GPS? Is it really any good on a MTB?
i use bar mounted tops got track where i’ve been and iPhone memory maps app as a yes i’m sure i’m in the right spot for when fell side routes disappear into the long grass.
However good the tech, just worry about battery draining etc… besides i like to read a map part of the enjoyment for me, if that doesn’t sound wierdPosted 5 years agoGribsMember
It doesn’t need to be expensive. I use a Dell axim with memory map installed and it cost about £30 all in a few years ago. It’s even cheaper now no one wants old pda’s.Posted 5 years agomdavidsMember
It doesn’t need to be expensive. I use a Dell axim with memory map installed and it cost about £30 all in a few years ago. It’s even cheaper now no one wants old pda’s.
This is what I use^^ Old pda, memory map software and one of these
Batteries last ages, cheap to buy and has so far been totally reliablePosted 5 years agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
I tried using GPS once but it was wrong and I found guesswork was more effective. As a spin-off though, it inspired me to create my own more accurate GPS using a goldfish with a magnet embedded in it, a large, sealed globe full of saline solution and a series of polaroid images of the area through which I’m travelling.
Remarkably, fish have an extraordinary natural sense of direction and can often discern a route simply by looking at images of prominent landmarks and rock formations, for example.
Adding the magnet to the fish – alignment is important here – means that it can also act as a primitive but highly accurate compass. I’ve also experimented with giving the fish a pen and paper to write down a grid bearing and act as a simple trip computer, but this ended badly, possibly because the fish I chose to use may have been dyslexic.
Anyway, the good news is that I anticipate putting this system into production in the near future. It’s simple, idiot proof and robust enough to use on a bike – in an accident the globe will simply roll away safely.
I wouldn’t, however, advise using a digital GPS on a bike under any circumstances. They are simply not accurate enough. As a back-up, I always carry a spare fish in a plastic bag as recommended by Icelandic Mountain Rescue Confederation.
Hope that helps.Posted 5 years agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
They like woods – reminds them of sea-weed and coral reefs. And if they don’t like ’em – they’re organic and unpredictable after all – I generally carry a chain-saw in my pack for a spot of impromptu clearance.
Tsssk, there’s always one sarky git in’t there?
So I don’t agree with Tandem Dichotomy. Eat my guppy… 😉Posted 5 years ago
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