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Marengo: Open Source GPS HOW TO

Jun 14, 2006, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martyn C Davis)

"On a recent organised cycling ride in the Test Valley down in Hampshire (I'm in the UK), a friend showed me his new toy; a Garmin Edge 305 GPS-enabled bike computer. Being a bit of a gadget head I'd played around with GPS on bike rides before, but the old Garmin GPS 12 I'd had seemed almost the weight and size of a brick, it had a serial interface, and the best use I ever really got out of it was to tell me what my coordinates were, which I could then check back onto an OS map. It also had a hard time finding a signal when surrounded by tall buildings or tree cover.

"I often find it quite boring riding around the same old familiar routes on my bike, but the alternative, which is figuring out a new route, then stopping every few miles to consult the sweaty OS map in my back pocket spoils the tempo of the ride..."

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