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Old 10-13-13, 01:11 PM   #1
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Garmin 500 without a computer?

I'm going to do a two-week tour and I want to use my Garmin 500 and not take my computer to upload to.
Any really cheap solutions? Some device to dump the info to?
Is there a way to get the data to my iPhone?

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You could just leave it on the 500 until you got home. If you must upload it, you will need something to serve as a USB host. iPhones or iPads won't do it. I've done it with my android phone using a USB OTG host adapter cable I got for 99 cents. Android tablets work too. Save the ride on the 500. Than use Manual Upload in GC to upload the file. You can do similar with Strava, RWGPS, etc..
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I thought of just leaving it, but with my 305 I lost the first two days of a week long tour, which really annoyed me as they were somewhat epic. I don't want that to happen again, though the 500 appears to have more memory.

Darn Apple. I drank their Kool aid, and I'm not going to switch, but sometimes they do annoy me.
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I thought of just leaving it, but with my 305 I lost the first two days of a week long tour, which really annoyed me as they were somewhat epic
I don't know about the 500, but I've got a 305 and 705, and the 705 will store *way* more rides than the 305 would.

Looking at my 705, it currently still has tracks from a October 2012 in it's memory, and I've probably ridden at least a thousand miles with it on.

I just don't know how a 500's storage compares to a 705's.

One thing you could do is bring a netbook with you on your trip. Of course, if you don't have said netbook, that becomes a pain ...
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One last option is to bring a USB stick that has a browser (say Chrome) and the garmin connect plugin installed. Then you could go to an internet cafe, plug in your USB stick, and upload the tracks to Garmin.
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A notebook wouldn't let me play back the route on a map, or see the elevation profile, which is what I realy love.

I'm not in such a hurry to upload the data (though I will0 as I am just to not lose it. I'd need a computer to get it to a USB drive, which is what I'd like to avoid.
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...A notebook wouldn't let me play back the route on a map, or see the elevation profile, which is what I realy love...
I do that on my Galaxy S4 phone, upload the file and then view it/play back in GC. I switched from an iPhone to Android about 8 months ago. I found the iPhone's display to be too small for doing a lot of things on the web. The big display on the S4 makes surfing the web more practical. Android offers a heck of lot of versatility, but it also has a lot of UI inconsistencies and quirks that iOS doesn't, so it's a mixed bag. One cool thing with my Android phone is I can connect a 4 port USB hub through the OTG adapter and connect a USB keyboard and mouse (and Garmin) which really facilitates browsing and emailing.

I was doing that on the RWGPS website (not app) too, but they redid the site layout a few months ago and it won't display correctly on the phone even when selecting web rather than mobile view (in all three browsers I tried). I contacted RWGPS about that, they know, and say they plan to fix it in the near future.

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Not knowing which iPhone you have, have you considered using an app like Strava? I think an iP5 would easily record 8hrs of riding if the phone screen is off and it's just sitting in a bag. I've recorded non-stop to Strava using mine from 10am to 4pm-ish and still had, what, 55% or so battery life? Yeah, I don't recall exactly, but it was a good amount.

Anyway, taking a little care with the settings to limit which apps are pushing data, the iPhone with one of the tracking apps may give you recording redundancy with the Edge 500 and allow you to update daily. Of course you'll need to recharge the phone daily, too.
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