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Old 03-19-10, 04:38 PM   #1
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Gagets on a tour

I have a garmin 605 for millage, speed, streets, etc. That is really the only
thing I have. I have been following a lot of tours lately and others seem
to have ways of listing to news, reading newspapers etc. Me, I think I
would just want somthing to listen to music and perhaps weather info.
I would also carry a cell phone just in case.

What do you carry and what does it do?

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Old 03-19-10, 05:09 PM   #2
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Lenovo x200s - i am a software developer and work from the road, we also journal every day
HP Mini 5101 - my wife is a writer, we also journal every day
Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx - self explanatory
Nikon D700 - self explanatory
Power Gorilla - supplemental electricty
BGAN Explorer 110 - sat internet for eastern europe/siberia/mongolia etc (for work)
LaCrosse BC-700 - nimh charger
Nokia 6100 - cell phone
iPod Nano - music
Seagate FreeAgent - portable harddrive for photo backup etc
Zoom H4n - field recorder
Spot Satellite Messenger - lets family know where we are nightly, automatically updates our website map


... i think that covers it.
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Old 03-20-10, 06:17 AM   #3
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The iPhone is my favourite gadget. Here are some uses:
  • telephone
  • gps (w/ maps)
  • trackmytour (friends can follow along)
  • music (iPod or internet radio app)
  • podcasts
  • e-mail & SMS
  • blogging (wordpress app)
  • Skype (when I have WiFi access)
  • cheap camera (not a replacement for a better digital camera)
  • news reader
  • ebooks
  • weather forecasts
  • address book (for postcards)
  • language translator

Not bad for 177g. The downside is the battery life, but there are ways to deal with that. I also have a Garmin Legend Cx mounted on the handlebars to record my tour and to later geotag my photos.

Kazer: I've thought about taking my work with me on the road. How does that work for you? How do you split your days between travel and work?
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Old 03-20-10, 08:01 AM   #4
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I carry my Sanza "fuze" with MP3 & radio for news & weather. Can also put the family's pictures on it.
Small and lightweight. I carry the a/c charger for when i'm stopping somewhere with elec.
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i think the OP is looking for a AM/FM radio with weatherband?

I like to listen to NPR in the mornings sometimes.

i do bring a couple of mini cameras, (now) a cell phone and a radio. I would go with an Airbook and a hardened 1TB storage brick or something like that if i were to go out for a yearlong meander.

Boy, and the cellphone i had back in the nascent days of cellphones, sheesh! it was the size of a couple of bricks. i didnt bring THAT touring!

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The iPhone is my favourite gadget. Here are some uses:
  • telephone
  • gps (w/ maps)
  • trackmytour (friends can follow along)
  • music (iPod or internet radio app)
  • podcasts
  • e-mail & SMS
  • blogging (wordpress app)
  • Skype (when I have WiFi access)
  • cheap camera (not a replacement for a better digital camera)
  • news reader
  • ebooks
  • weather forecasts
  • address book (for postcards)
  • language translator

Not bad for 177g. The downside is the battery life, but there are ways to deal with that. I also have a Garmin Legend Cx mounted on the handlebars to record my tour and to later geotag my photos.

Kazer: I've thought about taking my work with me on the road. How does that work for you? How do you split your days between travel and work?
i don't want to hijack the thread, but so far things are great. any rest or sightseeing days we take are also work days. if anything major comes up where i need to stop specifically for work, it isn't a big deal (we're on a multi-year trip and the productive down time is usually welcome).
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Camera, cell phone, MP3 player. I might get an ebook reader once the prices come down and the technology becomes settled.
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i always thought this bike touring was a poor man's hobby .
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Having spent all my money on the gadgets, the only way I can travel is by unsupported bike tour
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Cell phone
Digital Camera
iPod Shuffle - for audiobooks
Nokia N800 (7 ounce internet tablet) - to do journal updates

I would replace the N800 by using a web enabled phone, but the monthly charges are more than I am willing to pay.

Other additions will have to replace something heavier, so netbooks are out. I might consider a Kindle at some point, but have a hard time justifying it when I can carry a bunch of audiobooks in my tiny iPod Shuffle (at less than 2 ounces).

Depending on where I was going I might consider a GPS, but so far have not felt the need. I sent it home from the Trans America after a few days, and didn't miss it on the Santa Fe Trail.
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I'm in the process of simplifying what I bring along.
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • GPS
  • Voice recorder - I used to bring this along for dictating a journal, but paper and pencil works just as well for me, and It's harder to refer to audio files than to words on a page.
  • iPod - I'm phasing out bringing this along. Books don't need to be charged.

I'm thinking about bringing a netbook on tours where I'd have wifi. I can get a little work done on the road, and use it to stay in touch with people. However, it's just one more thing to worry about charging - and the charger for our Asus is heavy!
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