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Offline chrisenter

Another newbie setup question
« on: March 21, 2011, 01:51:03 pm »
First off, thanks to everyone who posts such great information here. I've been planning my TransAm tour for almost a year and have been reading the posts here during that time.

Of course, thanks to all that reading, I'm as confused as ever!

I've purchased the ACA maps and they'll certainly be the base for my navigation. The main reason I'm interested in a GPS unit is I'd like to think it will help me avoid some of the dreaded missed turns that seem to befall every tour rider. In addition, it'd be nice to leave the maps in my pack, rather than having them on the handlebars.

Here are my details: biking the TransAm east to west...meeting up with my non-cyclist wife each evening, as she drives from place to place...the GPS will be used strictly on the bike, not in a car...I'll have daily access to a Mac laptop...don't care about topography.

It seems like the eTrex Legend HCx might be a good fit. But the 60CSx also sounds good. And the eTrex Vista. And, well, you get the idea.

Guess I'm just looking for someone to say that any of the above will work.


Offline jcostanz

Re: Another newbie setup question
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2011, 04:16:12 pm »
I would make sure you go for one with autorouting in the handheld  unit.  That way if you miss a turn or have to make a detour, you can find your way back to the route.

I used a Garmin GPSMap 76C.  The older version of the software to create routes had problems.

I currently use a Delorme PN-40.  The ability to add roads on the computer and have them show on the gps is great, useful for paved trails and bikeable highways.