Garmin 800 base maps - OK for road cycling?

by big shug   February 12, 2013  

What are riders experiences with using the base maps that come as standard with the Garmin 800? I'd be using it for mostly road cycling, but minor roads and tracks make up most of a day out where I am.
I can't find pictures of what the base maps look like - are there any OS map type features on them at all?

Thanks.

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Hi there,

I have an Edge 800 and the simple answer is no.

I live in a town with a population of over 20,000 so as you'd imagine, it has some roads! The only roads the baseman shows anywhere near me are a motorway and a dual carriageway!

I don't really know what the point of the base maps is! However, that doesn't mean that you have to pay for the expensive Garmin maps. You can use OSM (Open Street Maps) for free and it's perfectly legal! This guiros a good one that I used to get them on my Edge:

http://www.scarletfire.co.uk/2012/11/a-quick-guide-to-free-osm-maps-for-...

But if you can afford £30 or £40 you can get the garmin city navigator maps for the UK preloaded on a micro SD on eBay and I'd recommend this mapset, especially if you want ALL of the navigation features available to you.

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posted by StuayEd [64 posts]
12th February 2013 - 12:22

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Cheers - a great site you point to Applause

posted by big shug [40 posts]
12th February 2013 - 16:40

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No worries - yeah it's a good blog - worth an RRS feed or follow him on twitter as he tweets his new blog entries.

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posted by StuayEd [64 posts]
12th February 2013 - 16:46

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I use this:-

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OSM_Map_On_Garmin/Download#Single_Eur...

As StuayEd said, they're free & legal but you forgo some of the navigation features of the 800.

posted by The Acai [12 posts]
12th February 2013 - 22:06

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