Almost every ryder has told us they hate the ads in Ryde. Or at least that's how it feels. And we get it, they suck. But Ryde costs money to run. Ads seemed like a viable way of covering Ryde's server costs. Until the numbers came in...Read More
There is nothing better than getting together with friends, cranking some tunes, and riding around the city. That's why we're bringing back the Get High at the Beach Ride. It's a casual bike ride through some of the most scenic and bike-friendly parts of San Francisco. It's a great opportunity to meet new people and experience the many wonders of SF...Read More
Your backpack is probably your most important piece of kit. Unfortunately, wearing a backpack while riding feels like wearing a ski jacket made of lead. With the Origin8 CargoLight bars you'll never have to wear a backpack again.
Over the last 6 months Billy Arlew, Justin Aguinaldo, and myself have put these bars through their paces. What follows is our assessment of the strengths, weaknesses and WTFs of the CargoLight bars...Read More
Way back in January I promised that Ryde would have Timezone support by the time it launched in the App Store. Well that was bullshit. But this time it's different because Ryde 1.0.9 has arrived and it officially supports your local timezone. What does this mean for you?Read More
Summer is winding down. At Modeo that means it's time peel our calloused arse-cheeks from our saddles and glue them to office chairs for the winter. And yet, it's still so easy to pick up a bottle of bourbon and slip back into the drug induced haze of summer. Which is exactly why we're giving away a brand spankin' new Bike Strap to one lucky winner.Read More
The first question we get every time we tell anybody about Ryde is "how do you know that a trip was on a bike and not driving?" The answer: "The user tells us." Which is a major bummer and a mild exaggeration since we're able to filter out about 20% of all trips because they're just too damn fast. But 20% isn't good enough.
Ryde now uses a machine learning system to learn the way you travel and make educated guesses about whether or not you travelled by bike. In other words, we are one step closer to a dystopian future where the machines get to ride bikes and we are their tender pink energy sources.Read More
At its core, Ryde is about having fun on a bike. Instead of awarding points for suffering, Ryde rewards you for doing things on your bike that are genuinely enjoyable.
That's why you will now receive 35 bonus points every time you chill at a new spot! Just go somewhere you've never ryde-ed before and chill until you get your Ryde notification (usually 15-30 minutes). When you save your ryde you'll see your bonus points!Read More
Last weekend was the first ever Get High at the Beach ride. It was a casual group ride through some of the most scenic and bike friendly parts of San Francisco. There were about 20 ryders in attendance including some a few Ryde celebrities like Sam Daly and Baby Valentine...Read More
It's high time that the Modeo community get together and meet face to face! What better way to get together than a group ride through San Francisco?
The Get High at the Beach Ride is a casual group ride along some of San Francisco's most beautiful and bike-friendly streets. The ride is 17 miles long with 2 steep but short hill climbs, each rewarded with an incredible vista, including the view from San Francisco's legendary Sutro Heights Park. Ryde users can expect to earn about 570 points!Read More
Parse is a BaaS (Backend as a Service). Every mobile app (and many other kinds of software) are split into the frontend and the backend. In the case of a mobile app, the frontend is the mobile phone which the user interacts with. The backend is the server, which stores the data and does all of the computational heavy lifting.
3 years ago, when I started working on Ryde, Parse allowed me to focus almost 100% of my time on developing technology specific to Ryde. Instead of spending time developing systems like account management, database indexing, customer service tools, and a bunch of other things, I was able to focus on the core technologies that make Ryde unique.
So I was dumbfounded when Parse announced that their service would be shutting down...Read More
The first car radio appeared in 1930. It's now 2016 and I still can't buy a bike with a fucking stereo.
Much the same way that the right album can turn a painfully long drive into an epic adventure, music is an absolutely essential ingredient in a superb bike ride. Since there's no bike out there that's designed with this in mind, I've designed my own setup.Read More
In my past life I was a game designer. I was the person that analyzed what was fun about a game and tweaked the rules to enhance that fun.
The reason I became interested in making games was because of their amazing power to teach. Games are often abstractions of real world systems. For this reason, they can teach us about real world processes like the rise and fall of civilizations, the inner workings of the human body, or how to survive the zombie apocalypse.
But I left the games industry...Read More
Hello bikists. It's been nearly 5 months since my last update and so much has happened. Where should I begin?!
Last month my wife and I welcomed Valentine, a healthy and strong human male, into our family. It turns out infants are adorable. Which is good because I've never seen so much poop. Ever.Read More
It's December and the Pacific North West is as damp as that wet patch between your back and your backpack. In the northeast fresh snowfall will soon give way to fresh snowmelt, filling the road with unavoidable creeks.
We need to prepare our bikes for the onset of these rugged conditions. But which of the many fender technologies should we turn to?
Let's break it down...Read More
Most North American Transportation Bikers who commute by bike show up sweaty. Common solutions are bringing a change of clothes, taking a shower after you arrive at work, or giving up after a few tries.
But it turns out it's not that difficult to prevent sweating while you're on your bike. I spent the last few days combing through Bicycling Science and derived these helpful tips.Read More
Melissa and I are having a baby, and with every baby comes challenges. Fortunately, some of these challenges are overcome by buying new bikes. That's why Melissa and I test rode a Larry vs. Harry Bullitt provided by Vie Bikes.
During my 24 hour test period I rode 30 miles up and down many of San Francisco's challenging bike routes. I rode both during the day and at night. I tried to cover as many use cases as possible. In the end, I had the most amazing experience I've ever had riding a bike.Read More
This week was a big week for data analysis on Ryde. I was getting reports from several users that simply walking around their office was triggering trips. I put in some quick bandaids initially, but it was time to peek into the problem a bit more deeply.
I found that 30% of trips that were marked as "Not Bike" fell into two edge cases that I could easily patch...Read More
Held in Las Vegas's Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Interbike is the largest bike conference in the US. I was fortunate this year to partner with MonkeyLectric, a Berkeley based bike lighting company, in working their booth so that I could get to the conference and scope out the latest and greatest bike tech. The outcome was crazy fun times with the MonkeyLectric team and a super productive trip for Modeo.Read More
When people think of San Francisco the first thing they often think of is hills. With that in mind, it's easy to see why somebody visiting might think that bikes are an impractical way to see the city. Fortunately, biking in San Francisco isn't really that hard. If you know the routes.
That's why I'd like to share this amazing bike ride on which I frequently take visitors to San Francisco. It's a fantastic ride for even the most timid biker.Read More