Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Touring
Reload this Page >

Garmin GPS Maps?

Notices
Touring Have a dream to ride a bike across your state, across the country, or around the world? Self-contained or fully supported? Trade ideas, adventures, and more in our bicycle touring forum.

Garmin GPS Maps?

Old 03-18-12, 04:51 PM
  #1  
Wheelmonkey
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Wheelmonkey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Colorado
Posts: 81

Bikes: Specialized Sirrus Expert

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Garmin GPS Maps?

I just got my first GPS (Garmin 605 Edge) and I'm super excited to get it up and running to full capability. I took it on a ride yesterday and the map it came installed with totally sucks. I wasn't aware that I needed to download a map for it for that feature to really work well - I know...how could I NOT know that!?

Anywho, I'd like to avoid purchasing a map for it and find a way to download something that will work for me. At this time I just want to be able to get something that displays roads around here in the Denver area. I can always expand on it later if need be.

Anyone know anything about this that can guide me or give me some tips. I've been browsing around online, but honestly I'm kind of confused at this point.

Help?
Wheelmonkey is offline  
Old 03-18-12, 06:09 PM
  #2  
Pluto
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 71

Bikes: 2011 Cannondale Synapse 5 Jamis Durango 3

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Try this site for downloadable maps: https://www.gpsfiledepot.com/
Pluto is offline  
Old 03-18-12, 06:36 PM
  #3  
spinnaker
Every day a winding road
 
spinnaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 6,540

Bikes: 2005 Cannondale SR500, 2008 Trek 7.3 FX, Jamis Aurora

Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3391 Post(s)
Liked 62 Times in 45 Posts
Or you can purchase City Navigator North America.

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=1456

It is really not all that expensive. You could probably get it online for $50-$70.

The nice feature of this software is you can route on the GPS. It also comes with useful POIs.
spinnaker is offline  
Old 03-18-12, 10:09 PM
  #4  
Steve0000
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 224

Bikes: LHT disc, Cannondale CAAD8, Cannondale Super 6, Avanti Agressor MTB

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 18 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 5 Posts
https://www.maps-gps-info.com/free-gps-maps.html

is another site providing free Garmin compatible maps for most places in the world. You can also Google 'points of interest' to add more recent and specific details to your free map.
Steve0000 is offline  
Old 03-19-12, 08:45 AM
  #5  
billDennen
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Northern VA
Posts: 35

Bikes: Independent Fabrications, Merlin, Raleigh Glider

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
yet another alternative: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/O...armin/Download
billDennen is offline  
Old 03-19-12, 08:58 AM
  #6  
billDennen
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Northern VA
Posts: 35

Bikes: Independent Fabrications, Merlin, Raleigh Glider

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
and, you might want to look at this thread in the road cycling forum:
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...VD-or-micro-SD
billDennen is offline  
Old 03-20-12, 02:56 PM
  #7  
brianogilvie 
Commuter & cyclotourist
 
brianogilvie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Hadley, MA, USA
Posts: 496

Bikes: Boulder All Road, Surly Long Haul Trucker, Bike Friday New World Tourist, Breezer Uptown 8, Bike Friday Express Tikit, Trek MultiTrack 730 (Problem? No, I don't have a problem)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The OpenStreetMap based mapping is free, detailed, and easy to use if you get the precompiled maps from Lambertus (https://garmin.openstreetmap.nl) or another source (I linked to Lambertus because the maps offer custom coverage of the whole world). OK, it's maybe a little more difficult than ordering the products from Garmin--but unless your time is worth quite a lot, 15-30 minutes of your time is worth getting free, high-quality maps. I use OSM-based mapping all the time here in France, as well as touring or doing day rides in the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the UK, and in most cases it's equal or superior to Garmin's maps. My ride today was planned on RideWithGPS.com, using a mix of OSM cycle mapping and Google Maps automobile routing, then I transferred it to my Edge 800, which has an OSM-based map of France installed, and I simply followed the route, with turn-by-turn instructions. It worked like a charm.

Last edited by brianogilvie; 03-20-12 at 02:57 PM. Reason: edited a sentence that made little sense.
brianogilvie is offline  
Old 03-20-12, 03:43 PM
  #8  
Cyclebum
Senior Member
 
Cyclebum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: NE Tx
Posts: 2,766

Bikes: Tour Easy, Linear USS, Lightening Thunderbolt, custom DF, Raleigh hybrid, Felt time trial

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Wheelmonkey View Post

Anyone know anything about this that can guide me or give me some tips. I've been browsing around online, but honestly I'm kind of confused at this point.
So am I.

Unless you're technically savvy(geeky?), dealing with the learning curve required to download/install/use these free maps is a real challenge. I'm sure that once learned, it's not hard, but....

Even using Garmin's streetmap(CNNA)effectively, especially if downloading a Route or Track, takes some doing.

I just checked and the sd version of City Navigator is available on eBay for $50 and the cd for <$100. Would save you a lot of time and head scratching.
Cyclebum is offline  
Old 03-20-12, 04:19 PM
  #9  
Newspaperguy
Senior Member
 
Newspaperguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Posts: 2,206
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by Wheelmonkey View Post
I'd like to avoid purchasing a map for it and find a way to download something that will work for me. At this time I just want to be able to get something that displays roads around here in the Denver area. I can always expand on it later if need be.
Expect to pay some money if you want maps for your GPS. Maps through Garmin aren't all that expensive. If you go to Garmin.com, you're looking at $60, $100 or $130, depending on what you want. Those are the prices for the topographical maps, which you probably need considering where you live. If you were just passing though the area, the price would be a bit steep, but you live there and you'll do a lot of riding close to where you live.

You may be able to get a good price from other sources, so it pays to look around. Have a look at REI and Amazon among others. Both of those may be a bit cheaper than dealing directly with Garmin, but check to make sure.

I'd also suggest looking around for a GPS store in your area. If you find one, you may be able to get a MicroSD card with the maps for your area, at a reasonable price. That's what I did here to get the maps which cover my regular riding and most of my in-province touring.
Newspaperguy is offline  
Old 03-20-12, 05:55 PM
  #10  
spinnaker
Every day a winding road
 
spinnaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 6,540

Bikes: 2005 Cannondale SR500, 2008 Trek 7.3 FX, Jamis Aurora

Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3391 Post(s)
Liked 62 Times in 45 Posts
Originally Posted by brianogilvie View Post
The OpenStreetMap based mapping is free, detailed, and easy to use if you get the precompiled maps from Lambertus (https://garmin.openstreetmap.nl) or another source (I linked to Lambertus because the maps offer custom coverage of the whole world). OK, it's maybe a little more difficult than ordering the products from Garmin--but unless your time is worth quite a lot, 15-30 minutes of your time is worth getting free, high-quality maps. I use OSM-based mapping all the time here in France, as well as touring or doing day rides in the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the UK, and in most cases it's equal or superior to Garmin's maps. My ride today was planned on RideWithGPS.com, using a mix of OSM cycle mapping and Google Maps automobile routing, then I transferred it to my Edge 800, which has an OSM-based map of France installed, and I simply followed the route, with turn-by-turn instructions. It worked like a charm.
Can you do turn by turn routing on the GPS or do you need the PC to do it?
spinnaker is offline  
Old 03-20-12, 08:05 PM
  #11  
Wheelmonkey
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Wheelmonkey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Colorado
Posts: 81

Bikes: Specialized Sirrus Expert

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Great & helpful comments so far. Feel free to keep 'em coming. I actually did find a way to upgrade to a better type of map (I think I used that first recommendation of Pluto's), but more info. from you all is always appreciated. Thanks tons!!!
Wheelmonkey is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
mtn.cyclist
Electronics, Lighting, & Gadgets
1
11-30-13 01:22 PM
Ozonation
Electronics, Lighting, & Gadgets
3
09-03-12 09:11 AM
Jeraimee
Touring
15
10-24-11 12:00 AM
hobkirk
Road Cycling
13
12-29-10 12:51 PM
Tony N.
General Cycling Discussion
2
05-12-10 02:58 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.