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Discussion in 'Cycling Department Forum' started by norbs, Jul 1, 2016.
This may help follow each other on the Stravas.
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Of course. My bad.
I hadn't heard of Strava before coming to the forum so this is a very pleasant surprise - and further justification for keeping my smart phone. Just recorded my first ride - very cool. I guess it's time to come out of my cave and start paying attention to my stats again. ;-)
Thanks again for starting this forum.
Same here, I really like it
I just discovered Strava a couple of months ago and wasn’t even sure my cheap little Samsung Tracfone would work with it. But it did work and I've been hooked ever since.
Being a huge race fan and data geek, I’ve always enjoyed dividing my routes into sectors and using a stopwatch’s lap function to time those sectors which I would later key into an Excel spreadsheet to compare & analyze rides, etc. So imagine my thrill to discover that Strava lets me create segments of those route sectors and it keeps track of all that stuff automatically. And as if that wasn’t enough, I then saw my times compared to other people riding those same routes. Talk about a game changer. I thought I was just trying to casually improve my time climbing my local hill by myself. But what’s this? A dozen other people have climbed that same hill in the past faster than me? Well then, CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. So now silly me is killing himself climbing a hill to beat a 3 year old time from somebody he doesn’t even know. Why? Well… I don’t really know. But apparently just because it’s on Strava. Go figure. But I’m having a blast and loving every minute of it.
Side note; When I first started using Strava, I was just carrying my phone in my back jersey pocket. But I noticed I was having occasional loss of GPS signal that messed up my ride data. So I decided to get the phone out of my pocket and onto my stem. I ended up making my own little phone mount out of some really lightweight wood & non-slip rubber lining and zip-tied that to my stem. Phone is then held to that with rubber bands. No more signal loss since then.
Absolutely love Strava as well but only recently I am experiencing a sluggish loading service at certain times.
I don't mind these server hiccups when it's a free product but as a premium backer I expect the service to be up 99,99% of the time, which currently it's not.
I've been using it for a year or so now and I am usually the last man on the leaderboard, I just think its cool that I'm able to get my name on the list.
Strava as a community tool is great. Unfortunately as a training/stats tool, not so much. It lacks in many areas and the development is stagnant lately.
For instance, it doesn't provide detailed reports for every sport you are doing. It is too much focused on cycling (taking in consideration where it is coming from, it is understandable - to a degree). I'm cycling over the season, running off-season and hiking in between and I'm not able to get from Strava as simple stat as how many meters I have climbed last month on my hikes - or other metrics.
Also, if you are a premium member, you have Fitness & Freshness module available, which basically tells you (based on a mathematical model) what is your form and how fatigued you are. Unfortunately, it takes in consideration only your cycling activities, so if you are doing multiple sports and you are going to use it for your training, you are generally risking an injury from overtraining. And there is much more you will miss if you want to use it as a serious training tool.
And one last thing, before I finish with my rant. The support is a joke.
Sorry for sounding overly negative, I like Strava in general, it makes club/community activities motivating and fun, but after some time, you just realize that's it.
Anyway, congrats and thanks for creating this community forum and the club on the Strava!
I can see myself getting way too wrapped up in comparing my stats against others, but I don't plan to take it too seriously. I used to track all that stuff on an excel spreadsheet, but let that go some years ago. Now I just enjoy the ride and listen to my body to tell me how far to go or how hard to push. Still, Strava is so easy to use (I don't have to do anything but tap a screen a few times), it's fun to see how far I've gone, and it is a motivator to see others getting out and riding.
I like Strava. And I hate Strava too.
Strava is a great tool for recording my ride, showing some stats on distance and speed but I really dislike being last on the list constantly Today during my ride Strava told me I was 'pausing' when I was facing heavy duty headwind. Not funny Strava!
@Michael, I'll join you at the bottom of the list
Too funny! Yeah I think that the average speed function is broken - I know I was going faster than that. I don't look at it until the ride is over, though. One reason I stopped tracking my stats was that it was having a negative impact on my enjoyment.
Don't get too focused on your performance relative to others, there will always be someone faster, stronger, better, or whatever. Listen to what your body is telling you and let that be your guide. Unless you're seriously training, you probably don't need the stats that much. But it might be fun to see at year's end how much you've improved. Keep your chin up and keep pedaling.
I would love Strava as woman. The male to female ratio in the segments here is massive and there are quite some KOMs a pro would have difficulty to beat. As a woman you can quite regularly pick up a top10 here and there at least in my area
Seeing this old thread reminds me that i need to work on strava integration on the forums after easter.
Could that work with Endomondo as well?
That might finally get me on Strava. I loved Google My Tracks. It's gone now, so I use Google Fit, which is pretty weak.
Strava you can run for free or as a premium member. Free gives you already a lot of cool features. Really love it
I have the little strava sign next to my name now