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GeoBiking.Org 3G

Satellite III

04 In the City

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Vocals by Linella Miller

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With 243 GPS tracks & over 2,200 miles of trails available on this site, GeoBiking, like geocaching, takes you to unknown places easily.  Hundreds of other trails are available on the internet (most for free).

            • It's Interesting!
            • You see a lot of places you can't see from the street!
            • Don't have to worry about being lost!
            • You can easily vary routes to keep things interesting
            • Low Impact Fun Exercise
            • You can plan routes that match your fitness level, both length & grade
            • Since you aren't part of a group ride, you don't have to worry about keeping up or falling behind
            • More time off city streets helps you to relax
            • So much easier & better than using paper maps
            • Commute to work and improve your health while saving resources

Conventional Map Disadvantages

  • Paper maps are out of date before they are printed
    • Public maps are often years out of date
    • Public maps are very often low quality/detail
    • Many public maps are low resolution scans of paper maps that don't provide enough information to follow a trail.
    • Most printed maps are not waterproof
  •  A pain to use on the trail:
    • You have to stop
    • Get the map out & unfold
    • Figure out where you are on the map
    • Fold, put away
    • Try to keep dry, clean and not torn
  • You must know where you are on the map!
    • This is not always an easy task
    • It doesn't take a big error to get you lost or miss a turn
    • How do you know if you made the correct turn?
  • Maps are usually not at a scale of detail that you need
    • Maps with enough street level detail to be useful are large
    • Maps that cover an entire metro area can't guide you at street level
  • Maps always lie!
    • Map features are offset from actual locations to increase readability
    • A static map can't show actual trail locations
    • Paper maps have a fixed level of detail, a GPS adds detail as you zoom in
  • None of the maps I've seen connect available trails into a network
    • Knowing how to get from one trail to another allows longer, more interesting trips
    • Trails are often poorly marked and often start and stop with no indication of where the trail continues or where other nearby trails start.

GPS Advantages

  • Maps are easily and quickly created
    • GPS trails can be released on line within a few days of being mapped
    • Trails can be easily modified to show extensions, new trail crossings etc
  • Easy to use enroute
    • A GPS can easily be attached to a bicycle handlebar
    • A quick glance at the screen can usually let you know if you are on the course or if a turn is approaching
  • Most GPS receivers are waterproof
  • You know where you are on the map!
  • You can easily change the scale of the display zooming in or out to show your position in relation to any map feature of interest
  • Easily see upcoming turns or that you missed oneGPS recievers can usually place you within 20-50 feet of your location
  • Depending on the GPS, you can view local street detail or elevation profiles
  • With a GPS, nothing is offset, you see where the trails really are
  • My trails include connections to other trails
  • Map Quality is up to you
  • GPS keeps statistics for you
    • Great for exercising
    • How far, how fast, how long did I peddle?
    • Where exactly did I go?
    • How high am I now, how much elevation have I gained or lost?
    • Some units can also record heart rate & cycling cadence