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    Gps only

    Have any of you tried a simple Garmin or other brand of GPS unit on your bike? I'm thinking I don't need the same stuff I already have my NiteRider computer for. Just a good GPS with street and trails maps that will mount on the stem or bars. Anyone have any experience with it?
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    Yes I use the Garmin Oregon 550 on my mountain bike and also used it on my road bike.. It is a very nice setup.. If I had to do over again I would buy the Dakota 20 series, just a little smaller verison of the Oregon but bigger than the bike specific Garmin computers like the 305 or 705..

    Do not even consider the Dakota 10, it has no memory card slot and is very limited..

    here are a couple reviews

    http://www.gpsfix.net/gamin-dakota-2...t-impressions/

    http://gpstracklog.com/2009/10/garmi...20-review.html

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    I have a Garmin 60CSx that I use for hiking that I also mount on my bikes (road and mountain). I also then use it to look at my rides on ridewithgps.com (which is more just for fun that anything).

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalrider View Post
    Yes I use the Garmin Oregon 550 on my mountain bike and also used it on my road bike.. It is a very nice setup.. If I had to do over again I would buy the Dakota 20 series, just a little smaller verison of the Oregon but bigger than the bike specific Garmin computers like the 305 or 705..

    Do not even consider the Dakota 10, it has no memory card slot and is very limited..

    here are a couple reviews

    http://www.gpsfix.net/gamin-dakota-2...t-impressions/

    http://gpstracklog.com/2009/10/garmi...20-review.html
    Logical next question: Where would be the best place to buy a Garmin Dakota 20?
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    Quote Originally Posted by xizangstan View Post
    Logical next question: Where would be the best place to buy a Garmin Dakota 20?

    here is a list of vendors online: http://gpsinformation.net/bannerroll.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalrider View Post
    here is a list of vendors online: http://gpsinformation.net/bannerroll.htm
    Great. Thanks for narrowing that down for us. Looks like the New York City Yellow Pages
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    Just go to an REI and look at them.
    Last edited by socalrider; 10-11-10 at 03:46 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalrider View Post
    Just go to an REI and look at them.
    Try again. REI has the Garmin units with cadence, etc. I'm thinking more along the lines of a GPS unit that's kinda like the Dakota 20, or similar with basic GPS and possibly altimeter. Some GPS unit that's really durable and waterproof for road and trail use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xizangstan View Post
    Try again. REI has the Garmin units with cadence, etc. I'm thinking more along the lines of a GPS unit that's kinda like the Dakota 20
    Sure, if you're looking in the cycling part of the store. But they also have the more hiking-oriented units like the Dakota models. Their prices aren't usually the best, but they do have an excellent customer service policy which can come in handy for GPS units that sometimes don't stand up to the vibration and shock of cycling use.

    I'm still using my 11 year old Garmin eMap as my bike computer. Works great and lets me automatically show where photos were taken on a map of a ride (or other trip):
    http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=842782

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