Why does Zwift make it hard to give Ride ons?

Drives me crazy after 5 yrs and 26,000kms Zwifting when in a group ride or otherwise when someone gives me a ride on there isn’t an easy way to give a ride on back. I have to search the riders nearby or use “find Zwifters” and using the companion app can be tricky when cycling. I Would suggest if I am given a ride on then in companion app for 5-10 seconds I see a large orange ‘give ride back’ thumb appearing that allows me to quickly give a ‘ride back’. Much like the one that appears next to a rider close by who’s given me a ride on (this disappears too quickly on laptop by time I take hands off bars and get curser it disappears.

Hi Jeff,
I know what you mean. I always feel a bit rude if I haven’t been able to
return a ride on. Added to the fact that you have to keep you eyes on
your group ride position as you don’t want to drop off the back whilst
looking at your phone.
“Ride On”


Spot on. Can’t understand why Zwift wouldn’t help with this. Would only encourage more Ride Ons

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I totally understand this, a simple pop-up or something would help and encourage more interaction.

As you didn’t mention it, I’m not sure if you know you can give ride-ons to the five closest to you by hitting your position icon in the map in the companion app. A circle around your icon regenerates in a few seconds to denote when you can do this again. I know this is not quite what you wanted but does help.

I sometimes spend a long climb or slow ride just hitting this to break up the monotony and of course it may help others morale. You can give ride-ons like this to riders coming the other way but you have to get your timing exactly right which is hard if they are descending at speed.

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you are 100% right but in a group ride this option to give 5 ride ons to closest from companion app is not available to the group riders only to the group leader so you have to give ride ons to each rider individually and search for that rider from either laptop scree/ios screen or companion app…in a group ride there is a lot of change to rider position on companion app given the bunching between riders so you have a rider next to you and easy to find but in a split second they are 50 riders moved … i’m amazed Zwift hasnt been more responsive to getting a more user friendly way to give a ride back to a rider after they’ve give you are ride on … even an automatic feature whereby you toggle in settings that gives an automatic ride on back to anyone giving you a ride on assuming they are actually riding and available for a ride on

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Gosh, of course, you’re right. I’d forgotten the group ride restriction.

This morning I did not give a single ride-on but received 24, I feel so bad :sob:.

Why didn’t I give any ride-ons. Two main reasons.

  1. you can’t give a ride-on while you are doing a workout , the only option is to use the companion app by clicking on the circle on the map.
  2. My phone was low on battery so I could not use the companion app and there is no way to give a ride on using my keyboard.

Hi Gerrie,
I don’t think you should feel too bad.
If you are doing a workout you are “in the zone” and focused.
I don’t think anyone expects a “Ride On” when you are so busy.

I can’t let you off for the low battery though. LOL

“Ride On”

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Yes but there are recovery blocks. I actually wanted to give a ride-on, there was this two guys that Raced me up the KOM, I was doing a hard interval so climbing fast (atleast fast for me), it was a bit of fun because they were pushing me and I was focused on them not my power (i was still trying to keep the required power).
They both give me ride-on’s but I could not return, I did say tanks.

I try to minimize my phone usage while charging, the previous one died due to this.

“Ride On”

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Hi Gerrie,

Zwift can be so engaging, who would ever have thought cycling indoors could be so much fun?

On another note…
I didn’t realise that using your phone whilst charging is bad for the battery! I’m always doing that. Thanks for the info.
All the best Gerrie.
“Ride On”

That is what the provider said when I complained that my Phone died so soon :triumph: . Now I am not taking any chances. :sunglasses: