by Mike McNamee Published 01/02/2017
Which Device to Go For
So far we have explored the ways and means of finding a route to explore, albeit with some considerable imperfections. If you Google for 'Best Buy GPS Device' you are confronted with dog bark collars, car GPSs and various golf accessories – at no stage was a bike GPS mentioned.
Adding 'bicycle' into the mix refined the choice but failed to find the Garmin 820, the device we eventually decided to review (on a number of recommendations). In case you are wondering why the iPhone could not be employed, our previously mentioned problems on Mull were an issue as well as our experience with various route logging apps on the iPhone which have proved to be wildly inaccurate.
The Garmin Connect interface is almost as bad as its user manual!
As you have read, we finally chose to examine the Garmin Edge Explore 820 which is a Garmin Edge 820 chopped down to remove a number of performance features of limited importance to bike riders of pensionable age! The 'route plotting' on a Garmin is hidden amongst the 'Dashboard', a bewildering array of panels containing all manner of cycling junk and jargon – it is obsessive about performance data.
Again, we plotted the route around Bhaltos on the very cramped interface, which seems to assume that people only travel east to west rather than north to south – toggle on the elevation data and the map interface all but disappears! The interface is very slow to load although it did speed up when the interface was used again a little later. Once a route is plotted it may be transferred to the Garmin device for use in the field. This was the only time we managed to plot and use a route on the device.
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