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Old 01-04-07, 08:55 AM   #1
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My House Sank 6 Feet in 39 Minutes

So, I decide to buy my son a Garmin (205, like Brandy's 305 except no HRM) for his marathon training but of course I have to give it a little test with my morning ride. It recorded 1046' total ascent and 1052' total descent. I hope nobody on my block notices....

As for the Garmin, what a wonderful toy!! After you download the data, you get a crude map but nice elevation and speed graphs. You can move your cursor along the grade line and it will show you where on the map it is while showing the % grade. I have a Polar (710) and to get the same, I have to select parts of the ride and then report on the selection. The Garmin makes this info easier.

I also imported the stuff into the (free) MotionBased and it mapped the ride on a standard Google Map.

Nice stuff.
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I'm glad that you like yours...I have been sick and haven't played around with mine yet. I can't wait to use it on Saturday's ride though!
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I'm glad that you like yours...I have been sick and haven't played around with mine yet. I can't wait to use it on Saturday's ride though!
WHAT?????? Sick??? What is that all about?

You will be amazed at the fun stuff. I am definitely going to use it for my longer rides. But, I really did get it for my son to use while running. We try using the mapping software to map his routes or I will ride them using the Polar but there is some neat stuff in this. One thing is, if you have previously ran (or bicycled) a course, you can race against your previous run. two little men show up on the course displayed on the watch, the previous run and the current run. Just a blast this stuff.
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another cool thing is that if yer doing an out and back and want to know how far back it is to a gas station or something, just hit the lap button the first time you get there, then on the way back it will show that waypoint on the "breadcrumb" route page! that way you kinda know when youll hit it again!
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another cool thing is that if yer doing an out and back and want to know how far back it is to a gas station or something, just hit the lap button the first time you get there, then on the way back it will show that waypoint on the "breadcrumb" route page! that way you kinda know when youll hit it again!
Very nice tip.,.,.,I should have got this toy long ago......
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its pretty cool. the only bummer for me is that the battery will need to be supplemented for a double....it works perfect for centuries though!!
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its pretty cool. the only bummer for me is that the battery will need to be supplemented for a double....it works perfect for centuries though!!
It says it will last 10 hours,,,,,pick up the speed mate,.,,,,

j/k

For me, I will probably just use it to measure various hills around here. I have pretty much abandoned measuring every ride.
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once you load a ride into google earth and see how cool that is you may change yer mind!
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its pretty cool. the only bummer for me is that the battery will need to be supplemented for a double....it works perfect for centuries though!!
Where's awiner...I think that he had some nifty battery booster pack!
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i bought a battery pack for it already...got it from someplace in china!!! seems to work well!!!
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once you load a ride into google earth and see how cool that is you may change yer mind!
Oh, I didn't even think of that. I just loaded into the regular old Google Maps.

I am in trouble with this thing, I can tell already.
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i bought a battery pack for it already...got it from someplace in china!!! seems to work well!!!
Will it get you through the doubles? Linky link, please?
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just remember when getting your elevation gain to NOT use motionbased's numbers otherwise you're going to get higher then actual elevation (a LOT higher in some cases).... the closer readings are directly from the edge using garmin's training center! some of you have seen the huge discrepancies when i've posted the MB ride links in the past.... when i record my info into bikejournal for a REAL number.... i use TC's number....

and no... the edge will not make it through doubles (well... unless your name is pico or extort.... and even they may need a battery) (it may not even make it through some hilly double metrics in some cases)

you need a battery pack and someplace to carry/attach it....
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just remember when getting your elevation gain to NOT use motionbased's numbers otherwise you're going to get higher then actual elevation (a LOT higher in some cases).... the closer readings are directly from the edge using garmin's training center! some of you have seen the huge discrepancies when i've posted the MB ride links in the past.... when i record my info into bikejournal for a REAL number.... i use TC's number....

and no... the edge will not make it through doubles (well... unless your name is pico or extort.... and even they may need a battery) (it may not even make it through some hilly double metrics in some cases)

you need a battery pack and someplace to carry/attach it....

I will check that. I got the numbers from the Garmin software, I didn't even bother to check out MotionBased very well. Just enough to see it load into a Google map.
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Jim, check out this software : Sport Tracks

http://www.zonefivesoftware.com/SportTracks/


It makes Garmins Training Center look like trash
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Where's awiner...I think that he had some nifty battery booster pack!

Yes... I use the Minty Boost battery extender and stuff it in my Bento Box.

http://www.ladyada.net/make/mintyboost/
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Will it get you through the doubles? Linky link, please?
im still looking..the place i got mine(usbgeek.com) doesnt seem to sell them anymore...
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Yowza, Adam, that looks good. The computer where I have this thing installed is hooked up to a VPN right now so it will have to wait until this evening. But that sure does look cool.

I think I just went from it being my son's with me using it occasionally to it being mine and MAYBE I will let him use it once in a while. I wonder how he will take the news.
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im still looking..the place i got mine(usbgeek.com) doesnt seem to sell them anymore...
I just ordered one through thinkgeek.com -- we'll see how it works.

While I was searching, I noticed that APC now makes USB battery chargers, too. I'm guessing that you can pick one up at Fry's? Only like $6 or something.
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check this...

http://usb.brando.com.hk/prod_detail.php?prod_id=00087
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Oh, I didn't even think of that. I just loaded into the regular old Google Maps.

I am in trouble with this thing, I can tell already.
Try loading the route into Google Earth and then using the "Play Tour" button. It's pretty cool - give you a quick VR of where you rode. I got tired just watching the Baldy route over again.
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I think I just went from it being my son's with me using it occasionally to it being mine and MAYBE I will let him use it once in a while. I wonder how he will take the news.
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I need to get me one of these Garmins. I love this kind of stuff!
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Try loading the route into Google Earth and then using the "Play Tour" button. It's pretty cool - give you a quick VR of where you rode. I got tired just watching the Baldy route over again.
Now, I see where this is going. I am going to spend my whole waking hours with this thing. I just hope I remember to eat.
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I need to get me one of these Garmins. I love this kind of stuff!
It is way cooler than I imagined.
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