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Old 01.07.2012, 15:08
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Ah, my sporting language Saint. I hear there is a very nice pub with very friendly sociable clientele in Sion.. to far for a 1st outing I reckon.
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Old 01.07.2012, 15:17
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I generally use my iphone map for orientation if I need it, but if you are just interested in recording rides or run, a garmin 610xt (running) or edge 500 (cycling) are small and compact, and can be personalised greatly (what information can be displayed). At the moment, the edge 500 with HR belt and speed/cadence sensor is 259chf, a definite bargain.

I upload to Strava, which is like FB for cyclists/runners.
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Old 01.07.2012, 23:18
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In all seriousness, i too have a bike now and need to get a bit fit, so we could go on a jaunt together we could perhaps plot a course beforehand; do those units have POI settings? Like ..Er... Pubs?
Keep meaning to get on my bike as well ....

Did have the 4 ring fury on the Autobahn yesterday .... but after the traffic got out of the way ran out of unrestricted road before the car ran out of power
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Old 01.07.2012, 23:36
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Keep meaning to get on my bike as well ....

Did have the 4 ring fury on the Autobahn yesterday .... but after the traffic got out of the way ran out of unrestricted road before the car ran out of power
Well I'm not really that surprised! Mine hasn't had a bahn blast in a while since the last mods.

If you're gonna get your bike out we should all go explore!
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Old 02.07.2012, 00:20
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I upload to Strava, which is like FB for cyclists/runners.
Thanks for the info.

I have been using Garmin Connect for years but somehow the social connection is missing. On Connect one can feel quite alone.....:screwy:

I just tried Strava...looks great. I uploaded a few rides and I see that some of the steep parts to and from work are stored as segments where my time is ranked between other riders....cool.

Tomorrow morning the race is on. I want to get better rankings.....oh boy.....excited already.
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Old 02.07.2012, 10:39
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Re: Bike GPS/Computer

I use my Garmin 705 (bought from Wiggle.co.uk at a good price), and the Strava app for Android if I happen find myself without my Garmin.

All data now gets uploaded to Strava from both devices. I got bored with GarminConnect. Strava lets me me know what my cycling buddies are up to, which is a good motivator.

MapMyRide is also OK, but the site just has too many features. However, I still use MapMyRide to plan a route beforehand, and upload it to my Garmin which gives me turn-by-turn directions.
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I've been using Endomondo.com that uses GPS to map out the routes that I bike/walk/ run with my phone. It's a free app!
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Old 03.07.2012, 11:04
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Thanks for the info.

I have been using Garmin Connect for years but somehow the social connection is missing. On Connect one can feel quite alone.....:screwy:

I just tried Strava...looks great. I uploaded a few rides and I see that some of the steep parts to and from work are stored as segments where my time is ranked between other riders....cool.

Tomorrow morning the race is on. I want to get better rankings.....oh boy.....excited already.
I know that quoting yourself is not cool but I learned a bit about Strava yesterday.

Strava is only using GPS coordinates to track the distance travelled and not the actual wheel input (e.g. from Garmin Edge 800) if available and apparently this is not as accurate when one does a long ride on a curvy offroad trail.

They have changed this approach recently to accommodate the increasing number of smartphone users.

So in short....if you are using your IPhone or Android phone it is not a problem as these use the GPS coordinates only anyway but if you are using GPS devices which also calculate distance by means of wheel input, it may not be the same you see on Strava when compared to your GPS device and/or Garmin Connect.
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Old 03.07.2012, 11:16
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While we're on the subject, has anyone come across a website or programme whereby I can trace a route using an online map, save it as a gpx file, and send it to my iPhone?
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Old 03.07.2012, 12:05
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While we're on the subject, has anyone come across a website or programme whereby I can trace a route using an online map, save it as a gpx file, and send it to my iPhone?
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Old 03.07.2012, 12:10
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PS: Your avatar scares my like sh!t....don't throw me into the pigs please.
Excellent! I'll give it a go, cheers.

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Old 03.07.2012, 12:21
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Edit: Bricktop? Lovely fella once you get to know him, nothing like your average nemesis.
Yep...Bricktop. A wonderful guy in a very good movie. Seen it several times and now I feel like seeing it again.

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While we're on the subject, has anyone come across a website or programme whereby I can trace a route using an online map, save it as a gpx file, and send it to my iPhone?
Mapmyride will also let you trace routes and export as .gpx. What I like about doing it with this program is it rates the climbs...good if it's unknown territory. Almost worth putting up with the messy interface.

As for Strava, I'm happy to be KOM on the Glaubenbielenpass at the moment (the evil steep side).
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Old 03.07.2012, 21:40
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Mapmyride will also let you trace routes and export as .gpx. What I like about doing it with this program is it rates the climbs...good if it's unknown territory. Almost worth putting up with the messy interface.

As for Strava, I'm happy to be KOM on the Glaubenbielenpass at the moment (the evil steep side).
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I send my warmest regards to OP because all this bike GPS talk and my own contribution about the Garmin Oregon 550t made me look into the Edge 800 again.

So.....349 CHF lighter I am now the happy owner of a Garmin Edge 800
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How does it perform off road? I've used the Garmin car SatNav (in bike mode) on long rides to Rotterdam and Budapest. Comes in handy when lost in city centres but when in forests and on cycle lanes that venture away from the main road it gets completely confused.

I've also got a Garmin Edge 500 but that's just a bike speedo using satellites to judge speed. Only just bought it so not sure what happens if you venture away from satellite reception.
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Old 03.07.2012, 22:14
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I treated myself to a Garmin nüvi 1340 which works in the car and also on a bike with a bike mount. 130 francs. Bar gain
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Old 04.07.2012, 09:22
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How does it perform off road? I've used the Garmin car SatNav (in bike mode) on long rides to Rotterdam and Budapest. Comes in handy when lost in city centres but when in forests and on cycle lanes that venture away from the main road it gets completely confused.

I've also got a Garmin Edge 500 but that's just a bike speedo using satellites to judge speed. Only just bought it so not sure what happens if you venture away from satellite reception.
I have not been off road with it yet but it is for sure not a problem.

You can easily go off road with your Edge 500 even though it does not show any maps. It will record your trip by coordinates and when you upload your ride to Garmin Connect (or Strava or others) you can see where you been. However, since it has no build-in maps you cannot use it for navigation.
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Garmin takes the cake, but of you want to go cheap EveryTrail app is free and has everything from MTB, kayaking, rock climbing and even good ol beer drinking jeep trailing (verboten in CH).
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Just a word of warning for iPhone GPS App users. I went on a 3.5 hr ride at the weekend and with 2 Apps running (one to follow, one to record), my battery died after 2.5 hrs and I had to wing it back home. Luckily I knew roughly where I was, but it failed to record the last 20 km of my trip .

For that reason I might pick up a Garmin come bonus time .
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We use our Garmin Nuvi that we bought for the car with our bicycles as well.
I do the same (having been on a short cycling trip with Suzy and seeing how useful it was) but it's a pita that it runs out of bettery after around 3 hours.

I would have bought a dedicated cycling one except that it costed 3-4 times as much.

My plan is to try and power/charge it from a dynamo whilst I ride, but the Garmin nuvi (a) expects a very constant USB charge of 5v and (b) usually switches into removable-disk mode without a special cable.
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