Quick Summary

Map a route using our bike route planner and then export a GPX Track for breadcrumb navigation on the Edge 510, or a TCX Course file to get basic turn guidance using the cuesheet generated when you planned the route. If you load a TCX History file from a previous ride, you can race against your previous time using the Virtual Partner functionality of the Edge 510.

How do I get the file on my GPS?

For a more detailed example of how to get a route to your Edge 510, see Export Routes to Garmin Devices.

Here’s a quick step-by-step:

  1. Plug in your Garmin
  2. On the website, navigate to your route or ride
  3. Click the Export tab then click on your desired filetype, either TCX Course, GPX Track, FIT Course.
  4. If your computer prompts you to save the file to a specific location, place it somewhere memorable like the desktop.
  5. Using the Finder, My Computer or other tool on your computer, open up the drive associated with the Garmin, usually labeled Garmin
  6. Open the Garmin folder located inside the Garmin drive.
  7. Click/drag the exported file from your desktop to the NewFiles folder.
  8. Safely remove the Garmin (Eject on an Apple machine) and unplug it from the computer
  9. After powering it on click the folder icon, then select Courses and locate your route

What File Format Should I Use?

The Edge 510 can use a GPX Track, TCX, or FIT Course.  A TCX Course has the advantage of embedding your planned route’s cuesheet. So, alongside Garmin’s dedicated navigation, you get beeps and text for each pre-planned cue entry in the cuesheet. This is especially helpful if you have custom cuesheet entries, as well as a nice double check to Garmin’s own navigation.

The downside to a TCX file for navigation is the Virtual Partner. When we create a TCX Course file for a pre-planned route, we have to embed fake timestamps on each point, which is used for the virtual partner speed on the GPS unit. As a result, you’ll end up racing against the virtual partner.

If you load a TCX Course or a TCX History of an uploaded ride on the site (a ride that you or someone else recorded and uploaded to our site) you will get virtual partner speeds identical to the speeds actually ridden along the ride. This is helpful when riding against your previous time, or someone else’s previous time.

Note: Please practice navigating a route with something simple around your neighborhood, and don’t try this right before a ride with friends or a big event!

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