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Old 09-16-16, 03:11 PM
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Gamin - Montana 610

I'm seriously considering getting a Garmin - Montana 610 for touring. I good GPS unit is something I want with me out on the road, and I'm not at all happy with any of the bike specific units. This thing is a beast, yes it's big, yes it's heavy, but should that stop me from having one on my bike?

Anyone here using one of these or something similar?



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I'm seriously considering getting a Garmin - Montana 610 for touring. I good GPS unit is something I want with me out on the road, and I'm not at all happy with any of the bike specific units. This thing is a beast, yes it's big, yes it's heavy, but should that stop me from having one on my bike?

Anyone here using one of these or something similar?

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https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/into...rod523640.html
If you don't mind carrying it I don't see any reason not to use one. I use the GPSMap 64 models for work and they're fine. I'd just load a .gpx file of the route(s) I plan on taking if I was to use one on a bicycle trip.

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I used a Garmin CSX60 before smartphones were introduced. If you load City Navigator North America or City Navigator Europe on it, there is a wealth of information. Contrary to the title "city" it covers all roads in the country.

I just carried it in my jersey pocket. It is really an aid when navigating through large cities. Sometimes on long tours I will carry it because in some of the places we tour there may be several days without or with sketchy cell service. However, a smartphone is actually faster to use. We don't tend to use turn-by-turn info regardless of what device we are using.


I also used the CSX for work.The Montana should be a good device.

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Are Bicycle specific routes (on-road/off-road) included in any of the maps?

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Are Bicycle specific routes (on-road/off-road) included in any of the maps?
Judging by the garmin site - not from the manufacturer, though there are 3rd party basemaps available. No idea on how good the 3rd party stuff is.
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I have a Garmin 800 and use Free worldwide Garmin maps from OpenStreetMap for my maps. They are routable and to me seem like good maps. I re-download maps about once every six months or about one month before I travel to a country. I have never had Garmin maps outside of the basic map for my country of China where I got the unit so can't compare.

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Judging by the garmin site - not from the manufacturer, though there are 3rd party basemaps available. No idea on how good the 3rd party stuff is.
After a bit of searching I came up with several sites where about any type of map can be created and downloaded, or purchased. So it's nice to know that there are plenty of options.

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I have a Garmin 800 and use Free worldwide Garmin maps from OpenStreetMap for my maps. They are routable and to me seem like good maps. I re-download map about once every six months or about one month before I travel to a country. I have never had Garmin maps outside of the basic map for my country of China where I got the unit so can't compare.

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Thanks Debra. I'll add that one to my list.
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I have used maps from these other sources too, in addition to the "Free worldwide ..." link already posted:

GPSFileDepot - maps4gps's Garmin Compatible Maps

Europe - OpenFietsMap

I am not sure, but I might have also used this one:

https://www.openmapchest.org/

I usually use a vintage GPS with black and white screen and very long battery life with screen on full time, but if I need more memory I use a Garmin 62S with an extra memory card installed, but I have to have the screen set to time out very fast to avoid burning up the batteries in the 62S.
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I have used maps from these other sources too, in addition to the "Free worldwide ..." link already posted:

GPSFileDepot - maps4gps's Garmin Compatible Maps

Europe - OpenFietsMap

I am not sure, but I might have also used this one:

https://www.openmapchest.org/

I usually use a vintage GPS with black and white screen and very long battery life with screen on full time, but if I need more memory I use a Garmin 62S with an extra memory card installed, but I have to have the screen set to time out very fast to avoid burning up the batteries in the 62S.
Great info there, thanks!
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