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    GPS tracker app to let your family know where you are

    I know this came up awhile ago in the commuting section, but I can't seem to find the old thread.

    But does anyone use an app to let people check-in on them during commutes or rides? Occasionally my 45min commutes become 1 1/2 hours, or my 2 hour weekend rides stretch to 4, and if my wife is worried I'd like her to be able to see that I'm not in a ditch somewhere (or that I am in a ditch somewhere)

    Glympse seems to be the one that the internets are pointing me towards, but just wondering if anyone else has recommendations?

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    RoadID (RoadID.com) has a free app for iOS and Android that allows you to include up to 5 different contacts to notify that you've begun a ride, track your ride 'real-time', and notify when you are finished. It also has a 5 minute countdown timer that starts when you become stationary. You get 60 seconds of alarm to cancel or it notifies your contacts that you have stopped and have not responded to the warning. It also allows you to set a total ride time and alerts if you exceed that without shutting the timer off.

    I use this everytime I mtb ride solo...which is 90% of the time I ride. I run it alongside Strava on my Android. Works very well.

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    Waze app on Apple iOS or android

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    Thanks for this thread. My wife worries (too much) but not without some reason.

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    Garmin live track has a habit of telling my wife I am lying in a ditch whether I am actually in the ditch or not. Avoid for now. Endomondo worked good back in the day but they may want money now for this function.

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    You can use the "find my iPhone" preloaded app for this if you have an iPhone... just have to have the location services switched on on the phone, and whoever is logging in on the computer will need your apple ID.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DG40 View Post
    Waze app on Apple iOS or android
    For consideration, Waze absolutely sucks the power out of your phone. I'm somewhat new to the app but use it all the time now and like it for driving. If I'm not tethered to power in my car when it's on, my battery on my S5 Galaxy is reduced to about 1/3 of a days normal drain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    You can use the "find my iPhone" preloaded app for this if you have an iPhone...
    Thanks. I'm not part of the iCult, but now I know that android has something similar.

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    Thanks from me too for this thread. Will try the apps the next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh My Sack! View Post
    RoadID (RoadID.com) has a free app for iOS and Android that allows you to include up to 5 different contacts to notify that you've begun a ride, track your ride 'real-time', and notify when you are finished. It also has a 5 minute countdown timer that starts when you become stationary. You get 60 seconds of alarm to cancel or it notifies your contacts that you have stopped and have not responded to the warning. It also allows you to set a total ride time and alerts if you exceed that without shutting the timer off.

    I use this everytime I mtb ride solo...which is 90% of the time I ride. I run it alongside Strava on my Android. Works very well.
    EXACTLY.

    The app is so handy and FREE.
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    I use two things for this:

    On Google+ there is a location setting thing where I can see where my wife is and she can see where I am. This updates kind of slowly and not of any real use for real time tracking. It can be up to 15 minutes off.

    When I ride, I use Endomondo to track my rides. I set my wife up with an Endomondo account and gave her permissions to see my workouts live. So she can track my progress when I ride.

    I don't think in the 2 years we have had this set up she has used it once to track where I was on the bike even if I was late to return. (I'm not sure she loves me any more. :-( )

    All kidding aside, there are way to track where you are. I would hit up a site like www.androidcentrial.com, check out the forums and ask your questions there.

    Good luck!

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    My wife and I use the Google+ location feature too. The best thing about it is that it is always on. I don't use the phone to track my rides so remembering to turn the feature on or off is a non-starter for me.

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    I tell her I'm on my bike. She can always call or text.

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    I use RoadID also

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    +another for RoadID. Yes here are others that are non cycling, but it is simple and works well.

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