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GPS & Digital Mapping
GPS can do so much more for your cycling than simply help with navigation. GPS and digital mapping can help you plan routes, record the route you've ridden and allows you to down load and follow routes created by other cyclists opening up a whole new network of rides. Using digital mapping and GPS together you can plot your route with ease on your home computer and then transfer the route to your GPS unit so that you have a visual guide on your handle bars – that means less time map reading and more time pedalling. As well as planning routes you can check on total altitude gain for the route, look at the elevation profile so you know when the big climbs will appear and of course have accurate distances and directions.

One of the biggest benefits of using GPS and digital mapping together is the ability to download and share data from your GPS unit post-ride. This allows you to analyse your riding performance and when used in combination with a heart rate monitor it becomes a very useful training tool. You'll clearly see how the big climb affected your heart rate, how long it took you to recover and asses your pacing strategy for riding it. You'll easily spot where you went too hard causing you to blow before the top. The best bit is you can re-ride the same route and race your previous best time, this is a great motivator to help improve your fitness and you can compare and contrast individual sections of the ride.

This Buying Guide gives our customers general advice on the Digital Mapping & GPS. It is a guide only and we always recommend visiting one of our stores or contacting one of the experts in our sales team on +44(0)1293 574 900 if in doubt about your needs.
This story was last updated on 17/01/2012