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Offline oceanhousecdc

recommendations for gps for bicycle touring
« on: November 30, 2015, 12:16:54 pm »
We plan on doing one to two week trips several times a year on our bicycles and would like recommendations for a gps. We want turn by turn directions - ease of use- something sturdy too. We are not interested in performance data,etc. Only map - directions,etc. Recommendations, anyone?
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Offline mdxix

Re: recommendations for gps for bicycle touring
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2015, 08:58:10 pm »
Take a look at prior discussions on this forum or summary information on Adventure Cycling pages.

Offline Pat Lamb

Re: recommendations for gps for bicycle touring
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2015, 10:50:40 pm »
One last piece of the puzzle is where you'll be sleeping.  In a motel or B&B, you can recharge the battery on some of the newer GPS (e.g. Garmin 820/1000/Touring).  Otherwise, you'll carry or buy lots of AA batteries.  (Of course, you can get a charger that uses AA batteries through a USB cable to recharge the Li ion internal if you want one of the new models.)

Also, check the claimed battery life for each model you consider.  It's probably a good idea to take your new GPS out for a ride similar to what you plan on for peak daily mileage and see how long the battery lasts under real world conditions.  My experience is that using a GPS for following a route and displaying a map (even without backlight) reduces the claimed battery life 25-50%.