Bryton Rider 310T Review

In early January, I was approached by the folks at Bryton to test a GPS of theirs, the Rider 310. More specifically, they sent me a Rider 310T, which includes a HRM strap (soft strap type) and a cadence sensor. The intended function of the GPS is for use as a basic road bike training GPS. Well, I don’t really use any GPS for its training functions, and Bryton was cool with that. I told them that the sort of riding I do is more recreational tracking with more mountain biking than road biking, and they were also okay with that.

Busy Summer of Rides!

It’s been quite a summer. I haven’t updated much because I’ve been working a lot and when I’ve not been working, I’ve been riding a lot.

I’ve ridden a lot at Fort Harrison State Park.


Fort Harrison State Park

I’ve ridden at Town Run Trail a few times.


Town Run Trail

Town Run Trail

I’ve done a couple of bigger rides at Brown County State Park.


Brown County State Park Heistation Point

I rode at Versailles State Park.

Early GPS Theory

GPS Tracklog linked me to this article, which I thought was interesting and relevant to this site.  Interestingly, science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke predicted the use of satellites as repeaters of radio signals.

In August of 1956, he expanded on the idea, predicting both satellite TV and GPS.  Wicked, huh?

Garmin 62 Series GPS Announced

Yesterday, Garmin announced (officially) their replacement of the popular and well-regarded 60 series of GPS receivers. The announcement got a lot of press at GPSTracklog today.
Garmin 62-series GPS As you can see, the new model includes support of Garmin Custom Maps, satellite images from Garmin’s subscription service (BirdsEye Satellite Imagery), and it probably won’t be too long before Topofusion can load imagery onto it.

I don’t think I really need to cover the technical specifications at this point.  Between the Garmin Blog announcement and the GPSTracklog announcement, all the technical specifications are pretty well covered.

New Garmin Handheld GPS Receivers

There’s been some buzz lately about some new GPS receivers that look like they’re going to replace the venerable GPSMap 60 and 76 series models. Garmin has so far confirmed a 78, the replacement for the 76. As of now, there are only just rumors about a replacement to the 60, a supposed 62. GPSFix has some informative posts worth reading if you’re interested in this sort of thing. There’s a post for the 78, and one for the expected 62.

I’m pretty interested in these, since I’m a longtime GPSMap 76 CSx user. I had mine rigged to my handlebars some years ago before I bought an Edge 705.

Putting Maps on your Garmin GPS

I’ve run into this a lot lately on various forums. It seems a lot of folks still don’t know that you don’t have to buy Garmin’s maps to load on your GPS.

I’ll start with some programs you’ll need. There’s a free route that’s slightly more involved (especially for those with the newer touch-screen GPS receivers, but we’ll get there later. I’ll start with the COMPLETELY free option), and then there’s the option that costs some, but streamlines the process for users with touchscreen receivers.

FREE method. This only works for vector-based basemaps. You also need to make sure your GPS has enough storage space.