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Old 05-31-05, 06:32 PM   #1
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Bike Compass?

Iwas wondering if this is a common device - I'm having trouble figuring out how I can put together more and more miles on my bike - all I have is either highways (no thanks) or country roads. Is this a common tool for cyclists?

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Old 05-31-05, 07:17 PM   #2
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I have one...but it doesn't work very well so I just put it on my old bike....Its probley a lot more useful if you are camping or what not...with your bike....but u might as well just get a regular compass.
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You need to get away from a steel bike to get a good reading.
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Is this a common tool for cyclists?
I find the Suunto Clipper Compass useful. Mine is clipped onto my watchband, which I rotate so that the compass is on top of my wrist.

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In some conditions it is essential. I have used a map and compass to navigate country lanes at night, mountain tracks in fog, even in the city on an overcast, cloudy day.
I always carry a button compass in my repair/first-aid/useful kit.
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I find this is more useful in cities (especially French cities) where the signing is erratic. The ones which fix to the bike are thrown out re north (reading NNE) but I carry a button one around my neck when touring.
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One could consider an inexpensive GPS with a handlebar mount.
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This should be a feature built into cycle computers
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Nope--too much time to program and then you have the problem of keeping the battery charged. Maps do contain a lot of info and with no maintenence.
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Sorry onbike 1939, the suggestion was not meant for you or long tours. Ginger green was looking for a bike compass. A bottom line GPS, like etrex, has a built in compass without the problem of being near a metal bike.

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What's this compass device you speak of? That's old tech. I suggest GPS as well. You can wander wherever you like, then use the GPS unit's retrace feature to find your way home!
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