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post #1 of 8 Old 08-06-2012, 08:56 AM Thread Starter
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In need of GPS advice.

I have an older Garmin GPSmap 76 that I use for hunting and fishing. I started using it on the bike but found that there are very few secondary roads that show up. I also don't have the cable to link to the computer. Should I try and get updated mapping and a cable, or just buy a new $99 GPS?
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-06-2012, 09:46 PM
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Hey Bucket,

The new device may have more gadgets. It also maybe cheaper to buy a cable and the upgraded maps. Only you can make that call.

I am in the similar situation. I have a garmin 855 that I use in the vehicle and on the KLR. The problem is its not water resistant. Do I buy a new one for the KLR or just be careful? The 655 is made for the weather but its not cheap at $600.00. I will make due until i can afford to upgrade.

Good luck, let us know what you do.

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I vote go with a new one. I just got a $129 garmin nuvi from costco and I ordered the Ram Mount set up specific for my gps for $40 more off ebay. The new garmin's come with life time maps and traffic and with the cable to keep it updated.
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I vote go with a new one. I just got a $129 garmin nuvi from costco and I ordered the Ram Mount set up specific for my gps for $40 more off ebay. The new garmin's come with life time maps and traffic and with the cable to keep it updated.
Thats what I'm thinking. But like Snakeboy said...they aren't waterproof. But for $100, they are almost disposeable.

The only maps I found available for mine are $150, so if I don't come across any cheaper than that, I'll just get a new one.
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Nuvi 550 is wet resistant. I have one but haven't had a chance to deep water test it except for intermittant light rain. Seemed to be ok there.

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I found a Nuvi 205 on e-bay last night for $40 with all the accessories. Figure I'll see how it works and how much I use it before I drop a big chunck on a good one.
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Thats what I'm thinking. But like Snakeboy said...they aren't waterproof. But for $100, they are almost disposeable.
That was the attitude I went with on my first GPS. My 765t was remarkably tolerant of rain, that was until it wasn't anymore. Decided to take a crap on me about 400 miles from home. It has since started to work again, but I decided that I'm not going to be stuck out like that again. I'm using a Garmin Oregon 450 (caught on sale for $200) and various free maps now. Got my topos and my routable road maps in there, working out great, except the screen is tiny and nearly impossible to use the keyboard with all but the thinnest of gloves.

I'm still trying to find a deal on the Montana, because I'm about sure that will be my ideal solution.
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I'll tell you that the Garmin Nuvi500 with Topo has been working great for me for the past three years.

They're priced in-between the cheapo's and the super expensive.

It will take the rain and the vibrations from the bike. I've had it on probably 1k miles of dirt roads (combination of in my Truck and mounted to my handlebars)

I've dropped it several times and it's still working.

I take it on hikes and rides.

You can load GPX files to them, but I have found it difficult to do so. I've only tried a few times.

I just wish it had a bigger screen. I need my glasses to really read it when I'm on the go.


Here are some screen shots.

The handy dashboard with trip meter.


The breadcrumb feature is nice to see where you've been.

Death Valley


You can set it for walking or driving of bicycling.
A few hikes we did in Death Valley



I'm not so sure about the current Nuvi500 model, but I'd go for the one with Topo already installed.

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