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diegotailwind

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GPS or not GPS, that is the question?
« on: February 21, 2010, 01:49:29 AM »
I am debating whether or not I should get a bicycle GPS. I'd like to use it locally, but I am also thinking of using it on longer journey (SE Asia, Australia). Does anyone have any experience using them. I was considering one of the Garmin, but the one giving maps, not the one that do only odometer, altimeter (although they look pretty cool too). Yes I know I am a gadgetcoholic. Price and weight is not really an issue. I was wondering if it is easy to get maps for everywhere, easy to use, handy, reliable etc...

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Re: GPS or not GPS, that is the question?
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2010, 03:24:04 AM »
NOT GPS

My opinion of using a GPS while touring????   :(  :(

Follow the GPS and you remove the element of adventure and excitement.  Around every corner is a surprise.

So long as you know where you are heading for next the best way to get from point 'A' to point 'B' is to ask a local. They will know every nook and cranny, every obstacle and every rat run. Plus the offers of respite, food and drink nearly always follow from their directions.

Leave the GPS, take your destination in your hands and ride with it  :P
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Re: GPS or not GPS, that is the question?
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2010, 01:32:18 PM »
I used a GPS once, when I cycled non stop from Amsterdam to Paris (520 km). I borrowed it from a friend, it was a Garmin. Within half an hour he explained me the main things and I had no problem all 30 hours long. (I never trained with it.) It was great to use that thing, I only made a mistake once and had to cycle back like 500 m. The maps are very detailed and I had to change them when I entered a new country. The route was made by somebody else and I only had to upload it. Too bad that now I don't know where precisely I cycled. I just looked at the GPS (left, right, straight) but on a map I can't show you where I have been.
For me it was great to use the Garmin for this race but for trips or longer journeys I wouldn't use it. I enjoy roaming, looking at the map, asking locals much more.

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Re: GPS or not GPS, that is the question?
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2010, 03:37:54 PM »
I did the same race, without GPS, and never made it to Paris :)
So for the race: YES
Traveling: NO
I prefer not to take gadgets.
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Re: GPS or not GPS, that is the question?
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2010, 07:12:05 AM »
I ride with a Garmin 705 and I don't find myself ever using the directions to get from point A to point B however, it does have a find feature where if for example I was looking for lodging, food, bike shop or whatever, it will tell me my closest source and route to it.

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Re: GPS or not GPS, that is the question?
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2010, 11:28:08 AM »
I agree the Garmin 705 is AWESOME! I have it anywhere I go. I was worried it would stop me from interacting with locals, but it certainly not because nothing can replace info you get from locals; so in the end you use the GPS for other info than the one you would ask to the farmer alongside the road. It has so many features, it is hard to not get additcted... if you can afford one I would recommend to go for it. The only downside is that you carry an item on your handlebar that looks (and is) expensive (so i took the habit of always taking it off as soon as I stop).

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Re: GPS or not GPS, that is the question?
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2010, 06:55:10 PM »
I agree that part of the adventure is ending up in places to which you never decided to go.  I've never regretted it.  But that has nothing to do with whether you should take a GPS.

I recommend the Garmin eTrex Vista HCX.  Best compromise for maps, battery life, weight, and functionality.  The maps that you can get for it are mostly USA and Europe.  I like to say they are 99% accurate -- that means 1 in 100 roads are wrong!  Along with mapsource on your portable computer, you can find great rides in unknown places.

There is a valuable function that is hardly used.  That is for geocoding your photos, which means embedding into your digital photo file where the picture was taken.  How many photos do you have to which you say, "Where was that taken?"  If you go to this page you can see an example of what I did on my last trip.  http://greggferry.com/travel/2009/07/19/

So gadget geeks, get a GPS


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Re: GPS or not GPS, that is the question?
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2010, 07:37:32 PM »
I prefer maps. They don't have batteries that can run flat. Also, you can show someone a map and most have a good idea of how to read a map. I like to plan my trip and bit and have a fairly good idea of where I am going and where my turns will be. I find that gadgets like GPS are a distraction.