Trip master,RNS, ICO, & Roadbook tips and tricks

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Mudguts, Oct 26, 2013.

  1. pdanjou

    pdanjou There's a rear brake?!

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    @DaveRMS: Good post.
    How do the organizations see this in the future: You rent the device for the race? Or will those be available to buy for anyone? If the latter I wonder how roadbook distribution is done then.

    Do the devices have an internal battery?
  2. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    Thanks for that update Dave.
  3. BucketHead

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    I have always been a paper guy - for the simplicity, durability, history, aesthetics. I like sailboats and old cars. Hand tools. Manual transmissions. I'm generally a luddite in these discussions. I don't own rally blitz.

    That all said, I actually got the opportunity to race using a Tower One in Sonora Rally this year, and given the opportunity, I will always prefer Tower One to my old paper set up.

    The way I ran my event, all hazards were (very well) marked, but nothing else was, and I didn't open the roadbook until the start of the stage. This meant that I wasn't seeing notes until I arrived at them. This required an entirely different kind of navigation and focus, and I feel that this level of focus more than offset any loss of safety from not previewing the roadbook.

    (If all competitors did this, what a great competitive equalizer this would be...)

    I -loved- this challenge and way of experiencing the route. In addition, the time that I would have spent marking and prepping and loading my roadbook each night I spent caring for my bike and body, which had real and beneficial cumulative effects throughout the race.

    The actual hardware was as bombproof as my ICO Maxs and worked just was well. There are ways to manage the issues around battery backup, and frankly, none of our modern fi bikes are running without functioning electrics anyway, so nav will not be an issue if the bike loses all power.

    What was actually lost in going to Tower One wasn't anything core to Rally, but extraneous stuff that was just housekeeping.

    Hogwild mentioned all of the reasons it's much better and needed for the Org, but I can tell you as a reluctant convert that Tower One is much better than paper for a racer as well.

    Matthew

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  4. rides2little

    rides2little Braaaaaap Supporter

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    Mathew,

    Thanks for taking the time to put down your thoughts on actual use. Nice to hear from someone who has used the new device.
  5. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to asphalt! Supporter

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    Does anyone have some decent pics of the Tower One?

    @Dave what does the SRFTG.LLC stang for?
  6. DaveRMS

    DaveRMS Long timer

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    Just a little joke. Means nothing.

    Should be able to find pics from atacama rally. I’m traveling so no pics from iPhone—at least I don’t know how.

    Dave
  7. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    I'm pretty sure the G stands for Goats. :-)
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  8. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    That’s why there’s SmugMug Dave, so you can upload your pics to ADV.:D
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  9. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to asphalt! Supporter

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    How many units were at the Atacama?
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    Yellow Pig Allergic to asphalt! Supporter

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  11. pdanjou

    pdanjou There's a rear brake?!

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    Is this LCD or uses it a epaper type display for readability and low power consumption? because it looks like a rugged kindle
  12. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    With colour it would be a lot easier to read
  13. rides2little

    rides2little Braaaaaap Supporter

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    It does do color and does auto highlight, according the this document from Atacama.

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  14. DaveRMS

    DaveRMS Long timer

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    Thanks Nathan. Most of those pics from the
    Product docs are out of date, but you get the idea.

    Dave
  15. rides2little

    rides2little Braaaaaap Supporter

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    Then spill the beans with current info! ;)
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  16. moto_dmitriy

    moto_dmitriy que?

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    Would be curious to see the screen in direct sunlight
    Any chance your device has a satellite modem in it? Could combine the iritrack/stella etc... Would also make for really great TV telemetry possible & almost real time scoring.
  17. JDB427

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    Question for the collective please - is the magnetic sensor for an ICO a reed switch normally open or a hall sensor please? Thanks
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    It's a simple reed switch. Hall sensors are/were only used on Touratech's IMO series.
  19. JDB427

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    Perfect thanks, will find a cheap UK one now.
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    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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