GPS/Sat nav for deliveries

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GPS/Sat nav for deliveries

Postby esmith » 24 Jun 2020, 12:58pm

I've been volunteering for the local covid group by shopping and picking up prescriptions on my electric trike. It was a 3 hour round trip this morning and it would have been so much easier with a sat nav rather than stopping and looking at my tablet (and my mind forgetting the route every time I put it down).. I don't mind planning a route from home and transferring it from tablet/chromebook. I don't have a mobile. I've just bought an additional battery for my trike as it is my only form of transport so I can take the dogs to different places to walk so if it recognised cycle paths and bridle ways that would be a bonus, if I could then take it with me when I park the bike and it finds footpaths that would be the cherry on the cake.

Does such a device exist?

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Re: GPS/Sat nav for deliveries

Postby cycleruk » 24 Jun 2020, 8:22pm

You could possibly pick up a cheap second hand mobile phone that has GPS on it. ( Or even acquire for free.) No need for it to work as a phone but it can run mapping programs on it. I have just tried it on an old mobile I no longer use. There are various "Apps" available for free such as the one I have just tried which was Microsoft maps.
I have a Garmin but they are expensive for what I think you want or need.

Hopefully someone can advise you on a better system.
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Re: GPS/Sat nav for deliveries

Postby Witterings » 25 Jun 2020, 11:35am

Maybe get a mount for your tablet ???

https://www.wiggle.co.uk/tacx-mounting- ... gI7HfD_BwE

Or as suggested a cheap mobile phone

If google maps isn't any good for you there is an App called OsmAnd that you can import / export maps to and will give you turn by turn directions to save you looking at the screen .... I use it on a mobile and turn the screen off 90% of the time to extend battery life, only switching the screen on if I'm not sure where the voice directions mean for me to go.

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Re: GPS/Sat nav for deliveries

Postby Vitara » 25 Jun 2020, 7:05pm

I think you might be better with a local A-Z map book, especially if you intend to continue with the volunteering role.

Using a sat nav you're likely to always be dependent on it.

With a map book you will quickly learn key locations and the best routes to use.

Within a few weeks even new locations will be easy to find; eg. Privett Place, ah 2nd right off Stoke road, no problem

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Re: GPS/Sat nav for deliveries

Postby simonineaston » 25 Jun 2020, 7:13pm

and picking up prescriptions on my electric trike.
How electric is your electric trike? Have you got a USB port anywhere on it? I have an ancient TomTom satnav that runs off USB, which does turn-by-turn guidance. Something like that might work for you and they're available on ebay pretty cheap.
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ancient, cheap, Tom Tom satnav
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Re: GPS/Sat nav for deliveries

Postby gazza_d » 27 Jun 2020, 7:38am

a phone that can run the cyclestreets app will probably be your best bet.
car satnavs will end up taking you down main roads. as will google navigation, even though set for cycling its directions can be interesting.
Google satelite can be useful beforehand for judging trips and seeing if there is any cuts you could use.
The best thing to do is to learn the area though.

another option (the luddite choice) is a plastic food container lid or similar (not too thin or flexible) cable tied to the handlebars and stem and use bulldog clips to secure a map and a list of drops to it.

Well done for volunteering though. Chapeau

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Re: GPS/Sat nav for deliveries

Postby al_yrpal » 27 Jun 2020, 8:03am

You can put Osmand+ on your tablet, plan routes in advance and use it as a satnav. It will give you voice directions. No need to look at the screen. Osmand+ has a cycle route function

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Re: GPS/Sat nav for deliveries

Postby mercalia » 27 Jun 2020, 9:27am

cycleruk wrote:You could possibly pick up a cheap second hand mobile phone that has GPS on it. ( Or even acquire for free.) No need for it to work as a phone but it can run mapping programs on it. I have just tried it on an old mobile I no longer use. There are various "Apps" available for free such as the one I have just tried which was Microsoft maps.
I have a Garmin but they are expensive for what I think you want or need.

Hopefully someone can advise you on a better system.


what phone was that? a Windows phone?

The trouble with the mobile phone option and things like google or openstreet maps might need a sim card to reeceive the data - money. The only phones I know are windows phones that can download and store maps so no need for an active sim - but Windows phones are now dead and Microsoft anyway is moving from using Here maps to TomTom so there will come a time when any windows phone wont get any more map updates.
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Re: GPS/Sat nav for deliveries

Postby cycleruk » 27 Jun 2020, 9:32am

mercalia wrote:
cycleruk wrote:You could possibly pick up a cheap second hand mobile phone that has GPS on it. ( Or even acquire for free.) No need for it to work as a phone but it can run mapping programs on it. I have just tried it on an old mobile I no longer use. There are various "Apps" available for free such as the one I have just tried which was Microsoft maps.
I have a Garmin but they are expensive for what I think you want or need.

Hopefully someone can advise you on a better system.


what phone was that? a Windows phone?


Yes'. Hardly used it as it won't run some App's.
That was a waste of money. :oops:
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Re: GPS/Sat nav for deliveries

Postby mercalia » 27 Jun 2020, 9:42am

cycleruk wrote:
mercalia wrote:
cycleruk wrote:You could possibly pick up a cheap second hand mobile phone that has GPS on it. ( Or even acquire for free.) No need for it to work as a phone but it can run mapping programs on it. I have just tried it on an old mobile I no longer use. There are various "Apps" available for free such as the one I have just tried which was Microsoft maps.
I have a Garmin but they are expensive for what I think you want or need.

Hopefully someone can advise you on a better system.


what phone was that? a Windows phone?


Yes'. Hardly used it as it won't run some App's.
That was a waste of money. :oops:



well I still use one but windows 8.1 phones are now just junk - Mine has Windows 10 on it & there are quite a few offline mapping possibilities as well as Microsofts. eg Cartograph/Vectorial that shows all sorts of paths or a TomTom map app from Sygic with free maps or various openstreet/google map viewers that work well.
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Cartograph


Mine cost me just £20 nearly 2 years ago now 2nd hand ebay. Not a phone for social networks like Facebook, but Twitter is ok I think. And there is a Cyclestreets app

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Re: GPS/Sat nav for deliveries

Postby colinmilne » 28 Jun 2020, 5:26pm

I seem to remember that Schwinn produced a cycle navigator a few years ago. It had no screen just three lights on the unit,left turn right turn and straight ahead. It was programmable via a tablet which downloaded the directions to the unit. Seems ideal if you can find one.
Or maybe a Beeline unit, failing that Fleabay for a used Garmin.

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Re: GPS/Sat nav for deliveries

Postby [XAP]Bob » 30 Jun 2020, 10:05am

Google maps will download and do offline routing on any mobile device without a cellular connection. Just need to sit on WiFi to download the map.
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Re: GPS/Sat nav for deliveries

Postby simonineaston » 30 Jun 2020, 10:24am

...not heard from the OP since they posed the Q.
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