Poll

What electronic equipment do you bring on tour?

Nothing: No phone, smartphone, tablet, laptop etc
1 (4.3%)
Basic phone (no smartphone) for calling and SMS
1 (4.3%)
Smartphone with wifi capabilities
12 (52.2%)
Smartphone + tablet/laptop
7 (30.4%)
Smartphone + tablet/laptop + external harddrive etc etc
2 (8.7%)

Total Members Voted: 22

Voting closed: April 24, 2016, 02:51:27 pm

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Offline BikeFreak

What electronic equipment do you bring on tour?
« on: March 25, 2016, 02:51:27 pm »
Hi,

As of 2016 I just wanted to know what kind of electronic equipment people carry on tour :-)

Lucas

Offline whiskeyjack

Re: What electronic equipment do you bring on tour?
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2016, 04:28:33 pm »
More and more it seems. Garmin, smart phone, and e-reader.


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Offline Nyimbo

Re: What electronic equipment do you bring on tour?
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2016, 05:01:46 pm »
More and more it seems. Garmin, smart phone, and e-reader.

Same for me.  Also noted that all smart phones have wifi I believe.  There are tablets that may or may not have cellular but all will have wifi

indyfabz

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Re: What electronic equipment do you bring on tour?
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2016, 03:33:21 pm »
Dumb phone and a bike computer. I will probably add an e-reader as I like to read at night and I am tired of blowing through headlamp batteries.

Offline Goodaches

Re: What electronic equipment do you bring on tour?
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2016, 11:06:53 pm »
x Smart phone with internet capability.

I have my iPhone visible on the handlebar stem. All in one it gives me GPS, camera, email, and encyclopedia.

Offline whiskeyjack

Re: What electronic equipment do you bring on tour?
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2016, 12:20:36 pm »
Dumb phone and a bike computer. I will probably add an e-reader as I like to read at night and I am tired of blowing through headlamp batteries.
E readers are the best thing ever. Make sure you get one with a backlight. Tons of reading material, and almost no weight, minimal space. The battery life is impressive too.

Offline driftlessregion

Re: What electronic equipment do you bring on tour?
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2016, 04:45:42 pm »
I'd rather to take nothing preferring to ask real people along the way for the information that a smart phone offers. But, life intervened and family insists on texting, they can't be bothered to rely on a telephone call from me along the  way.
I like real books.

Offline great_egret

Re: What electronic equipment do you bring on tour?
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2016, 06:18:11 pm »
I'll take my Nexus 6P.  Gadget wise, that's all I'll need. 

I recently installed The Plug III.  It works good for charging a few things, but my Nexus 6P is not one of them.  Anyone here use a dynamo and USB power supply like The Plug III?  If so, any great suggestions on a cache battery?  I've seen the Cinq5 Smart Power Pack, but I don't feel like paying $120 after already spending a lot on The Plug III.


Offline johnsondasw

Re: What electronic equipment do you bring on tour?
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2016, 10:35:43 pm »
iPhone and a basic bike computer.  The phone takes pretty good pics.  I may try an e-reader again. They are so small and convenient.  I used to have one but found I could not remember what I had read on it, unlike real books where I had no problem remembering. Seems weird, but others have had this problem too. 
May the wind be at your back!

Offline staehpj1

Re: What electronic equipment do you bring on tour?
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2016, 07:57:44 am »
Yeah, just a smartphone for me.  I leave it turned off most of the time and carry either a spare battery or a power wallet, so I can go a long way between charges.  I don't find that I read as much when on tour, but when I do it is usually audio books.  That way I don't need light to read, can read while riding if i want, and don't need to carry a separate device or paper books for reading.  I read on a Kindle at home, but it typically stays home when I tour.

Offline RonK

What electronic equipment do you bring on tour?
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2016, 06:22:11 am »
An iPhone 6 Plus, with an iWorkz bluetooth keyboard to update my blog.

I don't bother with an e-reader.  I much prefer audiobooks from Audible (on my phone), for exactly the reasons mentioned in the previous post.

An Etrex 30 for navigation and a Sony RX100 for pictures.
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Offline PNWRider92

Re: What electronic equipment do you bring on tour?
« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2016, 12:30:00 am »
Just a smart phone with a backup battery.
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Offline sanuk

Re: What electronic equipment do you bring on tour?
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2016, 07:51:39 am »
I clicked 'nothing' on the survey, but actually that's not true - more of a philosophical position. In reality on nearly all of my longer cycling trips I'm accompanied by my partner, and she's a teck-head junky - smart phone, Ipad and soon GPS. However, on some long trips in Northern Thailand and Laos I had nothing but a map and a handle-bar compass and managed just fine. Guess what? If you get lost you ask people! Wow! What a revelation! Then while on the West coast - Seattle to SF - I only had an off-the-peg basic mobile phone at the insistence of my daughter that I used maybe two or three times mainly out of laziness. The trouble with electronic aids and devises in general is that they distract you from your surroundings - I've seen cyclists riding in traffic while looking at Ipads attached to their handle bars - and isolate you from contact with other human beings.