IBS-Map Updated

Development of IBS-Map involved removing a fair amount of logic and functionality from the original source. The resulting user interface of the new IBS-Map was more appealing to me and I was motivated to to restore much of the logic and features that had been removed.

IBS-Map is still a single map file where other map files can be imported and added. With this approach the ability to copy and paste across multiple map files is lost but the user interface is much simpler.

The next step is to re-develop the WordPress map viewer as its own discrete package.

Getting ready for Utah 2014

Added another bicycle tour, Utah 2014, where I’ll be providing support rather than riding. (see Utah 2014)

It looks like it will be mostly a camping trip, for me, as there are campgrounds except for the Hanksville stop.

It also looks like there are plenty of restaurants and cafes as not to worry about getting meals. Maybe a couple of exceptions.

 

Standalone map editor done!

At least for the time being.

Unlike many map editors this map editor does not attempt to manage map files. It can import any number of existing kml, kmz and gpx map files by uploading from the user’s computer. And it saves the user’s work by exporting as a download to the user’s computer. This eliminates any questions about a licence to use map files like Adventure Cycling Association has as a provider of this service.

It has features comparable to other editors like Ride With GPS (RWGPS) and in many cases is more robust in terms of pure map editing for the touring cyclist, its intended audience.

For user Adventure Cycling Association’s GPX files the map editor solves a few common issues.

  •  changing the direction of travel.
  •  converting the <rte> route to <trk> tracks. This is an export option.
  •  use Google Direction Service to render a “follow the road” tracking with cue sheet generation.

The IBS Map Editor  can be accessed using this link.

It would be appreciated that any issues be reported using the Guestbook. Thanks

Development Update

Just to keep the skills current I have, over the last few years, worked at developing a map editor for bicycle touring. The concept was to take the Adventure Cycling Associations’ GPX files of their routes and load any number of the files on a Google Map. Then be able to build a custom route using pieces of different ACA routes.

Google Map

ACA route 1

………… multiple files per route (Roughly one file for every paper map)

……………… multiple segments per file. (Each segment roughly 30 miles)

………………. multiple placemarks/waypoints.

ACA route 2

…………. multiple files per route (Roughly one file for every paper map)

………………. multiple segments per file. (Each segment roughly 30 miles)

……………….. multiple placemarks/waypoints.

……………………………………………….

ACA route N

…………. multiple files per route (Roughly one file for every paper map)

………………. multiple segments per file. (Each segment roughly 30 miles)

……………….. multiple placemarks/waypoints.

Further complicated by having the capability to have multiple copies of the editor on a single web page.

Largely that editor has been completed and is part of this website’s admin functions. Having made several attempts to have others use it and provide feedback I relented to the fact that few really need the capabilities offered and it was far too different than anything else out there. It was also very difficult to use because of accommodating the internal complexities made the user interface less than intuitive.

There are any number of bicycling map editors and maybe five or so very good ones. A common characteristic most of the editors have is that they are oriented to day rides and not multi day bicycle tours. Functionally they all seem to have a set of common features. This should be expected as most use Google Maps API V3.+ So what one can do most everyone else can do as well. Many of the mapping sites have turned to being workout oriented and tracking the users training progress. But none seem to be oriented towards the bicycle tourist who probably doesn’t care about training logs but is more interested in road conditions and facilities along a route.

Google Maps used to be the goto place where you would plan your bicycle tours. But Google has made Google Maps a less friendly and more awkward place to do this. And many of the better and more popular sites are turning to premium fees for the advanced features.

With that back story I am now working on a map editor that has less complexity than my current map editor but will retain the ability to do multiple segments or routes in a single map file like ACA files have. And unlike the popular map editors there will be no registration because map files will be loaded (imported) and saved (exported) to the users machine. To share the maps they can be imported into another website that provides sharing storage. The goal is to provide a free tool that bicycle tourist can use and that matches much of the functionality offered by the other editors.

Links Ride On

The comeback is coming along slowly

I have been getting up at 4:30 am to bike before it gets hot and windy and ride a 10 mile out and back before going to my hyperbaric chamber session.  Since the middle of June, after my last session, I have been riding the 27-30 mile loop route 3-4 times a week. On Saturday’s I’ve been riding with my bother-in-law and 16 yo niece, around their neighborhood getting them use to road biking. On Sunday’s the boss and I ride through Paradise Valley for 18 or so miles.

The niece has a nice new R570 from Performance. From that purchase, with the Performance triple points,  I was able to build the brother-in-law a nice road bike  with 105 9spd STI levers, derailleurs, bakes, crankset and a new Mavic Aksium wheelset.

It also has a Nashbar carbon fork and headset left over from an earlier attempt to build a road bike using a Nashbar frame. I could not get a bottom bracket installed in the Nashbar frame so I returned it.

Back In The Saddle

It has been 8 months since I last rode, walked or did anything physical. But today marked the end of an ordeal I hope I don’t have to go through again.

It started when I got a huge blister riding 600 hard miles in August and it turned into a foot ulcer that wouldn’t heal. Seems as you age you can lose flesh in the foot and pressure there will not let it heal. So I finally relented and had a bone in the foot removed to eliminate the pressure and finally it has healed.

During this time I also dealt with bladder cancer from prostate radiation to include 30 hyperbaric chamber sessions. Last week I had a semi-final inspection and things have progressed quite well. I have been  prescribed 20 more “dives”  to finish up the healing process.

So today I rode a shaky 13 miles and oh my how things have deteriorated. It’s going to be a long haul back up out of this pit.

WordPress and the Map Editor

This represents the integration of the map editor into a WordPress plugin.

The shortcode produces a “viewer” version of the map editor for a post or page.

Creating and editing of maps is performed in the WordPress admin facilities.

Example of IBS Map Viewer

Click on a blue square to see options.

Finally Feeling Like An Update

Been a while getting around to the point of feeling like doing an update. The second B&M Luxos has arrived and indeed it is the latest version with the fixed handlebar cable with switch. Nice as that eliminates the moisture issue related to the plug in version. Bought from bike24.com for about $100.00 less than one from Peter White.

I still need to figure out how to mount it on the Bruce Gordon since there is no mounting hole on the fork. I’ll need to drill a 10 mm hole and jury rig a threaded stud to mount the light at the fork crown.

 

Hub Dynamo USB Charger

I have finished the build of the USB charger using the kit I had bought off EBay. As planned everything worked out quite well and it readily charges my booster battery pack. However the Droid will not charge but this is probably due to not incorporating the data circuitry needed.

The super capacitor circuitry worked fine and would keep charging the battery pack for about 5 minutes after the wheel stopped rotating. But found the charger had a large enough capacitor without the added circuitry to smooth out the fluctuations.   If I needed a stand-light the super-capacitor would be ideal.

I believe if I powered a “minty booster” with the charger I could readily and reliably charge smart phones, Android, Apple and Windows. Add the super-capacitor circuit between the charger and a “minty booster” it could really be a robust solution.

As a note I moved the Stanyan around the garage, not more than 20 feet and both the tail light and Luxos U stand-lights popped on for quite a long time. Awesome. That says something for the SON Hub Dynamo.

I am waiting for another Luxos U to arrive from Germany to go with the Shimano dynamo hub on the Bruce Gordon. The price was very good, about the same as the non-usb B model here in the States. That may because it is first generation with a plugable switch/usb cord. I have read that these units have a moisture problem. Also it seems there were problems of parts availability. The new lights come with hardwired switch/usb cords.

 

Map Editor – GPX Data

Until now I did not give much thought to using and saving GPX data. I was able to do what I wanted  and I was a happy camper. Now that I am working more with the ACA GPX files I have dug into the GPX XML specifications. I had to make modifications to the way I was handling the data.

As I understand the GPX files, the basic foundation is the waypoint-type (a variant of the point-type) which describes  waypoints, points of interest, and geographic features. The two attributes, longitude and latitude, defines the geographic location. The encapsulated data in the waypoint goes onto to more fully define the various aspects and properties of the waypoint-type.

Looking at an ACA GPX file with resources the is many waypoints, and not points of interest or other waypoints. These waypoints are again found in the <rte> sections as <rtept> entries. The ACA GPX files don’t seem to have a <trk><trkseg><trkpt> section as I believe they were developed using maps and not a gps device.

However if there was a <trk><trkseg> section the waypoints would show up again as <trk><trkseg><trkpt> entries. So theoretically the <rte> and <trkseg> could be construed to be synonymous. But there are limits to the number of route points allowed for Garmin devices. Subsequently the <trk> <trkseg> would be a sparse track.

The goal is to use the ACA GPX route files to create a viable track section with directional waypoints and cue sheets. The ACA waypoints are non directional. No right turns or left turns as they serve both directions of travel.