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I need a good multi-sport GPS unit - biking, kayaking, hiking, backpacking. I have an older, bottom-of-the-line Magellan that no longer works. I'm looking for something I can use for all these outdoor activities and have a basic list of wants:
Screen you can read in daylight
Detailed maps (downloadable or on cards) that include coastal/navigation and trails
Runs on AA batteries
Can operate with gloves on (nice but maybe not mandatory)
Rapid signal acquisition
Beyond that, I'm not sure what else I'm looking for but am totally open to suggestions. I'd like to try to limit the cost to $300-$400 maximum retail price. I was never very pleased with the way the Magellan operated and am sort of leaning towards a Garmin this time. The Oregon 450t looks like it has all the stuff I'm looking for but it's a little pricey (for me). It may be that I'm expecting too many features for the price I want to pay.
What have your experiences been? What manufacturers/models do you like and not like?
I wish they had posted weights.30 pounds for the little one and 37 pounds for the big one. It's at the very bottom of the page.
Somebody has already mentioned Brooks Saddles. Here is a good review: http://www.mtbr.com/cat/controls/saddle/brooks/saddle/PRD_352800_140crx.aspx. They're made in the UK so I'm not sure if they are already distributed in the US.Calhoun Cycle in Minneapolis carries a lot of Brooks Saddles and will ship.
There is a European Cycle Route, the North Sea Coastal Route which is very enjoyable.
This will take you on mainly cycle tracks and quiet roads. It will also take you right by Den Haag, the capitol of the Netherlands (not Amsterdam). Signposting is generally good but can get a bit iffy in places so I'd recommend a good map.
You didn't mention accommodation but camp sites can be few and far between in some parts so I'd recce that carefully before you start.
I found some more detailed "wind rose" data, and it looks as if it depends on the time of year. Minnesota, for instance, has a great majority of its winds from the west -- but not nearly as much in July and August. All those freezing west winds the rest of the year just make a bigger impression on me than those summer breezes.It's worth remembering that the prevailing winds in North America are from West to East.There is no evidence to support this urban myth. East to West is just fine.
It's worth remembering that the prevailing winds in North America are from West to East.There is no evidence to support this urban myth. East to West is just fine.
Does anyone have a good brand of folding bike? Preferably something fullsize...
...If anyone has any insight on this I'd be really appreciative.