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    Sat nav advice.

    Thinking of getting a sat nav/tom tom for my pedal bike, never had one before so any advice would be great fully welcomed.

    Would love one that shows detail and maybe maps of the area, do some of them show designated cycle Lanes/cycle routes.

    Thanks guys.

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    Moderator & Poshcrafter™ Martin's Avatar
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    Why not use your smart phone with Google maps or such like? It has map or satellite display and can give directions for cycling. It's what I'd use. I would imagine that the battery life would be greater too.

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    Not what you asked for but this is really useful when cycling: http://catenacycling.com/en/.

    The Garmin range are good but come at a price (guess it depends if you need elevation data and heart rate monitoring too).

    I know that Google Maps will tell you the cycle routes if you choose the little "bike option".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davepr View Post
    Thinking of getting a sat nav/tom tom for my pedal bike, never had one before so any advice would be great fully welcomed.

    Would love one that shows detail and maybe maps of the area, do some of them show designated cycle Lanes/cycle routes.

    Thanks guys.

    As Martin mentioned use Google Maps/Navigator or even just install the TomTom app on your smartphone. Both can use offline maps and there are plenty of other GPS mapping softwares for Android/iOS etc.

    If you have a smartphone there simply isn't any need for a dedicated GPS device, The smartphone can do same but much better and more.
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    Unless you're planning on overland trips...
    A few folks use marine GPS for overland trips

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    You can get some good cheap if not free apps for a smartphone.
    I use Back Country Navigator as my main nav' it uses OS maps too.

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    Um....when I use the GPS on my phone the battery conks out after about 30-45 minutes...I do use it in the car, but always plug it in.
    On a dedicated GPS it normally lasts for days...
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    Quote Originally Posted by FishyFolk View Post
    Um....when I use the GPS on my phone the battery conks out after about 30-45 minutes...I do use it in the car, but always plug it in.
    On a dedicated GPS it normally lasts for days...
    You probably need to adjust the gps power settings to stop it running in the background

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    If you have a smartphone you can get a number of apps that are very good.
    I have ViewRanger on my phone as a secondary navigation device and it has good battery life. There is a website for sharing routes and tracks, etc.

    They have some kind of bicycle promo on for the summer.

    Check http://www.viewranger.com/images/new...cling2014.html for info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valantine View Post
    You probably need to adjust the gps power settings to stop it running in the background
    This happens when I use the GPS...i.e have it running in the foreground...thats sort of the purpose of it. In all other situations I turn it completely off...
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