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I use a cool combination of an iPhone and an application called Firepin to map my rides. Firepin uses the iPhone's GPS to locate and sends the data to the Internet, allowing you to be mapped in near real time.

Drawback: uses lots of power on the iPhone, I have to charge every couple of hours. Also, I can't see the data real time; only after I stop. A properly calibrated cycle computer is both visible real time and more accurate (the iPhone GPS records every few minutes or so, and assumes you've been moving straight in that time, which causes some errors in urban street situations). However, mine has been jinxed - first there were battery problems, then the removable unit got stolen.

Anyway, here are the last two rides mapped:
Christmas 2008

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Comment by Sankarson Banerjee on December 28, 2008 at 2:32pm
Thats because you do the express highway. No car on SV Road ever hits third gear.
Comment by Prabuddha on December 27, 2008 at 6:33pm
I suppose you are right about maps. I have the Eicher map book. I also rely on Google Earth. Extremely convenient. But still, for cycling, I prefer roads with either sparse traffic or too much traffic- I find the situation where cars zip past my elbow at 60-70 kmph risky.
Comment by Sankarson Banerjee on December 27, 2008 at 12:28pm
And yes, I know Mumbai's roads quite well, but you just need a good map - Eicher is the best.
Comment by Sankarson Banerjee on December 27, 2008 at 12:21pm
:D the Juhu thing is not my fault, a GPS signal can get confused when inside buildings.

I usually ride regular hours - start in the morning, end at night. The last one started at 11:15 or so, and ended at 11pm. Was quite hot when I started, but eventually cooled down
Comment by Prabuddha on December 26, 2008 at 6:20pm
Hey Sankarson, just saw your maps. One thing I have to admit- you know the city and its roads much better than I do.
What time did you start and finish the rides? Was this in the daytime with full sunlight and traffic, or at night?
My brother who lives in Chandigarh uses a Nokia Navigator phone and uses a Nokia software that saves a .KML file that he later transfers to his computer and maps the data. This saves the battery power since GPRS is not used.
By the way, it appears you almost drowned in Juhu on your Christmas ride. Appears you are a strong swimmer. Or the Coast Guard are a lot more vigilant now.


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