First impressions - Legend HCx

Posted by blackadder on 29 May 2008 in English (English)

New Garmin Legend HCx arrived yesterday so took it for a test ride this afternoon. Loaded it with the latest mkgmap and set it up to log at 1 sec intervals to the micro SD card. All sweet and easy to set up and a lot easier to download via USB than the old serial connection. A few changes in the layout to my old B&W version but I'll soon get the hang of those.

Headed over to Birchfield/Handsworth area (B20) and completed another section before cycling back via Erdington. 40km in all. Very nice trace from the new unit. Easier to see where I stopped at post boxes and for bus stops as it leaves a few more points than the old unit did. Accuracy definately a bit better, mainly because the EGNOS lock is clearly better than on the old unit. Had two heart stopping moments, the first when a bloke opened his car door onto me, just managed to swerve, and the other when the new GPS rattled off its mount and hit the asphalt. Luckily no real damage, just a light scuff. The supplied receiver mount seems to fit a bit more loosely onto the handlebar mount than the old unit did, may have to rubberise it a bit to stop it rattling and annoying me. Looks like the only reason it bounced off the mount was that I did not have it fully home so that it was locked in place.

Location: Handsworth Wood, Birmingham, West Midlands Combined Authority, West Midlands, England, B20 2AU, United Kingdom

Comment from randomjunk on 30 May 2008 at 10:34

I've been proper mountain biking with my Legend HCx on the handlebars. The experience was too much for my rear mud guard which fell off, but the gps was rock solid.

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