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GPS Discussion / Re: TransAm using the TransAm gps
« on: May 03, 2016, 09:01:12 pm »
Yes, that is exactly the case. You will only need the eastward set of tracks.

For the service points, the Edge series store very limited number (200) service points. Consider using your mobile device instead (see details).

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GPS Discussion / Re: eTrex20x with or without TOPO for Great Divide
« on: May 03, 2016, 07:34:35 am »
What do you need the maps for?

Free OSM maps often include trails. Could they work for you? At least give them a try.

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GPS Discussion / Re: Where is the Download Data??
« on: April 17, 2016, 06:44:40 pm »
Open link Tracks and Service Points (limited) for detailed instructions to:
  • Download digital data,
  • Upload data to your device,
  • Navigate tracks,
  • Edit tracks,
  • Find services using our digital data, and
  • Manage your device

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GPS Discussion / Re: Google Maps & Mapquest Mobile
« on: March 28, 2016, 03:05:07 pm »
I agree that it is a much better idea to save the route in advance, when you know it will work for you.

In Google Maps, you have the option to export routes as KML. Store them directly in a Dropbox account to access them while on the road.

While at it, I recommend Ride with GPS as a far more flexible & powerful tool for mapping routes. It provides multiple map layers. You can export routes in GPX & KML.

Maps.me app for both iOS & Android works natively with KML files, & allows you to download maps for offline use.

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This is great news. I think it is quite impressive that now the entire route network is far more device friendly, mobile, & ready for consumption immediately without any further data manipulation.

Members can open the web page, download, & use the data while traveling any time.

Congratulations.

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GPS Discussion / Re: What GPS software do you use?
« on: February 17, 2016, 09:19:40 pm »
I find Ride with GPS the easiest, most intuitive, & most popular. The user interface is very clean. I also like the various map layers for charting routes.

I occasionally refer to Strava heat map. It shows most used routes in an area.

I use Garmin Connect which gives me the ability to transfer maps wirelessly onto the Edge 1000.

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Why not use a mobile device for POIs?

The capacity of POIs is only one of the problems on GPS devices. Searching, browsing, & finding POIs on a small screen with low resolution using a micro joystick-like device or small arrow buttons is tedious at best, if not impossible.

Compare that with the big screen, high resolution, & easy navigation on mobile device. There are some recommended apps for your device. They hold unlimited number of POIs, at least as much memory as you have on the phone.

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GPS Discussion / Re: New Garmin Edge Touring
« on: February 15, 2016, 10:51:53 pm »
The battery is exhausted on a good day of touring.
That is about the same with recent models & new units. I always carry with me a spare battery on tours.

The routing operation is unreliable and difficult to alter (it's fundamentally useless).
Allowing the GPS device routing is guess work at best. I use Ride with GPS to chart the route & save to the unit as a track not as a route. Turn Recalculation off. Tracks never change.

I allow GPS to calculate the route rarely when I need to leave the main route for urgent need.

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Classifieds / Free copy of Cycling in Québec
« on: December 05, 2015, 02:55:45 pm »
I have a new copy of Cycling in Québec, 7th Edition, 2014, The Official Guide to Explore the Route Verte.

I will send it free of charge & free shipping to one donor for 2016 Young Adult Scholarship. Send me a private message with your contact information.

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GPS Discussion / Re: recommendations for gps for bicycle touring
« on: November 30, 2015, 08:58:10 pm »
Take a look at prior discussions on this forum or summary information on Adventure Cycling pages.

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Routes / Re: CT to Quebec City - recommended route?
« on: September 23, 2015, 10:31:54 pm »
Question for those familiar with Route Verte. Are all surfaces paved? I ride 700x23 tires.
Not all surfaces are paved. The web site does not show this information. Instead, you will find them in the route guide. It is well worth the price for detailed maps & service points. For example, route 4 from Waterloo to Bécancour is mostly not paved. Route 5 is mostly on roads with short sections of paved trails.

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GPS Discussion / Re: ipad mini
« on: August 19, 2015, 09:30:19 am »
Yes. Use the instructions created for new file format.

The exact steps may not be identical, given different naming format & file content. However, the steps should work in general.

Respond with further questions on this forum.

Note however that the Southern Tier GPS data (link requires member account) still uses old format. That is:
  • Route represented on iPad screen will not follow roads exactly. Instead, it will be a collection of short straight lines that roughly resemble the route. They will give you a general idea of route, but not exact directions.
  • The combination of app, iPad, & route data are not intended for continuous navigation. Instead, they work best for occasional reference.
  • Service points for restaurants & lodging are mixed with old legacy data of route points that may make it difficult to find the services you are looking for.

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GPS Discussion / Re: GPS Data User Guide?
« on: July 24, 2015, 07:54:46 pm »
I can't seem to find the GPS Data User Guide on the ACA website.
In the page for Routes and Service Points, there is a link to the right for GPS Data User Guide & Quick Start Guide.

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GPS Discussion / Re: Garmin edge touring plus
« on: June 16, 2015, 07:45:17 pm »
For the forth time and thought I would try a GPS for the first time.
What do you want to use the GPS for? Is it for navigation or recording your trip? Is it to navigate to a destination, or browse for routes to follow?

Navigation on a GPS device is good when you are following a track. You can either define a track before your trip (which does not seem what you want to do) or give a destination for the unit to calculate a track to reach it.

Browsing for roads, points of interest, & destinations on a GPS device with small screen & low resolution is cumbersome at best. It will appear even more so after using an iPad with large screen, vivid colors, & fast response to finger gestures.

Depending on how you want to use the GPS, consider investing into an external battery for the iPad with an app that stores maps for offline use when not connected to the internet.

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GPS Discussion / Re: Using Garmin Edge Touring abroad?
« on: May 28, 2015, 08:21:44 pm »
I am thinking of ordering the Garmin Europe City Maps. Does anyone know if the Euro Velo maps routes are includes in the Europe maps or would I need to add them myself?
I am not aware of any device map the includes the EuroVelo. The Open Cycle Map includes an overlay that shows the EuroVelo routes. You will have to draw your own route on top of that.

Instead of purchasing Garmin Europe City maps, consider downloading Open Street Maps for free. Refer to information Adventure Cycling has on GPS Devices web page, under the Maps section.

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