ordered a Garmin 60CX...need advice on maps

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by magconpres, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. magconpres

    magconpres n00b goes here...

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    That may be the best reason for City Navigator yet. I acutally don't need GPS to navigate in the city, and if I did, I'd just use my phone, but if it has all the forest roads, it may be the way to go.

    For now, I just went back into base camp and took a lot of the points out of the route. Since they were there from the tracks, there were a lot that ar eonly needed to shape the route, not navigate the turns (intersections). I kept enough in place to give me the general direction of the road just before and after each intersection. The lines are straighter and don't follow the roads as well, but there are a lot fewer points.

    Using the eraser tool to remove points is easy. You don't have to click on every point.

    Now I have fewer points to modify if I do decide to remove the text.

    If you just use tracks, you don't get notification of upcoming turns, right? Are there other differences between routes and tracks in terms of following them?
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  2. wbbnm

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    It is true that you don't get turn notification. There are a few other things that you don't get. You don't get autozooming as you get close to a waypoint. And you don't get automatic rerouting calculation if you miss a turn. You don't get the software taking control of your display and changing the orientation so that a right turn looks like a right turn. You don't get the unit computing a substantially different route than the one you saw on your computer. (Some of these "features" only apply to a routeable mapset like City Navigator.)

    Personally all these things drive me crazy which was one reason I went to tracks.

    When navigating with tracks you have regularly look down to see if you are still on the track you meant to be on. This does result in missed turns occasionally.

    And I sometimes have a problem when coming to an intersection on the ground in knowing whether to turn or go straight. This is usually a problem on roads with lots of twists and turns. Rather than take the time to zoom in and examine the roads and tracks carefully, I just pick an option and let the GPS tell me if I made a mistake. I can usually tell within a few hundred yards.
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  3. Pr0xy

    Pr0xy Shreddin' the gnar

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    One word of caution on OpenStreetMaps... I've found that some of the smaller roads lose continuity around county/state lines. What that means is that the maps can tend to re-route when they reach a county/state line and instead, find the nearest major road. This is obvious when you are routing using the OSM mapsets on your computer, but if you need to re-route for any reason while riding and you are using OSM, it can really screw up your day.

    City Navigator is adequate in most cases. The TOPO 100k isn't routable, so it doesn't help a lot unless you just want to switch between City Nav and TOPO to see the geography better. TOPO 24k is routable, though the cost is also significantly more.
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  4. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    I looked at the OSMs a while back. I found that they were not accurate when it came to major and minor dirt roads in places I knew well.

    This was enough for me to drop that idea. As someone said - You get what you pay for.
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  5. gunnr

    gunnr optimsm

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    So is this as good as CN but with limited topo features. Sounds good to me??
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  6. Hotmamaandme

    Hotmamaandme Wishing I was riding RTW

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    Good info. Got a 60cx as a raffle prize a year ago but need maps I might get it set up one day. I'm a gps neophyte
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