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Classifieds / Re: UGRR maps for sale
« on: July 05, 2011, 10:26:40 am »
Hi there. Just checking on whether these maps are still available. I'm planning a bike trip around the country, leaving in about a month. I wonder if these maps might be helpful... How many maps are in the set? Thanks, :)

I have the whole set of UGRR maps for sale - complete with notes from our ride in May 2008. $60.00

I am interested in these maps as well, if you still have them for sale, either of you.

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: combining Garmin maps
« on: July 04, 2011, 05:04:05 pm »
Wish I would have had this information before forking over $20 to Garmin.  That's a waste.  I guess I'll be stuck using a combination method for creating my own routes in MapSource after plotting on alternate tool or importing Trail Link map.  I am amazed how inept Garmin is at providing it's customers with usable tools that would really amp it's products through avid customer support.  That would seem like such a no brainer for marketing nerds to figure out.  Oh well...I have my Legend, now I have to figure out how to exercise my invested dollars.

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: combining Garmin maps
« on: June 24, 2011, 01:43:07 pm »
Thanks Fred, I'll see what I can achieve once my SC cards arrive and I'll keep you posted.

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / combining Garmin maps
« on: June 24, 2011, 11:58:00 am »
I have a Legend unit and I have paid Garmin to download the Rails-to-Trails maps for the Eastern half of the United States.  I have not downloaded them yet since I am waiting for my SD cards to arrive from Amazon but I was wondering; these two different maps cover the Eastern half of the US, essentially from the Mississippi to the East coast.  Is there a way to combine the files into one map so I can plan an extended route across both sections using one SD card and not have to worry about carrying a second card and all the technical stuff about splitting the route?  Or am I just being weird? ???

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: Garmin Legend HCx
« on: March 03, 2011, 10:09:14 am »
Yup, you may be right.  I will spend some more time examining what I have been attempting to load.  Thanks again.

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: Garmin Legend HCx
« on: March 02, 2011, 12:41:02 pm »

I spent about an hour on MapSource last night and have mapped the three routes that I want to ride and successfully transferred them to my GPSR.  I understand this process now.  What I don't understand is if I use a third party mapping tool to create a route and  then download that route.  I can see the route but I can't navigate it.  I am guessing that I have to add waypoints to an imported route to make it fully functional.  Is that about right?

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: Garmin Legend HCx
« on: March 01, 2011, 09:40:27 am »

I knew you'd come through for me.  Thanks for the help.  I get on this again tonight after I get home and I'll keep you posted.  You guys are the best!

Gear Talk / Re: Touring weight
« on: March 01, 2011, 09:26:39 am »
This may be one of the most informative threads that I have read yet.  Excellent advice from the OP to the end.  Thanks to all who have contributed!

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Help with my new Garmin Legend HCx
« on: March 01, 2011, 08:27:37 am »
I am still having problems with my Legend from Garmin.  I thought I had this figured out but I spent about two hours working with MapSource last night and I was unable to load a route to my GPSR.  I have successfully transferred routes as tracks that I can see within the tracks menu.

What I have not been able to figure out is how to use a track for a ride.  I want to plan my ride using a course that I have not ridden before, create the route and load it to my GPSR, and then mount the unit on my handlebars and follow the route.

If I have discerned correctly, a track is an event that has already taken place while a route is something that has not taken place yet.

I need help to figure this out because I would like to use MapMyRide, MapSource, BikeMap, etc to plan a ride and then hit the road using my GPSR for directions.  I have a Magellan that I have used for years that I mount in my car or on my motorcycle and can route to and "address" perfectly.  I have used my Legend for this same purpose successfully while in my car.  However, since I am on my bike and riding a circuitous route, I don't actually have an address as a destination except the address from while I am leaving.  I may be reasoning my own answer here as I type.  Maybe I need to place a way point on the route at the turn-around farthest marker to navigate to and when I get to that point, navigate back to my home as a second way point.

I would appreciate any suggestions.  Thanx

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: Garmin Legend HCx
« on: February 28, 2011, 09:49:07 am »
It doesn't, as far as I can tell.  Made a shake down drive in my car this weekend using my new Garmin with my new custom GPS mount.  I found that a plain ol' rubber band will plant the GPS directly on top of the steering column in perfect position for viewing without obscuring my view of the other instruments.  It worked perfectly.

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: Garmin Legend HCx
« on: February 17, 2011, 10:45:10 am »
I have successfully added my 4gb micro sd card after fighting with my computer.  I think it has died and I am restoring from a back up now.  I had to dig into the manual to discover that you have to remove the back of the unit to use a pc to address the card.  Pretty sneaky trick there...

My first batter test lasted almost 24 hours on budget CVS AA's and I am running another test just to verify.  I am running the screen back lighting very low but I think this level will suffice for my needs.  So far the power consumption of this unit seems very low.  Can anyone tell me if this unit will recharge if plugged into the wall charger or a pc? ???

General Discussion / Re: 12th Cyclist Killed In Tampa
« on: February 16, 2011, 04:40:03 pm »
My reply is not meant to antagonize or inflame anyone about anything.  I don't intend to minimize the tragic news you have imparted and I also feel bad for those left behind.

However, I have ridden motorcycles for many years.  Anyone who rides motorcycles has been conditioned to know that there are only two types of riders: those who have crashed and those who will crash.  Please accept my apology if I offend anyone. 

Maybe riding a bicycle is like that.  I don't have enough experience to properly evaluate the conditions.  I ride in a place where I feel safe but my wife has flatly refused to ride.  We both have stated that "you're taking your life in your hands on this road" when we see someone riding as I do now.  I am very careful and very aware but I imagine that it's only a matter of time before I will have my turn.

My brother-in-law has a harrowing story from years ago about being hit by a car full of delinquent teenagers.  Bad news.

I won't stop riding but I ride with as much care as possible.  I hope that some day we can all "share the road."  Maybe we should be supporting that flying car idea to get those guys off the pavement?...


I have a new Android phone that I love and I use it for a lot of things.  However, the most exhaustive task is the GPS.  If I choose to use the GPS my battery will be depleted in about two hours.  This is on an HTC Nexus One.  Don't get me wrong.  I love my phone and enjoy the entertainment it can provide but it comes with the requirement to recharge almost daily.  If I use it lightly and only receive a few short calls I can last about 48 hours without charging.

I just purchased a new low end GPS because of this issue.  I want to be able to navigate at any time without concern for power consumption.  This way I can turn my phone off to save power while riding but still have it for the camera or reading a book when I am near a power source as needed.

Hope this helps...

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: Garmin Legend HCx
« on: February 16, 2011, 04:27:16 pm »

Thanks for that information.  I have surfed around a little today between tasks to find very little that describes with precision what you just explained in about three lines.  I'm glad I asked because the supposed experts have a hard time breaking this down into common language for common people.


GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: Garmin Legend HCx
« on: February 16, 2011, 09:35:03 am »

I guess I really don't understand the maps that are available.  I assumed that the 24k indicated the file size that would be loaded.  From your post it looks like something else.  I think that some of this is elementary GPS instruction and maybe there is a better place for me to read about this before I drag you through that lower level of discussion.  Let me look around at some of the GPS forums to see if I can find a primer to teach me some of this stuff.  Thanks for your advice.

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