[Wolves] GPS Data Logger

chris procter chris-procter at talk21.com
Thu Jun 28 22:08:53 UTC 2012

> Can anyone recommend a decent GPS Data Logger that I can use whilst
> cycling (mountable on handlebars) that is compatible with Linux and that
> will upload routes to Google Earth and/or Open Street Map?  Preferably
> one with a display (with backlight) and will record:
> Waypoints (at the press of a button)
> Time
> Speed
> Distance Travelled
> Altitude
> Other useful features (not essential):
> Calories burnt (after input of body & load weight)
> Ability to preload routes
> Any suggestions based on experience of using one of these devices would
> be great.
> Thanks

I have one of thesehttp://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/NaviGPS (a GT11 to be precise)  which is chunky but did me good service when I was open street mapping, and has a decent cycle (sold seperatly) mount that'll keep it secure (in fact I struggle to detach the unit when I actually want to!)

Don't know about uploading routes to google maps but it does do time, speed, altitude etc, and there was a script that would pull out the data in a format suitable for openstreetmap which works happily on linux (it appears as a ttyusb device rather then storage iirc). The battery was good for far longer then I ever needed to worry about, and reception was mostly decent, although sometimes it would take several minutes to lock on. The osm page talks about sdcards having issues but I never experienced that.

It had a backlight you could turn off but without it the screen was readable even in the sunshine as I was cycling along at 40km/hr (downhill with a tail wind :) and shows time/speed/distance/altitude  I dont remember it doing calories or preloading routes though.

The only issue is that they seem a lot more expensive then they used to be, its a good bit of kit but this http://www.amazon.co.uk/GPS-Genie-GT-31/dp/B0036PFFAQ is a lot more then I paid!

If you're looking for other options the OSM TalkGB list is probably a good place to ask.


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