• Gary Rose posted an update in the group Group logo of GPS For BicyclesGPS For Bicycles: 6 years, 11 months ago

    Hi,

    I use two different GPS units. One is from Delorme, the older Earthmate PN-20 GPS and a new Garmin Dakota 10. The Garmin is becoming my favorite at this time. It is smaller, mounts to the bike without having to make any custom parts, and uses a standard USB cable to upload and charge. The Delorme is no longer supported so I can’t get new maps. Software for both permit creating my own routes and are easy to use. Each have features that I like and not like so much. I was not planning to get another GPS for our next trip unless it failed, but I got the Garmin as a gift.

    • Cool. I used an eTrex Legend for years and years for work and recreation, and I loved it, although I’ve got to say I’ve kind of gone off GPS in the last couple of years, in fact only my tourer even has a cycle computer on it. Something about me is being freed from the numbers, I guess maybe I’m raging against my competition days. πŸ™‚

    • Gary, currently if price wouldn’t matter what GPS would be your your #1 choice for your next tour?

      • That is a hard question to answer. I have to admit that I am a gadget person.

        Delorme has their PN-60w with a SPOT communicator http://shop.delorme.com/OA_HTML/DELibeCCtpItmDspRte.jsp?section=10741&item=30786 for $699.95 USD. Their maps (North America only) are very detailed. One problem with their system is the detailed maps are on DVDs and have to be uploaded to a SD card. The size of the card determines the amount of maps on the card. My older Delorme can take cards up to 16 gig, but the GPS can not load that amount of info into its memory. The newer PN-60s have more internal memory.

        As for a Garmin, I’m impressed with my free Dakota 10. The Dakota 20 (https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=145&pID=30926) has some additional features that would be nice (barometric altimeter, 3-axis electronic compass, wireless data sharing, microSD card slot), and it is not very expensive compared to other Garmin or Delorme units. The Dakota series are designed for biking and has a built-in Worldwide basemap. Garmin has announced a new Montana series (http://sites.garmin.com/montana/) to be available in the 2nd ΒΌ of 2011 and puts its price tag at $699.99 USD, but is not really designed for biking. With the Dakota 10 when I create a route on the computer and upload it to the unit the maps needed for that route are also uploaded to its internal memory.

        Both my current Delorme and Garmin units permit creating routes within the unit. The bike mount for the Delorme is not really designed for a bike, it requires removing everything from the handlebars to get on. I made a custom mount for the mount. The Garmin Dakota series has a mount that is designed for bikes. The Delorme has a button-based system and the Garmin Dakota has a touch screen. Both units have a backlight that turns off automatically when on battery power and remain on when externally powered. Both units can use AA or rechargeable batteries. Screen displays provide different information and both permit some custom changes based on a list of options.

        If I had not been given the Garmin and I had to replace my Delorme I would most likely replace it with one of the Delorme PN-60 series. Since I do have my Garmin and if I had to replace it I think at this time I would purchase the Dakota 20 for about Β½ the price of the Delorme. One of the reasons is that I would not have to carry along the DVDs for uploading the maps or having a stash of preloaded SD cards along with me. Another reason is that Garmin does have maps other then North America.

        I realize that I did not really answer your question Toni, so based on my last paragraph, it would be the Dakota 20 at this time.

        • Wow Gary that was quite an analysis! NICE… I think you will enjoy the review section once it’s ready, the idea is to have members review all sorts of bicycle touring equipment and discuss their views.. Stay tuned πŸ™‚