[Yak] Speedometer/Odometer (GPS option)
jabraham at ucalgary.ca
Mon Oct 3 14:02:36 CDT 2005
I too use a GPS. I use a Garmin Geko 201 with it's handlebar mount. It
works fabulous when doing the bike-friday touring thing, where it's much
more important for me to know where I am then to know how many times my
wheel has turned around. The forerunner doesn't have quite as nice
cycing features as the Geko, but being able to throw it on your wrist
might be quite an advantage.
>is a simple and clean design. there are no wires, no fork sensors, no
>magnets, and no programing wheel sizes.
> First, GPS signals can be lost in downtown
>environments around tall buildings.
And in steep valleys in mountains. But in these environments you can
usually look up at the horizon and figure out where you are (but not how
fast your going).
>The signal can also be lost in heavy tree
I haven't had any trouble with trees with these newer GPSs, but I have
had problems with older models.
>secondly, the batteries last
>for about 12 hours.
This is really annoying for my normal running about town. When I'm
touring around after flying somewhere, I don't mind shelling out $ for
For running around town I often just go without anything. For most of
my rides near home I would rather have a Traditional Computer than a
GPS, since I know where I am and where I've been, and am mostly just
interested in how fast I am going and how far I've travelled. But I
don't have the handlebar real estate for both and don't want to deal
with the wires or wireless range issues, so I don't own a Traditional
Computer for my BF.
I also have another bluetooth GPS that normally lives in my car, but can
go into the top pouch of my backpack while touring. The cool thing
about that is that it connects via bluetooth to my Palm Pilot, which has
maps on it, so if I get lost I can turn on the Palm and see exactly
where I am. I also bought a handlebar mount for my Palm, so I can ride
around with my Palm on my handlebar, watching the maps. One of my Palm
mapping programs, mapopolis, also does navigation with voice prompts, so
my handlebar can talk to me and tell me where to go. But the battery
life on the palm is terrible, and it's not very vibration resistant, or
water resistant, so the palm handlebar mount has never been used except
to test it out. I might use it someday when I'm doing utilitarian
riding on a business trip.
jabraham at ucalgary.ca
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