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Digital Route Planning 101 | How To Make The Most Of Komoot

Digital Route Planning 101 | How To Make The Most Of Komoot

– I think the best part
about riding your bike, is going to new places. Conversely, I think one of the worst parts about riding bikes is
getting somewhere new. Knowing there was amazing riding. But where? Many moons ago, when I first started
riding my cousin and I, knew there were real trails
in my neck of the woods. But where this is when social
media was in its infancy, and if he and I wanted to organize a ride, we would have to actually ring each other. Unthinkable, I know, but
times were different then. Nowadays I dropped a select series of emojis into a WhatsApp group, and that seems to do the job. Today, mountain bikers
have it a lot easier. Instabanging this and dropping pins, like they have butterfingers
in a sewing factory. The internet has changed not only the way we view
and consume mountain biking, and it’s off branches of entertainment, including things such as the GMBN, but it’s also changed
how we plan our rides. Record our rides, and navigate the trails. There are even a whole host of websites and apps such as Komoot, that not only help us plan routes, but help us find new trails. There are different ways to
plan rides and find trails. But in my opinion, few sites or apps can offer the ride planning ability that Komoot can. We at GMBN are very fortunate
to be supported by them. But with other partner brands
such as what by car rider, what helmet I might like to wear is immediately obvious
from any of our clips, something that we use a lot
behind the scenes might not be. So today, I just want to give you a bit of a one on one debrief. And who knows, maybe it might play a
role in your riding too. (joyful music) So let’s go through a quick setup, and installation of Komoot. Now this can be done via
your laptop or computer, or a mobile phone or tablet. Personally, I prefer using the computer, but that’s mainly due
to my sausage fingers, and using the bigger interface definitely helps me to be accurate. You will need to make an account or you can use an existing
Facebook account to login. Whatever works. Once you’ve got past this, then that’s when the fun really begins, you land on the Discovery page. This is a bit like the Explore page, you might find on Instagram. Is a curation of what is going on and what is going to
get your motor running, inspire you and hopefully
give you some get up and go, so you can be get up and gone. Today I’m using Komoot premium, which is lovely. But there is also Komoot
Maps, both are great. If you’re the kind of person that just wants to head up into the woods for a few
hours once a fortnight, then the basic maps is great. But if you like disappearing
into the wilderness, for days at a time, then premium is definitely worth it. The main difference can be boiled down into a few prominent features. With maps you can access most of the mapping and planning features, but with premium, you
can plan multi-day trips, or choose from hundreds
of hand crafted ones. You can decide how many
days you want to ride over, and it will work out the
daily schedule for you. If you had a 300 kilometer
ride over three days, it wouldn’t simply break
into 300 kilometer days, but rather, using quite complex
algorithms take into account surface and gradient as
many other variables. It would work out your duration
based on those factors. So one day you might ride 80 kilometers, whereas the other two you might ride 110. But the output and duration
would be very similar. Riding one kilometer of smooth ash felt, is a lot less work than a one kilometer technical and steep single track climbing. So it’s only sensible that
we should plan accordingly. It’s not in the too distant past that this kind of knowledge, would be the reserve of hardened locals, but now it’s at our very fingertips. With premium you also get location and timing orientated weather, which is provided by Dark Sky, which firstly is a bloody
cool name for a company and maybe more importantly
is the most accurate and reliable source of hyper
local weather information, with up to the minute forecasting
for your current location. They will also discipline specific maps, tailored to the rigors of mountain biking. The final two big features, are privileged pricing
with over 900 brands, as well as being able to store and curate your own ride collections. But enough of me waffling on. Let’s get into planning a ride. If you click the Explore tab, you can go to the map and start planning. You can choose a one way or roundtrip. Personally, I like to work in one ways because I feel it’s a little simpler, for what I actually want to do. You have quite a lot of choices here. So let’s go through them. Firstly, Komoot isn’t
just for mountain biking, but that’s one of its charms, it gives you freedom and flexibility. It also means the mapping
is a bit more thorough. If you click on this little tab, you can select Alpine mountain biking, which is very exciting. You can also see the grading of the trail in question
using the European grading system, S zero and
S one being the easiest, and S five the hardest. This is a really good way
for new mountain bikers, to help choose their battles, especially on new terrain. In terms of trail grading equivalency, S zero and S one a blue, S two will be red, and anything above would
be considered black. To make your life even easier, if you go to the top right to the page, you can select MTB map, you can also use a satellite map, if you want to get a better
idea of the lay of the land. If you know where you want to
start a round trip or one way, click the finish point. Komoot will use intelligence,
to find and suggest a route. You can also look at highlights on the map which are little red dots that
other people have suggested to make the best of it. Add sections manually
or just drag and drop. Now if you go down a little bit, you can also see metrics such as duration. This is affected by
the fitness level input as well as others factors
such as elevation etc. Now everyone from couch potato to fit as a fiddle and of
course of vitamin supplements, aka Pro is accounted for. This will give a decent
outline of difficulty too. now with a bit of jiggery
pokery let’s see what we can do. So I’ve got a hankering to do
some bike backing next summer. This is one of the best
elements of the Komoot package. I could spend hours and enroll in an ordinance night course. Or I could look at the recommended trips. I think I’ll choose the latter. There is a multi-day route
all ready to go in Wales, just ready to download
and go additionally, whilst looking at the planning view, it can even help me
organize my accommodation. (speaking in foreign language) Now, if you may have
noticed a few graphics here. And there’s some really useful ones. Firstly, way type which
is a good indication of what to expect, there
was also surface type which I find really useful. This can be seen if you want to run over on the elevation graph. It will also give you an indication, not only the gradient but also what the gradient will be on. This is really useful as it will help you make the most of the new place, and hopefully not climbing up the descent and descending
down the climbs. You can also click for
the forecast options. And all you have to do to access this is input the time
you you’ll be riding to 48 hours in advance, and Komoot and Dark Sky work out the rest. So then how to follow the route
for turn by turn navigation. Well, you can download
and use it on your phone, or a device such as a Garmin computer or a watch such as this one. All the maps are available
to download and keep offline. So if you’re in the back end of nowhere, you’re still going to have navigation. So you’ve planned your ride, you’ve ridden it and you’ve
had a bloody nice time whilst doing so. What next? Well, you can upload your ride along with photos or
comments to help other people discover your favorite trails. Now, this is an important bit. If it’s private land and maybe
even you shouldn’t be on it. Then please don’t go inviting all of your 17,000 Instagram
followers follow suit. You can find all of your
rides along with any planned, but yet to be completed
ones on your profile, it will automatically correlate and transfer between the two. Another element of Komoot
that is definitely worth playing with is the collection tab. It feels like a combination
of content and curation, it’s not totally
dissimilar from Pinterest. I like it because I can be a nosey Parker and see how those guys at GCN, are constantly out riding and wonder how they get any work in. If you do happen to
find yourself on Komoot, don’t forget to follow the
Global Mountain Bike Network. You can see all the rides we’ve been on, and the adventures we get up to. And there you have it, a Komoot
101 with old Gubbins here. Well, I hope I was able to inform you about some of the benefits of the system. And if you are on Komoot, don’t forget to follow the
Global Mountain Bike Network, to see all the good stuff we get up to. Now if you want to stick with the channel and Komoot in particular, click down here to see how
Neil gets on planning a ride and see if you can pick up a few tricks of the trade
from the old master himself. As always, don’t forget to like and subscribe and we’ll see you next time. Cheers guys.

41 comments on “Digital Route Planning 101 | How To Make The Most Of Komoot

  1. Live in wales, and my nearest bike park is Avan… love it so much, but even though it’s the closest it’s still 45 minutes away!.. love you GMBN!

  2. Im a komoot user for a long time. Its a great surface, but dont be fooled. It can be tricky and lead you unwanted areas.
    Path that doesnt exist or simply unridable. And the difficulty label is bullshit. I rode with my girlfriend on some roads which were titled as "easy" and they were not.
    Nonetheless its a good thing, but be careful and always have a second plan.

  3. When I lived in England, they used to throw stones at me and chase me away when I showed up with a mountain bike. Police stopped me several times for using it on the roads. They didnt want none of that shit.

  4. ❗️Alpine Riding route option – routes you onto public footpaths in England/Wales so could land you in conflict with walkers.
    Could be considered illegal

    This does not seem to happen with other routing options

  5. My get up and go. Got up and gone. Just waiting for it to come back. As it didn't have Komoot it may take a while as it doesn't know the route.

  6. Komoot is the worst route planning software ive ever come across.. gave up on it ages ago and now stick with google earth pro, harder to plan? yes but Komoot would have you hitting the public road when there are singletracks available to use, I know this because I tried many times to get it to plan one of my regular routes and whatever options I selected, it took me there by road.. which is irritating because im in Mid Wales with miles of tracks all around me.. Komoot is a great idea but fails miserably to deliver.

  7. Even if the trails show up as actually existing, most time komoot doesn't recognize trails already in existence, it will never take you through that trail system….maybe its because it's in the states and not all of those trails are loaded into system?

  8. Here's a tip – make routes on Strava using the heatmap function then transfer to your gps. Shows you the most frequently used trails and roads by cyclists, so you know it's gonna be safe or fun. Plus it's free.

  9. First time I tried komoot it tried to take me down a bridleway that wasn't there no more, 5 mile detour later I havnt used it since…

  10. I was actually considering plotting out some routes for Ireland, because there's not much available as yet. There's a lot of good wilderness riding on forest roads, plenty of singletrack, but a serious issue with insurance for bike parks as the only Insurer pulled out of the market. If it wasn't for the public forestry service investing big money in MTB trails, there'd be virtually nothing official to ride, and the good off piste tracks are really local knowledge.

    There's so many trails available throughout the UK though and I can wave at Snowdon on a clear day. Komoot is a great way for planning a trip, for sure.

  11. Just splashed out on a new Wahoo GPS so I can use Komoot. Hoping to do some bikepacking this year. I'm a bit wary as I tried planning a gravel bike ride loop around Brecon and it wanted to send me up The Gap both ways. That trail rattles my teeth out on my 6 inch travel trail bike 😆😆😆

  12. I use Strava route planner to create my route, then import this into Komoot. This then gives me turn by turn navigation on my elemnt bolt.

  13. Thanks for the vid. I'm getting back into mountain biking after a hiatus of over twenty years. I bought a bike that young me could have only dreamt of. Damn it feels weird! Hopefully, Komoot will help me find local trails which will be fun and get me back to being confident on a bike.

  14. #ASKGMBN hi guys, love the vids, if you had to choose one bike to ride everywhere, everyday and in all conditions, which bike would it be.

  15. #ASKGMBN, Hi guys, I was just wondering if you could add a remote lockout system on a non lockout bike. Thanks

  16. The best for me in uk is, O/S maps factory covered for being waterproof, then call in at or telephone the local Mtb shop/group or social media to get the low down on the ground. Yipee. I have used kamoot as a planning aid.

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