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GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: New Garmin Edge Touring
« on: November 20, 2013, 09:31:59 pm »
You can download bicycle-oriented OSM maps for Garmin from Select the "routable bicycle" option, pick the country or tiles you want, and it will either immediately show you the download link for the zipped gmapsupp file if you have selected a predetermined country, or it will create the gmapsupp file download for you if you have chosen custom tiles, and email you the download link when it has built the gmapsupp.img file. So if your device only allows a single *.img file, You can create one covering whatever map areas you desire.

You can also merge multiple maps into a single gmapsupp.img file using mkgmap. See the Openstreetmap wiki:

Most modern devices are not restricted to a single *.img file - they will open any img file placed in the Garmin directory. Again, see the Openstreetmap wiki for details.

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: New Garmin Edge Touring
« on: November 20, 2013, 03:10:50 am »
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.
You can update maps and other stuff with GarminExpress ( I just purchased an Edge Touring. First thing I did when I pulled it out of the box was to connect it to the PC and fire up GarminExpress. This told me that I could update the firmware (about 10Mb), the time zone information (500Kb), and the maps (a bit over 4Gb). So you need a reasonable speed internet connection to update the maps. The unit came with an 8Gb microSD card, but as I had a spare 32Gb card that came out of a defunct phone, and I wanted to load several more OSM maps on it, I swapped the supplied card out for the 32Gb card before performing the update.

Gear Talk / Touring Tire Question
« on: February 16, 2005, 07:36:05 am »
I fitted Continental Sportcontact 700x37 to my bike before touring in Switzerland last year. At only 145lbs I can get by with much smaller tyres, but I like the larger size because a) the ride is more comfortable, b) they feel more stable and secure on winding descents, and c) a hit that would completely pinch flat a smaller tyre or completely squash it and flatten the rim doesn't faze these - on a couple of occasions while descending mountain passes at high speed I struck trenches cut across the road, and although the bump was hard enough to raise me off the saddle, the wheels were completely undamaged.

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