mapping and navigation for dummies

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Re: mapping and navigation for dummies

Post by phoo » Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:58 am

Horizontal, 100%. Also, make sure you go into the settings and turn OFF "auto rotate" or it will spend your entire ride flipping horizontal-vertical-horizontal-vertical-horizontal-... as you lean the bike. Super annoying. :)

I also find setting "auto-reroute" to "ask me" to be a good option. The reason is because sometimes it likes to re-route for no apparent reason and the re-routing will almost invariably mess up the cool route you had planned and replace it with something that sucks.

It's actually not a very good street GPS, but I bought it for its ability to properly import GPX files, which it does wonderfully. And you got the 't'opographical model like I did, which means you get the nice "layout of the land," so when you get good at reading it, you can find all the cool roads that twist up, down, and over hills. I use mine most effectively as a scrolling map, looking for fun roads, than for an actual GPS navigation device.


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Re: mapping and navigation for dummies

Post by J&J » Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:37 am

Thanks Patrick, I haven't played with it on the bike yet I'm still working on mounts. Those type of suggestions are just what I need. I bought it mainly for loading/following gpx files but was under the impression that it would also work "ok" on the road if you load the optional Garmin City Maps. Have you done that? I know Wingfixer did but don't know if he's had a chance to try it yet.

Also do you think the sd card or the download would be better for the City maps? I don't know about using memory space vs needing the sd slot for something else.

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Re: mapping and navigation for dummies

Post by phoo » Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:35 pm

I used osm - open source maps. They're free online. They work okay, but they are not always correct. You are right, Wingfixer paid for the city maps but talking to him the review seemed mixed. On the one hand, I assume it's more accurate. On the other, they're expensive and you need to buy multiple maps because they are regional. And you can only use one at a time. Honestly, I don't know how Garmin continues this bs in the age of Google Maps, but cell phones are hard to see in direct sunlight and expensive and not waterproof or rugged. But still, the market is shrinking.


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Re: mapping and navigation for dummies

Post by juddspaintballs » Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:50 pm

Samsung Galaxy phones have been water resistant since the S5 and waterproof since the S7. Put one of them in any sort of case, and they're plenty rugged for on-bike use.

My next GPS for the road bike will likely be a 7" tablet. I've been using a Garmin Nuvi 765 for years that I waterproofed myself. It's not half bad, but a tablet has a lot more features and there are mapping apps for them that work relatively well. I've been testing out CoPilot vs Google Maps for a while.
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