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  1. #1
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    Recommendations for Mapping GPS

    Hi all,

    Just starting to get into the sport and of course on the first couple of trips I got lost. I'm wondering if you can recommend a GPS with the following criterias:

    -Mapping, specifically I would like to download other's trail information to the GPS
    -Compass and elevation indicator
    -General information: speed, distance, time, temperature, etc
    -Mount-able on stem or handle bar, water resistant

    I'm not too interested in heart rate monitoring or other fitness type information but won't object to it if it's included already. Thanks.

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    Those features are pretty common across models these days. There are really only a couple still on the market that don't have mapping capability, and most can be had with or without an electronic compass and barometric altimeter if you so choose (but adding those sensors tends to add about $50 to the retail price).

    Temperature will be a problem. Not many will record temperature, and the only ones I'm aware of that do are fitness models, and one of them isn't a mapping model.

    You will also have to define economical. Everyone's definition for that will be different. Is the GPS economical compared to professional survey-grade models? If that's your benchmark, then a $600+ model won't be a problem because survey grade stuff can go for tens of thousands of dollars. But if your definition of economical is the free cell phone you got for signing up for a 2yr contract, then you might have a problem finding a GPS that meets your criteria.

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    Thanks, in hindsight I guess temperature isn't really that important. What I really want is not to get lost.

    I'm tryingg to keep it under 3-400, I'm looking to find a local store with the Garmin Edge series; is there anything else from Garmin or another company I should look at?

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    Costco has the Garmin Edge 605 for $199 right now (on line only)
    Great deal
    "We'll ride it until they pave it."

    -Urban Yeti

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    I have been very happy with my Oregon 450. I use it on my bike and hiking. I like that it does not have a custom rechargable battery. If the batteries get low I can just put new AA's (alkaline or NiMH) in and keep going.

  6. #6
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    The Garmin Dakota 20 has all that, with a nice bike mount, good battery life and is quite waterproof.

    I've talked friends into getting them, and we just email routes to each other.

    Here's some routes I mapped in France last month:

    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href=""><img src="" height="90" width="144" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href=" t=embedwebsite">Cotignac 2011 edit 2</a></td></tr></table>

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