Smartphone App that would be very helpful for RAGBRAI groups

Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, has a start up company whose first product is an App that lets you stream your location to your friends in real time.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whenhub.mobile&hl=en

There’s a version for iPhone as well.

12 Replies

David Daniels, November 29, 2016 at 11:33 am

Sunflower,

You assume that you’ll have cell phone coverage that can handle data. Usually not the case. Text messages even sometimes take several minutes to send.

cheers,
just dave

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“Bicycle Bill”, November 29, 2016 at 9:47 pm

Don’t know that I’d care for any app that allows someone else to know where I am, unless I have the ability to opt out at any time.  If I’m not home, I don’t want the wrong people to know it; and if I’m, say, spending some time with someone I shouldn’t be (hello, Princess Amanda!) I don’t think I’d want anyone else to know that either.

-“BB”-

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Amanda, December 1, 2016 at 10:40 am

Bicycle Bill, why shouldn’t you spend time with me? I don’t bite! LOL

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Mike Cordes, December 1, 2016 at 11:56 am

I tried the RoadID app this year so my family (and teammates) could locate me along the route, but poor cell coverage for the number of riders in low population areas caused problems and I quickly abandoned the idea…

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KenH, December 2, 2016 at 8:31 am

I think the problem is that app developers typically assume an excellent data network connection. That works well for most users, most of the time. RAGBRAI is quite a bit different. I think that a helpful app could be written for RAGBRAI users but it needs to use bandwidth very sparingly and it has to be prepared to retry at intervals until a successful exchange has been made. App developers just don’t work to the constraints that RAGBRAI imposes on cell phone usage.

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“Bicycle Bill”, December 2, 2016 at 11:05 am

I’m sure you don’t bite, Princess, and I can think of worse people to spend time with, but I’m not sure how your spouse/significant other might feel about that.

-“BB”-

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Gypsy Rose, December 3, 2016 at 5:03 pm

I’m sure you don’t bite, Princess, . . .

What happens on RAGBRAI, stays on RAGBRAI . . . 🙂

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thecyclingsloth, December 3, 2016 at 7:11 pm

Life360 works but still very difficult to get it to update in remote locations eith ALL the cell/data traffic.

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Kevin Sheldon, February 6, 2017 at 3:58 pm

I use AT&T and I rarely get good data coverage and/or phone coverage while on the ride.

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Brian Wallenburg, February 6, 2017 at 4:05 pm

Text early in the day. End your text with the date and time and always have a designated meeting point in the overnight town. Cell coverage fails on RAGBRAI almost every year. Another thing that’s helpful when finding your group in the overnight town, if the driver sets up near one of the teams that uses road markers… have them share that information with the cyclist.

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Dockat, February 7, 2017 at 4:26 pm

glympse already does that, however cell coverage is non existent
after 5:00 AM

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Gypsy Rose, February 7, 2017 at 5:22 pm

Many of those that I ride with use Life360, but I agree with others who advise not to rely on cell/text communications alone. Have a Plan B and a Plan C, including posting on the good old-fashioned bulletin board at the RAGBRAI Info station in each overnight town. (When I started riding RAGBRAI in 1980, that’s all we had. We always found each other at day’s end.)

Best,
~ Kevin

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