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I don't have any experience with that particular unit, but I do have a Garmin Oregon 450, which is a "hiking" GPS, but I find it works great for cycling. I've found there's 2 important things to getting a lock on satellites. First, as you mention, is a clear view of the sky. The second important thing is don't move. The faster you are moving the more ...


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Use Bike Route Toaster and make sure you are using Open Street Maps Cycling version ("Open Cycle Map). As part of the route finding options under Open Street Maps there is an "Avoid unpaved roads/paths" I have successfully used Bike Route Toaster with a Garmin 800 in the past. I planned out a 1000 km journey across Norway on back roads, gravel (eek!) ...


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The Edge Touring comes with a preloaded "Garmin Cycle Map". This is based on OpenStreetMap, so you can check the OSM website to see how good coverage is for the areas you are interested in. In general, OSM is rather good for roads in most of Western Europe, and much of the USA. Many areas also have lots of cycle paths and trails mapped. It is often more ...


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Garmin do not publish the firmware or provide support for community modifications, and actually seem to be killing off the one community feature they had allowed (the ability to use non Garmin maps) in some areas. My advice - buy another device for the other bike, or just accept that navigating through 5 menus isn't really that bad:-)


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I am not aware of a way to do this using just the Garmin unit. However, if you have a computer handy, then you can upload your ride to one of the many GPS cycling sites (for example, http://ridewithgps.com/ works well for this). Once the ride is online, you can reverse the route using tools on the website. You'll want to then verify that everything is as ...


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It is probably worth switching on the device as soon as you start heading home, even if you are inside a building. While it may not acquire a lock inside, the signal might be strong enough to download some of the data the device has to acquire, meaning it locks quicker once you reach clearer skies. It's also worth bearing in mind that acquiring a GPS ...


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You can get map files that work on Garmin devices (I haven't tried with Edge) from this site. You can select predefined areas (countries, provinces) of the world you want, or create custom selections of just your area. They generate a map of your desired area and send you an email when its ready so you can download it.


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The map-capable Garmin cycling units come with a solid basemap with the ability to add additional maps, and the Touring unit has a micro SD slot to make this even easier. Granted the maps that come with are good for a point of reference, I wouldn't recommend Garmin's maps for any substantial route finding. If you're trying to find a safe bicycle route ...


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I'm not sure how the Edge 1000 works, and whether or not it allows showing multiple tracks. Some other Garmin models can do this (ie Etrex), but they work differently in a number of ways. Yes, joining tracks in a GPX file is possible, there is a wide variety of software to do this. One option is Garmin BaseCamp, which is available as a free download for ...


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I tend to find that in the UK at least, a quick check if the road has been 'Google StreetViewed' will show if it is tarmac or not. You can quickly check this by dragging the 'pegman' (little orange StreetView icon located above the zoom bar), if the road has been StreetViewed then it will turn blue. In my experience over 90% of coloured roads on OS Maps ...


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I am planning to bike across Pennsylvania this summer and I am having trouble finding good roads to use for biking. Then I hit upon the idea of Google street view (and the Microsoft version of it). Using street view has been a fantastic help for me! I have found a route that has paved shoulders for my entire north/south route! And that was in a couple ...


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It's a common problem with GPS that has no wifi or cellular network assistance. In any case you should wait for the GPS to have a lock before you ride. What I usually do is get out on the road, stop, wait for lock then continue riding. You obviously don't want to stop and wait forever. Good thing is while it's trying lock your position, you can see on the ...


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Interesting question. I don't know if there is a better way but I can offer a couple of suggestions. There's a thread over on BikeRadar where someone is wanting to stitch two FIT files together, there's a suggestion to convert to TCX then manually merge the files using a text editor. ...


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I love my Edge 500 and just use the GPS, no sensors needed, I get speed and distance and a great map after uploading, just no cadence (I am aware that the speed/cadence sensor does give better speed/distance but I like the ease of using the device on all my bikes without having to buy and pair extra sensors). As far as GPS signal, I turn it on and set in a ...



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