On Saturday at 9 AM, I'm planning the "Greatest London Flat” route in London (https://www.strava.com/segments/16982511). This will be a 90 minute ride.
If anyone is interested, just follow me on Zwift (Michael Bello - NCC) and I'll add you to the invite. If you follow me, please send me a note.
A few recommendations...
Zwift now allows late joiners to Meetups. Give yourself a few extra minutes to join the ride anyway (on Zwift 5 minutes before the ride would be ideal).
Please wear the NCC jersey. This makes it easier to recognize who is in the group. On a computer, log into Zwift, once riding, press “P” on you keyboard and enter NCCMAKIT. After that, you can use the jersey on any device running Zwift (laptop, tablet, phone, etc.).
Our previous ride were enhanced with conversations on Discord. After installing Discord, ˙˙use the NCC invite to join the conversation: https://discordapp.com/invite/uXdHm7m.
If you are new to Discord, I recommend this article on ZwiftInsider: https://zwiftinsider.com/using-discord/. Please pay particular attention to Step 4: "Discord automatically places you in the text chat channel, which isn’t where you want to be. Click the hamburger menu (3 lines at top-left) to view all the channels on the server. Click “General” under voice channels, then click “Connect to Voice” to join the general voice chat."
I also recommend testing Discord out prior to the ride. Feel free to contact me if you want to test Discord.
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It sounds like you're good to go on Discord. Air Pods Pro work really well for audio quality, but be warned that they're not as waterproof as some others. I use mine in a pinch, but am concerned that I'll kill them by sweating on them. Discord has several different settings that we have all experimented with.My settings are below - I'm sure others will have different opinions. Note also that fans blowing on your microphone(s) can cause all sorts of interference. We have noticed for example, that the built in noise suppression capabilities of the AirPods Pro don't play nice with the noise suppression built into Discord. My headphones have the microphone built into the cord on the right side of my face and I place my fans slightly to the left of me - that seems to work pretty well.We noticed the rogue listener on the Discord channel on Saturday morning, it may very well have been Carson (I don't recall) but it was pretty clear that they didn't realize they were still on Discord or were having sound reception issues. In any case, they're gone now (I just checked).We will also use video if there aren't too many (>8) riders on Discord, but we found on Saturday that sound quality seemed to suffer if we had more than 6-10 riders on video. We all switched off video and audio quality improved almost immediately.CharlieMy Settings
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