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The Unofficial Garmin GPS Thread
#21
Because I thought the topo maps had no detail and I like going out exploring and seeing new places, certainly the one mudmonkey uses has bugger all info however this Garmin page gives the impression that they are basically the same as OS maps so if they are like that and 25K or better for detail then they would be suitable but not when you can do the below solution for £250 less for me at least

http://www.garmin.com/garmin/cms/site/uk...41FD6C457C

Old "windows mobile" based mobile phone with touchscreen and 7 hours battery life, £20 off ebay, mine doesnt have a gps so I have a bluetooth one cable tied on my helmet which has about 20hrs battery life by itself which was £20 odd then you just need Memory map which ranges in price say no more.....
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#22
Nice inginuity there Breezer with the Sat Nav - I like that alot!!!! ;D

For me the whole on board OS map thing is way over rated.  I too like to go out & explore, but I plan the basics from the comfort of my sofa.  What the Garmin 305 provides is the ability to upload a basic route with simple instructions & then record everything I do once I'm out there.  I have the choice to follow the route or go off & explore if something takes my fancy, knowing that the unit will record all my movements, horizonatlly & vertically, as well as all the bike related info, speed, cadence, heart rate etc...
All this for 12hrs with a single device with a single battery for £150.

Who actually wants to stand in the woods in the rain trying to work out which way to go on an OS map displayed on a 2" screen?
If that's your thing it has to be easier with a map & a coat.

Your sat nav may only be £40, but how much was your HRM & your computer? (Rather assuming you use them, of course.)

The only reason I started to look at the garmin was that I was looking at £80 for a new cycle computer/HRM & I was a bit flush at the time so I upgraded to the GPS.  But since buying it I just keep getting suprised by what it can do.
I'm riding an independantly organised London to Paris later this year & my Garmin 305 will be providing the on bike navigation using a combination of freesoftware - not quite tomtom, but pretty close.
I've tested it already & it really can tell you whether to turn left or right at the next T junction & will also provide a 10 secs audible warning of the turn.

Having said that I'm still well impressed with that GPS set up of yours - genius!

This really is turning into the garmin/sat nav thread now.....sorry mods!
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#23
for all your garmin needs Big Grin  
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#24
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Big Grin
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#25
I thought they were more like £300 for the Garmins with decent mapping ie similar to OS if thats what Topo can do now. £150 all in does sound acceptable as it has all the other stuff. My wireless speedo was about £30, HRM which I only use when racing so not relevant for normal rides was about £50 and a xmas present. I use the mapping for logging where ive been but also for finding woods etc and riding to them, finding bits of singletrack and marking them on the map so that I can use them later on and build into routes. I can also plot before hand and send to the phone although it doesnt do the sat nav style bleeping stuff you mention but it was cheap so cant have it all.
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#26
&quot;Breezer&quot; Wrote:I thought they were more like £300 for the Garmins with decent mapping ie similar to OS if thats what Topo can do now. £150 all in does sound acceptable as it has all the other stuff. My wireless speedo was about £30, HRM which I only use when racing so not relevant for normal rides was about £50 and a xmas present. I use the mapping for logging where ive been but also for finding woods etc and riding to them, finding bits of singletrack and marking them on the map so that I can use them later on and build into routes. I can also plot before hand and send to the phone although it doesnt do the sat nav style bleeping stuff you mention but it was cheap so cant have it all.

See you in the Garmin thread!
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#27
Breezer,
That's kind of the point my friend.  My Edge 305 doesn't have full colour OS maps or tell me where the local Pizza Express is.
It simply remembers where I want to go & where I've been along with all the other bike related guff mentioned earlier.

I've never used one with Topo mapping, but I can't imagine how you really navigate on a 2" screen.  I have some OS mapping software on a PDA with a 3.5" screen & it's just unusable.  You spend all of the time zooming in & then out again.

In addition the edge allows you to "race yourself" as the unit remembers you previous performance over a set route.  The unit tells you exactly how far in front or behind you are over the previous time.
You can also set it up for real training excercises, fixed distance, fixed speed runs, interval training etc...
For racing it has both manual & auto lap functions to record you performance on a lap by lap basis.

As I've said no Pizza Express but a really powerful training tool.
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#28
Racing feature would be useful yes but I only race the odd fun class thing and dont specifically train like lots on here, I just ride for fun. I have no issues navigating and have done lots of rides like that. The screen is 3.5" ish touch screen and its fine for looking at. I just wish I had got into them years ago as ive found so many new trails and woods etc since starting. I just look on the PC at the OS map, spot some woods then plot a route linking them and go and investigate.
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#29
&quot;Tinc&quot; Wrote:Breezer,
That's kind of the point my friend.  My Edge 305 doesn't have full colour OS maps or tell me where the local Pizza Express is.
It simply remembers where I want to go & where I've been along with all the other bike related guff mentioned earlier.

I've never used one with Topo mapping, but I can't imagine how you really navigate on a 2" screen.  I have some OS mapping software on a PDA with a 3.5" screen & it's just unusable.  You spend all of the time zooming in & then out again.

In addition the edge allows you to "race yourself" as the unit remembers you previous performance over a set route.  The unit tells you exactly how far in front or behind you are over the previous time.
You can also set it up for real training excercises, fixed distance, fixed speed runs, interval training etc...
For racing it has both manual & auto lap functions to record you performance on a lap by lap basis.

As I've said no Pizza Express but a really powerful training tool.


+1, i find it difficult on my smartphone to navigate on a 2.5 inch screen ... although i always carry it as if im really lost google maps can help me out and find a way to a road ...

just asked my dad about the garmin and he's going to give it to me when i next see him so i can have a go at getting it to work, thanks again tincs Smile
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#30
Edge 705, no issues apart from mapping being a bit sh*t... but everything else is awseome, got hrm and speed/cadence. Bought it from money awarded for my contribution to a patent action at work so treated myself.
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