Friday, January 28, 2011

Had to ride on this warm Arkansas day in Jan!

Today was one of those unusually warm days in Jan here in Arkansas and I had to take advantage of it and ride the motorcycle.  We had a great ride out through the country side and ended up on Mt. Magazine.  There was a little bit of sand on the road from the ice and snow, so we had to be carefull in the mountains.  Here is a link to the GPS route today. I love using GPS for my travels and have wanted to get one of the Garmin motorcycle GPS's but they are around $500 - $800.  So I opted to get a Garmin Nuvi 255W, which is around $100 or less and use it on my motorcycle.  I know you are saying it's not waterproof, but I can place a zip lock bag over it and continue to use it or just put it away.  The way I look at it I could buy several of these and still not spend a lot of money on them compared to just one of the motorcycle GPS'rs.  It was easy to read and was not in my way at al. I bought a RAM mount for it and it is very secure while on the motorcycle.  I already had the GPS for use in my car, so I just bought the mount and it works great.  I would buy one of the motorcycle GPS units if they were not so exspensive.  Also attached you can see my Garmin Forerunner 301 which I use to upload my tracks to "Bike my GPS" website.  It is very easy and I really like the easy to use inerface.

Friday, January 21, 2011

New GPS site for bikes and motorcycles.

I found this neat site that alows me to share my rides with other riders it called Ride with GPS.  It takes data from my Garmin Forerunner GPS and uploard the data to the site.  You can view the route on Google Maps and it is just a neat way to share rides and keep up with rides.  You can share the data on Facebook also.  Here is an example from one of my urban rides around town.

Their web site is

They have just started the site and it is growing, I hope you will enjoy the site.


Sunday, January 02, 2011

Happy New Year! (a day late)

Had to start the New Year off right by riding my bike.  While most folks think it's too cold to ride when it is 31 degrees out, I don't mind a ride in the cold weather.  We meet up at our local bike shop (Poppa Wheelies) in Russellville and went for a nice urban ride around town.  The sun was out and it was rather nice out even though it was a little brisk out.  I had to start the new year off with a ride on my new single speed bike from KHS, the Urban Soul.  A nice bike for the price, and it was a blast to ride around town.  We rode about 18 miles and ended up at the local Starbucks for some hot cocco and a blueberry muffin.  A great way to start the year!