Cheap GPS for riding
How long are your rides? It may be that the cheapest solution is something along the lines of what we’re discussing in this thread:
eg buy a cheap second hand phone but rather than mounting it to the bike as in that thread, just use it with wifi/bluetooth/data/brightness/etc all turned off which considerably extends the run time of the phone.Posted 4 years agoGrahamSSubscriber
it’s still shocking in every way possible.
What phone? Not all phones are equal when it comes to GPS etc.
Some early ‘droids in particular are a bit flaky. I get a pretty reliable GPS tracks on my iPhone 4 and the thread above mentions some reliable ‘droids to use.
I did a three day trip a couple of weeks ago and happily recorded 160 miles of track over 11 hours by just adding an external battery (no messing about with airplane mode etc)
(so no data, bluetooth or wifi) with brightness turned down
Why have the screen on at all? it is by far the biggest drain.Posted 4 years agoclubberMember
I bought a defy mini for £33.
The item you linked to looks pretty small so I’d be concerned that its reception wouldn’t be any better than a phone, maybe worse even.
Another solution is just to buy the cheapest proper GPS you can find – like a Garmin Etrex H which should be cheap but records very well and has very good battery life.Posted 4 years ago
I’m getting sick of my phone dying when recording rides so I was thinking about getting something solely for GPS use. I only want something to record my ride, nothing else. And as cheap as possible really.
Is there nothing cheaper than the Garmin Edge 200 or Bryton Rider 20, because the Garmin is £90 and the Bryon £75.
Has anybody used anything like this?
Thanks all.Posted 4 years agoBristolPabloMember
I use a Garmin 200 and its great for what I want. The breadcrumb trails are much better than people credit and are easy to follow. Battery life is pretty good, easily enough for 10 hours on the bike, doesnt lose its signal in forests and they have two brackets so you can swop between bikes.Posted 4 years ago
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