Originally Posted by Missbumble
Great ride! It was fun to see your GPS posts as well. What type of GPS do you have? May I ask how much it cost? How hard is it to post the info as you haev done??
Thanks! I actually use a Blackberry Pearl phone with Sprint and the GPS application is from Trimble Outdoors
. With Sprint Blackberry, the cost is 39.99 a year, but the prices and phones supported vary and most have monthly plans at around 5.99/mo.
I have the phone mounted on my handlebars with a mount from The Mount Guys
. I had first tried it numerous times with the phone in my pocket but it didn't work too well. Since it is not a directional GPS (it doesn't tell you were to go) you don't need to see it, but regardless I have found it to be very useful mounted on the bars. It gives you much the same constant read out as your basic cyclocomputer; trip mileage, current mph, average mph, top mph, estimated calories burned, etc. It also keeps track of your rest, which it automatically starts calculating after you have been not moving for a couple of minutes, such as stopped at a long light, and starts back up again as soon as you get moving.
Using it is extremely simple. You basically just select what you are doing (cycling, walking, jogging, etc), wait a minute for it to locate the satellite, hit "start" and you are off and running. When you are done with your ride and you hit "stop". it automatically uploads the info including the map to your account on the website. From there, you can do whatever you want to the route; add pictures, add a summary, description, comments and points of interest (or necessity, in the case of bathrooms, water stops, etc). For the pictures, I have a very small lightweight point & shoot Nikon that I throw in my pocket or bag. I just started with the pics and will be adding more to future rides.
Anyway, I find the GPS thing to be really fun and pretty cool. l love being able to map and track my rides and then share them (you can keep them private if you want). In addition, it also gives you a wealth of info as far as total mileage for all your rides, etc, etc. Kind of a geeky thing, but I love it...the technology is really amazing.