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Old 09-20-06, 04:35 AM   #1
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For all those with GPS's can you mark and post the grids of your LBS?

Trying to start something here to help everyone else.

As someone mentioned in the lightinging strike thread abot knowing where all your LBS's and stuff is I recently got a GPS again. I'm trying to get a handle on the ropes of how to use this GPS right now but wondering if anyone with a GPS could go to all thier LBS's and mark the grids and post it here? Right now I'm trying to get something setup for Toronto, Canada as that's were I am but hope to get all the grids locked in so if I travel I can check my GPS to see how far and the direction to the LBS in that city if something goes fubar with my bike.


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Like Geocaching except with bike shops! Nice idea, as I also travel a lot. Hmm, maybe I can put off the new bike purchase until I get a GPS...
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Aren't we just plugging our favourite bike shops again? Except in the geek-iest imaginable way?



And technically, something fubar cannot be fixed by your shop, due to the definition of fubar. Although I guess you could just buy a new one...
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[QUOTE = ghettocruiser ]For a good time go to: 17T 627681 4851425[/QUOTE]

No I will not let you lead me down the dark alley.


a bike shop could let you rent one to get your butt back home
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I'll get to posting coordinates this weekend probably. For real, though... I live in Redmond, WA. Bicycle capital of the PNW. Exit from 520 for Redmond Town Center and you can't throw a rock without hitting a bike shop.
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I think there's a city ordinance in Redmond that states you aren't allowed to have any building without direct line of site to either a bike shop, a Starbucks, or a Thai noodle joint.
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For anyone outside of Toronto I will be relying on the community here to have someone lead thier local area to check and confirm thier grids locally.

I forgot to mention I'm using a Garmin Xtrex (lemon yellow el basico model) right now. All the GPS's I've used are Garmin (RINO 120, RINO 110, and Etrex Legend C) so I am only used to the following format:

N/S xx.xx.xxx degree
E/W xx.xx.xxx degree

I think that is WGS84 standard. Ok I just checked my GPS and this is the ormat I'm running on:

Position Format: hddd°mm.mmm'
Map Datum: WGS 84
Units: Metric
North Ref: Magnetic
Variance: 011°W
Angle : Degrees

I'm not sure if anyone has mapped all the gas stations on the GPS but that is my secondary objective as well. Perhaps after you lock the grid in for the LBS in that area it would be useful and nice to list the closest gas station incase one needs a snack/air fill up (if they go tot he LBS and they've closed).

I will be revising my post soon once I get more data from contributing members.

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if you get one of the better gps units just get the city navigator software. it has them all listed and you can jsut do a search for one and find it.
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Aren't we just plugging our favourite bike shops again? Except in the geek-iest imaginable way?



And technically, something fubar cannot be fixed by your shop, due to the definition of fubar. Although I guess you could just buy a new one...

Not just plugging our favorite LBS but listing all of them in your city. For those with a GPS or tech like laptops and such we all know never to put too much faith into your tech/computer/society/etc. Always have a backup, ie. pen & paper. Tho keeping a long list of names and number of every location can be lengthy and those of use with GPS often have a model that can queue up a map to show the location of the detination we're heading too so you can call up a payphone to 411 the LBS to confirm that's the area while you ride around to get there or take a shortcut/etc.

That grid you gave looks like some one of those British phonesex numbers for some reason.


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Alright.

N43°48.292'
W79°24.760'

I've always found the format a bit awkward compared to the metric smoothness of UTM, but it's not hard to convert.

And the alley that my LBS is in is only dark at night.
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Steve,

Well my GPS is so basic right now it's a pain to input data into it but it functionally it works well. It's pretty much the most basic hand held stand alone unit you can get. I would have sprung for the Etrex Legend but fundage was the issue. I'm going to keep this as clean and new looking so after I save up enouhg I can return it to Wally's and get the one I want. Many people think GPS's are around $300/unit starters. Ones with mapping can be had around $100ish USD. The more expensive the more you're getting into the color and loads of features. GPS's will only get cheaper as Garmin is already coming out with new models now. So for the same dolloar you can gte the most basic model that can allow mapping (downloading of maps to the unit) and the unit will have a basic major highway of north america pre-loaded.

For those that want a el cheapo basic handheld GPS I'd look at the Garmin Etrex (yellow model, basic) which if memory serves me right is $88 USD at Wallys which is as cheap as you can get it. I'd play with it for a while and hold that reciept till you've gotten the ropes then trade up to the model you want after you've saved up if you can't get the model you want off the bat. It does not come with a computer kit to offload your grids and input is the suck but it works pretty good. I've had around 3m accuracy off this unit while all the other units only gave 5m maximum.

I know the RINO and Etrex Legend and Etrex Legend C are easy to input dat and names as you have a joystick which makes it quick and easy to input data.


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