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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.

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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.

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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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    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 06:23 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.
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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.

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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.
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Glide the Clyde View Post
    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?
    It would probably turn out that most females are more 'well hung' in the KOM and segment times than I am if I compared, couldn't live with the shame.....

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    A couple of guys I sometimes ride in a roadie group with are big into the KOM and segment times. The competition and edge between them turns a fun group ride way too serious and sets a really unpleasant edge that most of us cannot be bothered with. Plus they tend to do stupid things such as running red lights without checking speed and get too aggressive and pull dangerous stunts in the group. Funny thing is that they are both nice guys but Strava turns them into ***** - we have had words with them but they can't seem to help themselves.

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    Re: Do you use Strava when you ride?

    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleJon View Post
    A couple of guys I sometimes ride in a roadie group with are big into the KOM and segment times. The competition and edge between them turns a fun group ride way too serious and sets a really unpleasant edge that most of us cannot be bothered with. Plus they tend to do stupid things such as running red lights without checking speed and get too aggressive and pull dangerous stunts in the group. Funny thing is that they are both nice guys but Strava turns them into ***** - we have had words with them but they can't seem to help themselves.
    Simple solution. When they go off the front, let them go, then change your route.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleJon View Post
    A couple of guys I sometimes ride in a roadie group with are big into the KOM and segment times. The competition and edge between them turns a fun group ride way too serious and sets a really unpleasant edge that most of us cannot be bothered with. Plus they tend to do stupid things such as running red lights without checking speed and get too aggressive and pull dangerous stunts in the group. Funny thing is that they are both nice guys but Strava turns them into ***** - we have had words with them but they can't seem to help themselves.
    very sad set of circumstances......all the hoopla and adulation over PB's & KOM's is truly sad, that is unless your of the P R O level rider that receives compensation otherwise your a recreational rider just like millions of others in the world.

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    Use it, love it, but then I'm a competitive ba$tard and I'm all about personal improvement in both fitness and technique. I don't push hard for all of every ride every time I'm out but if I'm not getting at least a couple of PR's on climbs and descents every week or so then I know I'm not trying hard enough.

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    Strava is really cool if you just use it to track your milage and improvement. I just go out and ride at my pace, whatever that might be for the day. It's nice to see yourself getting faster. I rarely try to PR segments but every once in a while, if I feel good, I might on a few segments that I particularly like. This usually ruins the rest of the ride (because I'm fried afterwards) though which is why I almost never do it.

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    Use it...enjoy it. Lots of fun but most be kept on check.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sevenrats View Post
    Strava is really cool if you just use it to track your milage and improvement. I just go out and ride at my pace, whatever that might be for the day. It's nice to see yourself getting faster. I rarely try to PR segments but every once in a while, if I feel good, I might on a few segments that I particularly like. This usually ruins the rest of the ride (because I'm fried afterwards) though which is why I almost never do it.
    Same here. I use it to track almost every ride, but only to see my accumulative (annual) stats. I find the data-in helpful for personal improvement. I also find the fact that several people have chosen to “follow” me amusing. But most of all, I find all of the standard Strava responses to even the most minuscule examples of one-upedness to be most annoying. KOM’s = less than zero, unless your life is lacking in all other areas.

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    I use it in conjunction with Runkeeper. I like being able to keep track of my mileage and calories burned on Strava. I like Runkeeper because it gives me my pace AS I'm riding to help keep me on track.
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    I couldnt vote... my usage isnt an option..

    I dont use it when I ride.. I use it after my ride. I use my garmin while riding to look at my data. After my ride, ill upload to strava to see how I did compared to my last ride.
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    Do you use Strava when you ride?

    I use it with every ride. It's great for tracking mileage on my different bikes. There are some companion apps showing up that help with tracking mileage of different components on the bikes.
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    I use it to track how I'm doing and challenge myself. PR's are all that matter to me not KOM's. In fact a lot of the segments I track are private so I don't even know how I compare to other people.

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    Do you Strava when you ride?

    No but I sometimes Limbo.
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    No but I sometimes Limbo.
    Are there different Limbo standards for the different wheel sizes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kronk View Post
    Are there different Limbo standards for the different wheel sizes?
    Yeah, 29ers are allowed a handicap.

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    I use Strava primarily to track my mileage. It's useful for tracking maintenance, because in your bike profile you can set when parts have been installed and removed, though I wish it tracked by hours as well as miles. While KOM's are out of reach, I do like to see where I fall in relation to other riders. More importantly, I like to see that I'm setting personal bests because that means I'm improving. Finally, I have a couple of friends that also use it, and we follow each other just to keep up with where everyone's riding.
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    I dont use Strava specifically but I do use another app to track my rides. I am always interested to see where im improving/need to work on. Also gives me a great idea of how many miles are on my bike so I can do proper maintenance to it. Friends are always asking me how many miles we did, how long did it take or what was the climbing elevation. The app I used does personal rerecords but no KOM like stuff against other users. I only complete against myself.

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    Re: Do you use Strava when you ride?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jovian View Post
    I dont use Strava specifically but I do use another app to track my rides. I am always interested to see where im improving/need to work on. Also gives me a great idea of how many miles are on my bike so I can do proper maintenance to it. Friends are always asking me how many miles we did, how long did it take or what was the climbing elevation. The app I used does personal rerecords but no KOM like stuff against other users. I only complete against myself.
    Which app are you using? I'm thinking of switching off from strava. Thanks
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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 fits my answer perfectly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glide the Clyde View Post
    Yeah, 29ers are allowed a handicap.

    THIS is one of my favorite antics of Strava$$holes:Click image for larger version. 

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    Do you use Strava when you ride?

    Quote Originally Posted by pcmxa View Post
    Which app are you using? I'm thinking of switching off from strava. Thanks
    I'm using Runtastic Mountain Bike. Been very happy with the data points it collects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ironbar81 View Post
    Use it, love it, but then I'm a competitive ba$tard and I'm all about personal improvement in both fitness and technique. I don't push hard for all of every ride every time I'm out but if I'm not getting at least a couple of PR's on climbs and descents every week or so then I know I'm not trying hard enough.
    Getting a couple PR's every week or so? That's 50 to 100 a year.

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    I use Strava to keep track of distance/elevation/location. I don't track goals or PR's.

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    Do you use Strava when you ride?

    Of course , but I've gotten over the KOM , have to upload right away , get upset if someone beats me , pushing it to dangerous limits on public trails , ridings not fun anymore and no time to stop and say hello or help you because I'm on the clock , getting mad at the slow person in front of me and ready to kick them off the trail because " don't you ****ing know that I'm on the clock and your slow ass is going to mess up my time " even though I don't get paid for this .

    So now it's about keeping track of my all around stats and the love of riding .


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    Quote Originally Posted by 70sSanO View Post
    Getting a couple PR's every week or so? That's 50 to 100 a year.

    When did you start riding?

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    About 4 years ago. I'm 33yrs old.

    There are many, many segments on the various trails I ride, combine this with the fact that I train hard, 3 days weight training, 2-3 spins on the bike and the odd 5k run every week, gives me the hope that I have many more years before I hit the ceiling. I started racing Enduro this year and my aim for next years season is to break the top 20.

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    using mapmyride now, might check out starva though. i like mapmy... as i have my rides, hikes and runs all in one place.

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    I like strava, it's like a social networking tool with built in ride tracker. I like seeing what my friends are up to. I've also found through strava I'm a pretty fast decender in a road bike; any segment I've gone fast on I'm in the top 5% or so. Surprised me, I don't really give a crap about road biking, just like to go fast. Rarely get top 5% on trails though. Following pros and looking at the top times is humbling, so it doesn't make me competitive.

    It's also cool to see how fast vertical racks up in the mtb.
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    Sure do. I like to see where I stand and push myself harder.

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    Nope. Don't even carry a phone, most of the time even off the bike. Can you imagine?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottzg View Post
    It's also cool to see how fast vertical racks up in the mtb.
    Yup, I think it's my favourite feature.

    I love Pisgah too BTW.
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    Love it!! I live in a small town so that makes me one of the faster guys...how cool is that!! Of course if I ride anywhere there are real athletes I'm stuffed!!

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    I mountain bike for fun and fitness and find Strava useful for logging my rides and discovering new trails.

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    Just started using it myself (was using Runtastic). I ride the same trails a lot, and it's nice to know if I'm actually faster or just feel faster. The segment comparisons are great!

    A little disheartening to see I'm (at best) in the top 25%, but that's how it goes when some clown named Levi is #1.

    On the other hand, it has changed my riding these last few times out - pushing harder, trying to set PRs instead of chilling out, enjoying the ride.
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    I never enjoy the ride..unless I KOM!
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    I'm surprised there's not much mention of what I think is one of Strava's most useful features, tracking mileage on equipment. I love being able to see exactly how much mileage I got out of a tire or a set of cogs. I like knowing how much time I've put on a fork since the last rebuild. I do think that part of Strava could use some improvement, though.

    Yes, I look at my PRs (KOMs, not so much - I've only had a couple, and then only briefly). I like to know if I'm getting fitter and faster - I ride for fitness (perhaps primarily) as well as fun. I look at the training calendar and note where there are gaps to motivate myself to get out more. I look to see if I did more miles and climbing this month than last month. I use the challenges to motivate me (No, there's no incentive to complete or not complete a challenge, except the fact that I made a commitment to myself to get in a 130km ride this month).

    None of this distracts me while I'm riding, any more than using any other tracking tool/gps. About the only thing I pay attention to on my Garmin while I'm riding is my heart rate, and then only if I'm on a ride where I'm targeting a specific zone or interval. Otherwise I go ride and look at the data later for my own amusement and education. Most of the time, anyway. I will admit to sometimes trying to improve my time on a particular segment (usually climbs), but only if I can do so safely.

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    ^^^agree on miles and equipment tracking. If folks are so anti leader board..just make all of your rides private.
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    I started using it these past few months. At the moment I have zero interest in trying to beat any personal records or compare what I'm doing with what other riders are doing, etc. I do like it for keeping track of miles, elevation and calories burned. Sure, it's not 100% accurate but probably close enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigTex91 View Post
    I'm surprised there's not much mention of what I think is one of Strava's most useful features, tracking mileage on equipment. I love being able to see exactly how much mileage I got out of a tire or a set of cogs. I like knowing how much time I've put on a fork since the last rebuild. I do think that part of Strava could use some improvement, though.
    how detailed is it? I've loaded it on my phone but yet to use it. I have all my runs/rides//hikes in mapmyrun/ride/hike. it has a gear tracker but is run specific and doesn't even have my current NB trail shoes. if starva does that I would switch even though i'm losing alot of history in mapmyrun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    is STRAVA some sort of pasta dish?
    Some kind of old violin I think.

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    I don't race. I just look at my bike computer when I'm done pedaling to see how far I have gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegock View Post
    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.
    Except, you need to understand it's not accurate. 10 different devices on the same route record different tracks. What follows are maybe 10 different distances, 10 different average speeds, 10 different vertical meters climbed. And yet the 10 devices did the same ride. How many tracks fit to Strava's comically awful segment fitting algo is an open question.

    I realize you "see" the track mapped to Google's GIS, but that's Google's hard work that has nothing to do with Strava's stuff.

    Accept it is a time-waster like facesbooking and don't take the numbers seriously and it's all good.

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    I don't mind that people use strava but I wish I saw more of these signs on certain trails.



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    Quote Originally Posted by asphalt_jesus View Post
    Except, you need to understand it's not accurate. 10 different devices on the same route record different tracks. What follows are maybe 10 different distances, 10 different average speeds, 10 different vertical meters climbed. And yet the 10 devices did the same ride. How many tracks fit to Strava's comically awful segment fitting algo is an open question.

    I realize you "see" the track mapped to Google's GIS, but that's Google's hard work that has nothing to do with Strava's stuff.

    Accept it is a time-waster like facesbooking and don't take the numbers seriously and it's all good.
    Exactly. I enjoy it but understand its limitations..great for road riding but for off road...it can be pretty bad in terms of segment matching and accuracy.
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    I like to track my rides and started out using Runtastic but recently started using Strava. I like to see how I improve over time on different segments. I do think it leads me to try to ride faster which isn't my goal when I ride. I'm mostly in it for the exercise and being away from the stress of my life.

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    Used to, kind of over it now....

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    I understand it's not very accurate but I don't care enough to get a proper GPS. It is accurate enough to get an idea of where you fitness and skill fit in and to track your KM and elevation. I measure my climbing in kilometers and it's good enough for that. A lot of our trails are understood to be directional and the others are lower speed. Riders climbing a mainly DH trail are always on the lookout for those coming down. I've never had a problem either way around here.
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    Strava is actually quite accurate if you pay attention to longer segments and if you don't get too worked up over it if you get an inaccurate log from time to time. Guys I am faster than when I ride with them generally end up with slower strava times and guys I'm slower than end up with faster times in general.

    If you look at some segment that's a minute long then all bets are off, especially when you use a gps with less frequent location polling - ironically it is some of the dedicated GPS units that use less frequent polling.

    I use Strava on every ride and sometimes I go hard and try to beat my personal best or get a KOM or other times I just chill and ride at an easy pace or stick with the group on a group ride. If you don't get too worked up over the results then it's a great tool IMO.

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    I use it every time I ride. In the beginning it was just a diary of elapsed time, mileage, average speed and a general idea of the route. Now that I'm getting in better shape I'm paying more attention to segment times, PR's and my overall standings. I'm 39, overweight and a former roadie. The fact I am now getting into the top half on a few segments of the more technical trails has been a boost in confidence and a motivator to continue improving, both in technique and stamina. Where I ride there are a ton of trail options, it's cool to use Orux Maps (Open Street Maps data) to get an idea of where a trail goes, Strava for a good overhead map of where I've been and if I'm headed where I want to be (I'm hopeless without a map), my cyclometer to keep me on task for average speed, and racing the sun to get back to the truck before I need my light. Having ridden the same loops often enough I see the inaccuracies of using a cell phone, but that doesn't bother me yet.

    I would've loved this functionality 20 years ago when I was a serious roadie.
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    Strava is only as accurate as your gps you are using and the signal. Just like any other device that uses gps.

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