Stalking, (celery, stalking…get it?), never a good thing in general, but sometimes you just need to know where someone is!
We get it, riding on the road can be dangerous! It a major reason we train indoors! But at the end of the day, indoors is the means and outdoors is the end!
There are several apps that you can use to send your location and status to a select audience. Garmin LiveTrack and Strava Beacon are two of several that you may have heard of. They provide some reassurance to your loved ones that you’re trucking along and haven’t had any issues.
Over the years we have tried the above and several more and by-far our favorite one to use is the one offered by Road-ID.
We love the Road-ID one as:
- It’s device agnostic LiveTrack requires you to use a compatible Garmin device
- There’s no up-sell. Strava Beacon requires you to have a Summit membership
- We have found it to be the most resilient with cellphone coverage. Even today it’s not unheard of to be out of cell coverage and we have found that the Road-ID reconnects and picks up the tracking without issue. We can’t speak for every carrier, but we have used it very successfully with AT&T and Verizon.
- It offers the best battery consumption on your phone, there is a setting to reduce the amount of GPS polling which saves the battery
- You can have up to 5 contacts notified. Notifications can be sent via email or text, you simply select them from your phone’s address book
- Like the best Apps, it is easy and intuitive to use
- They send you best emails after you have completed your ride! (see below)
- It’s free…and even better comes with a $5.00 discount for Road-ID items!
How many emails have you received that contain;
“You just whooped some buttocks. Got your sweat on. Made the road “cry uncle“.
The App provides three main functions:
- eCrumb tracking which shows your progress on a map
- A stationary alert which notifies your chosen contacts that you have been stationary for 5 minutes and causes the phone to emit an alarm. Very useful if you are out of obvious sight, i.e. in a ditch!
- It allows you to create a Lock Screen with emergency contact information as well as any specific notes/medical conditions you want to make an EMT or Good Samaritan aware of! (NKA – No Known Allergies, NKDA – No Known Drug Allergies, O+ blood group)
Not limited to cycling you can use this App for running, skiing, even walking the dog, in fact it’s so easy to use we often use it instead of Waze to give each other an estimated arrival time when driving home!
The App is available from the Apple App Store and from Google Play
Why don’t you download it and give it a try this weekend!