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Old 03-21-06, 09:12 AM   #1
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GPS suggestions?

I'm considering the purchase of a GPS for my travel bike (a Bike Friday New World Tourist), and would like to hear your suggestions about which models are actually useful (and which should be avoided). I'm primarily concerned with navigation and map display, so the various "enhanced cyclometers" models (such as the Garmin Edge seres) aren't really in the running. The Garmin GPSMAP 76Cx seems promising, although I'm by no means set on this choice... it's a bit more $$$ than I'd like to spend, although not by an unmanageable margin.

Whatever unit (if any) I end up getting, I'll need to mount it on the stem rather than the handlebars. I'd assume that most of the bike mounts can accommodate this, but confirmation for any recommended model would be a plus.



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A flatter unit such as the one you are looking at would best suit your purpose. Plus it has the built in antenna with the high sensitivity. The older GPS I have is really bulky compared to these new units.
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Per some recommendations from the Bike Friday "yak" email list, I'm now leaning strongly toward the Garmin eTrex Vista Cx. It seems to have all the features I anticipate needing (and then some), and is definitely closer to my preferred price range.

On the downside, I've been told that the bike mount isn't designed to accommodate placement on the stem. Fortunately, there seem to be a few (inexpensive) 3rd-party mounts available which address this issue.
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Remember, whether Garmin or other, budget for maps and figure out if you'll need to load map sections as you travel. If everything you'll need fits in the memory then you won't need a laptop or some alternative way to download.
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The 76C is a nice unit. I have the older model. Techniclly it is a marine GPS so you will have a lot of waypoint symbols that deal with the marine environment.

I would give the new Etrex a look. It's a lot more rugged. My 76C has gone skidding across the road a couple of times. But consider the size of the screen before buying. The 76C is about as small as I would want to go for a mapping GPS.
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Remember, whether Garmin or other, budget for maps and figure out if you'll need to load map sections as you travel. If everything you'll need fits in the memory then you won't need a laptop or some alternative way to download.
Memory is not a problem with the new CX units. You can swap out the chips for the various areas. Of course you would need to budget for memory.
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Whatever unit (if any) I end up getting, I'll need to mount it on the stem rather than the handlebars. I'd assume that most of the bike mounts can accommodate this, but confirmation for any recommended model would be a plus.

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I think the Garmin 76C series is a better choice than the eTrex. My Garmin 76 has taken a number of spills and still works fine. Larger screen means less time glancing off road/trail, It's easier to use too! If you were trail riding, I'ld push for the "x" model. It has a more sensitive newer generation receiver that locks on quicker. The 76x has memory card access right under the cover, the 60 series is under the batteries.

For about $450 you could get a Lowrance IFinder Hunt+ with software. Similar resolution to the Garmin, same GPS chip set as the new 60/76x series. It also adds voice note capabilty & MP3 player. The included Lowrance software includes streets w/address looukup capabilty but w/o turn-by-turn street routing. Garmins street software is $140, their less detailed TOPO is $100.

The Ram-Mount pictured provides a lot of flexibilty! They also have a lifetime warranty that they stand behind.
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I've found the Garmin Quest to be pretty good - lots of features - easy to use, and is compatible with software for the other Garmin units. Here's pic of the Quest (for scale, the corner of the CatEye CD300DW is in the top right of the picture)

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You don't need a GPS for your bike.
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You don't need a GPS for your bike.
I absolutely agree - you don't need a GPS for your bike…

…but it beats having to carry maps, and then have to keep stopping to read the damned things. My GPS has enough memory to store a couple of centuries which is quite adequate for a weekend's worth of riding, and the batteries last for around 20 hours between charges.

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