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PostSubject: GPS for beginner   Mon Jul 29, 2013 3:32 pm

I'm considering a GPS, What would be a good one for a beginner to try?

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PostSubject: Re: GPS for beginner   Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:04 pm

I have a Garmin 60cs. Although I would like a Montana made by garmin, it's out of my price range right now. I prefer my son's Garmin 60CSX as it has a mem SD card to store more maps. On my 60cs I only have internal mem. I have to delete or download my routes I've done so I can load a different area of the map. Don't get me wrong it's a great beginner gps and has geo build in. It will hold hundreds of square miles of map. I would just like to load the entire Wa. map and not worry about whether I have  the correct area loaded or not. I've had mine for about 6-7 years now.

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PostSubject: Re: GPS for beginner   Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:09 pm

Thanks, that is now on my list of things to check out. I know less than nothing about GPS so I have a lot to learn, all advice is appreciated.

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PostSubject: Re: GPS for beginner   Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:37 pm

It's nice to have know doubt. I like the Montana mainly because of the large screen. The eyes aren't what they used to be.scared
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PostSubject: Re: GPS for beginner   Tue Jul 30, 2013 6:39 am

Like Goldenhtr mentioned, look for one with a large screen and one with either a very larger internal memory or one with a micro SD card capable. Clearing/loading new info is a pain, as goldenhtr said. I upgraded slightly by getting an Garmin eTrex HCx (color and SD card). Now I can see the difference between contour lines and roads, which I couldn't see on my old etrex. Plus, I've been able to load topo map for a much larger area (my state and some of the surrounding area in Oregon I routinely ride in).

...but depending on how committed to getting and using a GPS you are, start cheap if you want to learn, or a little more expensive model if you think having one is for you. At one time I was against having a GPS. Thought there was not need if I had a map. Now I love it!
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PostSubject: Re: GPS for beginner   Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:11 am

Well, I love paper maps. I enjoy studying them and planning routes, I use an old roll chart holder on my handlebars and make my own charts. But I'm finally beginning to see where a GPS would be useful, Honestly I think I'd like to use one along with the paper maps. Geocaching is something I've wanted to get into for a while now thanks to your post's, I think a GPS will be a must for that.

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PostSubject: Re: GPS for beginner   Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:53 am

I found this manual on line, maybe I can decide if I'm smart enough to use one by reading it:big: 
http://www8.garmin.com/manuals/eTrexLegendHCx_OwnersManual.pdf

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PostSubject: Re: GPS for beginner   Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:46 am

Well I settled on a Delorme PN-20 GPS unit, I've got a lot to learn but I think I'm gonna like having it.

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