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    Strava article

    As you can see from my sig line, I use Strava and think it's very cool.

    Interesting article on Strava from Competitive Cyclists.

    You don't have to have a GPS either, an iPhone or Android will suffice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dtownmtb View Post
    I have to confess that I don't get the whole Strava thing.

    Perhaps because I don't believe in "training" - I ride because its fun. Or perhaps because I don't want everyone to know how slow I am.

    Yeah, just call me a retro-grouch.
    For me anyway it's not about training. The social aspect of it and the segments are the killer features in my opinion. It's great to go hit a ride, say Rock Springs and LPL, and be able to compare times on say the river up to the top of the ridge, or around the LPL, etc.. You can compare against your own times as well as those you follow, or the full list of people who have ridden it.

    I find it to be a motivator that makes me want to do it even faster next time. In a good way.

    It could be useful for something like AES too, if entrants all uploaded to Strava it would be easy to say spot somebody's tracks that cut a segment off of Sedona Big Friggin Loop.
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    I have to confess that I don't get the whole Strava thing.

    Perhaps because I don't believe in "training" - I ride because its fun. Or perhaps because I don't want everyone to know how slow I am.

    Yeah, just call me a retro-grouch.

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    I like Strava but I have seen people take it too far.

    I like the social part, its cool to see everyone who has done my loops and then their times. I like the way it keeps track of my times too. But It doesn't motivate me to go faster the next time though. I just like seeing what other peoples times are. I like numbers, what can i say.

    Oh and if I want to race someone, I'll enter a race, I dont use Strava for that but I know some people do.

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    lets just see how long before the first 'strava-rage' death results from someone messing with their flow.

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    I use it for training and keeping the mileage of the bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by randyharris View Post
    As you can see from my sig line, I use Strava and think it's very cool.

    Interesting article on Strava from Competitive Cyclists.

    You don't have to have a GPS either, an iPhone or Android will suffice.
    I read that article faster than any of you........

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtownmtb View Post
    I have to confess that I don't get the whole Strava thing.

    Perhaps because I don't believe in "training" - I ride because its fun. Or perhaps because I don't want everyone to know how slow I am.

    Yeah, just call me a retro-grouch.
    for me personally i use strava for the same reason i ride - fun. i have a bunch of segments that are private to me that i just use to see my own personal times/progress. i don't race or train but i'm still a competitive person and like to improve my times on sections of trail i find challenging or fun for different reasons.

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    It's a great measurement system for all of us wanting a good indication of improvement. For those that ride purely for fun, it's not going to be of much use. For the rest of us type A personalities, it's like frickin' crack. It has been a motivator to me to push harder to not only see if I'm faster than others, but see if I can be my last time. And of course, it's always nice to end up near the top on road segment so you can show up the roadies...

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    If you want to increase the social aspect of riding....perhaps you should go riding.....socially?




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    Quote Originally Posted by Maadjurguer View Post
    If you want to increase the social aspect of riding....perhaps you should go riding.....socially?
    Naw, silly. Got all my virtual friends on Facebook, so why not have a virtual group ride with Strava. Only cooler thing would be if Strava could measure video game runs so people wouldn't have to get off the couch to not socialize.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Maadjurguer View Post
    If you want to increase the social aspect of riding....perhaps you should go riding.....socially?
    Most of my rides begin around 5AM, hard to get others interested in that starting time.
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    I get it...I really do....but I must poke fun, because thats what I do. Just as folks poke fun at gears and squish....




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    I am a big fan of Strava and not ashamed to admit it. :-)
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    Strava is cool. But I do find the below from the article to be the most truthful about it. You can "train competively" without the competition around.

    3) It makes riding alone that much better. Training is an escape from reality. That extraordinary bliss called silence is what you get in the absence of family, of employees, of customers, of the world as a whole. The ultimate bummer about group rides is the group itself. People pull through too fast or too slow. They need to pee or they don't. Worst of all? The conversation.

    But training alone means missing out on testing your fitness against others. Strava gives you that benchmark. Whether your preference is to compare time, heartrate, power, or VAM, the Leaderboard ranks you. Now there's never a reason to not ride solo. The gifts of solitude, silence, and transcendence no longer come at the expense of ignorance or self-delusion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcoplea View Post
    I am a big fan of Strava and not ashamed to admit it. :-)
    Oh I like it too... I was being sarcastic. lol

    I just don't use it very often because then it puts a metric on how much slower I am than everyone else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maadjurguer View Post
    I get it...I really do....but I must poke fun, because thats what I do. Just as folks poke fun at gears and squish....
    I promise to never poke fun of gears and squish when the rider is carrying a piece of chain!
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    I must admit that I enjoy Strava. The idea of competing virtually with other riders and then seeing my results afterwards was exhilerating. You're alone, but you're not alone. What would be really cool would be if Strava could transmit a holographic image of the other riders onto the trail so that you could actually see an image of what you are competing against. But I guess that would require 23rd century technology.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raybum View Post
    It's a great measurement system for all of us wanting a good indication of improvement. For those that ride purely for fun, it's not going to be of much use. For the rest of us type A personalities, it's like frickin' crack. It has been a motivator to me to push harder to not only see if I'm faster than others, but see if I can be my last time. And of course, it's always nice to end up near the top on road segment so you can show up the roadies...
    Yes, it is nice doing well on the roadie segments given that only 10% of my riding is on the road bike. Randy - I still feel the pain of the Big Friggin Loop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanyonTrailJunkie View Post
    I must admit that I enjoy Strava. The idea of competing virtually with other riders and then seeing my results afterwards was exhilerating. You're alone, but you're not alone. What would be really cool would be if Strava could transmit a holographic image of the other riders onto the trail so that you could actually see an image of what you are competing against. But I guess that would require 23rd century technology.
    We've joked that Strava needs a plugin called the StravaCoach, and as you're riding a segment it yells and ridicules you for doing so poorly (if you're not doing well) and cheers you on if you are doing well.

    "Suck it up Nancy! The TV Towers are only 3 miles away and you've got 1 minute to make up, GO GO GO GO!"
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    Interesting article, thanks for sharing the link. I'd like to see how many of the top ten racers in any race actually use Strava though.

    It's a great training tool, but training is not what I sit on my bike for, I got done with training the day I dropped the training wheels.

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    I'm hooked on it already. love to see my personal stats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanyonTrailJunkie View Post
    What would be really cool would be if Strava could transmit a holographic image of the other riders onto the trail so that you could actually see an image of what you are competing against. But I guess that would require 23rd century technology.
    Dude, if you're going to go there, then I say make the image of the rider you're competing against a hottie!
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    Those who dislike it are obviously not KOMs.

    CO--KOM of Jeff's Loop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casual Observer View Post
    Those who dislike it are obviously not KOMs.

    CO--KOM of Jeff's Loop.
    LOL, ridden 18 times by 1 person.

    Man that's quite a feat taking KOM on that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noelg View Post
    Dude, if you're going to go there, then I say make the image of the rider you're competing against a hottie!
    This would certainly inspire me to ride faster.....LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by randyharris View Post
    Most of my rides begin around 5AM, hard to get others interested in that starting time.
    I would say for some of us this is a big thing, trying to coordinate time with other to ride. now that the oven it turned on I am beginning my night rides only in the valley again. I can't find too many people who are willing to ride with me at 11pm till 2am. I have not tried Strava, is it free and easy to use for us non computer friendly people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by randyharris View Post
    LOL, ridden 18 times by 1 person.

    Man that's quite a feat taking KOM on that one.
    Hey, I have a very fragile ego. I need to be teh best at something! The gauntlet has been thrown. Are you up for the Jeff's Loop challenge. It's a very difficult 8 miles!!!!!

    (I'm pretty sure I have not ridden that 18 times. It's my new lunch time loop, and I only started doing this about once a week about 2 months ago.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casual Observer View Post
    Hey, I have a very fragile ego. I need to be teh best at something! The gauntlet has been thrown. Are you up for the Jeff's Loop challenge. It's a very difficult 8 miles!!!!!

    (I'm pretty sure I have not ridden that 18 times. It's my new lunch time loop, and I only started doing this about once a week about 2 months ago.)
    I will check it out this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yetisurly View Post
    I will check it out this weekend.
    Do you have a bike with suspension, and do you have
    armor? This is mandatory for this loop. It's gnar to the 10th degree!!!!!

    (Please don't beat my time. I have "KOM--Jeff's Loop" on my business cards.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casual Observer View Post
    Hey, I have a very fragile ego. I need to be teh best at something! The gauntlet has been thrown. Are you up for the Jeff's Loop challenge. It's a very difficult 8 miles!!!!!

    (I'm pretty sure I have not ridden that 18 times. It's my new lunch time loop, and I only started doing this about once a week about 2 months ago.)
    One area Strava needs improvement on is checking to see if a ride actually matches a segment. I have seen a lot of examples where Strava considered it to match the segment and it really didn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raybum View Post
    It's a great measurement system for all of us wanting a good indication of improvement. For those that ride purely for fun, it's not going to be of much use. For the rest of us type A personalities, it's like frickin' crack. It has been a motivator to me to push harder to not only see if I'm faster than others, but see if I can be my last time. And of course, it's always nice to end up near the top on road segment so you can show up the roadies...
    For this B- personality, comparison is the root of all misery. Tried the strava, got sucked into it's evil web, and yes there were some climbs that were truly miserable knowing that phone was ticking away silently tracking in my backpack.

    Am fighting like Frodo to get out of shelob's lair and the influence of strava.

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    So, I took fifth place on my ride yesterday on Strava...talk about an ego boost... - Now I just need to take first place in something. Maybe I can ride a hill no one else has....haha.

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    I love Strava, it lets me know how out of shape I am when my uphill times are mediocre but I crush the downhill

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    Best app out! It's great to track your mileage and rides. It makes you want to ride more and is fun to see where you rank with your friends and other riders.

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    i just used my biannual phone upgrade for a new iphone for shana,, then i downgraded the plan on my cell to a prepaid pay-as-you-go plan. I have about as much use for a smart phone as i do for a toilet that compliments you on your dump and then recommends an appropriate grade of TP.

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    Got on strava and did my first ride with it yesterday (Sonoran preserve) and am fully geeked out with this. I just like the feedback for the fun of it and you don't get that with the other training tool I have used (mapmyride ride).

    Btw, first time out at Sonoran preserve, really liked it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TacoBeer View Post
    ... is it free and easy to use for us non computer friendly people.
    Free, and incredibly easy to use. Once you up load a ride, it automatically finds other people who have ridden the same segments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by randyharris View Post
    We've joked that Strava needs a plugin called the StravaCoach, and as you're riding a segment it yells and ridicules you for doing so poorly (if you're not doing well) and cheers you on if you are doing well.

    "Suck it up Nancy! The TV Towers are only 3 miles away and you've got 1 minute to make up, GO GO GO GO!"
    This can be done... All you need is device with sound output and little processing power. In the background it will track where you are and compare it your past data. If you slow or off the pace it can tell you pick it up. Amatur car racing has predictive lap timers for cars where the GPS system can determine what your lap time wil be based on past data and where you are so far on the lap. These do not broadcast sound and just visual, but technolgy is there. You just need someone to put it into rider friendly package. The car stuff is just too big.

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