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    Quote Originally Posted by jonno View Post
    i'm a newbie, and looking for a gps for mountain bike too. Can i use the Nuvi series of handhelds? what do you recommend TIA.
    depends on your riding discipline... if you are into cross country biking, a nuvi will do... IMO, hitting two birds with one stone, as you can use it also for in car navigation... I, for one gets to use my nuvi when doing cross country biking... but if you are into trails, i suggest going for a handheld.


    just my 2 cents

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    thanks for all the replies, i'm inclined to get the dakota 20 since the size is small enough to bring on runs

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    Default garmin forerunner 305

    Hi, just got into mountain biking and having a GPS help provides comfort that I will not be lost in the wild. I got a garmin forerunner 305, primarily for heart rate monitoring, speed and distance lagging but also for location tracking. I don't get the view of the map while riding but I can upload courses complete with waypoints and it helps me navigate thru the mountain tracks..I got my unit at amazon shipped to US address for $120 while the price here is P9k.

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    @ daishogun, interesting, i recently lost my heart rate monitor watch. so do forerunner 305 or 405 provide direction? how, it shows txt? in 200mts turn left? something like that? i know someone going home from the states i'll have it delivered to his addy. i use a 255w mounted on the handle bars but battery life is a real bummer.


    i'll be going on a baguio-baguio ride on the 29th, estimated time would be 8-9 hours. the 255 will not be able to service me that long. best is maybe 4 hours or less. so i'll just bring it along in case i need to find directions.

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    you might want to check out garmin's edge 705. it's bike specific and with all the bells and whistles (heart rate, cadence, turn-by-turn directions using the RG map) http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-Edge-70...4354679&sr=8-2 . kinda expensive at $453 but there's a refurbished one for $299.99 http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-Bicycle...4354679&sr=8-1.

    the forerunner 305/405 does not give directions as you can't load a map there. so it's basically for reviewing your workout data after doing your workout... hth

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    Default I can vouch for the Edge 705

    I have used an Edge 705 on my mountain bike for a while now. Very happy with it. Keeps going all day long - and I sometimes ride 12 hours logging all the time. You can't change batteries - need to charge through a USB port. Its rugged - dragged it over the handlebars with me a couple of times. It stays on real well with the handlebar clip - provided you have not broken the little catch. I did and keep forgetting to bring the replacemenst with me but its only an issue in catastrophic head over the handlebar situations (unfortunately I manage them from time to time) and as long as I don't break my glasses at the same time I usually easily find it!. One pain was that Mapsource would not read tracks direct from it - TCX file format I think. I upgraded to the latest Mapsource and that sorted that. It has a good display for the RG map and it is small enough to use whilst running. I have a 405 but occasionally want to have a map - so take the 705 easily.

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    Very nice review Dave.

    Best regards. Ride hard and stay safe...

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    directional ba ang garmin when we put it on bicycle mode? kasi when we are on cars diba it chages direction when we turn the car to a different path? i was thinking na if i just leave the garmin on and put it on the upper zipper of my backpack then i would still be able to hear where to go? i would ride sa trails btw.

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    Le stat, try to avoid "taglish" so that english speaking members will understand your question.

    That is actually a good question and I found myself turning my GPSR around and around to simulate the scenarios.

    My answer (and I would appreciate correction if I am wrong) is that as long as you put your GPSR in "route up" mode, not North Up mode, then it should still be able to properly route you no matter it's position in your back pack. Come to think of it I imagine even in North up mode it should still route properly.

    I am not 100% sure if you will be able to hear it though, that is why when a friend (now an RG contri) asked me for advice on what to buy, I suggested one with bluetooth, so that he can pair it with a bluetooth headset to hear the GPS while biking.

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    afaik, GPSRs determines its direction based on heading. it won't matter whatever position the unit is on. the positioning of the unit can affect it's signal reception though.

    as for the bluetooth thingy, better make sure that the unit supports bluetooth audio if you plan on using it with a BT audio device. not all bt capable GPSRs supports audio streaming.

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