Can you rent or borrow a garmin?

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Jaimie
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Can you rent or borrow a garmin?

Postby Jaimie » 9 Oct 2011, 11:22pm

Wow, checked on Amazon amongst others and found the Garmins really expensive, I really don't have that amount of cash to throw at one at the moment or in the near future! Is it possible to rent one or does a kind soul have one that I could borrow in May June 2012, I would happily make a donation to the charity of your choice for the loan and it would be really appreciated and returned as soon as the event is over! :)

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Re: Can you rent or borrow a garmin?

Postby eileithyia » 10 Oct 2011, 9:05am

This chap rents out Power meters it might be possible to talk to him about renting a Garmin, guess it all depends onwhich Garmin you actually want as prices vary from model to model.

Also have you checked your phone, There are a variety of apps available to download to phones with various mapping options.

http://www.cyclepowermeters.com/garmin-42-c.asp
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Re: Can you rent or borrow a garmin?

Postby delport » 10 Oct 2011, 11:59am

Yes i guess you are not looking for the £90 garmin the yellow etrex,[which can be bought for £70 or less if you look around] you want the £200 model with viewable maps?
How much can you afford normally?If you can afford close to £100 try looking for second hand models, even on CTC.
I saw a 2nd hand model for under £100 recently in an electronics store, occasionally cash convertors will have stuff like that in too.
I have the etrex, paid £90 for it, it's great for wild camping as i can never get lost,i don't use the device flat out every day while cycling long distance, but i am impressed with the technology that has went into the garmin stuff.

Jaimie
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Re: Can you rent or borrow a garmin?

Postby Jaimie » 10 Oct 2011, 1:45pm

Thanks for the info! I would really be after one of the models that shows which turnings to take etc. They are alot and I don't think that I would be able to justify the outlay to Mrs Taylor!!
I downloaded cyclemeter on to my iphone last night and may try organising a route on bikemap.net and uploading the gpx file to the app, not holdong my breath though as I am no computer wizard!
Will trawl ebay too, whats a good second hand price?! And do they come with the maps preloaded or do you need to download them!?
Thanks for all your help!
Jaimie

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Re: Can you rent or borrow a garmin?

Postby Ron » 10 Oct 2011, 2:01pm

Jaimie wrote:Will trawl ebay too, whats a good second hand price?! And do they come with the maps preloaded or do you need to download them!?
Thanks for all your help!
Jaimie

I wouldn't be inclined to worry too much about a Garmin or any other sort of electronic aid. People managed JOGLE easily without them until just afew years ago and now some see them as essential items. Paper maps are cheap, it's no big deal if you lose one, they have served us well for many moons and still do the job. A pocket compass can help, as will the people you meet along the way. Few people will refuse to assist a lost cyclist, friendships have started in that way!

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Re: Can you rent or borrow a garmin?

Postby delport » 10 Oct 2011, 3:16pm

You don't really need a gps for the trip, i bought my gps quite a bit after my JOG-LE trip.
As Ron says a few maps printed out will do the job fine,i did some on my printer, and only used a few roads to go from JOG down to LE .I'd stay on one road for 100 to 200 miles then go on another road for another 100 miles and so on.
So i could clear the whole of Scotland using just a handful of roads,England was the same, i went from the north west of England to southern Wales and only used 2 or 3 roads to get there.

Some people may call this a boring way of doing it, as i miss out cycle paths, but the way i did it i needed to do JOG-LE then do an additional 300 miles on top, so i just did it my own way.I was doing my trip at this exact time last year.
Any time i think of redoing the trip i think, no, may'be not :)
this site does garmin stuff, but if you are selling they don't give much for gps
http://uk.webuy.com/product.php?sku=SGPSGARETRLEGCB

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Re: Can you rent or borrow a garmin?

Postby eileithyia » 10 Oct 2011, 3:20pm

+1 for maps, i love seeing the features of the map transfer into actual geographical features. They also often show other things of interest, battle sites, burial sites etc that might not be available via gps, Ok i might not visit them but it is nice to know they are there.
As said we survived without such systems until recently.

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Re: Can you rent or borrow a garmin?

Postby Jaimie » 10 Oct 2011, 7:22pm

You know what, I rather like the romantic idea of doing it solely by map! As an ex-army officer I should be capable but rememeber hearing of the gaffitti in Port Stanley, "THE MOST DANGEROUS THING KNOWN TO MAN, AN OFFICER WITH A MAP!" Hehe! I like the idea of getting all the info from the map too, and getting to see whats about! Are there any preferences to maps OS or a good road map ring bound!?
I shall start witing to Santa immediately, I have been a very good boy, thus far!
Jaimie :)

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Re: Can you rent or borrow a garmin?

Postby skicat » 10 Oct 2011, 10:11pm

Check out www.[url]pocketgpsworld.com[/url], there's a buy/sell forum on the site. You can often find a bargain as many people on that site like to make sure they have the very latest models and so sell on last years items at a good knock down price. I would look out for etrex, oregon, Dakota or Colorado models.
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Re: Can you rent or borrow a garmin?

Postby loafer » 19 Oct 2011, 10:11pm

hi Jaimie
got mine from here.. http://www.handtec.co.uk/product.php/35 ... -edge-800- great piece of kit but got the maps from a mate.. :wink: but you can download free but as you say you not a puter wizard try this guy he will do it all for you http://talkytoaster.info/ukmaps.htm ...and is very reasonable got the OpenStreetMap: from him for when i go off road on the mtb

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Re: Can you rent or borrow a garmin?

Postby sloop » 11 Nov 2011, 5:10pm

Garmin Edge 800 with full UK 50,000 GB maps included for £344.99 with discount code at ChainReaction. http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=58077
Expensive though.

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Re: Can you rent or borrow a garmin?

Postby WaitForPete » 16 Nov 2011, 1:27pm

Get a Garmin eTrex H and buy the paper maps.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Garmin-eTrex-Ha ... 052&sr=8-1

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Re: Can you rent or borrow a garmin?

Postby bikes4two » 16 Nov 2011, 10:58pm

It's horses for courses - on my LeJog (tandem with Mrs Bikes4Two) I used a 2nd hand GPSMap 60 from Garmin (£100 ish) on which I'd pre-plotted the whole route. This meant less stopping to check maps at complicated turnings or town centres making the ride much more 'fluid' and enjoyable. I also carried car atlas pages as backup too.

Having said that, we took our tandem 1,000 miles around France with just car atlas pages and a Silva compass.

Either mode works of course, so as I said, it's horses for courses.

Oh yes, ask Mike F for advice on routes through Cornwall - I wish I had 'cos some routes are devilishly hilly. The general rule for the whole route seemed to be that the quieter the roads, the greater tendency there was to it being hilly.
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