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    Good job! Positive Strava Passion

    I am starting this thread to document the positive aspects of Strava. I know the haters will probably chime in and say "you can do all that without Strava" or here is a better app. Just relaying what works for me and hope to hear similar stories from others.

    I have been tracking my rides with Strava. I have even created some segments to compare my times on particular sections of trail. All the segments I have created are climbs so no danger of anyone becoming too much of a Stravatard. I can honestly say that Strava has helped motivate me to ride more and ride better. I have seen a marked increase in performance and fitness(yes, I could lose a few pounds). My times for certain climbs are half what they were a year ago. Some might attribute that to technique but I have been trail riding over 25 years and my technique is not going to improve much at this stage. My brother also uses Strava for similar reasons and we follow each others rides(we live about 500 miles apart).

    So please chime in if you use Strava for good and not evil.

    Haters, please find another Strava thread to bash the app and the trailholes it has created.

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    cool story brah

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    If it motivates you to ride more then it's good. It's hard for me to relate to the Strava haters because people have been timing loops and comparing numbers since the beginning of mountain biking. Strava didn't create (the few) a$$holes that are riding the trails, they have always been there.

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    new to me and kind of cool.

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    I have been using Strava since may of last year. I really like it as I enjoy seeing what my ride was like. Where I went and how fast. I like to compete against myself and ride faster. Overall it encourages me to ride more and ride harder. I think that has gotten me into the best shape of my life and some of the best riding skills. Before Strava I would ride, but have no real motivation to ride hard.
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    Love it, I've only recently started using Strava and ride alone most of the time. On my main rides I keep beating my times. The part I find most useful is breaking a route down by segment and if I find I am lacking or way behind others on a specific segment, I know I need to revisit and work harder on it. Otherwise i'd still be plodding along at the same pace as always.

    Does anybody use the premium version? Have wondered if it would be worth upgrading.

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    It's a great way to see your ride stats, find past rides, and see what your buddies are riding. Comments on rides are also great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coxinio View Post
    Does anybody use the premium version? Have wondered if it would be worth upgrading.
    I do. Being 47 and just north of 200lbs I like to compare to riders of my age and weight although you cannot combine them.

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    Coming from the world of Endomondo, I didn't get it at first, but once I learned how to use it as a tool, I now think its a very cool app. Linked my Polar H7 to it and kicked out for a 1yr Premium thanks to a code. can def get some good info out of it.

    I do wish it had a Speedometer on it.

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    I use it it to track miles for the most part. A little known feature I use is I log new parts that I put on my bike into my bikes profile. Tubes, tires, brake pads etc. that way I can see the miles I have on the individual parts because there is a date associated with it. and it helps me keep up on regular maintenance on my bike instead of just guessing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by citiznkain View Post
    I use it it to track miles for the most part. A little known feature I use is I log new parts that I put on my bike into my bikes profile. Tubes, tires, brake pads etc. that way I can see the miles I have on the individual parts because there is a date associated with it. and it helps me keep up on regular maintenance on my bike instead of just guessing.
    This is awesome. I was actually sitting on the pot last night thinking of doing the exact same thing. So I was dealing with many logs!

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    Fine if not abused

    I much prefer Garmin Connect. I don't ever race. But it is nice when I get home and Strava shows me I've improved over past rides.

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    I use it to keep track of my own status and as a log. Last year my Cateye Strada reset mid-ride and I lost the odometer total before I had logged it. I like to have my annual mileage and was a little bummed that I had trusted the computer to keep a log of it. Now I just start Strava on my phone and toss it in my camelback and forget about it until I'm done. It may not be 100% accurate but it's close enough for this fat guy!

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    If Strava is a tool that works personally for you, that's great. I've never had interest, nor do I foresee me gaining any for it in the future.

    I like to personally improve as well, but I get indirect feedback either from my body or from the trail itself. When my fitness level improves I see it in my other activities. When I clear sections of trail for the first time or smoother, that tells me what I care to know about as well.

    Admittedly, I don't have a racer mentality. Too much analysis just ruins the ride for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slee_Stack View Post
    If Strava is a tool that works personally for you, that's great. I've never had interest, nor do I foresee me gaining any for it in the future.

    I like to personally improve as well, but I get indirect feedback either from my body or from the trail itself. When my fitness level improves I see it in my other activities. When I clear sections of trail for the first time or smoother, that tells me what I care to know about as well.

    Admittedly, I don't have a racer mentality. Too much analysis just ruins the ride for me.
    Not a racer mentality. It's a self improvement mentality. I have no interest in racing bikes as I would get smoked.

    I used to race cars and feeling your way through the turns and thinking about the next lap to try a different line. Doing this on fast flowy ST is the same and it puts a big grin on my face. Now, I leave my competitive streak on the water where I race sailboats. A lot less chance of spilling the beer!

    Again, this post is for folks finding positive uses for Strava.

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    Like anything, its a good tool in the right hands. My climbing, a long time weakness, has improved significantly since Ive been using it. I got tired of seeing myself at the bottom of the charts on the climbing segments
    No moss...

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    I do ridewithgps; it has a similar feature and I like the layout better plus feel like I'm supporting the underdog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wherewolf View Post
    I much prefer Garmin Connect. I don't ever race. But it is nice when I get home and Strava shows me I've improved over past rides.
    Well, it's up to you whether you abuse it or not. You can't control what other people do with it.
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    Positive Strava Passion

    Is there a way for a person to add mile markers to the strava app? I know when I use it it does not display the mile markers like the cyclometer app does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coxinio View Post
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    Does anybody use the premium version? Have wondered if it would be worth upgrading.
    I have not. I am too cheap to spend the $$ for it. If I were using it as training aid rather than just for fun maybe. Even so I don't record heart rate or cadence so that makes a difference too.
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    I just started using strava 2 weeks ago after using my tracks for almost 2 years. I do a lot of miles and was needing something different to keep it interesting. So far I like it much better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by likeaboss View Post
    ..I used to race cars and feeling your way through the turns and thinking about the next lap to try a different line. Doing this on fast flowy ST is the same and it puts a big grin on my face. Now, I leave my competitive streak on the water where I race sailboats. A lot less chance of spilling the beer!....
    I used to race cars too. I lost that passion last year after about 10 years of racing. I just got tired of constantly having keep the the car at the tip of performance to keep up. I did well racing cars won a bunch of races in class and lead 3/4 of 30+ car field in my 1 national championship race. Finished 4th 2.5 second out the first. Still it was alot of constant work just to stay close to the front.

    With biking the cost and prep time is less. I have done couple races, but Strava is enough for my to fill my competitive juices. I ride hard and Strava can tell me if I did better than last ride and how I am doing vs others. I will never win a mtn bike race, but I am fast enough to do ok. Strava has told me this and so has my 2 races. One of the reasons I liked racing cars instead of just track driving was the ability to see my times and compare them to others. That gives me the motivation I need to keep pushing. I like that. I do not want to race my mtn bike consistently however as I don't want to feel like I have to push every single ride and feel bad if I have a bad day. Racing consistently is pressure I don't want. Yesterday I did a ride and felt off. Strava showed me I was off as well. Oh well it happens some days. No big deal. I will ride again another day and maybe do better. Every ride a chance to improve.
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    Positive Strava Passion

    I like Strava, yes it can be misused like anything else. But I like to see MY progress and keep totals. I don't peel out every single ride trying for new PR's. There are times I target a trail or segment and air it out for a better time. It's cool to see a real number and not just guessing from the butt dyno.

    I also really like it for exploring new riding areas and places I'm going to visit.

    Having said that I heard if you get a KOM bishes be droppin' dem pantees.
    I hope you have a big trunk... cause I'm gonna put my bike in it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by abeckstead View Post

    Having said that I heard if you get a KOM bishes be droppin' dem pantees.
    That made me laugh and think about my wife calling me back upstairs this morning. They where already dropped.

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    I hate strava because I haven't been riding that much lately and when I do, it points out my lack of fitness in real numbers.....they need to build in a "lie to me" version for us old fat guys...

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    I like Strava.

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    Up until this spring, not many around here were using Strava. I held a bunch of KOMs by default as I was the fastest of the 3 or 4 people using it. I knew it was silly to care as I'd get dropped by my buddy up a climb, get home, upload my ride and be anointed KOM. This year a few local fast guys have started using it and I've gotten pushed way down the ladder, but it's actually more fun now that it's realistic. In the end, the ranking on any given segment is secondary to getting maps of rides and keeping track of mileage. I nordic and downhill ski in the winter and use the Strava app for nordic skiing and upload alpine ski files saved out of the Ski Tracks app on my phone.
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    I like Strava. It's a great way to track my mountain/road and run mileage in one nice format. I was previously a Garmin connect user, but started using Strava when a few riding buddies signed up and told me to check it out. The phone app is a bonus too, as I have forgotten my GPS watch on occasion and it serves as a great backup.

    Like others in the thread, I also track of the mileage of my bikes/parts and make notes if I change something.

    I'm not really focused on KOM's, but I really dig when it shows me I just set a new PR, because it's a visual confirmation of the "I felt like I was going good on that section today".

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    That made me laugh and think about my wife calling me back upstairs this morning. They where already dropped.
    Nice. Me too. After she walked the dog in the rain. She came back in and quoted her bio - I like rainy days and puppy dogs.

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    I mostly love Strava for it's accuracy. I finish that 16 plus mile loop and Strava gives me 10 even. Like a finely tuned Swiss watch.

    The social aspect is pretty nice, since it's so widely used. The fastest rider in the state has some segments, so it's a nice point of reference for comparison.

    Don't care about climb segments though, just full loops. Being fast up the climbs is meaningless if you give it back on the rest. Glorifying only the climbs is soulless mountain biking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllMountin' View Post
    Don't care about climb segments though, just full loops. Being fast up the climbs is meaningless if you give it back on the rest. Glorifying only the climbs is soulless mountain biking.
    I agree. I set up a couple segments the other day that include the ride down the hill and the climb back up.
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    fairly new to strava and smart phones. One thing I come across is that the rides without cell coverage, the batteries in the phone go dead quickly. Can you use airplane mode and strava, at the same time?

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    It works fine on my HTC Incredible while in airplane mode.

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    I'm faster down then up but make up less time going down then they do on me going up. Also the 16mi loop giving you 10 is that a phone or GPS? GPS is more accurate then phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by likeaboss View Post
    I am starting this thread to document the positive aspects of Strava. I know the haters will probably chime in and say "you can do all that without Strava" or here is a better app. Just relaying what works for me and hope to hear similar stories from others.

    I have been tracking my rides with Strava. I have even created some segments to compare my times on particular sections of trail. All the segments I have created are climbs so no danger of anyone becoming too much of a Stravatard. I can honestly say that Strava has helped motivate me to ride more and ride better. I have seen a marked increase in performance and fitness(yes, I could lose a few pounds). My times for certain climbs are half what they were a year ago. Some might attribute that to technique but I have been trail riding over 25 years and my technique is not going to improve much at this stage. My brother also uses Strava for similar reasons and we follow each others rides(we live about 500 miles apart).

    So please chime in if you use Strava for good and not evil.

    Haters, please find another Strava thread to bash the app and the trailholes it has created.
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    I recently got a road bike because my trails are still underwater, and at the same time my brother told me about Strava. Now I've got 164, 204, and 205 miles per week for the last 3 weeks then again I'm unemployed now and have way too much time on my hands.

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    For the first month I used Strava I just about killed myself trying to better a previous ride on every segment. Kind of took the fun out of riding. Now I just pick one or two segments per ride to push a little on. Don't take all the KOM results too seriously. A local segment here shows the KOM doing a little better than 90mph uphill.
    It's such a fine line between idiocy and genius.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FujNoob View Post
    A local segment here shows the KOM doing a little better than 90mph uphill.
    Pffft...that's nothing. I hold a KOM on a 1.5km climb with an average speed of 1797.2 km/h, and that was on a single speed.
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    I personally enjoy using the Strava App on my iPhone. I log my miles yearly in a log book and Strava really aids me in this. I also love the elevation it gives as well. I have lost signal a few time when riding in the mtns. Does that only happen using the app on a cell phone?

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    It's more a likely to happen on the cell phone. I've been loving strava enough that I bought a Garmin edge 200.
    I love the idea of tracking miles for bike components. I've also been using it when riding to school with my daughter's. It's fun for them to see their miles and elevation gain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rzims View Post
    I hate strava because I haven't been riding that much lately and when I do, it points out my lack of fitness in real numbers.....they need to build in a "lie to me" version for us old fat guys...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeBC View Post
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    I can't believe this exists. What losers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by givati View Post
    I personally enjoy using the Strava App on my iPhone. I log my miles yearly in a log book and Strava really aids me in this. I also love the elevation it gives as well. I have lost signal a few time when riding in the mtns. Does that only happen using the app on a cell phone?
    I have came across all satellite stuff has problems in trees, whether it be sat radio or sat phones or gps. they need a clear line of sight to the sky.

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    I used to be more interested in using it to watch my improvement and to compare myself to other riders. But I'm riding new trails about every week now, so that's not really useful.

    Runtastic and RunKepper allow you to create tracks and follow them while riding. This is a very useful feature.

    But I still import each ride into Strava because it has a much nicer interface and its social tools are better.

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    I like the concept.

    The guy I usually ride with is moving to California soon. Something like Strava would be a good tool to motivate me on my normal weekday solo rides when the trails are empty. I'm the type of person who tracks what he does so I could see Strava providing the motivation for me to not slack when there is no one to chase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    I can't believe this exists. What losers.
    The sad part is that people who use this stuff actually convince themselves that it is not cheating. I really can see no point to something like this other than it's comedic value.

    Although I bet some of these morons would pay for something like this! Could be a good money making opportunity.

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    I enjoy it b/c I ride in a few communities that are a few hundred miles apart and i see my friend's rides. It's also a nice tool for tracking riding.. i am not fast up or down so I just push against my personal bests..

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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeBC View Post
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    Hey question... I'm going on a ride in a very remote area that I'd like to log through the iphone app. Cell service will drop miles before I even get to the trailhead... Is my Strava going to work? I've never tried it without cell service.

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    I totally boo-hoo'd Strava at first. I have a Garmin and Connect was enough to help me log my miles, sift through rides, send maps and data to friends, etc (in fact, prior to Strava, friends would always ask me to send them the link for the Garmin data of our rides). I signed up last fall just to give it a shot- I had more and more friends who were using it, and I thought I should try it instead of just condemning it because I'd heard stories of some dumb arses who were knocking people off of trails screaming "STRAAVVAA." Anyway, I love it. We have a tight community of riders who often ride together on the weekends and whenever else we can fit it in- but we're not always able to get out together. It's inspiring to see that your buddy got up and put down 20 miles on dirt before going to work and it's rad to see friends get faster or explore new trails. I hope they develop the social aspect, because it's the best feature of it over Garmin Connect for me (that, and the deeper data/ broader audience). It's definitely helped me train harder this year and I'm motivated to get out and ride harder.

    It can have its downsides- but I think those are in the user more than the tool. I like to stop and take pictures of my buddies during the ride, for instance, and sometimes I think, "I can't stop, it'll ruin my time!" But that's my issue- so I make myself stop and I make myself not give a sh|t, and I go back to enjoying my ride... and more than not, it has helped me enjoy riding more, because I'm riding stronger and faster than I have in years (still slow as hell, though!).

    I think someone else mentioned this, but I also have friends on Strava in different parts of the country (and now one in South America)- it's cool to see them getting after it.

    It is also fraught with errors. I did a rare road ride from work last week on a very flat path- probably the least elevation I've had in a ride in months and months, but it put me down for something like 4600'. Whatever. I had a friend who is never as fast as me on the downhills, and he posted a time faster than me on a segment. Whatever.

    It's fun if you make it fun and it's a problem if you (the user) make it a problem. In either case, the users have control.

    What scares me is the potential for it to be used for regulatory reasons (going too fast or wrong direction on a trail, etc).
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    alshead -- very well said...agree entirely

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    Quote Originally Posted by abeckstead View Post
    Having said that I heard if you get a KOM bishes be droppin' dem pantees.
    Scored me a KOM yesterday, so I showed the wife and told here about this...

    She said "well that's not going to work with me............................... because I'm not wearing any panties"


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    Quote Originally Posted by abeckstead View Post
    Scored me a KOM yesterday, so I showed the wife and told here about this...

    She said "well that's not going to work with me............................... because I'm not wearing any panties"

    As they say, pics or it didn't happen.

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    I use it mostly to keep track of my mileage per year for each of my bikes. And overall times when on my road bike. Just my own personal times, I don't follow anyone nor do I care to. I created a segment on a half mile climb in my area that I find brutal. FWIW, I'm second on the list of times. Among 4 people I've never met, and never will meet. But since I'm not #1, I do have a goal to strive for with that particular climb.
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    I have a few friends that live out of state that use it and myself, so we use it to track what each other is riding, and when I first started using it, it was a no brainer iphone app, free, and fairly accurate with maps, good tracking, etc.

    I don't worry about KOMs, too slow for that craziness.

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    I thought I was fast until I started using Strava. There is a semi-pro riding team that rides all my trails. One guy in particular owns all the segments, the other guys on his team have the #2-5 slots. They are crazy crazy fast.

    I had been using MyTracks but Strava is just better. It keeps track of all my rides, compares them, lets me share them with my friends, lets me compare them to other riders, and shows me what is possible.

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    I have been using Strava for about 9 months now and was using Garmin Connect prior to that. First thing I did was a bulk upload of my Garmin Connect historical data and was shocked by how little I was really riding. Needless to say I ride a LOT more now. I went from 1-1.5 hrs per week to 6-8.

    One other piece that I am still shocked by to this day is the number of people I have met through Strava. I have been riding for 25+ years and have met more like minded riders through Strava in the last 9 months that in my previous 24 years. It is surprising that more people have not commented on this part of it. What I have done is looked at the people around my times and that ride the areas I ride quite a bit. Started following a few of them and commenting on their rides. Within a few months I had a group of more than 20 people that enjoy the same type of riding that I do and are about the same speed. We do compete on segments, but nobody takes it seriously. After all it is just internet little league bike racing and if anyone ever screamed STRAVA! at me on the trail I would punch them in the nuts just on principle alone.

    BTWI just ran into my first case of Digital EPO useage today. Someone magically took one of my KOM's today, but the ride was more than 6 months old on a segment that cannot be ridden anymore due to a trail reroute. Went and looked at all this person's KOM's and there were uphill tech sections with average speeds of 24 mph+ Seriously people? WTF?

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    ^No one is around my similar speeds. I'm either way to slow or way to fast in comparison to the people in my area. Though I never really paid that much attention, I might have to look a little closer at the times. Most of the people are in the local trail build club and are a lot faster than me. It's just not that fun to ride with them since I kill myself everytime.

    I know, I know, riding with faster riders will make you faster. Yada, yada, yada. But I'd rather have fun instead of sucking wind trying to keep up with superman!
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    Joining Strava in February 2011 was the “stepping-stone drug” which led to me to the world of cross-country (XC for you abbreviation junkies) racing. Joined a local Los Gatos, CA based team in March of 2012 (racing in Cat2) and have been on the podium roughly 70% of my races since joining said team.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Salespunk View Post
    if anyone ever screamed STRAVA! at me on the trail I would punch them in the nuts just on principle alone.
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    I love Strava. It let's me know where I stand compared to some of the local fast guys, lets me see what my team mates are up to, let's me track my progress through the year. There's an armadillo that thinks I'm a Stava$$hole, though... haters...

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    Re: Positive Strava Passion

    What stops someone from "strava-ing" their motorcycle or car? .

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaLL6 View Post
    What stops someone from "strava-ing" their motorcycle or car? .

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    Hopefully their conscience. Obviously we have seen people that need to have their name at the top at any cost.

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    Positive Strava Passion

    Just lost a KOM I've had for a bit

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaLL6 View Post
    What stops someone from "strava-ing" their motorcycle or car? .

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    Pretty sure if something looks a little suspect e.g. average 45mph uphill, you can flag it with Strava.

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    Strava is a great tool...but then again some people who use it are tools. I don't take it too seriously, so it doesn't seem too much better that using my garmin edge. I have had my cell phone go dead a few times while using strava and when I got home I was thinking "dang, fall and break a leg, no cell phone...I'm coyote bait". It's another cool tool for motivation, but just don't be a tool.

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    I never use it with my phone. I always just upload my Garmin Edge directly to Strava. If you have the edge, why drain your phone?

    Quote Originally Posted by JKA View Post
    Strava is a great tool...but then again some people who use it are tools. I don't take it too seriously, so it doesn't seem too much better that using my garmin edge. I have had my cell phone go dead a few times while using strava and when I got home I was thinking "dang, fall and break a leg, no cell phone...I'm coyote bait". It's another cool tool for motivation, but just don't be a tool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaLL6 View Post
    What stops someone from "strava-ing" their motorcycle or car? .

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    Nothing, but you can flag rides. I lost a QOM to a girl who apparently didn't stop her GPS and had a 69mph average speed on a highway segment, haha. I flagged it, and Strava removed it from the leaderboards.

    I've seen people have "rides" that looks like they were in an airplane and left a Garmin on.

    Strava's fun, I love seeing how I improve on segments over time. I'm a numbers geek, so it works for me. I don't ride like a tool because of it, there's always another day to set a PR, right? I think some people take it a little too seriously... I had some of my road rides flagged because the person was pissed off that I didn't ride the entire segment, but due to Strava's own programming (completing 75% of a segment counts it as complete) I would be on the leaderboards. I wasn't intentionally short cutting it, I just had a different turn around point... that was annoying having to go and unflag all those rides because someone was butthurt over my 13mph average pace slow ass road ride, haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DLd View Post
    I never use it with my phone. I always just upload my Garmin Edge directly to Strava. If you have the edge, why drain your phone?
    I was just hoping to be able to carry one less thing with me. I have to take my phone with me anyway, so I was hoping to leave the edge at home. I just take both. I haven't tried uploading edge data to strava. I'll have to give it a shot.

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    I'm sure you have the Garmin communicator on your computer. Once that's done it uploades in seconds
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    put the phone into airplane mode and you will save your battery on the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim208 View Post
    put the phone into airplane mode and you will save your battery on the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim208 View Post
    put the phone into airplane mode and you will save your battery on the ride.
    Unfortunately, not an option for me. I'm a doctor and I have to be able to receive calls from my answering service for emergencies even while I'm on a ride. I'll just keep taking both with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bone Saw View Post
    Unfortunately, not an option for me. I'm a doctor and I have to be able to receive calls from my answering service for emergencies even while I'm on a ride. I'll just keep taking both with me.
    How long are your rides? Mine last for about 2 hours and it uses under 5% of my total battery life.

    Perhaps a phone upgrade?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim208 View Post
    put the phone into airplane mode and you will save your battery on the ride.
    Does the GPS still work in airplane mode? I assume you'd have to turn that back on. I would just get a bike mount for the edge. I use my edge as my bike computer, and just have my phone in my pack. I never really thought of it as having to carry two different things, as my intended use for each is different. It's nice sometimes to have the display too, but I wouldn't want to trust mounting my phone to my handlebar.
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    Airplane mode on my iPhone turns off the GPS which means strava don't work. It will however log your ride from start to finish even in a complete cell blackout area. I learned that this weekend.
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    I didn't care much for Strava with my smart phone. Not accurate. Got a Garmin Edge 500 and now I love tracking my progress with Strava. It's about as accurate as you can expect from a GPS in the woods. I follow a few buddies, and they help keep me motivated, but mostly I like racking up the miles and improving on my own times.

    Weird bug though 2 days ago. It has me as KOM for a road climb, which if you knew me you'd know that's ridiculous. I'm actually last place out of 21 AND my time is DOUBLE the time of #20 but the segment that's marked as a climb is about as flat as they come while it calls it 289 feet climbed in .3 mile. Somethings screwy here and I'm sure my time wouldn't be THAT bad if this was legit. I know it didn't take me 3:50 to ride that flat 1/3 mile.

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    ^ Friend of mine runs with a Garmin and gets odd bugs like that as well. As best we can figure the thing is grabbing a satellite on the edge of its range and getting a bit of ghost movement from the orbit. Sounds like quite the theory right? We came to this conclusion when he noticed once in a blue moon he would reset it at the start of a ride and it would register movement while he was holding still.

    Next time you reset, take a sec to make sure its staying at 0. When it does not, reset it a few times until it does.

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    I don't think it's the Garmin. The map looks fine. I'm pretty sure it's a Strava bug. The GPS itself couldn't have crowned me king. As far as the gps registering small movements while still, that's a common thing. Every car and phone gps I've ever used does that.

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    The GPS isnt gona crown you king.... unless it adds 15mph to your moving avg. My friend with the garmin does not dl to strava. His maps always look right, but sometimes his ele gain and avg speeds are off.

    Resetting it until it stays at 0 keeps his mileage and ele gains accurate. Take it or leave it, no skin off my back.

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    I haven't noticed any big discrepancies on mileage or elevation with the Garmin, but I'll give that try if I do. Thanks.

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    what i have been doing, since most of my rides are out of cell phone range anyway is, turn on strava let strava locate itself, hit start and than airplane, go ride, and than when i am done, hit end, take off of airplane and let it synch driving home. If i don't use airplane the phone is dead in a 2 hour ride, i think because it is always looking for a network that isn't there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abeckstead View Post
    Airplane mode on my iPhone turns off the GPS which means strava don't work. It will however log your ride from start to finish even in a complete cell blackout area. I learned that this weekend.

    That doesn't make a lot of sense, GPS on a phone is receive only, you aren't going back out to a GPS sat with a cell phone radio, it just isn't going to happen.

    What phone do you have?


    For me I discovered Stava yacking with the peddleheads at work (none of whom I can keep up with) still its pretty cool being able to track my progress. I'm not setting any top speed records commuting with with a 29er....even if there are a couple of timed segments on my way to work. I'm out of shape as hell, but its a tool just like any other.

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    I'm not in it for the competitive aspect, but I use it to log my rides, mileage and gauge my improvement over time. I'm not a stravatard who goes for KOM's, but more someone who rides at an average pace most often. In comparing average rides, mileage and noting how I've felt afterwards, I can track improvement. It certainly encourages me to ride more and I get a thrill from that. I also enjoy the social aspect and seeing how my motorcycle roadracing friends are racking up the miles all over the country. This also keeps me motivated to ride more and keep improving.

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    I was in Winter Park, CO yesterday, riding and getting lost on trails outside of WP and Fraser. I came home and checked out my Strava track, initially more to understand where I'd been than anything. I was only on two segments for the whole ride, but the KOM for both sections were held by Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (long time US pro for those of you who are saying "who?"). It was fun to see that on the uphill segment I was in the top third (74 unique riders) -- made me feel good about my effort, even if I was some 30% back of JHK's time...
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    The site can be benificial to some and a killer to others. I originally picked up an Edge 200 and found the site helpful to find new rides near the house and around my favorite trails. It's also a great way to gauge where you are at in your progress on hill climbs and technical areas. The addiction for some to beat their buddy by finding the newest phone that gives you that 3-5 second edge on your buddy that is in front of you takes away from the site. I personally think that these sites shoudl be for GPS equipment only and not smart phones.

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    I like it for my own personal tracking. Also pushes me to improve on my own times even if I am never goin to be KOM. My only gripe is some inaccuracy, but I'm not worried about that too much since I don't view it as a competition anyways. I really like the fact that I have found some new rides because of it, and the social aspect is nice as well.

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    I am addicted to Strava....it has ruined my life and the lives of my riding buddies. I have joined a Strava-recovery group. Ok..not really. I like using it, especially on my road bike. I have set up several segments in the local area on my group's ride. Really helps fuel some friendly competition and has overall improved my road fitness. You just can't be a jackass. We always scream "STRAVA" when we are going to try for a KOM on a segment. Enjoy on the mountainbike too..but more issues there with others on the trail, trail conditions, etc.
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