Touring - nuvi for touring?
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09-01-10, 11:32 AM
Anyone using a nuvi or TomTom type gps for bicycle touring?
09-01-10, 12:11 PM
I have had a Garmin GPSmap 60 csx handheld that I use for touring for 2 years and love it. I just purchased a Garmin Nuvi 255w for the bigger screen when I use it in the car. For touring, I want something that uses AA batteries, which the 60cxs does. I want to be able to replace them from any store along the way and not have to carry a charger. Besides, sometines I may not have a power outlet available. The Nuvi uses a built in Lith-ion battery that requires a charger, and that big screen will use up the battery in less then 5 hours. Not an issue in the car running with a power cable, not good for touring. Besides, I like the 60csx because it has features like altitude and a compass. I can also create custom routes on my PC and download them to the handheld unit.
I will use my nuvi 350 for trips of a week of duration or less. I basically turn it on, check where I'm at, check where the next town is at (or where the shops are at in town), and turn it off. I would bring my GPSmap 60csx if the trip were longer than a week or if I used it more than I do.
09-01-10, 04:43 PM
I used to have a Nuvi 265w. It was great as a car GPS but useless for on the road as the battery didn't last long enough. I currently have a Garmin 300 which takes AA's and I bought a mount for it. If I were to buy a new GPS I might consider the new Garmin 705.
09-02-10, 09:30 AM
I sometimes bring along my Nuvi, but only use it on a turn on-turn off mode when I stop and have questions about where I am, vs. leaving it on all the time. I tried putting it in the map case of my Ortlieb handlebar bag and leaving it on while riding, but found I couldn't really see the screen through the map case.
09-02-10, 11:16 AM
Maybe I'm cheap, but I just use google maps on my Blackberry.
09-03-10, 12:06 PM
Thanks for all replies. Just was wondring as some TT's and nuvi's come with bicycle routing and handlebar mounts.
Just because it has such and such a feature doesn't mean that it's practical. For the GPS systems, it's cheap to include bicycle route information in the firmware so that you have one more feature to advertise. And really, if you had a way to charge the GPS every night, you could use the GPS continuously for at least part of the day.
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