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SpokedSTL:
Hey all. I have a Garmin 800 cycling computer and am looking for advice on the best way to go about using the maps. I have a 32mb micro sd card.

1. Which maps do you recommend? Garmin's City Maps, Velo Maps, or Adventure Cycling's GPS map data?
2. If anyone has done a long trip with the 800, how often did you need to charge it? And how did you go about it?
3. Did you set up a trip using Basecamp or anything like that?
4. Overall, how accurate were the maps?
5. Would you recommend that 800? I love it as a cycling computer.

-Thanks
Matt

Tandem Tom:
My wife and I ride a tandem and she is the navigator and has the 800. We have been using RideWithGPS. After we map out our route we down load it to a TCX file then into our 800. It works quite well and the TCX gives us a cue sheet.

geegee:
The ACA data is just waypoints and the associated routing, so you will need some detailed base maps. Garmin's City Navigator maps work well. Beware if you get hold of older versions of the USA Topo maps, routing does not seem to work properly for some states.

DanE:
For bicycle touring, I say leave your 800 at home and get either an eTrex 20 or 30 or one of the other handhelds. On tour, I prefer that they operate off of AA batteries which can be purchased anywhere and means you don't have to carry another charger. I usually get three days operation off of a pair of AA. There is a nice handlebar mount for the etrex that sits it on top of the stem, but I find it slips into the map pocket of my handlebar bag just fine.

mdxix:

--- Quote from: SpokedSTL on December 26, 2012, 05:46:38 pm ---1. Which maps do you recommend? Garmin's City Maps, Velo Maps, or Adventure Cycling's GPS map data?

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I use Garmin City Navigator. Unless you already have purchased maps, invest a few minutes testing Open Source Maps. There are detailed instructions on how to install them. Read the rest of the post for some notes about these maps.

OSM seem to be also the source for Velo Maps.

The ACA GPS map data are just that: routes and points of interest. Use them with any of the maps above.


--- Quote from: SpokedSTL on December 26, 2012, 05:46:38 pm ---2. If anyone has done a long trip with the 800, how often did you need to charge it? And how did you go about it?

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I have toured with the Edge 705, charging it nightly. It comfortably worked all day, close to 12 hours. I charge it from electric outlet when available, or one of the battery charging options suggested earlier.

I found these charging options serve dual purpose to charge the phone as well.


--- Quote from: SpokedSTL on December 26, 2012, 05:46:38 pm ---3. Did you set up a trip using Basecamp or anything like that?

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Basecamp is one option to use, especially with Garmin City Navigator maps. There are plenty of web sites for charting routes, such as Ride With GPS, GPSies, and Map My Ride.

Many web sites offer using Google Maps to display & route on bicycle trails. In this case, make sure to export the route with detailed route points (bread crumbs), not just way points.


--- Quote from: SpokedSTL on December 26, 2012, 05:46:38 pm ---4. Overall, how accurate were the maps?

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I think where the data exists, the maps I used have been accurate. I did find some misalignment when I tested OSM maps, but that was easy to recognize.


--- Quote from: SpokedSTL on December 26, 2012, 05:46:38 pm ---5. Would you recommend that 800? I love it as a cycling computer.

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You already have the unit—give it a try. It is small, light, & familiar to you.

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