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Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Mexico, Central & South America' started by garyk, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. garyk

    garyk El Mule

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    I just got back from a Trip to Mexico.. And before I went I bought a full set of mexico maps.
    I had a problem with them. When I was off the main roads. The screan woud go blank and it would tell me no roads. It would not even show me the map.. When i was on a road it reconized it showed my bike off the road.. I tell you bicimaps is a joke as far as i am concerned. I road 3000 miles in Mexico. And some times it was useful.. But most of the time i used a map...
    Is this me or is bicimaps just a rip off..
    Coments please.
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  2. SKINNY

    SKINNY Been here awhile

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    Must be you or your GPS...I've used BiciMapas with no problems on 2 different GPS's...check the detail level setting on your GPS. If it's set to low detail, it won't show anything except major highways...
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  3. dtop1

    dtop1 Long timer

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    Are you using a Zumo? If so, Bicimapas is not well-configured for use with a Zumo. I had the same kinds of problems. You can solve most but not all of them by playing with the level of detail and the zoom level but it's certainly not a smooth or intuitive process. Dan
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  4. BobLoblaw

    BobLoblaw Comfortably Numb

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    Had the same problems using a 2610. One day I was lost in a large city. I knew I needed to go west so I thought at least I'll just stay on the main streets and go west, just as I would near an intersection the icon would jump off the road and point another direction. :eek1

    In my opinion these maps are a waste of money. I resorted to my Guia Rojii maps and all was well
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  5. garyk

    garyk El Mule

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    Yes i am using a Zumo 550. I played with the thing for 3 weeks during the trip.. I never did get it to work properly...
    I will call Alberto and complain.. Maybe he knows the fixes..
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  6. dtop1

    dtop1 Long timer

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    Let us know what he says. I'm hoping he comes out with a fix before my next Mexico trip. Dan
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  7. Ozz

    Ozz Been here awhile

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    I've been using the Mexico Topo Atlas from Bicimapas for over a year now. I've used it on a legend e-trex, Nuvi 650 and for the last 5 months, on a zumo 550. It works fine on all three gps's. One of my riding buddies uses a Garmin Rhino and it also works fine. I've used it on major highways, secondary roads, urban streets as well as off road. I ride my atv on dirt roads and the map has been very accurate even off road.

    It has happened in two or three ocasions, on mayor four lane highways, (two lanes on each direction) that my GPS shows my vehicle OFF the highway (about 5 or 10 meters off). This is due probably to the fact that the highway used to be a two lane road and the other two lanes were built recently, I think. Other than that, I've had no problems

    If you have a zumo, it might help to do a software update. Garmin continues to put out update versions for this product.

    Hope this helps.
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  8. dtop1

    dtop1 Long timer

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    We are not talking about the Mexican Topo Atlas; I have that also and it works fine, within its accuracy limitations, on my Zumo. This is about Bicimapas Mexico Atlas, a new product that was released in January of this year. And my Zumo is and has been up-to-date. Dan
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  9. Hammer

    Hammer Hawlin' aZZ

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    I have the Baja edition of the bicimaps, and it was completely accurate and invaluable when I went last year. Alberto has done a great job with it.
    I use an eXplorist 600, so its interface is somewhat different than the Zumo. There are a few common things in Magellans that can make your map not show.
    I have to select the map zone in my detail maps. If I don't, of course it's not there. Only the base map is there, and it shows main roads.
    The detail maps only show their detail if the screen resolution is set to a small amount. This is slightly adjustable, but is defaulted at the .8 mile resolution. Zoom in to less than .8 mile to see the details.
    There are so many small details of operation to remember that using the GPSr becomes very "un-intuitive"
    I set my unit up, got into the maps and virtually wandered a lot of Baja on the GPSr. This made it much easier to rely on the GPSr when I was in country.
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  10. SKINNY

    SKINNY Been here awhile

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    I think your zumo is the problem. I have the lastest Atlas 2.0 and it works on my 276c, but it does have some new bugs that the previous release didn't have. Alberto is supposed to be working on fixing the bugs, but because the zumo is a different beast from the rest of the Garmins, it may be a while before he gets that resolved...as far as seeing your route a few meters from your actual position, I've had that happen with the U. S. maps, so it's not just a Bicimaps bug...atmospheric conditions will effect any GPS if you're not within range of a WAAS station...
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  11. acejones

    acejones Long timer

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    I had that happen one day on my 2610. I was on a major intersate parallel to some railroad tracks. The track showed my about 25-30 yards from where I was. Its never done that again.
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  12. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    i used 2012 w/ great success.

    just 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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  13. artbone

    artbone Adventurer

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    I just installed the latest update to Bicimapas 2013. I'm very pleased with it except for some minor glitches. For one thing, the map doesn't show Mexico City or Oaxaca. There are probably other major cities that are missing but those are the first ones I looked for. I just sent Alberto an email pointing this out.

    I think the problem is that there are so many small towns that even at the lowest level of detail you can't see the big picture in BaseCamp. On the plus side it really has a lot of detail, the topo map is included, as well as the Central America. I don't think the CA maps have the same level of detail but they should be very helpful.

    I've been using his maps for at least six years and they've gotten better and better over the years. I recommend them to anyone who's going to be touring in Mexico.
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