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Old 02-01-14, 09:07 PM   #1
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My garmin done me wrong today... very wrong

I programmed in a route, my wife dropped me off at the start and I was off. (Garmin 800, so it does turn by turn directions).

I don't know why, but I stopped to look at the thing and make sure I was going the right way and for some reason it said "turn right here" even though I was supposed to turn another mile or two down the road. That's where the "fun" began! It was actually navigating me but not on a route I put in. I ended up doing about 2.5 miles on dirt/sandy roads... Dirt! Actually, dirt is fine but there was about a half inch of loose sand on some of the roads (Apple Valley is in the "high desert" and frankly, it was pretty deserty) 25mm tires on sand is not good. I'm happy to report my speedplay cleats took it all in stride, despite no shortage of putting my foot down in loose sand.

I guess the good news is the thing was still actually directing me, even though the directions were ********. I don't understand why it told me to turn off the road that I was supposed to be on and going straight.

Oh well. A bad day on a bike is still a pretty good day overall.
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Old 02-02-14, 12:16 AM   #2
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2miles on dirt is healthy for you, just know that you probably won't stop if you tried and over correcting the front wheel in sand will put you on your side lickity split. Surf the sand and don't hit big rocks or you might hear a ping or two. You officially lost your dirt viginity, now do it again
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Congratulations! It sounds like your Garmin joined that ride group where the first one to the intersection gets to decide which way everyone goes. :-) That should be good for a few excellent adventures!
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What app did you use to develop the route (RidewithGPS, MapMyRide, ...)? I've never had this issue with a properly created route, but don't have much dirt road experience in California.
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What app did you use to develop the route (RidewithGPS, MapMyRide, ...)? I've never had this issue with a properly created route, but don't have much dirt road experience in California.
Sounds like he used the Garmin to program in directions...

On the brighter side, you got an extra workout from the dirt road. See, someone at Garmin was thinking "Hmm, this guy could use some extra training today"

I don't know how good my Garmin 200 would even do. Then again, I only got it to see WHERE I've been, keep track of miles, and not have wires or sensors on my bike. If I need turn by turn directions, I'll grab my Galaxy S2 phone. It works pretty well for that with Google Maps! bigger, brighter screen, as well.
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Some of the most memorable rides I've ever had was when I got a little lost. Perhaps the G800 comes with a feature to assure you have good stories to tell. Add A CX frame and some 32mm tires and you're all set
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LOL.

Well, I wonder what tame word I used to describe my route above? It got edited and I swear it was mellow. Oh well.

I used RideWithGPS. I think I let the garmin recalculate when it said I was off route, which is where the fun started. My main problem is lack of reading glasses so i was having trouble making out the map. I dug out my cell phone to check that and hey google - can you make the road names ANY SMALLER? Zoom in and they rewrite the road names... SMALL AGAIN! I ended up using google maps navigation but THAT wasn't giving me turn notices either. Full disclosure, I hack the snot out of my phone and don't run the stock software, which has pluses and minuses. The minus for me this go round is the GPS is not working correctly.

So the garmin works great if you stay on your route and it gets if you divert for any reason. I don't know why.

As for the sand... I almost bought it 2 or three times when I hit loose piles of sand I didn't really notice. There is no turning when that happens so you'd better hope your balance is correct to go straight. My bike is filthy now too, looks like I'll be giving it a full breakdown later today and swapping out chain, cassette etc for deep cleaning.
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TH,

May I suggest looking at these. Prior to using them, maps and more than 3 data fields on my Garmin was useless. Now I display and can read a full screen of data and maps.
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You know, it's my own flipping fault... I bought little reading glasses inserts for my sunglasses and just haven't installed them yet.

Those duals look pretty slick though, and for the price of one set of Oakleys you can get 4, so that's not all bad either. I might have to try them also.
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You can turn off the recalculate function...I did.
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May I suggest looking at these. Prior to using them, maps and more than 3 data fields on my Garmin was useless. Now I display and can read a full screen of data and maps.
I just bought a pair of these a coming from my Oakley's was quite pleased with the quality...plus now I can see to read my Garmin. LOL
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I just bought a pair of these a coming from my Oakley's was quite pleased with the quality...plus now I can see to read my Garmin. LOL
I see a pair in my near future. I see nothing wrong with more sunglasses. Do they fog up much at all?

Man, this getting old business is awesome. And I'm only 45!

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You can turn off the recalculate function...I did.
I let it ask me and normally I say "no" but then again, normally I know where I am. I needed the recalc this time! I still don't understand why it took me off course before I ever made a wrong turn, that is pretty annoying.
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I don't know why it took you off course, but I suspect it was finding you a shorter route to your destination.
If you turn off the recalculate function, it will scream when you go off course, but won't find you a new route.
If you do become good and truly lost, you can hit the Back to Start button and retrace your path.

Are you uploading your route as a .gpx or a .tcx file?
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I see a pair in my near future. I see nothing wrong with more sunglasses. Do they fog up much at all?

Man, this getting old business is awesome. And I'm only 45!
I hear you, only 47 here. I've only had them for about two weeks, but no prob with fogging at all yet. I personally like them enough I've found myself wearing them not only on bike, but in car, etc.
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Hey, TH, at 43, I can still read just fine with"regular" glasses *I'm near sighted)--at what age does one typically require reading glasses? Is there a gradual decline or does that happen suddenly? Sorry for the side track--your pay just piqued my curiosity. Thx!

Oh, and Btw, where are the pics?
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Hey, TH, at 43, I can still read just fine with"regular" glasses *I'm near sighted)--at what age does one typically require reading glasses? Is there a gradual decline or does that happen suddenly? Sorry for the side track--your pay just piqued my curiosity. Thx!

Oh, and Btw, where are the pics?

I'm 44 and just picked up my first pair last month. So, your "days" are numbered.
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Yeah, I can read fine without any glasses (near sighted) but when I'm wearing contacts no dice! SO it's weird, I wear reading glasses over contacts but not when I'm not. Yay.

I probably started at about age 43 but it's gotten worse (turning 46 next month). My prescription is actually lessening but my astigmatism appears to have gotten worse in the last year. Go figure. My contacts do not correct my astigmatism, which is probably one reason I have more trouble reading with them in - my reading glasses are prescription and do account for the astigmatism.

Oh yeah, it's fun.
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Yeah, I can read fine without any glasses (near sighted) but when I'm wearing contacts no dice! SO it's weird, I wear reading glasses over contacts but not when I'm not. Yay.
TH, I'm in the same boat. It's funny if I have glasses on I take them off to read. Contacts on I have to put readers on to read.
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It's funny hearing you young guys bi*** about your vision. Wait another 15 years.......then it'll be hearing, vision, blood pressure, cholesterol, sex drive......

TH, you should just go post on the 50+ forum now
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It's funny hearing you young guys bi*** about your vision. Wait another 15 years..........you should just go post on the 50+ forum now
Easy there pops. I already do.
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