viewed from the smartphone app. Komoot also allows users to upload completed trips from GPS devices.
Here is an example of one of the first routes I planned this summer. I was familiar with parts of this ride such as the Black Diamond Trail and the scenic climb to the North of Robert H Treman State Park on NY-327, but I was unfamiliar with the roads in western Tompkins County that connected these two segments.Continue reading