MTB Tip of the Week – Episode 5: GPS for Mountain Biking

This is Episode 5 in an ongoing series of videos we will be posting regularly to share our mountain biking tips and tricks with our subscribers.

Prior Episodes:


Episode 4: Maps for Mountain Biking

Episode 3: The LBS

Episode 2: 1X Drivetrain Bail Out

Episode 1: Cold Fingers Remedy


EPISODE 5: GPS Tips for Mountain Biking


Last week, I shared a great solution I have found to view where you are on a map with your mobile device, even when you don’t have a data connection.

Sometimes a phone just won’t do what you need it to do as well as a dedicated GPS will however.
My good friend Rick recently purchased a Garmin Etrex. He has used an android phone as well as a Spot Satellite Tracking device to map his routes and send updates to family and friends in the past, but the Garmin Etrex fills a role that other devices cannot.
He asked that I shared some basic tips and tricks for this device, which also applies to many other GPS devices.

Here are some of my tips for utilizing the Garmin Etrex for mountain biking, bikepacking, bicycle touring, or other activities where uploading, downloading, recording, and following routes/tracks are desired.

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Let me know your experience with handheld GPS recievers, like the Garmin eTrex for cycling. If I can help you utilize it more effectively, or if you need any custom videos shot to demonstrate a particular way to utilize it, I would enjoy providing any assistance that could help in that area. Leave a comment below or send me an email at .

Thanks for your support! Now get outside and find some trails to ride!

– Nick

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