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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 1:05 pm    Post subject: Cheap Route planning GPS Reply with quote

Anyone know of any GPS units on the market that have the ability to use a custom route created on a PC other than the usual top end Garmin and TT units (Zumo Rider etc)? Not too worried if the unit is not waterproof as I have been using a Garmin i3 for many years and not had a problem to date.

Just need to be able to create a custom route, without spending a fortune.

I have been looking at the ViaMichelin products and although they don't seem to have custom route creation, they do have useful route preferrences that make them suitable for use on a Bike. Anyone using one?


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In all honesty if you want full route planning on a budget then you're probably better off buying a used older Garmin such as a Quest.

Like you I used an i3 but got frustrated with it's simple A-B (via C at most) routing. About 18 months ago I got a Quest off eBay for 130, the Garmin bike mounting kit new for another 50 and some RAM bits for another 20 odd. Haven't looked back since. Was thinking of going for a Rider (Mk1) before that but am now glad I didn't after all the reported issues.

You can get Quests from eBay for less than 100 now and if you're lucky get one with all the bike mounting hardware for around 150. Just make sure that it comes with the unlock code and relatively current mapping.

Quest lacks pseudo 3D, proximity alerts (scamera warnings), Bluetooth and MP3 but is still a very capable GPS unit.
Garmin i3, Quest & StreetPilot 2720 with GTM10
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