Ride the World:
Enjoy world's only mixed reality biking app to ride real-world video routes.
RideSocial is a free app that lets you select and install a selection of mixed-reality video routes from around the world.
A number of routes are regular view videos you can see on your phone tablet or TV screen (using HDMI + the Apple AV adapter, or Apple TV).
Certain routes are also in 360 VR so you can view them on a headset like cardboard.
IMPORTANT: Please note that the VR and 360 degree video functionality is recommended ONLY on newer devices (iPhone 7 and iPad Air 2 and newer).
For tracking, RideSocial can connect via Bluetooth to compatible Schwinn indoor bikes. Additional compatible trackers coming very soon. Manual speed input also available - just swipe up or down on the screen.
RideSocial is part of the same family that created RunSocial, a sister app dedicated to running. For more on RideSocial visit www.RunSocial.com. Whether you are a user, potential user, partner or just want to chat with us about mixed reality tech, feel free to email us at email@example.com
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Fun, but misleading
This app is actually pretty entertaining. The problem is that the makers suggest that you are riding “live” with “others.” I took this to mean that the other avatars on the screen that pass me and shorty after get passed by me were real people working out all over the world. After using the app for a while, it’s clear that the “others” are bots.
The profile pictures are clearly stock photos. The speed of the bots close in at breakneck speeds from behind you no matter how fast you pedal, only for them to pass you and slow to a crawl approximately 30 seconds later.
The app would be more fun if it was a true MMO. However, since I’m racing robots, why not designate specific bots to have a consistent speed/pace so that I can measure my ability against them and work my way up the chain? That way it’s more like a video game that encourages incremental improvement instead of an extra feature pretending to be something it’s not.
Seems to work more or less fine with my Schwinn 270. Bluetooth connects and monitors my speed. However, the app does not seem to be able to make gradients work. +8 degrees feels a lot like -2 degrees to me. Seems like a major oversight. Otherwise, the videos are fine and don’t deserve the negative quibbling some reviewers post here.
I’m fairly casual with my workouts—about 30 minutes a day, but this has made them more fun and I tend to ride harder when I use RideSocial. I only use the regular videos, but they work great and even look decent just on my phone screen. It’s a fun way to make the workouts more interesting. I use the programs on my Schwinn, so it changes the intensity automatically, which means the intensity I’m working on doesn’t match the grade of the videos, but that’s not a big deal for me. It’s more the fun of virtually visiting these locations and trying to pass the others, even if the others aren’t really on right then, or if they’re bots. I like it, it’s motivating for me, and it works fine when I’m using it.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.