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Old 07-03-2013, 03:58 PM   #1
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GPS tracker, with no display

I'm trying to find something that will turn on with the ignition, and store GPS data as I ride. Basically, I want to know where I have been - not where I am.

I have searched for GPS trackers and all I can find are hidden, battery powered units, and ones that triangulate cell towers to give an approximate location. They seem to be geared towards catching a cheating spouse or companies tracking their drivers.

I want a small box under the seat, with an SD card, and an external antenna. At the end of the ride, I want to put the card into my computer and save the tracks.

Does this exist?
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Old 07-03-2013, 05:29 PM   #2
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I'm trying to find something that will turn on with the ignition, and store GPS data as I ride. Basically, I want to know where I have been - not where I am.

I have searched for GPS trackers and all I can find are hidden, battery powered units, and ones that triangulate cell towers to give an approximate location. They seem to be geared towards catching a cheating spouse or companies tracking their drivers.

I want a small box under the seat, with an SD card, and an external antenna. At the end of the ride, I want to put the card into my computer and save the tracks.

Does this exist?
If you use an Android-powered smartphone, there is a free app that will provide the functionality you seek. The free app called My Tracks is produced by Google. With that app, you can record a track for your journey. When done, turn off the recording. The track can be saved to your phone's SD card, or you can upload the GPX file to Google Drive. You can open the GPX file in Garmin Mapsource, Garmin BaseCamp, or in Google Maps or Google Earth.
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Old 07-03-2013, 05:48 PM   #3
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If you use an Android-powered smartphone, there is a free app that will provide the functionality you seek. The free app called My Tracks is produced by Google. With that app, you can record a track for your journey. When done, turn off the recording. The track can be saved to your phone's SD card, or you can upload the GPX file to Google Drive. You can open the GPX file in Garmin Mapsource, Garmin BaseCamp, or in Google Maps or Google Earth.
I can do it with my iPhone as well. I was hoping for something automated.
But thanks for the info on My Tracks; I'll check it out.
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Old 07-03-2013, 05:56 PM   #4
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I use a small Sony GPS photo tracker to identify where I record digital photos. It also makes a track that downloads to my computer and displays on a map using the provided software. It has from time to time provided tracking backup for my Garmin. I don't know if Sony still makes it, but B&H no longer carries it. But this is similar, or perhaps even better.

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Old 07-03-2013, 08:22 PM   #5
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What you want is a "GPS Logger". I don't know of any with external antenna, but most are very small units that you could fit in any pocket. All have an on/off switch. None that I know of could go on and off from the bike ignition. Search for "Holux Logger".
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:02 PM   #6
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Garmin makes a GPS bicycle speedo that logs tracks...there is no removable SD card but the track can be easily downloaded via USB cable...the internal battery is rechargeable and will run for many hours but it would be easy to wire an onbike USB power supply if needed. The head is on a twist lock mount and is very easy to remove from the mount.


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Old 07-04-2013, 05:28 PM   #7
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This was posted a little while back. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=899050


The company sells data loggers, which seem to be available from their US distributors.
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