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It's just a prototype :) but with some foam around the handlebar and careful positioning to avoid bumps, a basic attachment like this might work [http://www.xmission.com/~bmidgley/neobike.jpg]
 
It's just a prototype :) but with some foam around the handlebar and careful positioning to avoid bumps, a basic attachment like this might work [http://www.xmission.com/~bmidgley/neobike.jpg]
  
== Keep it charged ==
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== Crank up the charge ==
  
 
If you want to keep the GPS running and have the screen on or with a long timeout, you'll need a way to supplement power on a long trip.
 
If you want to keep the GPS running and have the screen on or with a long timeout, you'll need a way to supplement power on a long trip.
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The regulator will have to be a do-it-yourself project regardless of the power source. See [http://www.iki.fi/~msmakela/electronics/dynamo5v/] for one approach. If you do want to try a switching regulator, there's a nice little pre-built module in the form factor of a linear regulator: [http://www.dimensionengineering.com/DE-SW050.htm]
 
The regulator will have to be a do-it-yourself project regardless of the power source. See [http://www.iki.fi/~msmakela/electronics/dynamo5v/] for one approach. If you do want to try a switching regulator, there's a nice little pre-built module in the form factor of a linear regulator: [http://www.dimensionengineering.com/DE-SW050.htm]
  
== Run some useful software ==
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== Software for biking ==
  
 
* TangoGPS
 
* TangoGPS

Revision as of 17:20, 7 August 2008

The collection of information useful for biking with a Neo

Secure it to the bike

André Gaul documented a complete mounting kit [1]

It's just a prototype :) but with some foam around the handlebar and careful positioning to avoid bumps, a basic attachment like this might work [2]

Crank up the charge

If you want to keep the GPS running and have the screen on or with a long timeout, you'll need a way to supplement power on a long trip.

If you decide to try solar, it's recommended to get a flexible panel and attach it to your backback or something like that. It's unlikely anything below 10 watts will keep things running. (todo: add some data points)

The alternative is to steal energy from the crank. You can do this with a hub dynamo or possibly with an induction generator like the one on the reelight [3] (warning... overuse of flash)

The regulator will have to be a do-it-yourself project regardless of the power source. See [4] for one approach. If you do want to try a switching regulator, there's a nice little pre-built module in the form factor of a linear regulator: [5]

Software for biking

  • TangoGPS
Personal tools

The collection of information useful for biking with a Neo

Secure it to the bike

André Gaul documented a complete mounting kit [1]

It's just a prototype :) but with some foam around the handlebar and careful positioning to avoid bumps, a basic attachment like this might work [2]

Crank up the charge

If you want to keep the GPS running and have the screen on or with a long timeout, you'll need a way to supplement power on a long trip.

If you decide to try solar, it's recommended to get a flexible panel and attach it to your backback or something like that. It's unlikely anything below 10 watts will keep things running. (todo: add some data points)

The alternative is to steal energy from the crank. You can do this with a hub dynamo or possibly with an induction generator like the one on the reelight [3] (warning... overuse of flash)

The regulator will have to be a do-it-yourself project regardless of the power source. See [4] for one approach. If you do want to try a switching regulator, there's a nice little pre-built module in the form factor of a linear regulator: [5]

Software for biking

  • TangoGPS