View Poll Results: Do you use Strava when you ride?

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  • Yes, I am all about the KOMs.

    10 4.26%
  • Yes, but only to track miles/progress.

    141 60.00%
  • Yes, but I am the slowest person and its disheartening.

    9 3.83%
  • I used to but not anymore.

    8 3.40%
  • I never will.

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  • What is a Strava?

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    Do you use Strava when you ride?

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    I find Strava quite useful for my training, and upload my data from every single ride. I create segments for my own use, and am able to track my progress throughout the season -- and over the years.

    For example, my in-laws live in Montana, so I only get out there for a week or two per year. My progress over the past three years over the same segments is a serious motivator and reinforcing shot of confidence.

    As well, I'm in two (Strava) cycling clubs (mostly guys from work). We track each other and give out kudos -- again, a strong motivator and confidence boost.

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    Re: Do you use Strava when you ride?

    Page views here we come. Can I get a share of ad revenue for replying?

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    i ride for fun, not for an agenda...


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    I like to keep track of my PR's and push for better times but KOMs are usually out of my reach. It's also interesting to see what other people are riding and use that info to find new trails or connect existing trails in new ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock View Post
    I ride mostly bootleg trails, so I don't want anyone else to know where they are.
    I have never used STAVA, but I heard people saying you can make a route private.

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    No.

    I ride mostly bootleg trails, so I don't want anyone else to know where they are.
    How can anyone who's been riding as long as I have, be so slow???

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    is STRAVA some sort of pasta dish?

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    I use Strava on almost every ride, but I don't fit into any of the poll categories. I use it on slow group rides, and hard charging solo rides. I use it to track miles, and also like to go for KOM's.

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    I always use Strava to track my km and vertical m. The vertical is adding up like crazy which amazes me. Of course I like to beat my own PR's and will never be a KOM but it's still fun. At 56 I'm thrilled at anything in the top 25%, up or down. I don't take it too seriously and don't care if something interferes with a segment. Mountain Biking is supposed to be fun. If Strava can add a little fun then it's great, if not then out the door it goes.
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    I'm confused, wasn't that Kojak's brother or something?

    Nevermind, just looked it up, that was Stavros, Stav-ros...

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    Re: Do you use Strava when you ride?

    Yes and I like it. I use it to follow if I get any faster and sometimes going for KOMs. I have a few private segments for bits that I like and want to know more of. I also use it to follow weekly and monthly km's to motivate myself and to make sure I exercise enough. I also check riding hours from it for maintenance intervals.

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    I do use GPS to keep track of my stats but I do not want to be compared to anyone else because I have nothing to prove to anyone else so STRAVA is not for me.

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    If you Strava you'll go blind.

    And get hairy palms

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    Strava is super lame IMHO.
    Nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by derekbob View Post
    I like to keep track of my PR's and push for better times but KOMs are usually out of my reach. It's also interesting to see what other people are riding and use that info to find new trails or connect existing trails in new ways.
    Pretty much spot on how I use it
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    It's obviously just what some folks want and that's a good thing, but I'm not one of them. For me riding is about being outside and relaxing after the stress of the rest of life. I like to just "follow my nose" and wander down any trail that catches my eye, seldom follow the same route twice.
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    Yes. I use it to help push myself, track mileage on my bike(s), and see how I've progressed. My name is not attached to any KOM's, probably never will be. I am competitive and I do race. Strava helps me see how I stack up. I don't always go out and ride race-pace, but I still use strava to log my rides. It's convenient.

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    Strava is a great tool to measure your fitness. E.g. are you posting personal records or times that are 10% worse than your best.

    At 59, there are no KOM's for me, but to paraphrase Judge Smales: "How do you measure yourself among other men?"

    When I travel with my bike, I use Strava to find tough climbs to ride and good routes nearby.

    It's a great tool and adds to the enjoyment of a group of cyclists like mine, who post their rides.
    Don't post, ride.

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    Nope, don't care how fast other riders are riding.
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    I don't really understand why some people think that strava would negatively impact their ride. It's invisible during the ride and really only becomes useful afterwards. Yes, if you are an idiot and try to set KOMs or personal records on every ride then I suppose your ride is impacted. But people who do that will end up being miserable because for most of us KOMs are out of reach and you simply can't set a PR on every ride. So, if you are a normal strava user you simply use it to review your ride, your week of rides, your month of rides etc. Yes, some people compete but who cares? Some people race.

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    Never have and never will.

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    Strava is one of things I use. I don't have Strava running on my phone when out riding (or running or...) as for years Sports tracker is tool I use, but I do import gps track after I come back home. I keep Sports Tracker as I have big database of all my workouts (for all different sports I do) for years, and I don't like the way Strava is handling such things. But I like Strava for their segments and ease of checking your progress. Strava doesn't need to be about comparison with others, it can be just for you and comparison with yourself through the time, or even just to dial in your bike.
    But it's not my problem if someone think Strava is lame. Fine, don't use it.
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    Use it every ride to track my mileage. I am no where near any of the KOM stuff so I don't even pay attention to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kronk View Post
    I have never used STAVA, but I heard people saying you can make a route private.
    I thought so too until I saw one of my private trails on their "Heat Signature" worldwide map. I never made them public, but there they were.
    Last edited by Rock; 08-14-2014 at 07:23 AM.
    How can anyone who's been riding as long as I have, be so slow???

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    I track every ride with Strava, except for commuting/around-town rides. Tons of Cat 1/Pro riders in the area, so I've no hope of any KOMs, but it's always interesting to see where I land on the overall leaderboard for certain segments. Additionally, it helps me to track my fitness progress in terms of heart rate, by giving me average BPM for segments. That info by itself isn't very useful, but it becomes useful when I'm looking at the bigger picture, since I tend to ride similar/the same routes every ride.
    Sometimes, I question the value of my content.

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    I ride for fitness, and Strava is a powerful motivator. Love it.
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    I competed in my first mountain bike race this weekend. It was fun but I came away realizing that I do not ride for speed. The challenges I get are from clearing technical sections. I consider myself an intermediate mountain biker and there are a lot of sections on my local trails that I have not perfected or perhaps only clear every other ride. I seek out trails that are difficult and provide obstacles that challenge me to get better.

    I can see using Strave just to catalog rides but I would never use it to see where I stack up on speed....because I know that will be at the bottom

    For those that use their smartphone as a GPS where do you put it during your ride to keep it safe and still be able to record your location.

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    I have a regular GPS (use it with a topo map) that I use mostly for woods riding, but also grouse hunting, hiking, and Geocaching. I modified a handlebar mount and have it mounted on the bikes' stem, keeps it safe from most crashes and I don't hit it with my knees. Phone can most likely be mounted in a similar manner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeyLXT View Post
    For those that use their smartphone as a GPS where do you put it during your ride to keep it safe and still be able to record your location.
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    I didn't care for Strava and use Map My Ride now. I only use it track my rides, mileage and elevation gains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by derekbob View Post
    I like to keep track of my PR's and push for better times but KOMs are usually out of my reach. It's also interesting to see what other people are riding and use that info to find new trails or connect existing trails in new ways.
    This is how I use Strava. I know maybe 3 people who use it and who I follow, but that's it. They are people I regularly ride with so we know how we stack up without it. I only upload to Strava from my Garmin after I ride. I never use it during a ride.

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    This thread seems much tamer than expected.
    This is a fun little video for those that don't know what Strava is.

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    I use Google's my tracks; start it before my ride, pop it in my jersey pocket and only take it out again when I get home. Then I study the satellite map for possible trails.

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    I tried it, didn't like it.

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    I use a Garmin forerunner 305 during my rides and runs. I have mapmyride as well as strava where I upload my Garmin data.

    mapmyride I've been using since I have been tracking myself, so it has my lifetime stats. Strava I use to motivate me more.




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    I worry that viewing my speed and length of breaks will affect how I feel about the ride afterwards. I would hate to feel great after a ride, only to find that I was slower than usual despite having taken more breaks than usual, and then try to change my behavior to be faster. It might not happen this way, but I know when I used to keep track of miles, I was in a "training" mindset and eventually found that I was enjoying rides less.

    I do contemplate getting a strava at some point, but it likely won't happen. Sometimes I feel like I waste too much time taking breaks and I'm often curious about how many miles I cover in a week, a month, a year. So far the disadvantages outweigh the advantages for me.

    What is more tempting to me is to get a simple cycle computer. something like a velo 5 that tells me how far I went and what time it is. I hate checking on the time while riding, as currently I have to get my phone out of my pack. I know there are plenty of solutions, but I haven't opted for any of them yet.

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    I resisted for a long time.....but finally was assimilated into the collective.

    I find that it is a great tool....no, it does not make me a tool.

    Stepped up my riding a lot in the last 2 years. It is nice to see the progression in my times. To see how over longer and longer rides, how my times have decreased.

    I have had some KOM's, and am at the top 1% on a few routes. Otherwise it is cool to see how my times match up against the much stronger people I ride with.

    Plus the various "challenges" that Strava posts up are a very strong motivator. I like that I can be in the top 25% on a lot of the challenges, even though I only ride my mtn bike.
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    I use Strava as a tool.

    To change tires. ( I named my favorite tire iron "Strava")
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    I still stop for breaks if I feel like it without thinking about segment times. I ride fairly technical trails and enjoy seeing how I stack up against some of the very skilled riders around here. In my group there are some very fast riders who are in contention for KOM's but they have no problem waiting for the other slower riders. I got my first mobile phone at the end of Feb and started using Strava at the same time. I enjoy seeing my times and km's but have been amazed at seeing the vertical m add up. So far it has been only positive for me and I haven't met an DB's who take it too seriously.
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    No, not when I ride. Only after a ride and I only upload a few of all I do. Interesting to see what people are riding, and to see how my own rides compare.
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    Will never use it.

    Used another app to record my rides just to keep track of millage, elevation and riding time but stopped doing it a while ago.

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    Do you use Strava when you ride?

    I tend to look at Strava rides from other people more than my own rides. It's a good way of finding new routes in areas that you might not know that well.

    In terms of uploading my own rides I don't upload that many to Strava, only the ones with interesting features, rather than using it as a training diary. I use WKO+ 3.0 for that.

    When it comes to Strava KOMs they're a good incentive to try harder, just so long as you focus on the meaningful ones - getting as good a time as possible up a 1 mile climb that gets ridden frequently for example. A lot of the Strava segments are garbage though with lots of duplicates and dodgy start - finish placements to ignore.

    The times I try to get near on Strava are the ones for people I know from the local clubs. I ride with them regularly so can be fairly sure they're genuine times with no cheating. I don't pay attention to times from people I don't know.

    By doing those two things - sticking to meaningful segments and only looking at the times from people I know that gets rid of the major gripes that you hear frequently about Strava. If your aim is to get a KOM on a 0.1 mile segment but the fastest time was set by someone on a motorbike (literally) that's going to sour your experience straight away.

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    I do and because of it, I'm kind of a big deal on my local walking/jogging paths.
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    I use it to keep track of my own progress and to find new rides. I have no interest in KOM's or comparing my dick size with others

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleJon View Post
    I have no interest in...comparing my dick size with others
    That feature must be a part of the Premium version that STRAVA is always trying to get me to buy. It's not on the free version I use.

    Curious, what are the women who use STRAVA comparing?
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