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Anyone ride with a car GPS?

Old 06-28-08, 08:54 AM
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Anyone ride with a car GPS?

I have a TomTom One XL-S GPS. Is there a mount for a bike? If so, how would you power it?

It would be awfuly big for a bike. Are there cheap bike GPS which would be better suited?
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Old 06-28-08, 09:05 AM
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I've ridden with a Garmin eTrex Vista HCX on the handlebar and it works well if you have the Topo software installed. You can create a ride on your computer and transfer it to your device or download your ride from the device to a computer. It tracks speed, elevation and records a climb profile too. Works great!
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GPS units designed for cars usually have too short a battery life (a couple of hours) to be useful on bike rides. If your bike ride is that short, you're probably not going to get lost. GPS units designed for hiking are much better (10-20 hours, with replaceable batteries).
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Right. Is there a power supply you can get that attaches to the top tube?


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GPS units designed for cars usually have too short a battery life (a couple of hours) to be useful on bike rides. If your bike ride is that short, you're probably not going to get lost. GPS units designed for hiking are much better (10-20 hours, with replaceable batteries).
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Originally Posted by Riprorin View Post
Right. Is there a power supply you can get that attaches to the top tube?
If your GPS uses a mini-USB power plug, you can probably cobble something together pretty easily.
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I've ridden with a Garmin eTrex Vista HCX on the handlebar and it works well if you have the Topo software installed. You can create a ride on your computer and transfer it to your device or download your ride from the device to a computer. It tracks speed, elevation and records a climb profile too. Works great!
I've got one of these also. I stick it in my jersey pocket occassionally, particularly if I'm riding in a new area.
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Originally Posted by Riprorin View Post
I have a TomTom One XL-S GPS. Is there a mount for a bike? If so, how would you power it?

It would be awfuly big for a bike. Are there cheap bike GPS which would be better suited?
in a car, yes.
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Old 06-28-08, 12:16 PM
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Leave home, ride until you're half tired. Turn around and ride the same road home. What do you need a GPS for?
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Garmin nuvi 260

i got a bike mount for my garmin nuvi 260 from amazon.com. i sometimes bring it just in case i get dropped from my club ride so that i can find the way back to my car. the lithium battery is supposed to last 5 hours in between charge.
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I use a GPS on a bike to record my ride for later analysis. Car GPS devices are more about telling you how to get someplace. If I had something on my handlebars barking directions at me, I would likely pull it off and throw it over the guard rail. Then again, I can't stand them in cars either.
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I`ve got a Garmin e-trex Legend that I use mostly for sailing, but I brought it out with me to Ontario when I visited my folks last winter and I`m pleased to say that it worked like a charm when I got lost biking through Camlachie (sp?)
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I use a Magellan crossover gps occasionally that works great with the handlebar mount available on Ebay.
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Mount For Crossover

Can you include a picture of how you mounted it? I think it is a clever idea to use the Crossover. No need for a photo, I just found it on ebay - thanks for the suggestion.

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I have a GPS unit that has it's own battery and antenna built in but any unit designed for use in a car is going to look pretty goofy on your handlebars
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my question is when will they incorperate GPS into the bike pc along with cadence/h.r./odometer etc? And why is in not a feature yet???? Seems like a no brainer to me...
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my question is when will they incorperate GPS into the bike pc along with cadence/h.r./odometer etc? And why is in not a feature yet???? Seems like a no brainer to me...

You mean like the Garmin 305,705 ect?
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