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    GPS tracking App for riding alone... for personal safety.

    I am not sure if this is the right forum for this, so let me know.

    I am self employed and can go ride trails during the week by myself quite often. I try top avoid riding alone but this cuts back to much of my ride time. I usually text someone before and after a ride just in case. I would like to have an app that is a live GPS tracking feed (not sure what to call it) to show my location on a trail where my father or someone whom I trust (not the GF, thats trouble) can check on it periodically or if I don't text them after a certain time frame. Additionally in the worst case situation it will show my exact location on a trail. I would also like to be able to turn the app on and off.

    I have had / witnessed some serious xc motocross injuries in the middle of nowhere and its no joke.

    If anyone has any apps they recommend or experience doing something similar to this let me know.
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    There are a few out there. Honestly, though, using your phone for this purpose is a pretty major battery suck, and requires a data connection over the course of your ride (which is why it's a battery suck). How much of a battery suck depends on your phone and how many charge cycles the battery has been through.

    For more reliable use (though not 100% reliable...just moreso than a phone), you can use something like a SPOT or a Delorme InReach that connects via satellites, eliminating cell reception from the equation entirely. There are models that will pair with most smartphones so you can expand the capability to more detailed messaging.

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    GPS tracking App for riding alone... for personal safety.

    If you're running an iPhone, then Find My iPhone will do all of that and it's free.


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    GPS tracking App for riding alone... for personal safety.

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    If you're running an iPhone, then Find My iPhone will do all of that and it's free.


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    It's really kind of amazing. Found friends at a casino in Vegas using that app. Super accurate.
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    I have been using Garmin LiveTrack with my Garmin 510 for a little over a year and have been quite impressed. Of course, this requires a Garmin GPS product. Once a LiveTrack session has started, you値l be asked to give permission to track your mobile device for each workout. Those you invite via email, Facebook or Twitter will receive a link to a webpage that includes the position of your phone or connected Edge. They値l also be able to track your time elapsed, distance, speed and elevation in real time. And if you have any ANT+ sensors, they also can see that data, such as heart rate or cadence.

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    I have been keeping an eye on this- ICEdot crash sensor.

    https://icedot.org/site/?lang=en

    I like the idea that it would call or text if you are incapacitated- like in a crash. I think the ICEdot with a smartphone and something like a Delorme InReach would be perfect, that is you would be connected anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    I have been using Garmin LiveTrack with my Garmin 510 for a little over a year and have been quite impressed. Of course, this requires a Garmin GPS product. Once a LiveTrack session has started, you値l be asked to give permission to track your mobile device for each workout. Those you invite via email, Facebook or Twitter will receive a link to a webpage that includes the position of your phone or connected Edge. They値l also be able to track your time elapsed, distance, speed and elevation in real time. And if you have any ANT+ sensors, they also can see that data, such as heart rate or cadence.

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    Do you know if this works with the old Edge 705?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatshowiroll View Post
    Do you know if this works with the old Edge 705?
    The Edge 510 and 810 are the only two Garmin cycling devices with real-time connectivity. You need to be paired with an iPhone or Android phone to upload the data in real time, so if you don't have either of those, or you're riding out of cell phone range, then do don't have a data link.

    If you have a Blackberry, you can track it's location on the web in real time using "View Location" in Blackberry Protect. As others have stated, there is a similar way to track iPhones.

    My wife worries about me when I ride alone, so I'm thinking of upgrading from the 500 to the 510 to give her peace of mind.
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    GPS tracking App for riding alone... for personal safety.

    There's a app called view ranger and it can send your location out, but it drains your battery like crazy. I think that a SPOT as mentioned above would be perfect


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    Quote Originally Posted by 2obscura View Post
    I am not sure if this is the right forum for this, so let me know.




    I am self employed and can go ride trails during the week by myself quite often. I try top avoid riding alone but this cuts back to much of my ride time. I usually text someone before and after a ride just in case. I would like to have an app that is a live GPS tracking feed (not sure what to call it) to show my location on a trail where my father or someone whom I trust (not the GF, thats trouble) can check on it periodically or if I don't text them after a certain time frame. Additionally in the worst case situation it will show my exact location on a trail. I would also like to be able to turn the app on and off.

    I have had / witnessed some serious xc motocross injuries in the middle of nowhere and its no joke.

    If anyone has any apps they recommend or experience doing something similar to this let me know.
    Find my iphone does this for the iphone

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    I use the free app Glympse. Works great, but of course it needs to see satellites to know where you are and have cell data connectivity to send out the info. Rides of around 3 hrs uses less than 15% of my Galaxy S4 battery.

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    If on Android check out GPS Tracking Pro
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....fsp.android.c

    You install on your phone and whoever else you invite to it's buddy list can ping for your location. Have noticed no difference in battery with it on vs having the battery off, as it's not continuously updating your location.

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    Thanks for all of the suggestions I am going to have to do some more research on the actual gps tracking devices and a little extra savings as well, they seam to be a little pricey. Worth it I am sure, as you get what you pay for, so I may have to make due with a app for a couple of months.

    I am on an Iphone and the find my phone app also has a find my friends feature that I am going to look into. My main concern with these type apps is being able to turn it off and on. I do not want people seeing what I am doing all the time, hell I still don't use social media.


    Quote Originally Posted by deoreo View Post
    I have been keeping an eye on this- ICEdot crash sensor.

    https://icedot.org/site/?lang=en

    I like the idea that it would call or text if you are incapacitated- like in a crash. I think the ICEdot with a smartphone and something like a Delorme InReach would be perfect, that is you would be connected anywhere.

    If you can't tell, I like to ride alone
    This is the one I am really intrigued with, I have only found really old articles on it. and not much first hand stories about its use. It would be better than well I ate **** and eventually someone will figure it out, and call help.

    Most of my trails are local inside the DFW, Tx area, and have good cell coverage. I know from stopping to "work" when absolutely unavoidable for a moment here and there while on the trail.
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    GPS tracking App for riding alone... for personal safety.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2obscura View Post
    I am on an Iphone and the find my phone app also has a find my friends feature that I am going to look into. My main concern with these type apps is being able to turn it off and on. I do not want people seeing what I am doing all the time, hell I still don't use social.
    You can turn find my iPhone on and off in settings-privacy-location services.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 2obscura View Post
    Most of my trails are local inside the DFW, Tx area, and have good cell coverage.
    DFW? What trails do you do ride there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    DFW? What trails do you do ride there?
    Rowlett Creek, Boulder, Cedar Hill SP, and Arbor hills. I havent had a chance to make it out to Grapevine northshore (I think) weather permitting I am going to try that next week. It has been years since I have been there and love that trail. I just started riding again recently.

    Are you in the Dallas area as well?
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    GPS tracking App for riding alone... for personal safety.

    I use Glympse from time to time. Sounds like it's exactly what your looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2obscura View Post
    Are you in the Dallas area as well?
    Yeah, near DFW Airport. Northshore's riding nice right now. Enjoy it. It's nice that you have the flexibility to ride off times, because N.S. can get crowded on nice weekends.

    Concern getting stuck or injured on most any of these trails around here is somewhat diminished because of the numbers of riders around here that will look after each other is nice. Unless you night ride solo, there's almost always someone else on trail close by to assist.
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    Wife and I use Glympse to keep track of each other. Good fast real-time position update. The Google Maps that it uses even shows the various departments in our local Wal-Mart, and the GPS works well enough in there that I can find her.

    What is really neat is that, given the proper URL, anyone with a web browser can watch your track, with no need to sign up or install anything. So it's great if you are on the way to someone's house or meeting up at the trailhead -- just send them a "glimpse" via text message or email. They open the link in their browser and watch you.

    For something you install on your phone and forget, designed for families to keep track of each other, check out Cygic Family Tracker. It is a bit of a pain to sign up family members and only updates every 5 minutes, but uses almost no battery, and you don't have to do anything to allow family members to track you. You can set up zones and get an alert when someone in the family enters or leaves the zone. I named our home zone "Girlfriend's place", so when I arrive home, Wife gets a message saying "Dennis has arrived at Girlfriend's place".

    Along the same lines is Life360. It is easier to use than Family Tracker, and has more features, including the ability to easily set up a temporary group -- great for group rides. However, on our Galaxy S2s the positioning doesn't work half the time, showing you miles from where you really are at someplace you've never been. Don't trust your marriage to it . It is probably just a Galaxy or S2 issue. It is a very popular app apparently.
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    I use find my friend on my iPhone. It can be turned off or on.

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    There are several apps on the market. I use Endomondo Pro. My wife created an account and I added her as a friend. She can follow me with real time tracking if she wants. I have android, and I'm sure there is an iPhone version as well.

    There is lots to choose from. Try some out and stick with the one that works for you.

    Good luck!

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    I tried glympse, it worked pretty good, and was very easy for the person tracking to use as well. used it on three rides totaling 38 miles, the last three days to test it. It stayed accurate within 100 ft. The timer feature worked perfect to just incase I forget to turn it off. It also ran at the same time with strava running and I still had plenty of battery after each ride.

    I am going to work my way through these simple apps suggested in this thread until I can afford either a Spot or Icedot. I am leaning towards the Ice dot....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    I have been using Garmin LiveTrack with my Garmin 510 for a little over a year and have been quite impressed. Of course, this requires a Garmin GPS product. Once a LiveTrack session has started, you値l be asked to give permission to track your mobile device for each workout. Those you invite via email, Facebook or Twitter will receive a link to a webpage that includes the position of your phone or connected Edge. They値l also be able to track your time elapsed, distance, speed and elevation in real time. And if you have any ANT+ sensors, they also can see that data, such as heart rate or cadence.

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    This, I'm somewhat like you. I work from a home office with trails near by, but I always worried about what would happen if I crashed. I love live track, my wife can keep an eye on my ride from work, if I'm not moving for a long period of time, she knows something is up and can get help coming.
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    Update.... I used glympse again and it completely failed to track my position accurately. I was on a 6 or so mile ride Sunday, and I would say it was useless after the first 1.5 miles. the tracking showed my path in a straight line out from the trail head and then showed me follow or shadow it back. THe trail is a very obvious large loop snaking around back to the trail head, I would say it was off by at mile or more for the most of the ride when i reviewed it at the end of my ride. When standing at my truck after the ride it showed my position at a point I figured by the landscape to be about 150 yards away.

    I am going to try Endomondo Pro for a ride later this week. regardless of its performance, I will be purchasing Icedot, it seems to meet all my needs the best Especially if I get knocked out.
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    Let us know how Endomondo Pro works. I'm messing around with Glympse but do not have enough rides in to give it a review yet. I'm thinking Icedot maybe the way to go through.

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