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  1. #1
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    new to GPS

    so i just got a new Garmin Etrex Vista HCX. I have taken it with me on several rides, and now i have some questions.

    After my rides, i was loading my tracks onto the MapSource program that came with the unit. However, that program doesn't give the information that i was looking for (mainly speed and time stats). After reading posts, it seems like you guys use to get more out of your GPS systems.

    I have signed up and loaded a ride to motion based. It seems to have all the stats that i want. However, I have dial up internet, and it makes this process long and painful.

    I was wondering if there is a program out there that i could purchase (or download) that could do what motionbased does, but without needing to be connected to the internet.

    thanks for the advice...

  2. #2
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    Google Earth Plus

    You can download your gps tracks and data using the $20.00/year version.

    There are seveal ways to save the files after you have downloaded them. You can save multiple tracks and code them different colors so you can see all your tracks at once or as few as you desire.

    Just go here -->

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    Dude Google Earth on Dialup? #1 that's online, and #2 how slow will that be?

    Try Sportstrack - you will still be slow because it needs connection for maps

    You could try the garmin training center

    and use a gpx to tcx converter and see if the analysis works. I've never went from gpx to tcx so I don't know if it will give you want you want - but using the training devices you get speed, time, pace, and with proper equipment heart rate and cadence.

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    MIssed the dial up part. As long as he has a few hours to waist each time, he will be fine

    Time to step up and get cable or dsl if it is available. The extra $'s per month you spend will be worth all the agrivation of the dial up line.

    Besides, then he can download all the cool pics and vids on this and other sites in near real time.

  5. #5
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    You could always wait for Garmin Connect to start recognizing other Garmin GPS' sometime in Sept.

    You might look at TopoFusion, it provides all the information you are looking for and then some. You will need to download the program and then download the maps that you need but once downloaded they remain on the hard drive. You can download a demo at

    Hope this helps.

  6. #6
    trail rat
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    I am a huge fan of TopoFusion, as already mentioned, and that is my primary program.
    I also use SportTracks for the HRM stats that I can accumulate and print for my cardiologist.
    Both are stand alone programs on your computer.
    "The physician heals, Nature makes well" - real fortune cookie

    CCCMB trail work for trail access - SLO, CA

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