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Favorite GPS while touring

Old 01-05-20, 01:40 AM
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Bikes: Surly Disk Trucker, 2014 w/Brooks Flyer Special saddle, Tubus racks - Duo front/Logo Evo rear, 2019 Dahon Mariner D8, Both bikes share Ortlieb Packer Plus series panniers, Garmin Edge 1000

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Originally Posted by hfbill View Post
I've been using a $100 7 inch LG tablet mounted on my handlebar, running the "Urban Biker" app for 3 years now. It's also useful for other map programs, weather info & radar, playing MP3s, checking email etc. Yes you could probably do all that with a smartphone, but I find the tablet screen is easier read quickly and easier to deal with. It also saves the battery on my phone in case I need to make an emergency call for help.

7" LG tablet (this one was a freebie with a family members' phone upgrade several years ago). It is in a CasebotKiddie foam protector case. Then it slips inside my Ortlieb map case. I have the map case upside down (flap at the bottom/closer to me) as that is where I run the power chord in to.

The picture is from a 50-60 mile day tour this past October I did on my folding bike. I gear up around the handlebar the same way on this bike as I do on my touring bike. The Ortlieb bar extensions for the Ultimate 6 handlebar bag mounts are great for the accessory mounting. The cell phone holder is a RAM X-Grip with a Quick-Grip mount on the lower part of the stem/mast. For even mid-weight touring the folding bike, surprisingly, keeps up. It is a fun bike to ride and will run miles.

The app I use on the tablet is GaiaGPS. It is not a cycling app, per se. It does have street view maps, though, and I can download map segments in to the tablet so it works with no data connection. The catch to that is the layer that the map is selected and downloaded in is the exact map you will have on the unit (IE - if you download a portion of the street map layer and you are trying to get to a topo map to check elevation - unless you downloaded the topo map you can't see it, only the street map, and if you did download the topo map you have to recall that map file separately = more steps to get to it, but at least if you download it you can get to it off-line to use).

How I use the 2 screens is the Garmin Edge 1000 has my cycling data so that is normally what it is on. However, I do split map a lot. Case in point is, although the map on the tablet (GaiaGPS) will "follow" me if I want it to I will take that off and use the map in a fixed position. This comes in real handy when I am navigating through towns. I can get the map on the tablet to a good zoom level to show the detail I want to see, yet on a big enough screen to get a wider picture. Then the map on the Edge 1000 is generally very close-in and also provides (now, since I got it to work) turn-by-turn navigation prompts, if I so choose to set it to do that.
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