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    Free GPS street maps for Garmin Edge 810/800?

    What are you guys using ? What do you like? What bout the 800?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ovoleg View Post
    What are you guys using ? What do you like? What bout the 800?
    Open Street Maps. Free and frequently updated. Way better than paying for Garmin's subpar maps.

    http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/O...armin/Download
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    Where can I get the open cycling maps of the US download?
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    Matt just posted the link to a variety of OSM mapping possibilities. I really like the OSM - some of them are specially adapted for cycling. You do have to learn how to get them and then how to put them on your Garmin. If this seems too daunting, buy the Garmin maps.

    I use an 800. Current reports on the 810 are "not so good."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ovoleg View Post
    Where can I get the open cycling maps of the US download?

    You'll want to download the 4000MB file with the most recent date. I usually just download the .img directly rather than torrenting.

    http://daveh.dev.openstreetmap.org/g...us/2013-04-13/
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    I use OSM on an Edge 800. The quality is lacking a bit, but on the whole they're pretty good. Sometimes they'll try to route you down roads that don't exist, or ancient railroad tracks or something, and occasionally the maps just don't agree with reality. But it's a lot better than nothing, and the problems tend to be in obscure areas.
    Don't believe everything you think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattFoley View Post
    You'll want to download the 4000MB file with the most recent date. I usually just download the .img directly rather than torrenting.

    http://daveh.dev.openstreetmap.org/g...us/2013-04-13/
    Sweet thanks!! Going to try that tonight.

    I dont really need navigation, I just want to be able to pull up a map that I can pan around and zoom in/out so I can find my way around. Really not trying to do turn by turn but it would be nice.

    Those are the cycling maps(400MB) ? Whats the difference between the 500MB versions?

    I'm going to go and pick up a microSD today from BestBuy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattFoley View Post
    Open Street Maps. Free and frequently updated. Way better than paying for Garmin's subpar maps.

    http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/O...armin/Download
    I use the OpenStreetMap maps, but you do need to be careful with them. I've seen roads mysteriously disappear after an update (but eventually reappear after an arbitrary delay), and for some reason the March 2013 update does not recognize the city of Gallup, NM: all the streets are there but trying to find an address it would not recognize Gallup, NM as a city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ovoleg View Post
    Those are the cycling maps(400MB) ? Whats the difference between the 500MB versions?
    The 500MB maps are sectional maps; the numbers in the file name, e.g. "-90.20_to_-84.22" represent the lines of longitude included in the section. The 4GB file includes all of North America in a single file. If you have the space, the 4GB file is preferred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
    The 500MB maps are sectional maps; the numbers in the file name, e.g. "-90.20_to_-84.22" represent the lines of longitude included in the section. The 4GB file includes all of North America in a single file. If you have the space, the 4GB file is preferred.
    oh for sure I didn't realize it was 4,000MB hahha thought it was 400. I'll download those tonight. It didn't seem like rocketscience, just put the img file in the right location and name it correctly, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ovoleg View Post
    I'm going to go and pick up a microSD today from BestBuy.
    You don't need a blazingly fast one, but get a little more capacity than you think you need. People count differently (1 KB = 1,024 or 1,000 bytes; 1 MB = 1,024 or 1,000 KB, etc) and round.

    Then I think you make a Garmin folder on the SD card, and copy the image file into it. Needs a specific name to be recognized, I can't remember exactly what it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ovoleg View Post
    oh for sure I didn't realize it was 4,000MB hahha thought it was 400. I'll download those tonight. It didn't seem like rocketscience, just put the img file in the right location and name it correctly, right?
    Yes, that's all: your device will look for the map in the /garmin/gmapsupp.img file on the SD card.

    N.B. the links you have been given point to North American map files; if you want other parts of the world, you may want to look here:

    http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/

    I'm not sure how complete the coverage is in the Russian Federation.

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    This is what I'm currently using. http://www.osmmaps.com/united-states.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    Needs a specific name to be recognized, I can't remember exactly what it is.
    gmapsupp.img

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    I tried OSM recently, and to my delight, off-road trails appeared which the Garmin maps never showed.

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    I have run into issues with OSM maps, such as roads not connecting through or being one-way on the map but not in reality, etc.. No real showstoppers, but something to be aware of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
    I have run into issues with OSM maps, such as roads not connecting through or being one-way on the map but not in reality, etc.. No real showstoppers, but something to be aware of.
    any other recommendations?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ovoleg View Post
    any other recommendations?
    For free? Alas, no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
    This is what I'm currently using. http://www.osmmaps.com/united-states.html
    Have you ever been successful with the OSM torrent downloads? I've always ended up doing the direct download instead.

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    I just used the OSM maps(torrent from above) and the city im in looks kinda bad. It's mostly pixelated, is there any way I can improve the resolution? Make it smaller I dunno >_> Running an Edge 810/800.

    What are some paid options? are they better?
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    You can find the latest version Garmin (non OSM) maps easily on Torrent, let your conscience be your guide. If you'd prefer someone else download them and put it on a micro sd card for you, that'll cost you $30 on fleabay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ovoleg View Post
    I just used the OSM maps(torrent from above) and the city im in looks kinda bad. It's mostly pixelated, is there any way I can improve the resolution?
    I'm not sure what you mean by "pixelated." The OSM maps I've used are vector-based and don't pixelate regardless of the zoom level.

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    went with that garmin option, a lot better than the OSM version. I also tried out MOBAC + OpenCycle Maps and that was okay but it was super pixelated and I played with various settings in MOBAC to get it better and it still just was kinda bad. I dont know, I had the zoom levels(15) and everything set right.

    Paid enough $$$ for this device that has issues with firmware, Garmin is repaying me. I'm still waiting for them to fix the power issue with GarminConnect and massive spikes.
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