We live in a world now where “smart” devices are everywhere. Smartphones, smart TVs, and even smart toasters. It really is incredible how connected our world is now thanks to the Internet and just how many household products now can connect to the Internet. And thanks to the RIDE-1, your bike can do it too!
What Is RIDE-1?
The RIDE-1 utilizes the 3G or 4G connection from your smartphone’s data plan to connect your bike to the internet. It gets in sync with your phone using Bluetooth, so make sure to enable Bluetooth connections on your phone.
There are seven, yes seven, sensors built into the RIDE-1 that monitor, track, and record many facets of your bike ride, including how long you have been riding, your average speed, and frame status (e.g. lean and impact). It also utilizes GPS to show you a map of how far you have gone and where you are so you do not get lost.
Other features of the RIDE-1 include using the internet connection to upload and share the recorded data of your ride to your friends and family. And if you’re a professional rider in a high-stakes race or something, you can relay this information to pit crew personnel to let them know your status. This is because some other data that the RIDE-1 records are things like your heart rate and your position. The sharing of all of this information can also be helpful to those who are looking to receive feedback on how they are doing.
Another cool feature is the ability to connect a group of riders and view the recorded progress of all of them in real time. This allows you to see how well your friends are doing and where they all are in relation to your current position.
To get into the technical specs a bit, the RIDE-1 is able to utilize ANT+ technology, which is used commonly to facilitate wireless connections for bicycles and other workout equipment. Alternatively, the aforementioned Bluetooth can be used to broker the wireless connection to your smartphone and be able to use the phone’s data to access the Internet. If that isn’t possible, you can also connect to a wireless local area network (LAN) using the RIDE-1’s built-in capability to access those networks via IEEE 802 11b/g/n connectivity. Once you are connected to a wireless local area network, you can transmit the data from your ride to an online cloud service offered by the creators of RIDE-1, Cerevo. From there you can get into your data from a plethora of devices, including your computer and your aforementioned smartphone.
The Cerevo RIDE-1 is a really great device that will transform your regular bike into a bike fit for the 21st century. The ability to record so much data and then have it seamlessly uploaded to the internet and have it be easily accessible from anywhere is very nice. The RIDE-1 costs roughly 300 bucks and you are definitely getting the bang for your buck.