GPS tracker for the bike?

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rodgers73
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GPS tracker for the bike?

Postby rodgers73 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 09:06 am

I'd like a GPS tracker that can allow others to track my whereabouts via their smartphone or a website.

I have a Garmin Edge 705 but I have no idea if this allows 3rd parties to see where I am.

Any ideas on devices to purchase or how my Garmin could be used here?

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Re: GPS tracker for the bike?

Postby Froomes Edgar » Sun Feb 03, 2013 09:08 am

Think the new 810 does it - failing that a smartphone will be able to do it somehow.

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Re: GPS tracker for the bike?

Postby rodgers73 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 09:21 am

Damn, was hoping to get something with a longer battery life than a smartphone offers, and a bit smaller too

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Re: GPS tracker for the bike?

Postby Froomes Edgar » Sun Feb 03, 2013 09:29 am

Well whatever it is needs to connect to the internet, so thinking about it yer 810 must go via your phone anyway.

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Re: GPS tracker for the bike?

Postby rodgers73 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:11 am

Looks like there are some devices that rely on a SIM card sending regular texts to a set list of phone numbers. Sounds good but reviews are mixed. Anyone had any experience of these?

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Re: GPS tracker for the bike?

Postby birdie23 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:15 am

You should just be able to use your Edge 705. What site do you want to use?

In the case of Strava just download the Garmin Connector plugin and hook your Edge up via USB, go to Strava's upload page and it should find your Garmin and any activities on it.

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Re: GPS tracker for the bike?

Postby Froomes Edgar » Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:16 am

birdie23 wrote:You should just be able to use your Edge 705. What site do you want to use?

In the case of Strava just download the Garmin Connector plugin and hook your Edge up via USB, go to Strava's upload page and it should find your Garmin and any activities on it.

Happy riding!


Thats not what was asked

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Re: GPS tracker for the bike?

Postby birdie23 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:25 am

Froomes Edgar wrote:
birdie23 wrote:You should just be able to use your Edge 705. What site do you want to use?

In the case of Strava just download the Garmin Connector plugin and hook your Edge up via USB, go to Strava's upload page and it should find your Garmin and any activities on it.

Happy riding!


Thats not what was asked


Ah my bad, I misread and didn't get the live update aspect. Sorry :(
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Re: GPS tracker for the bike?

Postby sungod » Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:22 am

haven't tried one, but these have been around for a while now...

http://www.integratedtrackers.com/GPSTrack/Spybike.jsp

they do others as well
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Re: GPS tracker for the bike?

Postby tiredofwhiners » Sun Feb 03, 2013 14:34 pm

rodgers73 wrote:Damn, was hoping to get something with a longer battery life than a smartphone offers, and a bit smaller too


I doubt this will be an issue unless you are planning a truly dawn until dusk ride. An old iPhone will last 8+ hours in your back pocket, doing nothing but feeing Location information. No Apps, no battery drain - just install FindMyPhone and you can treat it as a lost phone and anyone with your information can log in and see where the phone is.

Not sure about how a smartphone is too big either - it'll slide into a back pocket and you wouldn't know it was there.

Or are you talking about other reasons, like having a dog collar with GPS tracker bult in ?

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Re: GPS tracker for the bike?

Postby rodgers73 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 17:20 pm

No its for riding with but for longer than 8hrs - more like 2 days

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Re: GPS tracker for the bike?

Postby Bustacapp » Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:25 pm

install GYLMPSE onto a smartphone. Then anyone can track you LIVE via websites/phones etc.

www.glympse.com

As for the battery - recharge it when it runs out.

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Re: GPS tracker for the bike?

Postby Slowbike » Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:41 pm

rodgers73 wrote:No its for riding with but for longer than 8hrs - more like 2 days

External battery pack - weighs little and if you get a suitable sized one it can recharge a phone 2 or 3 times...
If you don't use the phone for anything except location finding and that isn't hammered (ie those at home aren't refreshing every 30 seconds) then it'll last quite some time - 2 days would be fine.

Just ensure you turn off everything that chews data except location then you're good to go.

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Re: GPS tracker for the bike?

Postby Navrig » Mon Feb 04, 2013 13:07 pm

I am just back from a skiing holiday during which I trialled using Strava to record a day's skiing. Couple of things to note:

1. I couldn't start the app without having an internet connection so I had to turn on Data Roaming or start the recording before I left the chalet Wi-Fi zone. Not sure if this is the caes with other apps.

2. The battery on the phone easily lasted all day just using the inbuilt GPS to track my location and progress. Almost 8 hours continuous logging used less than half a battery charge. That was with wifi and Data roaming both off, making no calls and sending only a few texts. This was an HTC One S.

From my previous experience of a Blackberry, the minute you switch on the data connection the battery charge will plummet. I switched on Googles location application and drained my Blackberry battery in about 18 hours. Normally I would get 2-3 days out of a Blackberry (ours are not call enabled, SMS and Email only).

I suspect that with current smartphone batteries you wont get more than one day of GPS tracking and location sharing without a recharge. Better to use GPS tracking and when possible send an SMS to those who want to know where you are.

If you can get an app which allows you to control how often your location is shared and automatically turns the data connection on and off you may be able to achieve more than one day.

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Re: GPS tracker for the bike?

Postby rodgers73 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 21:05 pm

I don't have a smartphone and don't want to use one. I'm looking for a device that allows others to track me either using a computer or their smartphone.

Sorry, should have made that clearer.

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Re: GPS tracker for the bike?

Postby Froomes Edgar » Mon Feb 04, 2013 21:11 pm

rodgers73 wrote:I don't have a smartphone and don't want to use one. I'm looking for a device that allows others to track me either using a computer or their smartphone.

Sorry, should have made that clearer.


You could train a medium sized bird to follow you, and buy it a smartphone. Sorry - buy him/her a smartphone - after the training you'll develop a lasting bond.

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Re: GPS tracker for the bike?

Postby ChrisAOnABike » Mon Feb 04, 2013 21:16 pm

Froomes Edgar wrote:Think the new 810 does it - failing that a smartphone will be able to do it somehow.

Not without a phone as well it doesn't. It cannot connect to the phone network or tinternet on its own.

For me, this is why the 810 is pointless - I can't do all that real time stuff without the phone as well, and I can do it with only the phone.

I use Real Time GPS tracker on my S3, and then anyone I send the URL to can see where I am just by visiting the link.
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Re: GPS tracker for the bike?

Postby Froomes Edgar » Mon Feb 04, 2013 21:23 pm

ChrisAOnABike wrote:
Froomes Edgar wrote:Think the new 810 does it - failing that a smartphone will be able to do it somehow.

Not without a phone as well it doesn't. It cannot connect to the phone network or tinternet on its own.


I know, which is why I posted just that about 20 minutes later

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Re: GPS tracker for the bike?

Postby Gizmodo » Mon Feb 04, 2013 21:30 pm

rodgers73 wrote:I don't have a smartphone and don't want to use one. I'm looking for a device that allows others to track me either using a computer or their smartphone.

Sorry, should have made that clearer.

GPS is a receive only system. A dozen satellites orbit the earth sending down a signal. A GPS device can listen for those signals and determine where you are.

So now you need some other technology to send your position data to the Intenet to let someone else track you. The mobile phone network is the only data network that is portable and has very wide coverage. So you will need something that connects to the mobile phone network for data - something like a smart phone or tablet with a mobile phone SIM card (an iPad might look silly in your jersey pocket).

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Re: GPS tracker for the bike?

Postby Scozz76 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 21:42 pm

so how do animal trackers work? the ones they attach to birds or whales etc? These are small enough and presumably use hardly any power as they seem to last for months/years without recharging.


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