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Discussion in 'GPS Stuff' started by gorick, May 23, 2014.

  1. gorick

    gorick Ride Organizer

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    I found a Garmin Map 76 on sale for $130:00. They only have one.
    I never had a GPS before. Is it worth buying?
    Thanks
    Rick
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    ARP ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Hi Rick,
    I'm no good with GPS but I have an Etrex 20.
    I would make sure it can load topo maps, tracks, routes and has enough memory or can take an extra card. You'll need a RAM mount too.
    I'm sure others with more knowledge will chime in.
    I only have mine for emergency really. I'm slowly learning to use it but still can't really read it while moving because I don't wear my eye glasses.
    Its cool to download the tracks after a long ride and see where you went using Basecamp on a PC.
    Sounds like a good price. Should come in handy in late July...
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    DualSport Ride Organizer

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    No. If it is a 76 and not a 76Cx or 76 CSx then it's a very old model with really outdated features. It was a good GPS back in 2005, but for around $200 you can get a way superior GPS.

    Bob
  4. gorick

    gorick Ride Organizer

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    Thanks Guy's. That's what I needed to know.

    One question. Is it possible to use a GPS as a speedo while you are riding? The reason I ask is because after the necessary improvements to my WR the speedometer is way out to lunch. And I assume the odometer is too.
    If this is true it might be a very good reason for a GPS purchase.
    Thanks
    Rick
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    Fat Tire Flyer Ride Organizer

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    Yes any gps will make a good speedo, tripmeter, odometer etc etc (these are know as data fields and you can change them).. :D

    P.S. Hey "gorick" (who I never met but maybe soon on the Algonquin ride).. Instead of buying before trying a gps.. I have a Garmin 60CX that I never use (it's my spare in case my other gps quits working, so I don't want to sell it) .. If you find your way to Guelph.. You are welcome to borrow it (along with maps, 12v cord etc) and use it for FREE to try gps'ing.. If interested PM me for details..
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    gorick Ride Organizer

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    Hi Tony
    Thank you for the offer of trying your GPS. I am not sure if I can find the chance to get it but if the opportunity appears I will give you a shout.
    Thank you again for the offer.
    Rick
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    Rick
    As you said, when you get the WR geared better for off road use the speedo reads ridiculously high. (Mine indicates 122 at a true 100KPH ) You can buy a "speedohealer" which allows you to calibrate your speedo, but that will cost you around $100. What I and others have done to live with the speedo error is to find a nice straight piece of road and compare the GPS speed against the speedo indicated speed and then you will know how much it is off at the speeds you care about. You still have to live with the odo accummulating mileage faster than you actually are though.
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    Or cover shipping (~ $10.00) and I can ship it to you via Canada Post.. Depending when the next Algonquin meeting is (not sure if I can make it).. You can return it then.. Let me know.. Cheers.. :D
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    This is a true brother hood gents, lending something to somebody you never met.
  10. Neil Edmunds

    Neil Edmunds ODSC Executive

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    I took Tony up on his offer a couple of years ago. I just experimented with it a bit (didn't mount it on the bike). That was good enough to illustrate that the screens on the hand held units were too small for me.
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    johninkincardine ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Begging Rick's pardon for getting a little off topic...
    So Neil, what do you use to overcome this problem because I have the same issue.
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    Neil Edmunds ODSC Executive

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    Actually I wasn't impressed with any of the GPS offerings, so I bought a Trailtech Voyager. It's a track recorder that has a small screen and is just adequate for my needs. I only use it as an "electronic map" and always have it set for a "north up" viewing mode. It is virtually useless as a GPS but does an OK job of recording tracks.

    For me, the ideal GPS would be a Garmin Montana sized unit WITHOUT the touchscreen; instead it would have small mechanical buttons around the perimeter of the screen. This would provide a large viewing area and avoid any "touch sensitivity" issues.
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    Here you go: BMW Navigator V



    The downside is you might need to buy the bike as well :)

    Bob

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