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Old 06-06-21, 01:18 PM
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Okay, I know this is a crazy idea and it will doubtless earn me ridicule and rebuke, if not actual banishment. But I haven't been riding much and I'm thinking about it more and more. So...


thesis: It would be cool to run a Zoom call during a brevet, for the riders to keep in touch with the other riders.

Has anyone tried anything like that?

I realize there would be all kinds of problems, especially in areas where there is no cell coverage, so it definitely wouldn't work everywhere. But... potential?
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You'd be surprised how many areas in the regions we rid in don't have adequate cell coverage.

One of the screens I never want to see on my Garmin shows all the riders near me. That might be as much togetherness on a brevet as I can take.
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thesis: It would be cool to run a Zoom call during a brevet, for the riders to keep in touch with the other riders.
Seems like riding together as a group would be more in the spirit of brevets.
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Seems like a lot of hurdles to get over, including
i) battery life
ii) mounting the phone where its front-facing camera can see you
iii) dealing with weather and rough roads

I know some people use messaging (e.g. WhatsApp) to keep in touch during a brevet, but me personally I keep my phone in my jersey pocket and don't even bother to pull it out and look at it (at least until stopped at a controle).
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Old 06-06-21, 08:40 PM
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This has potential. First one to the control cafe starts a zoom with the menu. When I rock up the food and coffee is there waiting for me. Unfortunately it's cold because it's been sitting there an hour.
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Ordering takeout is a time honored tradition on brevets that doesn't require a group call to mess it up
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I often did not have cell service on Verizon in the Poconos this weekend or sometimes just 1X making even Spot Tracking impossible.

A Zoom call when riding? Sounds dangerous to me. How would this work? I don't see how. Is it like a phone call? Would you stop or keep riding?
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Old 06-07-21, 04:27 PM
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Sounds terrible.
Being alone is the whole reason I enjoy long audax rides through the country side

If you want to talk to someone, ride with them
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