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Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by rikgrimsby, 23 Mar 2008.

  1. rikgrimsby

    rikgrimsby New Member

    whats the best garmin gps for mountain biking/touring?
     
  2. redfox

    redfox New Member

    Location:
    Bourne End, UK
    Opinions vary, but the Vista HCx seemed to fair best in this thread.
     
  3. davidwalton

    davidwalton New Member

    I like my Vista with the maps I purchased. It gets used every bike ride, ie. following one of the dozen or so routes I have pre-planned on the PC, then transfered to the Vista unit. You don't have to watch it all the time as it beeps at you when getting close to a turn, and beeps again once within a few hundred feet.

    I wanted a unit that used standard batteries, rather than having to buy anything special, and the Vista uses AA type with life of over 24 hours. I use rechargeable 2900AMh.

    If you want to do off-road stuff as well, get the Topo maps. The MapSource City Navigator Europe NT does not include tracks or terrain info.
     
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    rikgrimsby

    rikgrimsby New Member

    thanks i was looking at that satmap actvie 10,but its a bit pricey
     
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    rikgrimsby

    rikgrimsby New Member

  6. davidwalton

    davidwalton New Member

    You haven't seen the price of the Vista and maps then;) The 2 together will set you back over £300 (assuming buying Topo GB maps).
     
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    rikgrimsby

    rikgrimsby New Member

    you can get the vista for £176 brand new.....
     
  8. davidwalton

    davidwalton New Member

    then you need the maps. Topo GB maps is around £130.
     
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    rikgrimsby

    rikgrimsby New Member

    still its cheaper then the satmap tho,but saying that the satmap has got os mapping
     
  10. davidwalton

    davidwalton New Member

    anything like this is going to be horses for courses. I would make your mind up based on the features each have. Battery life is important to me, along with the use of standard AA batteries.

    Do a Cons/Pros sheet, and decide from that.

    BTW- I paid £220 for my Vista less than 2 months ago, so £176 is an extremely good price. Best price at that time was £215, but none in stock.
     
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    rikgrimsby

    rikgrimsby New Member

    true i think the vista is the way forwad.at lest if i do break the garmin its not a great deal of cash(still a lot tho)but if i got the satmap and broke that its £300 just for the unit.thats one big pro and con there
     
  12. davidwalton

    davidwalton New Member

    Best not to break either unless money is no object, at all;)

    You would however probably have to prove to Garmin that a unit is broken before they would allow the maps to be unlocked for any replacement.
     
  13. CopperBrompton

    CopperBrompton Bicycle: a means of transport between cake-stops

    Location:
    London
    Garmin are very accommodating. They have even replaced broken units free-of-charge when out of warranty.

    I have the Vista HCx and highly recommend it.

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    Ben
     
  14. osteopath

    osteopath New Member

    John O'Groats to Lands End - Advice

    Hi,
    New to the site but need some advice. A friend and I are doing a charity ride the length of the country but I'm having alot of difficulty planning the route as i don't have access to a GPS system and we were trying to keep our costs down and didn't want to go to the expense of buying the GPS system and the PC maps that in total would cost us around £400. Any ideas anyone???
     
  15. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Er, paper maps and a compass?