Do you use any of the bike route mapping tools that are out there? These nifty programs can track your rides in real time, using an app on your smart phone so you can do a post-ride evaluation to see your time, distance, average speed, actual path taken, etc.
They are also really handy when used as a planning tool prior to any actual riding, where you map out potential routes and then save them for later or generate maps and cue sheets for yourself and others.
MapMyRide.com had been my favorite for a long time, but lately they've run into the ditch. Paid users, myself included, have experienced major problems generating PDFs of maps, which of course is a main reason for subscribing to the site. Support has been non-existent and the site's community forums have been full of complaining user posts and reports of membership cancellations. It's even gotten to the point that one frustrated user posted a link to the Colorado Attorney General's Office so that others could make official record of their complaints with the state.
"They ruined a great mapping product, they seem uninterested in really fixing it, and their customer support is laughable," said a user who goes by the name of Melman. "I haven't added a ride to MapMyRide in months. I use ridewithgps now. I continue to watch the posts and questions here to see when MapMyRide finally turns out the lights. "
This post isn't just to kick at MapMyRide.com, but it is significant how much the product has declined. The good news is that there are several good options. One I've discovered recently is ride with GPS, which I used to create this route here, marking landmarks and other attractions along the way.
Any favorite programs that you use to either track or create your ride routes? Comment below.