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How To Get The Most From Your GPS | EMTB Navigation Tips

How To Get The Most From Your GPS | EMTB Navigation Tips

– GPS bike computers are a
really good accessory to have. They’ve go so much
functionality these days, thought it’d be good to do a
video to give you some tips on how to get the best
from your bike computer. (logo beeping) Garmin are a partner here at EMBN. Yes I’m on EMBN duties today, there’s me jersey, there’s me eBike. But of course, with
Scotland, it’s raining. So I’ll talk you through
some of their devices but these tips will hopefully help you out with any other brands GPS bike computer. (relaxed music) If you’re in the market
for actually buying your first GPS bike computer there’s some things to consider. So think about the size
of the computer you want. So I’ll go through a
bit of a Garmin range. There’s the 130, so super
small, really nice and compact. Obviously you can tuck
that up on the bars, it’s not only it damaged, it’s just really nice
a small, super robust. But then the bigger you get, the more functionality
they’re going to have. So this is the brand new Edge 830, loads of functionality, top of the range. Then you got the 1030, so
that’s a much bigger computer, look at size the screen. So you get a lot more
information on there. If you’re doing bigger rides you can get a really detailed map on that big screen. Also the size of it just means it’s got bigger battery in there. Another option you might
want to consider is a watch. So you can get fitness tracker watches, will actually do a lot of functions and have a GPS device in there as well. This is the Garmin Fenix, it does actually a lot
of the same functions as these computers, but it’s
smaller and it’s on my wrist. If you’ve got an older
device you might be surprised to find actually how usable
these new devices are. Gone are the days of having
to plug it into your computer with the USB to download things or get your data from your ride. Nowadays most brands of GPS computers will actually sync
wirelessly to your phone, so downloading your data
within a few seconds of hitting that stop button. But also pre-loaded
maps, things like that, all can be done wirelessly. It’s worth thinking about where you’re going to mount your computer. I really like the Garmin
Mountain Bike Mount, so it just attaches to the bar there, sort of just flips over the stem. So you make your computer
right above the stem. Obviously on this Specialized eBike you really don’t have many controls, it’s just out here, so you
don’t have any screens. So that keeps the bars
nice and clean and simple, depends on your bike. Obviously Bosch bikes you
might have the screen on there, so my to stick the computer
over the stem anyway. There are other options, so you can use the Garmin smaller mount to go on to the bar, obviously
that’s just not centered. Could put it on the top tube, or we can get out front mounts. So I think they’re probably
better suited to road bikes, however if you’re going for a long ride and you need to use an
external battery pack. While Garmin have the option
to have the out front mount, mount your computer on top,
then the battery underneath if you need mega battery power. So Garmin works really well
with the Specialized bike, so it connects versus
the ANT+, so wirelessly, and it will connect to
your mission control app. So it will give you
information on your screen or even on your watch, things like your battery level, your the mode you’re riding in. It can also switch between
modes, so support modes. Even on the watch, you
can press the button and go up straight to turbo if you want. The Garmin will also connect to your Shimano electric system,
so the Di2 electric gears. It will give you what gear you’re in, your cadence things are at
all information up there, and can remove the need for
that Shimano Di2 screen. Also it will connect your steps motor, so give you again that battery
level, all the information and who news that nicely
along with, of course, the navigation you’ve got on our computer. Commute navigation works
really well with eBikes, ’cause you can really dig into the details of that route that you’re going to ride. So maybe how steep that
trail is going to to be, but also what surface and actually what grade of trail it is. So you can work out if the trails
going to be super technical, maybe, loose surface and really steep, it might not be the one to
try and get your eBike up. Could maybe reroute it
to find something that isn’t going to be hike a bike,
something you can ride up. We start with GPS what computers, you can actually customize them. You can with Garmin’s,
use their Garmin IQ app. So download apps on your phone that are specific to that device
and then sync ’em over. So things like Komoot for
planning and mapping rides and getting them onto your computer, so you’ve got super
easy to find navigation. You’ve got Strava, so you see
segments and find courses. Also Trailforks, really good one for that. So if you’re out riding,
you want to find some trails and maybe a place you
don’t know very well, get Trailforks on your Garmin, find all the trails there are. Then you can start
digging in to the settings on your computer to work
out what you want to display when you’re riding. With Garmin’s you’ve got different activity profiles as well, so there’s my e-moutain bike, indoor for turbo trainers,
mountain and road. You can have different displays
for each different activity, so e-moutain, go in there. My first screen I’ve got my speed, my timer, distance, elevation, total ascent, things like that. I’ll probably ride a little bit and then I’ll decide what I really need. It does change, maybe in winter
I want to display the time the sun goes down, all those things. Also a Garmin’s you can scroll through, so then I’ve got a navigation screen. If I’m following a course, that’s the one I used predominantly. Then I’ve got an elevation profile to see what I’ve done, what’s coming up. Heart rate, if you’ve got
one of those connected to it and then right back to that first screen with my data on there. So it’s probably worth
going for few rides, deciding what you want to display, what’s most useful and
then tryna set it up. A lot of people just use
their GPS bike computer for tracking their rides, so
seeing where they’ve been, keeping track of their
distances, putting on Strava, racing their mates, those type things. I’ll say it’s well worth tryna dig in to the navigation usability
of these things as well. I’ve talked about commute
a little bit already, but I’ve been using that
an awful lot for big rides or going somewhere that
I don’t really know. Plotting it out on my computer at home, can do on your phone as well, and then sync it up with my computer and then literary following
those really easy to use prompts and a map, sometimes you’ll find some wicked trails you didn’t know about. So there’s all sorts
of third-party options for plotting your route and
then get it onto your device. Some bike users actually have their own course building software on there. This Garmin Edge 830 does, but
it’s definitely other brands that will have that on there, so start digging into the settings. Might be able to do it even
when you’re out on the trail. You can start looking into what sensors you might want to add
to your system as well. So often people will
have heart rate monitors, that’s definitely something that I use, and then I hook that up to my computer so I can see what’s going on and of course it will recall
all the information as well. Speed sensors as well,
you can stick a sensor around your hub, that’ll give
you a really accurate display of what you’re riding at. And of course when you start
talking about eBikes as well, which I will go into into
more depth in a second, but some bikes like these
Specialized have a ANT+, so you can send information
to your computer which you can read. I’m going to start digging
into some of the features that are Garmin are specific, but I’m sure other brands
will have these as well. So Garmin have lots of
safety and tracking features, one of those is incident detection. So using its accelerometer
and other things in there and the GPS, it basically, it’ll tell if there’s a violent stop and it will give you 30
seconds to then cancel that. But if you’re hurt and
you can’t get your phone, it will then send a message
to your emergency contact. Group track is a really
cool little feature as well, so if you’ve got connections
on Garmin Connect you can add them to your map, so basically see where
they are on your ride in case that you’re in a big
group or maybe someone’s lost, can actually see where they are on there. Also more connected features like if you connect it to your phone
it will display the weather. What’s the weather doing? It’s raining You can use your bike computer
also to track your fitness. So I’d like to do it, hook
up my heart rate monitor and see how hard I’ve worked on that ride. Then obviously it will sync to my phone and my software on the computer. Basically keep track of
how much I’ve been riding, how many calories I’ve been burning, and basically, hopefully keep an eye on my fitness improving. Also some computers will
give you an estimate of your VO2 max, so
basically how fit you are. Can also use your bike computer
to set yourself some goals. It might be a case of just
saying that you want to ride a certain amount of time
or distance in a week and it’ll help keep you motivated. Or using third-party software
like Komoot or Strava to join a challenge. The Garmin has a ClimbPro feature. So if your ride in a pre-plotted course when you get to climb an
elevation graph will pop up, with a little pin on it, so you can see your progress along it. Basically you can pace yourself, you can see how big it is,
how much distance is left, how many meters left to go, so
that’s a nice little feature. Other features, you’ve got
a bike alarm on the Garmin, so you can set that and if
anyone jumps on your bike and moves it’ll set off the alarm and then send you an alert
to your phone as well. So obviously not safe as
having your bike locked up, but it’s nice to know
if your bike is moving. The new Garmin Edge 530 and
830 have also got some really nice new features. So they measure your grit, your flow and even count your jumps and
tell you how big they are. So the grit is a score of how
hard the trail is basically, how demanding that
course is you’ve ridden. Your flow is your flow score, if you’re riding really nice and smooth you’ll get a lower flow score,
so the lower the better. It’s pretty cool to check that out. Jumps, pretty simple. It’ll show you how long
you’ve been in the air, how many jumps you’ve done on that ride, all sorts of cool stats. You might be able to
connect your head unit also to other devices. So my Garmin will go with
my Garmin Veria light. So basically on my head unit I can control what this light is doing,
turn off turn it on. Also rear light and a radar,
so it will give you a warning if a cars coming up behind you. Even it will connect to
your Di2 Shimano gears, if you’ve got those electric ears it will give you data on the screen. If you’re in the market for
buying a new GPS computer for your eBike, I would
definitely dig into the details, do your research, to see
how compatible they are, how much information you
can get on your screen for the brand new bike your riding, but also how useable they are. Of course they’re always getting updated so they may improve in the future, even your old device may
improve in the future. But things are getting so connected now, that even your phone is
connected to your computer that’s connected the bike,
they can be super useful. If you want to see some more
videos whilst you’re here on EMBN click over there, at the bottom, for de-restricted versus restricted, super cool video from the guys. And up there for one of
Steve Jones’s mad challenges. Thumbs up if you like GPS devices and hit that subscribe button.

19 comments on “How To Get The Most From Your GPS | EMTB Navigation Tips

  1. Been using my iPhone X for a long time with a Lifeproof bracket on both my Trek Powerfly 5 and ElliptiGo with no problem and plug it in to a power brick to keep fully charged on long rides. I’ve been waffling back and forth between getting a Wahoo or Garmin. Seems the Garmin is perhaps the better choice. Once summer hiking is done and cooler temps return to Florida I’ll commit and go for it.

  2. Hey, got a Garmin 820 and I couldn’t find a way for it show the Shimano steps battery level, can you help?

  3. Garmin Edge 130 only lasts about 3-3.5 hours before the battery runs out… Not really recommended if you want to use it for long days out

  4. Where are the Wahoos ? – My Garmin experiences are not the best many of their devices got annoying issues – only the new 530 looks promising. btw. I am missing an advertising hint in this video, a little bit too many Garmin devices IMHO 😉

  5. Apple Watch with Strava is what I’m using.
    Works great, no clutter. Gives most statistics, speed, elevation, heart rate, distance and you can make a phone call or text if needed.
    Get home check computer or phone to see all yah data

  6. On the Garmin 130 can you display the riders wattage output from a Levo connection. Would be very useful for training.

  7. Hi Neil,

    Thanks for your tip on Komoot, new to me.
    Used it now for 3 tours and real happy with it. One question though; how do I switch to mtb ALPINE??? I plan my tour on a Win 10 laptop in Firefox and can only choose mtb.


  8. Thanks Neil, excellent explanation, but now my head hurts in addition to my legs : ) and yah TomTom Watch and Komoot on the phone. Oh and could have mentioned that apps like Komoot on your phone are a good start without having to buy a dedicated device.

  9. To see ebike battery status and assist mode on the display of your Garmin, check Ebike Field:

  10. If you've got a Garmin watch, you can link that to your computer for displaying heart rate without a separate sensor…

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