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Old 04-02-09, 03:47 AM   #1
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I live on a small island so naturally I need a GPS

Got my Garmin Edge 705 today and found an Okinawan map on line.

Put it on my Dahon Jetstream XP and stuck the other mount on my MASI road bike where it will mostly reside.

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I fix my iPhone onto my bars sometimes with a big rubber band to achieve this effect - works well as long as it doesn't rain and no-one calls me!
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I gaffer tape a paper map printout in a plastic bag onto my bars. It has an excellent battery life and fantastic visibility in daylight conditions, is virtually crash proof and does not suffer from satellite signal occlusion in trees or built up areas.
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Got my Garmin Edge 705 today and found an Okinawan map on line.

I have a low tech version of this. I generally look at the map before I go and keep my eyes open as I pootle along. If I get really lost, I stop and ask someone where I am. This system has served me well for about 48 years since I was allowed out to travel around on my own.

I have to admit though, it is probably a less entertaining method, but it still works when the batteries run out and no one can steal it off your bike.



I'd get one too if I wasn't such a tight wad. I keep saving up for my retirement. Hang on - I am retired. Maybe I should buy one today.
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Old 04-02-09, 09:22 AM   #5
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Got my Garmin Edge 705 today and found an Okinawan map on line.

Put it on my Dahon Jetstream XP and stuck the other mount on my MASI road bike where it will mostly reside.

John
Looks very good.

Few questions:

1. How is the visibility in direct sunlight ?

2. What battery life do you get ?

3. Can you record tracks and upload them your computer?

I am using a TMobile G1 phone for tracking purposes only. I leave it in the under seat wedge and at the end of the ride I send the track and the statistics to Google Maps/Earth. Sunlight visibility is not great so I did not bother installing it on the handlebar.

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kamtsa,

I can't really answer any of those questions yet as I haven't had it out in the real world yet. You can record tracks it seems a couple different ways. With either Mapsource or a mac program called Ascent.

The Ascent maps that come down come from Terra Server or something like that and aren't very close in for where I'm at in Japan.

As we speak I'm downloading some navigation maps from
http://www.uud.info

Pretty sure I can use them in Mapsource to do whatever I want.

The GPS doesn't come with mapsource or really any way to dump maps into the GPS which I found to be HIGHLY disturbing, however it only takes a couple minutes on Google to find some real easy solutions, one of course being the program Ascent.

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