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

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  • Yes, I am all about the KOMs.

    7 4.52%
  • Yes, but only to track miles/progress.

    91 58.71%
  • Yes, but I am the slowest person and its disheartening.

    2 1.29%
  • I used to but not anymore.

    4 2.58%
  • I never will.

    31 20.00%
  • What is a Strava?

    20 12.90%
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  1. #1
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    Do you use Strava when you ride?

    This should be fun.

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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.

    Big fan of Strava.
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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.
    ...and proud member of the anti-sock puppet desolation

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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
    No moss...

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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.
    Hold my beer and watch this!

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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.
    "It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth

    You're turning black metallic.

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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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