GPS used on rides

GPS used on rides

Post by Mike » Wed, 31 Oct 2001 07:39:04


I use a Garmin Vista mapping GPS receiver on bike rides that I lead, to
prevent missing a turn and getting lost.

I would like to know how many others use GPS receivers on their rides ?

 
 
 

GPS used on rides

Post by WBtob » Wed, 31 Oct 2001 08:49:23


writes:

Quote:
>I use a Garmin Vista mapping GPS receiver on bike rides that I lead, to
>prevent missing a turn and getting lost.

>I would like to know how many others use GPS receivers on their rides ?

I use a Garmin II+, or an eTrex...downloading the tracks on TOPO GPS.
Better than (or at least a backup to) que-sheets.

Bill

 
 
 

GPS used on rides

Post by Pavlov's Hous » Wed, 31 Oct 2001 09:11:13


Quote:

> I would like to know how many others use GPS receivers on their rides ?

I do. I am using a Magellan MAP 330 with a road map of my area loaded
into the GPS.

It's great!

 
 
 

GPS used on rides

Post by bcotto » Wed, 31 Oct 2001 10:04:07

I use only  eMap on my bicycle rides, no bike computer for more than two
years. Results of tracks that I've collected while riding, has been used to
make cue sheet and maps of local rides. Examples are on my web pages.
Pennsylvania has signed bicycle routes across the state. The cues hasn't
been posted for some of the routes, even as signs are up. For the parts of
the routes  that I have ridden to date,  I upload the tracks from the ride
into my Delorme' map and outputted cue sheets.
http://www.billcotton.com/bicyclepaL.htm
When I led a ride for my club, I preview the ride and save the tracks. When
I led the ride I use the tracks as a route guide..
--
// Bill Cotton: Latitude N40 02.867', W75 09.105'

// www.billcotton.com


Quote:
> I use a Garmin Vista mapping GPS receiver on bike rides that I lead, to
> prevent missing a turn and getting lost.

> I would like to know how many others use GPS receivers on their rides ?

 
 
 

GPS used on rides

Post by Jim Quin » Wed, 31 Oct 2001 12:10:12

Your kidding right?  My suggestion is that you just ride and have fun.
Carrying around a GPS system sounds a little ***Rentitive to me.  If you
get lost you can always backtrack or (God Forbid) ask directions from
somebody.  Personally if something can't fit in my jersey pocket it gets
left behind.  I carry a tube, Co2 cartridges, a couple of allen wrenches and
an instant patch.  I have logged 9,900 miles so far this year and haven't
regretted not taking additional supplies yet.  Oh and check the bicycle out
before you ride, better to find out about something before you take it out
on that 70 mile training ride.


Quote:
> I use a Garmin Vista mapping GPS receiver on bike rides that I lead, to
> prevent missing a turn and getting lost.

> I would like to know how many others use GPS receivers on their rides ?

 
 
 

GPS used on rides

Post by WBtob » Wed, 31 Oct 2001 12:39:55


Quote:

>Your kidding right?  My suggestion is that you just ride and have fun.
>Carrying around a GPS system sounds a little ***Rentitive to me.  If you
>get lost you can always backtrack or (God Forbid) ask directions from
>somebody.  Personally if something can't fit in my jersey pocket it gets
>left behind.  I carry a tube, Co2 cartridges, a couple of allen wrenches and
>an instant patch.  I have logged 9,900 miles so far this year and haven't
>regretted not taking additional supplies yet.  Oh and check the bicycle out
>before you ride, better to find out about something before you take it out
>on that 70 mile training ride.

Jim,

***or not...the GPS is the greatest "toy" I've ever owned, it has all the
features of a cyclocomputer...and a whole lot more!  And just to
give you perspective...an eTrex is the same size as 2 of those Co2
cartridges you carry.

Ride safe,
   Bill

 
 
 

GPS used on rides

Post by Inge Johannesse » Wed, 31 Oct 2001 17:01:41



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Quote:
> I would like to know how many others use GPS receivers on their rides ?

Hi.

I carried one Garmin etrex on my trip from Alkmaar the Netherlands to Aix en
Provence in France during June this year. See blog at
http://www.udena.ch:8080/ridingtoAix/

I used for position fixes on a few occasions, mainly in Belgium and also in
the Netherlands. In Belgium quite a few secondary roads do not have road
numbers which was confusing even with the excellent 1 : 100 000 bike map I
was using for Belgium. And in The Netherlands bike path signs are sometimes
confusing since they never give the direction more than a couple of
kilometres ahead. On some occasions in the Netherlands I also found the
etrex capability to calculate the direction I was going very useful (see
experiences in the Riding to Aix blog).

May daily updates however used the etrex for position fixes which were part
of the heading for each (daily) update (see ontheroad). And as Bill writes
elesewhere in this thread, an etrex is really small, it is not something
that is a problem to carry around in the handlebar bag. All the computer
electronics used for the blog updates was another story. That filled one
Ortlieb pannier bag all by itself.

cheers

Inge sj

 
 
 

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Post by Barr » Wed, 31 Oct 2001 20:45:11

Quote:

> I use a Garmin Vista mapping GPS receiver on bike rides that I lead, to
> prevent missing a turn and getting lost.

> I would like to know how many others use GPS receivers on their rides ?

I've used both a Garmin GPS III+ and and eTrex Vista while riding.  It's
a blast.  The tracklogs are useful for altitude profiles and maps after
the ride.

Barry

 
 
 

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Post by John Cranksha » Wed, 31 Oct 2001 21:52:09

Can you tell us more about the PC software you use?

Very cool!



Quote:
> writes:

> >I use a Garmin Vista mapping GPS receiver on bike rides that I lead, to
> >prevent missing a turn and getting lost.

> >I would like to know how many others use GPS receivers on their rides ?

> I use a Garmin II+, or an eTrex...downloading the tracks on TOPO GPS.
> Better than (or at least a backup to) que-sheets.

> Bill

 
 
 

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Post by WBtob » Wed, 31 Oct 2001 23:07:36


Quote:

>Can you tell us more about the PC software you use?

>Very cool!

Hi John,

I currently use TOPO GPS, and TOPO USA...both were originally
produced by Wildflower Productions...and they are a 3 CD set.  I "think"
Wildflower was purchased by the National Geographic Society...anyway,
it seems like the NGS is now producing and selling the very same CD's.
Here are a couple websites for you to poke around in...it is really fun to
download the ridden tracks onto topographic maps (any scale)...the
maps can be then be printed, shared, used as cue sheets...heck you
can even use a copy of your favorite ride as wallpaper on your computer!

Have fun:

http://www.4x4books.com/wft.htm
http://www.topo.com/trails/greaterdc/dclist1.html
http://www.topo.com/products/index.html
http://www.topo.com/

Regards,
   Bill

 
 
 

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Post by Mike » Wed, 31 Oct 2001 23:28:08


Quote:


> >Your kidding right?  My suggestion is that you just ride and have fun.
> >Carrying around a GPS system sounds a little ***Rentitive to me.  If
you
> >get lost you can always backtrack or (God Forbid) ask directions from
> >somebody.  Personally if something can't fit in my jersey pocket it gets
> >left behind.  I carry a tube, Co2 cartridges, a couple of allen wrenches
and
> >an instant patch.  I have logged 9,900 miles so far this year and haven't
> >regretted not taking additional supplies yet.  Oh and check the bicycle
out
> >before you ride, better to find out about something before you take it
out
> >on that 70 mile training ride.

> Jim,

> ***or not...the GPS is the greatest "toy" I've ever owned, it has all
the
> features of a cyclocomputer...and a whole lot more!  And just to
> give you perspective...an eTrex is the same size as 2 of those Co2
> cartridges you carry.

> Ride safe,
>    Bill

I am not kidding Jim it sound like you ride alone or with a small group. I
lead rides with up to 60 people, ever have 60 people ***ing at you because
you got them loss. I ride on back roads to avoid a lot of car traffic so
their are a lot of turns involved and few people to ask directions.

I agree with Bill it does replace the bike computer along with giving you
the most advance navagation system in the world. Plus you don't have to tape
wires to your frame and have magnets clamped to your spokes.

 
 
 

GPS used on rides

Post by Ken Steinhof » Thu, 01 Nov 2001 00:21:12



Quote:
>I use a Garmin Vista mapping GPS receiver on bike rides that I lead, to
>prevent missing a turn and getting lost.

>I would like to know how many others use GPS receivers on their rides ?

I use a Garmin Legend. Do I NEED it? Nah, I'm just a gadget freak and
I LIKE it.

Most of the time I ride familiar roads and don't even need to think
about the route. Shoot, I imagine the bike could find its own way home
without me.

One of the things I like about it is that I can program waypoints
along the route beforehand. It's a psychological boost to me to see
that it's only X miles to a given landmark and that my estimated time
to there is X minutes and that the overall estimated time to my
destination is X.

I recently did a century over an unfamiliar route. The GPS was much
better than the cue sheets and counted down the distance and times to
the turns.

On another occasion, I planned to ride to a town about 40 miles away
using what I thought was a good set of roads. When I got to one, it
didn't have the shoulders that I thought I remembered and it had heavy
truck traffic in both directions. Zooming out the GPS let me spot
another rural road that paralleled the main road. Would a map have
done the same? Sure, but now I have a track living on my computer that
will remind me of a great ride.

I archive even routine rides because the GPS tracking detail remind me
of little things that happened along the way. There's a circle where I
turned around to help a motorist with car trouble. There's an abrupt
turn when I took shelter from a lightning storm....

To those folks who say, just ride, I say, you ride your way and I'll
ride mine.

(The GPS that I use for entertainment and amu***t isn't as weird as
the fishing cork my brother used to keep in his water bottle for
something else to look at on a long ride.)

Ken Steinhoff

 
 
 

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Post by Randy E Marin » Thu, 01 Nov 2001 00:29:43

Quote:

> Can you tell us more about the PC software you use?

http://www.topozone.com/
 
 
 

GPS used on rides

Post by Bob Becke » Thu, 01 Nov 2001 01:55:50


Quote:
> I use a Garmin Vista mapping GPS receiver on bike rides that I
lead, to
> prevent missing a turn and getting lost.

> I would like to know how many others use GPS receivers on their

rides ?

We take the GPS on a ride and then plug the
route into DeLorme's Topo program so we can
print the profile and elevations.

Don't use it too much for following routes.

A GPS is one of the cooler gadgets to come along
in quite a while.

 
 
 

GPS used on rides

Post by WBtob » Thu, 01 Nov 2001 03:55:06


Quote:

>(The GPS that I use for entertainment and amu***t isn't as weird as
>the fishing cork my brother used to keep in his water bottle for
>something else to look at on a long ride.)

Ken,

Thanks a lot...now I'll have to clean up the coffee I spit all over my
keyboard :-)

Bill