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Old 05-10-10, 04:28 PM   #1
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Nuvi 255 for navigation

Anyone using this gps for bicycle navigation? Can it be downloaded with routes from google or other sites? Is there a bicycle mount?
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Old 05-10-10, 04:43 PM   #2
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I tried putting my Nuvi 550 on the mountain bike. It did not work so well. It is just a little large for a bike.

The 225 is not waterproof, so there is another problem. My 550 is waterproof, and I use it in my car and in the Waverunner.

The Nuvi series GPS units are designed for cars. They will route themselves, so you do not need Google. They are stand alone devices. They have different modes (my 550 has car mode, bike mode, walking mode, and boat mode) - but all the bike mode does is avoid major roads, and all the walking mode does is ignore one way streets.

Anyhow - if you want a large GPS unit attached to your bars, the Nuvi is OK. I would HIGHLY suggest the 550 however, as it is the only Nuvi that is waterproof. Plus, you can change out the battery in the 550 so when you are on the bike if the battery gets low you can pop in a spare.

Better yet, just get one of the Edge GPS units. I have the Edge 305 and it rules.
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I tried putting my Nuvi 550 on the mountain bike. It did not work so well. It is just a little large for a bike.

The 225 is not waterproof, so there is another problem. My 550 is waterproof, and I use it in my car and in the Waverunner.

The Nuvi series GPS units are designed for cars. They will route themselves, so you do not need Google. They are stand alone devices. They have different modes (my 550 has car mode, bike mode, walking mode, and boat mode) - but all the bike mode does is avoid major roads, and all the walking mode does is ignore one way streets.

Anyhow - if you want a large GPS unit attached to your bars, the Nuvi is OK. I would HIGHLY suggest the 550 however, as it is the only Nuvi that is waterproof. Plus, you can change out the battery in the 550 so when you are on the bike if the battery gets low you can pop in a spare.

Better yet, just get one of the Edge GPS units. I have the Edge 305 and it rules.
Thanks for the reply. Can you plot a route on google maps and then download it to the 550? Is there a safe way to mount on your bike?
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The Nuvi series GPS units are designed for cars. They will route themselves, so you do not need Google. They are stand alone devices...

Better yet, just get one of the Edge GPS units. I have the Edge 305 and it rules.
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Thanks for the reply. Can you plot a route on google maps and then download it to the 550? Is there a safe way to mount on your bike?
I can't plot a course on my Nuvi, either (mine is an older 200, not a 550)...Like Seagull says, they are auto-routing devices, not designed to do what you want.
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Thanks for the reply. Can you plot a route on google maps and then download it to the 550? Is there a safe way to mount on your bike?
1 - not really. You do not need Google Maps. you simply tell the Nuvi where you want to go and it picks the route. It will pick the route either by shortest distance OR shortest travel time. Remember, all Nuvis are really made for cars, the "bicycle" mode simply avoids major roads and highways. Foot mode assumes you are on a sidewalk, so one way streets have no meaning. Foot mode will also tell you to do things like walk through a park, as opposed to driving around it.

2. Yes and no. They are large units, and not really designed for a bike. None except the 500 and 550 are waterproof - and only the 500 and 550 have a user replaceable battery. Battery run time tends to be on the short side as vehicles have 12v power sources handy. So right there I would say no, there is no safe place for a 225 on a bicycle. One short encounter with rain is all it will take,. The 500 and 550 are at least waterproof, so that is a plus. But they are all somewhat large, and mounted on the handle bar a crash or an accidental bike drop could damage the GPS.

Given all the above, the Nuvi is simply not a good choice for a bicycle. Will they work? Sure. But there are better options out there.
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Thanks for replying. The Nuvi's and TomTom One that I'm looking at are less than $100 and if they would take routes from my pc, they would be perfect. I would have a battery booster for back up and ziplock bag for rain. Just trying to come up with a gps with voice prompts for direction change.
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I've got the 205W and it does have a bicycle mount. Not sure if there is any size difference. I believe with my 205W I can connect to Google Maps and have it save waypoints to the device.

Having said all that I have an Edge 705 which I use on my bike. I haven't tried the Nuvi yet. I did mount it on the bike once and it's big but as somebody else said not waterproof which could be a problem. The mount concerns me a little as well. There's just not that much meat holding the GPS to the mount and while it seems pretty secure a righteous pothole could prove me wrong.

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Remove all doubt from your mind. Garmin has user manuals online in PDF format. They are free downloads. Simply download the manuals for whatever you are looking at and then see if they can do what you want.

Don't know if Tom-Tom has their manuals online or not.

My 550 will navigate to a waypoint. I know it will allow me to do this in "boat" mode - but to enable boat mode you must download at least one marine chart (which cost extra unless you know someone with an unlocked BlueChart CD). I also think that any Nuvi that supports Geocaching will also let you enter waypoints - but I do not know if they will create routes.

You really just have to download the user manuals.
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