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GPS Discussion / Re: Newb asking for some GPS advice. Please
« on: September 11, 2013, 09:04:41 am »
The new Garmin Edge Touring (uses OpenStreetMap for basemap and routing) might be a contender, too.
Indeed. It is available for pre-order. The basic unit without heart-rate support is $249. The Plus unit with heart-rate support is $299.

Note that all of the mapping units listed above also use OpenStreetMap for basemap and routing. Instructions and test results are at:

GPS Discussion / Re: New Garmin Edge Touring
« on: September 09, 2013, 09:47:21 pm »
I'm wondering if/how the new Garmin Edge Touring allows for updates of its underlying OpenStreetMap (OSM) data.
I do not believe this is clear just yet. I have not seen any reference from Garmin to indicate the availability and method for updates.

If updates are available, they will be through Garmin's map update page. The current tool for updating maps on the Edge series is Garmin Express.

Meanwhile, the unit itself accepts SD cards that you can load with new and custom maps.

To load the latest OSM maps on the Touring unit or any other unit for that matter, take a look at these two references:

BTW, I'm an owner of more than one Garmin GPS device, and I REALLY do prefer the much-greener NiMH (rechargeable via my solar panels) AA batteries.  If a device doesn't use AAs (and NiMHs well), I might not buy it, and I'm not alone!
The unit has built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery accordingly to the product specifications page. This is the same for all the Edge series units.

Can you elaborate on your experience with solar panels in this other discussion: Solar Panel - Yea or Nay?? The general feedback was "iffy" at best.

GPS Discussion / Re: Newb asking for some GPS advice. Please
« on: August 27, 2013, 08:32:19 pm »
Here are a few Garmin gadgets that do it all (or most).

Note that all these devices take some time to get used to. There is at times a steep learning curve for setting them up for use, creating tracks, managing tracks, and navigating while on the road.

Once you learn how to use them though, they can be one of your best friends on the road. They just need patience, a few phone calls to Garmin support, and trials in your local neighborhood.

Here are the options:

ModelMSRP (you can often find lower prices in retail stores and online)Map in backgroundHeart rate (belt purchased separately)NavigationComments
Edge 810$499YesYesYes:
  • Turn-by-turn navigation with proper map installed.
  • Create new routes or destinations on the unit.
  • Otherwise, navigate without a map similar to Edge 510 below
This is the latest GPS cum bicycle computer cum navigation machine. It should be fantastic when it works. Earlier releases of the firmware on the unit had many defects. The unit was practically not usable. I think they fixed many of the issues by now.
Edge 510$329NoYesYes. There are a couple of options:
  • Follow the route as displayed on the screen on blank background, prone to error without street map
  • With advanced options, the route file can contain turn-by-turn navigation options
This is my current favorite. I navigate with it on new routes all the time with no trouble. Very easy to use. Very stable. Many advanced features.
eTrex 30$299YesYesYes, similar navigation to the Edge 810.This is one solid GPS, practically indestructible, very long battery life, AA batteries can be replaced easily, very easy and simple to operate.
eTrex 10$109NoNoYes, similar navigation to the Edge 510.Similar to eTrex 30 with fewer functions and features, but very usable.

Routes / Re: Edinburgh, UK route advice?
« on: August 27, 2013, 12:36:24 pm »
Another resource to check is the Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC) in the UK and their forum.

GPS Discussion / Re: Newb asking for some GPS advice. Please
« on: August 26, 2013, 06:05:58 pm »
What are you looking for in a GPS unit?

The Cat Eye you refer to is "Designed for the competitive cyclist" that displays riding data such as speed, distance, HR, etc.

Typically for touring and long distance riding, I rely on a unit that has navigation functions to show route, turns, and points of interest, instead of frequently looking at a map or cue sheet.

What will you use the GPS for?

GPS Discussion / Re: How to get ACA route on an iPhone GPS
« on: August 20, 2013, 09:27:23 pm »
Here are some app options for the iPhone:
  • Galileo Offline Maps & MotionX GPS: display the GPX track with an indicator of my position. There is an option to keep maps in the memory when navigating without internet connection.
  • MapMyRide & GPSies: display the track with an indicator of my position. These apps require that I have the GPX route previously loaded on & web sites. There is no option to save maps in memory for offline use.

Before you load the GPX tracks, you need to decide what to use. There are at least two options:
  • Raw GPX file from ACA web site, which contain route points at key intersections with straight lines between them. These do not exactly follow the roads. But given that you will have a map in the background, you may be able to follow them just fine.
  • Processed GPX file that you take from option 1 above and edit to create a track following the roads. You can edit the file using Garmin Basecamp, Ride with GPS, GPSies, and other tools.

Also check out the Companions Wanted section.

New England / Re: Maps of Central and Western Mass.
« on: July 19, 2013, 09:49:28 am »
Anyone still printing paper maps;)

I can loan you my copy of Rubel's Western Massachusetts map. Central has been long gone.

Check out some popular rides for ideas that can help you stitch a route together. One that can get you pretty much across the state is the High Point ride from Lexington to Mt Greylock. From there, I have used a route to Great Barrington. And then find your way to Hillsdale.

Check out the Strava bicycle heat map for alternate ideas.

Routes / Re: Mapquest Maps/Routes
« on: July 10, 2013, 09:28:23 pm »
I find and 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.

Gear Talk / Re: Recommended Long-Sleeve Touring Shirts?
« on: July 07, 2013, 06:55:38 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.

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?

GPS Discussion / Re: Android App to view GDMBR gpx
« on: July 01, 2013, 10:55:53 pm »
There is also the MotionX GPS app for iPhone.

Gear Talk / Re: ACA & Smartphones
« on: June 25, 2013, 09:40:24 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 :)

GPS Discussion / Garmin introduces Monterra GPS with Android OS
« on: June 25, 2013, 09:28:53 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.

GPS Discussion / Re: Samsung camera with GLONASS.
« on: June 25, 2013, 08:31:45 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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