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Old 07-10-2013, 01:53 PM   #1261
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I want to get a small Etrex. I have used a NUVI 105 and 76 CSX. I think I would rather have something super small to spot check my location rather than a huge device.

Blue Charts suck. The map programs are the main thing that hold me back.

If you guys want to download pretty good maps for free, check out: www.gpsfiledepot.com .
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Old 07-10-2013, 03:01 PM   #1262
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If you guys want to download pretty good maps for free, check out: www.gpsfiledepot.com .
Holy Crap! Thats awesome...I just downloaded the AZ TOPO for my 60CSX....I thought I'd never get a map for that thing since Garmin dropped it
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:14 PM   #1263
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refokus- Thats way more than I plan on spending on a GPS. I guess I will just use my cars Garmin Nuvi till I find a cheap waterproof one.
So what else does it do?

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You can actually get quite a lot out of bargain GPS' with a few tweaks. The only thing you can't really work around is the ruggedness and waterproof capabilities of a unit.

Even a unit not specified to route like your car gps units can show a track. it wont work like a regular unit that can handle routes and tracks but you can certainly trick it into showing you a line to help you navigate. Which is just the same.
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:16 PM   #1264
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refokus- Thats way more than I plan on spending on a GPS. I guess I will just use my cars Garmin Nuvi till I find a cheap waterproof one.
So what else does it do?

Moar- Impact wrenches are the holy grain of tools.
Well, my GPS pisses me off every time I use it and have to figure out how to follow the track all over again. That's what it does, it fuckin pisses me off.......... Now that's worth the $800

I will need to get Cyberdos to teach me how to use it someday.
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Old 07-11-2013, 05:44 AM   #1265
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These super hot days may be the perfect time for a class. I'm moving into my new shop this week, maybe we can converge. Right near Tempe marketplace.

What say you, cyberdos?
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:01 AM   #1266
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These super hot days may be the perfect time for a class. I'm moving into my new shop this week, maybe we can converge. Right near Tempe marketplace.

What say you, cyberdos?
I'd be up for a GPS class, the only thing my Garmin has done is get me lost!
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:00 AM   #1267
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Nightstalker has some really good videos on importing and exporting GPX files from mapsource to your GPS. I was able to take his track from Sheeps Bridge and it was spot on.

It is nice to ride a track that has already been made, because it is easier to spot if you have made a wrong turn.
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:30 AM   #1268
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These super hot days may be the perfect time for a class. I'm moving into my new shop this week, maybe we can converge. Right near Tempe marketplace.

What say you, cyberdos?
I wouldn't mind spending a few hours teaching a group. But I really can't right now. I've got family in town so it would have to be sometime in August.
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:33 AM   #1269
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Nightstalker has some really good videos on importing and exporting GPX files from mapsource to your GPS. I was able to take his track from Sheeps Bridge and it was spot on.

It is nice to ride a track that has already been made, because it is easier to spot if you have made a wrong turn.
Terry's site is an incredible resource.

Not only does he have all his tracks with the ride reports but the tracks are graded by difficulty. Although I've seen that his grading system as been skewed over the years. Specially after he got the 450X.
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:41 AM   #1270
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I have seen his ride reports. I think BBF stands for Big Bruise Friendly.
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:47 AM   #1271
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I wouldn't mind spending a few hours teaching a group. But I really can't right now. I've got family in town so it would have to be sometime in August.
august would work out great. lets plan it ahead of time so people can sign up and set aside time to attend. you call the dates, and if people have laptops they can bring, that would be good. I've got wireless, one computer and one laptop.
address is 306 south river, tempe. about 1/2 mile west of the 202 and about 1/4 mile south of rio salado. pretty good central location, I think. plus there's a fridge and 2 heads.

i'm # 1 on the sign up sheet!
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:58 AM   #1272
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august would work out great. lets plan it ahead of time so people can sign up and set aside time to attend. you call the dates, and if people have laptops they can bring, that would be good. I've got wireless, one computer and one laptop.
address is 306 south river, tempe. about 1/2 mile west of the 202 and about 1/4 mile south of rio salado. pretty good central location, I think. plus there's a fridge and 2 heads.

i'm # 1 on the sign up sheet!
I don't have a GPS, but I would be interested in coming just to learn what people like and don't like about their GPS's. Someday I could see me getting one and I am so far behind the curve when it comes to being knowledgeable about them that I wouldn't even know where to start. Assuming schedules work out, count me in.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:17 PM   #1273
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Count me in - but only if Refokus is there with his $800 GPS so I can look at it and know what to charge for mine.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:28 PM   #1274
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There are a lot of misconceptions about the utilization of GPS'. A lot of old schoolers don't like them because they have a romantic view of a paper map world. I grew up routing on paper maps with my dad. I love paper maps but they are absolutely no match for a GPS.

GPS' not only provide much more detail but can help you navigate out of danger if one gets in a jam. How are you going to find that nearest gas station on a map when you're running out of gas? How would you know if the terrain is getting worse or has the potential to improve if you're stuck in a canyon? And the best part, which a lot of people overlook is having an incredibly detailed copy of exactly what you've ridden during your ride.

Check this RR out and tell me that the GPS stuff aint cool.

This is all dependent on you knowing what to do with the magic box. Same as if you hand a paper map to a person that doesn't know which way is north, you'll want to chuck the GPS in a river if you don't know what does what.

If we set something up I'd probably want to bring my PC with me. I've got everything set up how I like it so it would cut down on setup time. Also, I'd recommend whoever attends to familiarize themselves with their units. Just knowing the buttons and how to navigate the menus is half the battle. Lastly, there are a few programs that I use that you should at least skim over. Googlemaps, Google Earth, Basecamp/Mapsource, GmapToGPX, and the really, really cool one is IMGfromGPX.

I know it seems like a lot but other than the last one most people have already at least nibbled at the first few.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:56 PM   #1275
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