Step 11: Future Project?

Hmmm, I wonder what these contact are for? This view of the circuit board is just under where the battery compartment is located.

This model doesn't claim to have PC connectivity, but when I opened it up, the Tx and Rx contacts suggest some possibilities (serial or USB connections).
Opened the link just because Duncan is so pretty. My parents have two dachshunds as well. I love them :)
If it costs 20 bucks to make I'd rather spend and extra 8 bucks and just buy one off ebay <a rel="nofollow" href="http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?sofocus=bs&amp;sbrftog=1&amp;from=R10&amp;catref=C6&amp;satitle=explorist+bike&amp;sacat=73351%26catref%3DC6&amp;sargn=-1%26saslc%3D2&amp;sadis=200&amp;fpos=14068&amp;ftrt=1&amp;ftrv=1&amp;saprclo=&amp;saprchi=&amp;fsop=3%26fsoo%3D1&amp;coaction=compare&amp;copagenum=1&amp;coentrypage=search">http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?sofocus=bs&amp;sbrftog=1&amp;from=R10&amp;catref=C6&amp;satitle=explorist+bike&amp;sacat=73351%26catref%3DC6&amp;sargn=-1%26saslc%3D2&amp;sadis=200&amp;fpos=14068&amp;ftrt=1&amp;ftrv=1&amp;saprclo=&amp;saprchi=&amp;fsop=3%26fsoo%3D1&amp;coaction=compare&amp;copagenum=1&amp;coentrypage=search</a><br/>
That's cool!<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.atomiczombie.com">http://www.atomiczombie.com</a><br/>
I made a similar thing for a flashlight, for my mountain bike, and when I rode it the first time, the mount snapped - I was bummed. Point is, I could have saved my $30 LED flashlight if I had a tether line. For a road bike, the user should be fine, but who knows? If they hit a patch of bad road, it could pop the Velcro, and dash the GPS to the pavement. I am just trying to help. I think I would either attach the strap that comes with it, if there is one, or jam one inside the case with a knot in the end, and screw the case back on tight. Then wrap the strap around the handlebar, and pull the GPS through, then mount it. HTH.
Yeap, this has happened, but thanks to the tether, that GPS didn't hit the ground, I'll probably add a step to have some kind of strap. Thanks.
I can't believe it. I was just today looking on Amazon for a handlebar mount for my Garmin etrex gps. This article has inspired me to make my own instead out of a mount for an old bike lock I have. cool
Hackaday has an article with a link to a russian website (with english translations) that is exactly what you're looking for to answer the question about those mysterious contacts (RS-232)<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://gps.hackaday.com/entry/1234000167073451/">http://gps.hackaday.com/entry/1234000167073451/</a><br/><br/>Happy soldering!<br/><br/>
if the adhesive on your velcro gets weak, you can just epoxy the velcro on. i do this with most projects, because i've found the adhesive on most of that stuff sucks. also, this allows you to work with stronger velcro as well. also, velcro attaches well to most anything with a nap.
Another thing while riding in the hot sun the adhesive may become soft and let go of the mount all together.
So far it hasn't, in fact I picked this particular type of fastener because it's used to keep the I-Pass units stuck to the inside of the windshield. They sit in the sun all day, day after day, and so far I've never found my I-Pass lying on the dash.
I use a few rubber bands in addition to the bike mount for the GPS on my bike. The mount itself doesn't have much of a positive lock to the GPS, so it bounces around and once the mount actually broke. I'd bet your velcro attachment could benefit from some rubber bands for that occasional super deep pothole.
Yeap, I try to avoid the potholes, but even plank bridges and railroad tracks can tend to jar it loose. I had the same issue with the steady cam mount (no 'velcro involed there),<br/><a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/EVEHMFL6EMEP287FXN/">https://www.instructables.com/id/EVEHMFL6EMEP287FXN/</a><br/>but I used a small bungie strap to help secure the DV camera.<br/>
there's an article on hackaday that shows how to use those connectors on the back:<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://gps.hackaday.com/entry/1234000167073451">http://gps.hackaday.com/entry/1234000167073451</a><br/><br/>maken<br/>
I've been doing some research since getting the GPS and this site sells cables for alot of devices including Magellan GPS'.<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://pc-mobile.net/mex100.htm">http://pc-mobile.net/mex100.htm</a><br/><br/>And this site has instructions for making your own cables as well as oher info, downloads, etc:<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://rhamphorinkx.newmail.ru/">http://rhamphorinkx.newmail.ru/</a><br/>

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