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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?

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 & Digital Data 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 :)

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 & Digital Data 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.

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?

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.

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.

Gear Talk / Re: Solar Panel - Yea or Nay?
« on: June 21, 2013, 08:17:46 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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