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Routes / Re: Mapquest Maps/Routes
« on: July 10, 2013, 06:28:23 pm »
I find OpenCycleMap.org and OpenStreetMap.org to have an extensive network of trails.

Even better, these maps are available for download to use on the Garmin GPS units. Therefore, I get to match the view on the computer screen when charting the route with the map on my GPS screen when riding.

RideWithGPS allows selecting either of the two maps: OSM or OSM Cycle when charting a route.

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Gear Talk / Re: Recommended Long-Sleeve Touring Shirts?
« on: July 07, 2013, 03:55:38 pm »
I usually reach out to one of many options that ExOfficio offers. Here is an current offering for this season: 1/4 Zip Long-Sleeve Shirt with UPF 50+ rating.

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NH DOT has a detailed set of maps for cycling roads in the state. You can stitch the shortest one to your preferences that will get you to Conway, the Kancamgus highway (NH112), and continue you the NT.

The original post appeared twice under different discussion areas. That was redundant. New England seemed most suitable for the question. It is borderline post that can potentially fall under "Connecting Routes" area. Do you prefer moving it there?

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GPS Discussion / Re: Android App to view GDMBR gpx
« on: July 01, 2013, 07:55:53 pm »
There is also the MotionX GPS app for iPhone.

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Gear Talk / Re: ACA & Smartphones
« on: June 25, 2013, 06:40:24 pm »
All in all there were two things that I took the greatest care not to lose; my wallet and my smartphone.
Hence I combine them in one :)


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GPS Discussion / Garmin introduces Monterra GPS with Android OS
« on: June 25, 2013, 06:28:53 pm »
Details on Garmin blog.

For over two years now, I had been expecting such a device. It is packed with features:
  • 3-axis compass with accelerometer and gyro
  • Barometric altimeter
  • UV sensor
  • Dual-band GPS and GLONASS receiver
  • 8-megapixel digital camera
  • IPX7 waterproof
  • Dual battery system: rechargeable Li-ion pack (included) or traditional AA batteries
  • WiFi, ANT+, Bluetooth 3.0 and NFC
  • Android spectrum of apps
Available third quarter 2013 at a suggested retail price of $649.99.

It is missing a few features still: heart rate monitor & bluetooth 4. I should better start saving for the next release of the Edge series with app support.

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GPS Discussion / Re: Samsung camera with GLONASS.
« on: June 25, 2013, 05:31:45 pm »
Satellite signal acquisition is faster with GLONASS support. It is available on the entire Garmin eTrex line (10, 20, & 30). Oddly, for the Edge series, only on the 510 so far.

iPhone and its camera support it as well.

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GPS Discussion / Re: Cue Sheet for navigating Ride with GPS routes
« on: June 25, 2013, 05:11:36 pm »
I did not use it after that as there was no really great need for assisted navigation for me.
What did you use instead for navigation for turn by turn?

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GPS Discussion / Re: Garmin on Tour - Single or Multiple FIT Files?
« on: June 23, 2013, 09:19:13 pm »
I start a new activity every day for two reasons:
  • Daily log for the activity of that day. When needed to split the day, I record separate laps
  • Safer files. While rare, it does happen that a file gets corrupt. I would then lose only one day instead of the entire trip.

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GPS Discussion / Re: Run Garmin Oregon 450 off external power?
« on: June 21, 2013, 08:11:45 pm »
What I want to know is if I apply a USB charging current to the Oregon 450, will it switch to running off the external source and save the internal AA batteries?
It seems like it should. The manual recommends using an external power when operating the unit extensively, with a reference to Vehicle Power Cable "to power your Garmin device and conserve battery life."

The USB source should not be any different.

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Gear Talk / Re: Solar Panel - Yea or Nay?
« on: June 21, 2013, 05:17:46 pm »
I have tried the Solio and did not have much luck with it. I would much rather carry extra USB batteries and USB charger. Each of these USB batteries bring the iPhone or the Garmin Edge 810 to about 50%.

The solar charger had to be in direct most optimal sunlight. Anything else would not charge the iPhone: change of angle, clouds, shade, and direction.

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GPS Discussion / Re: Android App to view GDMBR gpx
« on: June 19, 2013, 11:03:55 am »
which works well offline and and allows for downloading maps.
What is your reference here to "downloading maps"? Can it actually download enough map tiles to work offline? Does it know to automatically do that for all tiles related to the charted route?

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GPS Discussion / Re: Android App to view GDMBR gpx
« on: June 13, 2013, 07:16:20 pm »
This is good to know. I am now curious why you were able to see this track but not the one from ACA. I will look into it some more.

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GPS Discussion / Re: Android App to view GDMBR gpx
« on: June 10, 2013, 10:13:10 pm »
I found that if i choose Waypoints instead of Tracks, I am able to see the ACA gpx files in Maverick!
Indeed, Maverick does appear to support points of interest but not routes or tracks. Perhaps at a later release?

Please update this forum with your findings. There has been much interest in such apps. Your feedback will be appreciated.

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New England / Re: Loop tour in Northern NH or Maine
« on: June 09, 2013, 08:19:56 pm »
Are you interested in mountains, coast, lakes, or a sampler of the area?

All three regions are worth the trip and can fit within your schedule. Start in Portland, ME and travel to Sebago Lake, Conway, Crawford Notch, Franconia Notch trail, loop back on the Kacamagus Highway, Ossipee Lake, Portsmouth, and then return to Portland along the cost. This should be just about 500km.

The White Mountains will have plenty of climbing. Plan accordingly or choose alternate routes.

Fly into Portland directly. Or walk your bike (with reservation) on Amtrak from Boston North Station to Portland.

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