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Old 01-13-2009, 07:43 PM   #1
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Bici maps vs Garmin NT Mexico

I am planning a trip soon to Mexico and need to get some maps for gps (276c). Most people I know are using the Bici maps. They are $137. I can get the Garmin maps for $91 including shipping. Has anyone done a comparison on the two. Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 01-13-2009, 08:05 PM   #2
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Old 01-13-2009, 08:14 PM   #3
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Bici maps have contour lines. Does that interest you? I looked at both and decided to go with bici.
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Old 01-14-2009, 01:36 AM   #4
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Bici maps are great! To be honest, they are probably not quite as good as the Garmin, but you 3 for the price of 1. City Navigator, topo and some OHV roads/trails.

I got it about 3 months ago and wasn't that impressed to be honest. But about 3 weeks later they sent me a free update that made it a bit better but not spectacular. However in another 5 weeks they sent another update (V4.2 I think) and that one was a BIG difference over the one before. Customer service at bici maps is much better than Garmin. They speak Spanish and English well and can translate from technical terms to techno-tard language easily.

Alberto Najeras is the guy to ask your questions to - his email is
anajera@bicimapas.com.mx

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Old 01-14-2009, 06:04 AM   #5
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Unless it's changed, the Garmin map had very limited coverage. I use the Bicimapas which has excellent coverage and gets better with every update. It's the GPS map I recommend. Dan
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Old 01-14-2009, 08:28 AM   #6
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Unless it's changed, the Garmin map had very limited coverage.
Dan is a nice guy, that is the polite way of saying the Garmin map is useless for most trips other than staying on major roads...

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Old 01-14-2009, 10:13 AM   #7
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I have been using Bici Maps on my 276c throughout Mexico over the past 3 months and would highly recommend it.

The contour lines are very usefull as at this time of year it can get very cold at high altitudes in Mexico. The elevation info allows you to plan your routes accordingly.

The maps are fairly accurate most of the time including small dirt roads.

As noted previously, they are very good about sending free upgrades as they improve the product.
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Old 01-14-2009, 03:17 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone. Didn't realize you get the topo's and OHV maps with the Bici's. Looks like that is the way to go.
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:41 AM   #9
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+1 for bicimaps. Three of us just returned from a multi-week trip through Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. One of us had the Garmin map. I had the bicimap. Roads in many of the small towns were very helpful.

The only place the bicimap seemed to have a hangup was trying to do route calculations as we rode on Rte 186 heading west out of Chetumal.
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Old 01-16-2009, 03:32 PM   #10
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Unless it's changed, the Garmin map had very limited coverage. I use the Bicimapas which has excellent coverage and gets better with every update. It's the GPS map I recommend. Dan
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Dan is a nice guy, that is the polite way of saying the Garmin map is useless for most trips other than staying on major roads...
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Both Dan and Gustavo are great guys, and both are saying that they join me in telling you don't even hesitate, Bicimapas is the right choice for Mexico

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Old 01-17-2009, 09:21 AM   #11
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I pulled the trigger on the Bici maps. Downloaded them last night but I am having some trouble with the unlocking. The code they gave me is like 25 characters but the box to put them in won't take that many characters. May have to wait until Mon to contact them unless someone else has an idea.
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:07 AM   #12
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I pulled the trigger on the Bici maps. Downloaded them last night but I am having some trouble with the unlocking. The code they gave me is like 25 characters but the box to put them in won't take that many characters. May have to wait until Mon to contact them unless someone else has an idea.
Finally got the maps unlocked. Duh! They look pretty good from what I have so far. I am sure they are going to be a big help on my trip.
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Old 09-24-2012, 04:33 PM   #13
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got this update:

Mexico GPS Atlas 2013 is here.

This new version provides a response to some features being asked by a large
amount of our customers who use the map for outdoor activities such as 4x4,
motorcycling, hiking and other outdoor activities, who have asked to
increase the detail of the contour lines in order to have a better idea of
the shape of the land, as well as adding more natural points of interest to
help in off road navigation.

We have listened and developed the information our customers look for and
added it to this release. Major changes are:

• Added 20 meter (60 feet) contours for the full country
• Added a full new hydrology data set. Now the river outlines have a
very high precision and we increased the coverage in all the country.
• About 550,000 new points of interest of which 200,000 are natural ones
to support better off road navigation.
• The remainder 350,000 are increased urban POIs throughout the
country, so we now have over one million three hundred thousand POIs .
• Added street detail for 1000 cities.

With these new features and contents, this is the only full topographic and
routable GPS map available for Mexico.

Central America Integration


As a new feature, we have seamlessly integrated our Central America map, so
now travelers to that region may plan their routes and travels, fully
integrated with de Mexico map data. In Central America we also added 20
meter (60 feet) contours, allowing for a better interpretation of the land
shape for outdoor activities.

The most complete and versatile map Mexico and Central America is now at
your fingertips.
Due to the high amount of new data we are adding, the map size increased to
just over 1.5 Gb from the approximate 600 Mb that the 2012 version had.
As a customer of one of our previous versions, you may purchase this upgrade
for just $ 79.00 USD and you may get it from our webpage
http://www.bicimapas.com.mx/MexicGPSAtlasEn.htm

Greetings

BiciMapas
Av. Lomas Verdes No. 58 Local 17
Col. Santa Cruz Acatlan
Naucalpan, Estado de Mexico
Mexico, CP 53150
(55) 53 60 30 65/32-96
gpsmaps@bicimapas.com.mx
http://www.bicimapas.com.mx
http://www.bicimapas.com.mx/Empresa.htm
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Old 09-26-2014, 01:03 AM   #14
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got this update:

Mexico GPS Atlas 2013 is here.

This new version provides a response to some features being asked by a large
amount of our customers who use the map for outdoor activities such as 4x4,
motorcycling, hiking and other outdoor activities, who have asked to
increase the detail of the contour lines in order to have a better idea of
the shape of the land, as well as adding more natural points of interest to
help in off road navigation.

We have listened and developed the information our customers look for and
added it to this release. Major changes are:

• Added 20 meter (60 feet) contours for the full country
• Added a full new hydrology data set. Now the river outlines have a
very high precision and we increased the coverage in all the country.
• About 550,000 new points of interest of which 200,000 are natural ones
to support better off road navigation.
• The remainder 350,000 are increased urban POIs throughout the
country, so we now have over one million three hundred thousand POIs .
• Added street detail for 1000 cities.

With these new features and contents, this is the only full topographic and
routable GPS map available for Mexico.

Central America Integration


As a new feature, we have seamlessly integrated our Central America map, so
now travelers to that region may plan their routes and travels, fully
integrated with de Mexico map data. In Central America we also added 20
meter (60 feet) contours, allowing for a better interpretation of the land
shape for outdoor activities.

The most complete and versatile map Mexico and Central America is now at
your fingertips.
Due to the high amount of new data we are adding, the map size increased to
just over 1.5 Gb from the approximate 600 Mb that the 2012 version had.
As a customer of one of our previous versions, you may purchase this upgrade
for just $ 79.00 USD and you may get it from our webpage
http://www.bicimapas.com.mx/MexicGPSAtlasEn.htm

Greetings

BiciMapas
Av. Lomas Verdes No. 58 Local 17
Col. Santa Cruz Acatlan
Naucalpan, Estado de Mexico
Mexico, CP 53150
(55) 53 60 30 65/32-96
gpsmaps@bicimapas.com.mx
http://www.bicimapas.com.mx
http://www.bicimapas.com.mx/Empresa.htm
I just purchased the bici map. Reviews are coming.
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Old 09-26-2014, 07:29 AM   #15
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If you are just now getting a GPS, what is your best option for one using the Bici maps and would be used on both my motorcycle and in my car? Most of my riding is pavement and many are less than main roads, around Guadalajara and Lake Chapala but I'm looking to tour further afield.

I really don't want or need contours, what I want are really good and accurate highway and town street maps.

The alternative would be to combine this with a phone, that way we only buy one device with a screen. Those of you who have experience, what do you think of this?

Gracias!

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