For those who like to get out on their bikes and really explore new territory then a cycle GPS system could just be the best thing for you. Regardless of whether you are cycling somewhere new or just want to plan some great routes in your surrounding area the upgrades in technology for MTB GPS have grown considerably over recent years.
The latest technology available can give cyclists sophisticated mapping at their fingertips with real time data and spot on GPS positioning. Many of the bigger brand names available such as Garmin offer additional features like being able to select already used and recognised routes as well as programming in new routes.
Many MTB GPS models allow you to record your route times and distance travelled, so you can have a clear view of your performance. You can often also re-trace old data on your chosen route to compare and beat your previous timings and chart your progress over the training season. Again, developments in technology mean that many cycle GPS models have touch screen capabilities and are hardy enough to handle any weather eventualities.
If your budget is a little higher you can find a mountain bike GPS that also offers additional monitoring, for example, recording heart rate, cadence and power during your journey which helps you analyse your performance. But regardless of how much you have to spend, generally all machines are small, lightweight and easy to use, with a variety of accessories to compliment your choice and mount your machine safely on to your bike.