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4/25/13 3:02 P

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Here's a website where you can get GPS at discount. I purchased my factory reconditioned Magellan GPS for my car for a nice discount.
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4/24/13 2:17 P

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Thanks for all the advice! I bought a Garmin Edge 200. It's pretty cheap. The data never matches my cyclecomputer, but it's close. And since it recharges when I plug it in to read the data, I haven't had any issues with battery life.

And I still don't own a smart phone.

Edited by: HILLSLUG98239 at: 4/24/2013 (14:18)
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BILL60's Photo BILL60 Posts: 240,429
2/1/13 6:26 A

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To be honest, I don't know what my battery life is. After a ride, I automatically re-charge the phone.

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1/31/13 2:42 P

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Thanks! I will check that out.

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1/31/13 2:16 P

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Garmin Edge 500

It's a tool. If you take full advantage of the website, tracking, and training stuff it's very powerful.

I figured out that if you use the wheel and cadence sensors the Garmin is better than if you do not. If you don't use the sensors it's more like the Phone app, seems to loose accuracy and speed will drift if you lose a Satellite. You will see the strength of 9 to 14 Satellites the less you have the the lower the strength the less accurate. I'm still learning and it's been a few years, I use a lot of set points for places I've been.

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1/31/13 1:58 P

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I would be interested in what kind of Garmin you guys are using.

Kelly

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1/31/13 1:42 P

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I use a smart phone and apps. Strava and runkeeper. On my old phone I would run both at the same time and my phone lasted but I always charged it before leaving. I think the longest I was out was around 3 hours. Also I ride a trail that is wooded with no cell signal and it always tracked me fine. I have a new more powerful phone so I'm a bit worried about the battery life but I have not been out to test it yet. Garmins look very nice but I can't afford one.

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1/29/13 3:35 P

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Phone app! Battery better be full and hold it to a 90 min ride or you might not be able to make and emergency call. You can go further but if there is not a great signal it will really suck the juice, mostly in hills or very highly dense woods and trees when damp.

Garmin-Got the same as Bill and I can go a long time without charging. I never checked how many hours of riding, estimate 15 to 20 hours. When it gets to 10% I charge it.

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1/29/13 11:25 A

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I'm beginning to think a GPS is the way to go. A smart phone app may be cheaper, but I'd rather not carry a spare battery in my sweaty jersey pocket.

So Bill60 - how's the battery life on your Garmin?

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1/29/13 8:46 A

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Here are some iPhone related thoughts about tracking I looked for feedback on once upon a time. Haven't done anything with them yet:

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1/29/13 6:37 A

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The thought of going on a long ride in desolate country roads and the battery dying on me, is enough to keeping my Garmin vs an AP.

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1/28/13 4:45 P

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Sporty Pal Pro is the best I have seen. The all eat battery time.

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1/28/13 4:37 P

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I use the Endomondo App on my Samsung Galaxy II for both running and riding my bike. It tracks very accurately. It is a battery hog and my phone will last about three or four hours before I need to recharge or change batteries. When I do all day rides, I carry a spare battery as well as an external backup charger. I haven't had a problem tracking on bike trails. I think any phone app running GPS continuously will be a battery hog.

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1/28/13 4:03 P

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I use MapMyRide on my phone. On a 3 hour ride it eats up almost all the battery but I also have music going as well. It's about as accurate as any app. I haven't had any problems with it not capturing my ride except one in really dense trees.

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1/28/13 3:51 P

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I looked through a year's worth of topics and didn't see this question. If this is a duplicate, forgive me.

I track my rides, walks, and hikes obsessively. I generally use mapmyfitness on my desk top. I do not own a smart phone, but I know that my relatively ancient Motorola Razr will not last forever, so I see a smart phone (but not an iPhone) in my future. I use (and love) CatEye cyclecomputers on my road bike and mountain bike.

I would like something more accurate than re-creating my route on mapmyride. (I ride my mountain bike in an area with trails that criss-cross and I do loops repeatedly; it's impossible to re-create my route.) I haven't decided if I want to plunk down a ridiculous amount of money for a GPS unit that I can use while biking or on foot, or knuckle under and get a smart phone and load it up with apps.

My husband frequently carries a GPS unit when we hike. He's mostly given up because his GPS goes through batteries quickly and it's useless in heavy forest. I'm curious if newer units have better battery life (I know there's no chance they'll get a signal in the deep, dark forest).

Those of you who use apps on your phones - how well do they work? How much battery life does it eat up? Anyone using a lightweight GPS for cycling and running?

Also - I'm not that interested in a HRM, so it doesn't matter if the unit I get offers than information. I used a HRM for years. Mine started giving erratic readings even after replacing the battery in the strap, which leads me to think the battery in the wrist monitor needs replaced. I haven't gotten around to replacing it, which means I've been without detailed knowledge of exactly how many calories I burned during a workout for the last eight months. And I've found that I really can survive without having that information. *shocking*

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