When you think of the advancements that technology has made in the last quarter century, most people are astounded.
When the global positioning systems were first created it was essentially a military, navigational satellite system used by the United States Department of Defense.
Now, GPS has progressed to a commercial level.
You will find a GPS system on almost every cell phone, and a substantial percentage of new vehicles now have the option to have a mobile GPS system installed.
One of the newest uses of GPS technology is with bicycle GPS.
As bicycling continues to increase in popularity so, has the technology that goes along with it.
These little handheld GPS systems have become the ultimate consumer purchase.
GPS navigational systems use between 24 and 32 Earth orbiting satellites.
These satellites have been positioned to transmit locations, via microwave signals, to designated GPS receivers.
What this means is, if you have a GPS receiver a satellite will be able to pinpoint your exact location.
This is ideal when an individual is traveling through unfamiliar territory.
It does not matter if they are traveling by foot and using a handheld GPS system.
They may be traveling by car and using a navigation system.
Some individuals will be traveling on their bikes along the countryside and are using their bicycle GPS to determine the correct pathway.
A cyclist that routinely uses his bicycle GPS system can also use the navigation system for more than just determining the correct pathway.
Most GPS systems that were created for bicyclists were created with some additional features.
One of those features is the ability to download the course you rode that day.
Once the course is downloaded into a particular software program they will be able to know exactly the amount of miles they traveled that day.
Most bicyclists will tract their mileage at the end of each ride.
If, the bicyclists finds a route that they are extremely delighted with they can enter it into the computer for future reference.
Another feature that makes this item so great, is that some bicycle GPS systems will let you race a virtual computer.
Your unit will let you know how you compare with the virtual computer by measuring your distant, times, and cadence.
This usually livens up any ride.