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PostPosted: 23:57 - 23 Sep 2012    Post subject: Anybody use Strava, brilliant App Reply with quote

Not into technology etc, but the Strava app is brilliant even for an overweight born again cyclist like me, good to see how you do day to day over the same route or compare yourself to 'proper' cyclists.

Anyone have experience with garmin connect or other similar things?

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PostPosted: 00:03 - 24 Sep 2012    Post subject: Re: Anybody use Strava, brilliant App Reply with quote

Haven't used that, but have used mapmyrun and now runkeeper - however have recently got a motoactv and liking that for all the options, even though the website isn't that great.
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PostPosted: 00:05 - 24 Sep 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it fucks up the way you ride.

I've been out with people who use Strava, they bimble along until they hit a segment, then go nuts, wank off about how fast they did that segment, then bimble again.

Fuck that shit.

The only things I use to measure my performance is how much it hurts, and how long it's taken me to do a fixed route by the kitchen clock.
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PostPosted: 15:18 - 24 Sep 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use endomondo on the back of a few recommendations off here.
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PostPosted: 16:06 - 24 Sep 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

Endomondo all the way for me.
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PostPosted: 16:13 - 24 Sep 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

D O G wrote:
I think it fucks up the way you ride.

I've been out with people who use Strava, they bimble along until they hit a segment, then go nuts, wank off about how fast they did that segment, then bimble again.

Fuck that shit.

The only things I use to measure my performance is how much it hurts, and how long it's taken me to do a fixed route by the kitchen clock.

Meh, what works for you doesn't work for everyone. Whenever I go out, I choose whether or not to attack a segment. I very often will ride through one at my normal pace, blast the next one, then recover the one after. Next ride I'll swap the order I do them in. Bit like interval training, but against yourself. If you get the little 'PR' after you've finished, you know you did good. Or the wind was going the right way Wink
I think it adds another dimension to riding. I don't like clubs because they are all too keen to put you down when you turn up with furry legs or non-matching lycra. I can see if my times are comparable to others without having to put up with anyone else on my ride!
And, being in the top quarter of the results, I'm happy I'm not a complete clueless (legless) tw*t.
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PostPosted: 12:25 - 27 Sep 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

UnknownStuntman wrote:
D O G wrote:
I think it fucks up the way you ride.

I've been out with people who use Strava, they bimble along until they hit a segment, then go nuts, wank off about how fast they did that segment, then bimble again.

Fuck that shit.

The only things I use to measure my performance is how much it hurts, and how long it's taken me to do a fixed route by the kitchen clock.

Meh, what works for you doesn't work for everyone. Whenever I go out, I choose whether or not to attack a segment. I very often will ride through one at my normal pace, blast the next one, then recover the one after. Next ride I'll swap the order I do them in. Bit like interval training, but against yourself. If you get the little 'PR' after you've finished, you know you did good. Or the wind was going the right way Wink
I think it adds another dimension to riding. I don't like clubs because they are all too keen to put you down when you turn up with furry legs or non-matching lycra. I can see if my times are comparable to others without having to put up with anyone else on my ride!
And, being in the top quarter of the results, I'm happy I'm not a complete clueless (legless) tw*t.


as above,

been using strava for 2 weeks now, 8 rides..

i'm never going to be good on the leaderboards as i'm 18.5 stone, however its good to see where you lie in the grand scheme of things, even using the power ratings to see where to get to,

if, like me, you have a very popular and hard segment at the end of your ride, its good to have that extra motivating factor, even if you do live on a mile stretch road with a gradient of between 10-15%
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PostPosted: 13:58 - 27 Sep 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love the app. It forces you to include hills in training and as I'm quite competitive it has really enhanced my hill training.

I did have 3 KOMs at one point, but now only have 1. Sad
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PostPosted: 17:42 - 27 Sep 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

JonB wrote:


I did have 3 KOMs at one point, but now only have 1. Sad


I also had 3, but now have none Sad (though 2 of them were downhills)

1 I got beat by 3 riders out on the same ride, and another I got beat by 5 riders out together (4 beating me and the other just behind me - though to their credit they did a 109 mile ride so I'll let them have it Laughing )
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PostPosted: 17:43 - 27 Sep 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want to compare where you are losing time or gaining on segments, use this site....

http://raceshape.com/
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PostPosted: 18:19 - 27 Sep 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think this might be of relevance:
http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/strava-warning

On my first use I was surprised to find I was in 8th place on one climb. Ok, it's out of 14, so that's in the lower half, but I suspect something bad has started!
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PostPosted: 19:17 - 27 Sep 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^^^ Genius pic on there...

http://cdn.bikechatforums.com/files/this.is.strava.png
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PostPosted: 20:53 - 27 Sep 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

JonB wrote:
I love the app. It forces you to include hills in training and as I'm quite competitive it has really enhanced my hill training.


You are in the enviable position of not being able to avoid hills in your training, surely!?
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PostPosted: 11:51 - 28 Sep 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now ranked 3rd.
I think this is a bad thing.
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PostPosted: 12:38 - 28 Sep 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

I cycle for enjoyment, the calorie burning so I can eat what I like, and to keep fit.

I do some sportives, but not loads, and I'm not competitive, so I'm not yearning after massive improvements. Certainly not against other people.

This Strava bollocks is not in line with anything that i want to get out of cycling.
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PostPosted: 16:07 - 28 Sep 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

I joined 4 weeks ago. I am quite enjoying it. Very Happy

I have a local never raced King Strava bagger nearby. All was OK until I beat one of his KOMs. He even commented on the ride in a complimentary way. When I knocked him off a few more, the weirdness started. My rides were being flagged but only the ones where I 'd beaten him. Tried to find his profile to ask but I cannot! I assume he has blocked me. Must have a small dick or something Confused

Contacting the support facility has restored most of the flagged KOMS so I am happy enough Cool .

Strange that this guy had lots of short segments miles from home but no ride to or from the segment Rolling Eyes .
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PostPosted: 16:11 - 28 Sep 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

TLDR - i watch the Tour De France EVERY year, EVERY STAGE, plus hightlights.

Therefore, an app is not needed to tell me i'm not up to that standard.

Therefore, i would use a stopwatch. Had i not sold my BMX to fund MOAR motorbike 'stuff '.

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PostPosted: 22:00 - 28 Sep 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

andi wrote:


Strange that this guy had lots of short segments miles from home but no ride to or from the segment Rolling Eyes .


i've noticed this too...


one guy that clocked 28 mph up a cat 4 climb.... which his ride started right at the bottom and ended.... well right at the bottom...

problem is there are no houses for miles from this hill...

end of the day though they're only cheating themselves...
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PostPosted: 01:47 - 29 Sep 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not used strava app yet, my personal fav is Sports Tracker as i just like to see how far i have rode. Have been using it since it was Nokia Sports Tracker on my N96 had problem where it wouldn't upload anything about a month ago Sad.

May give strava a try
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PostPosted: 20:20 - 05 Oct 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

'Strava Bagging' is a quality pastime, makes sections of my commute really good fun, although non Strava fellow commuters must wonder why I suddenly take off for a mile or so!
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PostPosted: 23:34 - 05 Oct 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone know; if I set up a new segment, will it immediately be populated by people that have done that bit before?

My usual 10k 'daily' quick ride comes in half way through a segment.
Fancy setting up a segment that comes in half way up that so I push myself, but would actually prefer it pre-populated so both I'm challenged and it doesn't look like I'm just doing it so I'm sat at the KOM position initially.
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PostPosted: 00:12 - 06 Oct 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

It does but not instantly, takes a little while, but should be done within an hour. (usually a lot less)
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PostPosted: 00:30 - 06 Oct 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, cool, ta; so can do it at night and come back in the morning to see what the challenge is.

Though, of course I could just cycle to the bottom of the hill first I suppose Thinking.
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PostPosted: 16:38 - 10 Oct 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use map my ride to keep tabs on my riding. Tried Strava very briefly, but it was mostly road stuff.
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PostPosted: 21:48 - 21 Dec 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a BCF group on Strava. There's only a couple of us doing very much. The more the merrier though...

http://app.strava.com/clubs/bike-chat-forums
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