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Benzo
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Yeah, the music and cheering gave the ride a good vibe.


Lyle
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I put glympse on my phone – looks handy for stuff like this. I have figured out how to send glympses, but I haven’t figured out how to track somebody else.

This reminds me of something I’ve been imagining for years: a version of TRON for bicycles, for real.


dwillen
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@lyle on my phone, it is menu -> settings -> view a glympse and then it asks for the 6 character ID (the end of the URL) xxx-xxx.

Let me know if you want the trackpghcycles login details, we could all send our glympse invites to the same protected twitter feed.


edmonds59
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“…like a mobile party.”

So the sound systems are kind of worked out, so the next project is, what, a snack and beverage trailer? Disco lights?


Nick D
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I was thinking about making my stereo a trailer. That way, it would be used on any bike.

My next project is fixing the damned bike blender that I broke twice.

I am also working on a trailer for touring. I was going to make it fit a tote, but then I decided a plastic cooler only weighs a little more. If I get it done for next month we could have a picnic!


Mick
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@ndromb If I get it done for next month we could have a picnic!

I have a BOB trailer. I can fit my small grill in it and still have some room for a few dogs and burgers. I’d love to do a picnic.


reddan
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I’ll gladly donate my Gnashbar BOB-clone to the cause of ride-eat-ride as well.


Lyle
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I’m wondering what the effect would be of multiple glympse updates from different sources in the same group. If I’m riding a block behind you, is that going to look like two riders near each other, or just one, rapidly spiralling his way down the road?


edmonds59
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Nick, I was thinking about that, you probably just need to use the spindle from an actual blender motor, it’s probably a high strength tool steel or hardened or something.

Also try using a second idler roller on the opposite side of the tire from the drive roller to keep enough pressure on the drive roller.


Nick D
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I think I am going to make a stand-alone bike blender with the bender in front of the rider. I am going to try to ride of the roller all together and use a gear box (like a hand drill).


dwillen
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@lyle, it would appear as two different arrows on the map. We would have multiple glympses, but they aren’t updating the same dataset. A user would choose to view one or the other, or both (layered on top of one another). The URL the thing sends out is the ticket to view the map and we would both just be posting our own URLs to the same twitter feed. The benefit is if maybe one of our phones stops updating, someone looking for the ride would still have one working glympse.

I don’t know if anyone else has any strong opinions either way, but I could always make the feed public. I personally would feel better knowing only cyclists are able to track us down.


Nick D
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I just don’t know how useful it is going to be. Knowing were we are at a given moment helps, but it doesn’t take into account where we are headed.

I just think the easiest way to find us is t call someone.


dwillen
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I agree, it isn’t useful if we’re on the north side and you’re in regent square. We’ll be somewhere else before you get there. But if we’re biking down Penn and you’re sitting at work in doughboy square, it would be neat to know that.

Also, anyone with their own android/iphone can view the position in real time, on the go. So you could take off from work, and join up with us from anywhere.

It doesn’t add any additional trouble, as I’d be carrying my phone anyway. Just a few buttons to push before we take off is all. It will be interesting to see if anyone uses it, or finds it useful.

I imagine something like, it kind of looked like rain and some people didn’t show up, but the sun came out and it became nice right after the ride started. Someone checks the map and sees there is a big group of cyclists heading right past their house/work. They could easily join without having to worry about phoning a friend.


Nick D
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I definitively think it is a good idea. I just think having a rider’s phone number is probably more practical for most people.

On that note, if anyone want’s my number to find us next time, PM me.

The GPS log will be cool for ride reports.


dwillen
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As useful as it would be, glympse doesn’t seem to log anything. I’ll run an extra app for that.


Marko82
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dwillen
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Coolest ride ever…

You think your rear end got sore riding the tall bike, wait till you haul a couple of kegs around for 22 miles :)

It would totally suck to get it up on the fort pitt bridge sidewalk, only to back it all the way out upon encountering those stupid sandbags and construction signs.


mustion
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I just won off of eBay some of those valve cap lights, they’re coming from Hong Kong so hopefully they’ll be in for the next Flock of Cycles mobile rave.

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