Use Surface Types to get an idea of what kind of terrain you'll encounter before setting off on your next adventure, so you can plan better routes and know in advance if it's the right trip for you. Never worry about being over or under biked again!
Surface Types is a free feature that is available to all Starter, Basic, and Premium subscribers.
Surface Type Definitions
- Paved - Paved surfaces include asphalt, concrete, tarmac, and chip seal. These are indicated with a solid line.
- Unpaved - Unpaved surfaces include gravel, dirt, and natural/unimproved trails. These are indicated with a dashed line.
- Unknown - Paths are indicated as "unknown" if surface type data in the area is insufficient to determine surface type. Unknown surface types are indicated with an outlined white line.
Surface Types in the Route Planner
As you plan a route using Ride with GPS, you'll see surface types indicated along your track line, and in the elevation profile. Surface type breakdowns will be indicated on saved routes, and visible to anyone who has access to the route.
Surface Types on a Route
- Click Settings in the upper right corner of the web route planner > Uncheck the Surfaces option to disable surfaces in the map.
- Click the Surfaces button in the elevation profile to disable surfaces in the elevation profile.
Edit Route Surface Type
- Click and drag within the elevation profile, to select the section of the route you’d like to edit.
- In the Selection Tools menu, click Change Surface.
- Select Paved or Unpaved > Change Surface.
- Save your route.
Note: When you manually edit surface type information on a route, the update will only be reflected on the route you edited, not on future routes. You can update surface type information permanently if you edit the area in OSM, which is our underlying source of map data.
Edit Underlying Surface Type Data
We rely on data from OpenStreetMap (OSM), an open-source mapping service of the entire world, for Surfaces and can only update our surface type information when they do so. If you notice that a surface has been incorrectly categorized and would like for it to be updated, you can contribute the correct surface type information directly to OSM. Please see our detailed help page about OSM to learn how to do so.