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Old 12-23-14, 02:44 AM   #1
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Does anyone overhere has a Garmin car navigation on their road bike?

I have a spare Garmin Nuvi which may be useful on the bike when in unknown area's.

Should it stand up to the road roughness - any idea how long will it work without charging?
Finally, is there a bike/bar mount available perhaps? Garmin does not sell them (anymore).

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Old 12-23-14, 09:07 AM   #2
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I ended up with a Garmin 800 Edge device.

But I used to occasionally stuff my TomTom auto GPS device into a Jersey pocket as a backup in case I got lost. It would easily go a couple of hours without charging and the size/weight was not outrageous.

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Thanks - that's nice to hear.
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I tried my car's GPS, but it didn't last long. I don't remember how long. Definitely not for a weekend ride. Not only that, the audio wasn't loud enough for turn-by-turn directions.
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The tired battery in my old nuvi lasts less than 10 minutes before going dead.
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The tired battery in my old nuvi lasts less than 10 minutes before going dead.
That old battery is probably replaceable, at neither great cost nor effort.

If anyone's interested, Google is your friend. Perhaps under $10.
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Check on RAM brand mounts.
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The battery in my Nuvi doesn't last long. My guess is that the intent of the battery is to run the device long enough so you can set up destinations etc. before hooking it up to the car for longer term operation. Many cars don't power the lighter/accessory jack when not running so this allows programming the GPS before starting the car.
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The battery in my Nuvi doesn't last long. My guess is that the intent of the battery is to run the device long enough so you can set up destinations etc. before hooking it up to the car for longer term operation. Many cars don't power the lighter/accessory jack when not running so this allows programming the GPS before starting the car.
Not to mention to keep it powered up in case the power drops out at the socket (Short, fuse blowing, etc.) while you're driving..

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