The BT-Q1000 GPS recorder is small and sensitive enough to put inside of a jersey pocket, panniers or a backpack. It comes with 2 PC programs that lets you download the data from the recorder and map it, analyze it or export it to different file formats.
So why would a bike commuter be interested? Well, I know some of you like to keep stats about your bike commute, and truth being, a cyclocomputer is not exact enough. I can’t remember the time that my exact tire size was listed on a cyclocomputer’s manual, so I just guesstimated or used the size closest to mine. So by using the GPS recorder I came to find out, my commute is NOT 21.3 miles but 23.6!!! Yeah, that made a dent on my bikejournal.com log, I’m over 800 miles for the year!
Another cool feature is that I can link it to my PDA via Bluetooth and by using GPS software, I can can pinpoint my location, get directions or find out where the nearest liqueur store is, well you don’t really need a GPS for that in SoCal, you can find them on every other corner, right next to the donut shop. Also, by pressing the little red button, the GPS will make a note of your current location, just in case you want to go back to that donut shop that sells really good Apple fritters.
So how much for this little geeky gadget? I’ve seen them retail from $89 bucks, that’s like a fourth of the price of a GPS unit! Sure it may not have a screen, but it is small enough to put on your significant other’s vehicle so you can find out where Sancho lives. 😉