When traveling and biking, weight makes a BIG difference!
Still, you want to bring your electronic trifecta…your camera, your phone, your computer. Am I right?
You don’t need them all! Your phone? Yes. It’s a good thing to have if you get lost or someone needs to let you know that you won the lottery. Your Camera? Maybe. If the camera in your phone is not good enough for your purposes. OK, bring it. Your computer? No. Leave it at home. It’s the heaviest of the three, by far, and it probably doesn’t do much that your phone can’t do with some effort and planning. After all, your phone is a miniature computer.
I’ve managed to get my phone to serve as my computer:
It takes a little planning.
#1 Get a folding Bluetooth Keyboard. There are many to choose from. This one is about 85% the size of a full blown keyboard so it is not hard to use or connect.
#2 Get a USB to micro cable so you can use a mouse. You just plug it in and it magically works. Download the Dolphin Browser app which gives you navigation just like you’d have in a browser on your desktop.
#3 get a micro to mini USB plug so you can upload those all important files from your Garmin. Google for more directions on how to do it.
#4 The same cable will allow you to connect a card reader so you can upload those photos you took with your camera (SD card) whenever your phone is connected via wifi. You will need the Astro file manager app or something like it.
#5 – #3 and #4 require that your Android phone be “rooted”…unlocked so you can manage files. If I could manage to root my phone, you can do it as well.
#6 Install Google Drive and Google Docs. This pretty much allows you to deal with spreadsheets and word Docs, pdf’s etc etc. You just do it in the cloud.
The only things you really can’t do are those things for which you really need installed software….Photoshop would be an example (although there are many apps that could suffice). Quickbooks would be another example. Although even for Quickbooks, there is a cloud version.
This is what my “computer” now weighs:
This is the netbook that I had been lugging all over the world:
That’s over a kilo of weight savings. When you are flying with a bike as your checked bag and limited to a single carry on for all your “stuff”, every ounce counts. It’s also easier to get up those hills.