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Do you use Strava, and how many people do you think use it?

  • I never use it

    Votes: 14 22.2%
  • I use it some of the time

    Votes: 4 6.3%
  • I use it every time I ride

    Votes: 36 57.1%
  • 20% probably use it

    Votes: 3 4.8%
  • 50% probably use it

    Votes: 9 14.3%
  • 80% probably use it

    Votes: 11 17.5%
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Posting this here because I think Strava usage is probably largely variable on location and local culture.

I got into a discussion about how many mountain bikers use Strava, and somebody took issue with my estimate. Personally, about 9/10 of the riders I know use Strava, but I just said 50% as a worst case scenario. This is relative to single-track trails, not urban bike paths, commuters, roadies, etc.

I've included a multiple choice poll with options for how often you use Strava, to cover what is likely a group of "super-users" here on the forum, and also choices for how many riders you think use it in the broader population of riders, again among those who ride single-track trails.
 

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I use it, I enjoy seeing my improvement and what everyone else is doing. I also use the beacon (which just came to the watch Version as well). Most of the bikers i know use it as well.
 

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IMO if you train using Strava you aren't training correctly.
You're leaving training tools on the table if you don't. But that's not to say that I consider training to be chasing KOMs. There are 2 things that you get with Strava that TP doesn't currently offer:

1) Segments - create personal segments for the places you do hill repeats, and then Strava will give you the historical record of all of your attempts. You can use it to track the confluence of factors that make you a better racer, including power, weight, and bike setup.

2) Segment Comparison - if you know your competition at some upcoming race, you can look at how you performed on some segment relative to them. That's not to say that if you beat them up the virtual hill that you should expect to win, but rather, you can see if they're relatively faster or slower climbing or descending than you.
 

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I use Strava to track my mileage for maintenance purposes. If I'm really having fun on a section, it's cool to see if it was a personal best for me, too. Other than that I don't really care about it.
 

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IMO if you train using Strava you aren't training correctly.
I use Strava every ride, but I'm not "training" for anything, I'm just riding my bike for fun. I enjoy the data. Average watts, distance, average speed, heart rate data, etc. It's a good indicator of overall health.

If Strava had been available when I was racing, it would have been a game changer for me. It has really highlighted where my natural strengths and weaknesses are, and how to ride faster without wasting energy on things that don't matter.

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I use Strava, and a Garmin, and my handlebar mounted wired bicycle computer.
I like the GPS devices to draw lines on a map of where I've been. I like the tracking tools themselves for miles/time tracking for maintenance.

And because it's fun.

As I have progressed over the years, I like to see how my times stack up to the faster friends. When they aren't faster anymore, I know I've progressed. Right now, a small group of us all ride about the same pace. Riding with them and realizing I'm with them is nice but looking at times when riding solo it's nice to gauge if the effort shows times that reflect how the effort felt.
 

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I use Strava every ride, but I'm not "training" for anything, I'm just riding my bike for fun. I enjoy the data. Average watts, distance, average speed, heart rate data, etc. It's a good indicator of overall health.

If Strava had been available when I was racing, it would have been a game changer for me. It has really highlighted where my natural strengths and weaknesses are, and how to ride faster without wasting energy on things that don't matter.
I get using it for grins or to test how your training is going, but don't understand how Strava would help me do an interval session of 2 minute intervals with a 3 minute recovery at a specific HR? A HR monitor would be about the only thing you would need. Maybe if you combined it with a power meter? IDK
 

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Never.

I gave up on collecting data way back when the wires that came with my cycle computers weren't long enough for the "long travel" forks I was running, and wireless ones ate batteries like Skittles.

I just ride for fun. Long rides are long, short rides are short, when I'm going fast, I know it. I have an analog clock that tells me when I need to be home, I don't train for anything. Too many years of that have cured me of it completely.

YMMV
 

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Whenever there is a need to draw a gps cock I use strava!

I also entertain myself by loading my activities as something else. Like a gnarly as mountain track as wheel chair or kayaking.

Occasionally i use it to see how far I have gone or how many cert meters i have descended or am I going faster or slower?

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I get using it for grins or to test how your training is going, but don't understand how Strava would help me do an interval session of 2 minute intervals with a 3 minute recovery at a specific HR? A HR monitor would be about the only thing you would need. Maybe if you combined it with a power meter? IDK
If you're using HR for intervals, you're doing it wrong IMO.

Couldn't resist.

Seriously though, Strava is for post-hoc analysis of data much more than it is for during the ride. I know there are "Live Segments" which try to inject themselves into the ride, but they're both a PITA and probably not good for structured training.

If you're savvy enough to be talking about doing interval training, then surely you know that training is about for more than just what you're doing at the moment on your bike, right?
 

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Because of Strava I am now the proud owner of a KOM that I already had before yesterday.

However, I also feel that since this particular time I imported Garmin data to Strava (didn't have my phone) that some of the segment times were inaccurate.

With that said, I take it for what it's worth. Maybe I was faster yesterday than before. Maybe not. I still felt good and I still logged miles go my gear. And I don't feel bad about the KOM since I already owned it anyway. I could have been extra fast since yesterday I had to slow down, get off my bike to climb over a downed tree, then regain momentum. I was credited for 6 seconds faster than my previous time. Within the KOM segment were 2 other segments, one is with the tree that I supposedly PR'd on. The other segment was 2nd fastest time for me -I felt really good on the run, maybe the time is accurate.

Without Strava -this post would not be possible. so yeah, I like Strava and use it.
 

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I use it every time I ride, paddle, or hike. I am a map junkie and I like to see where I've been and where I could go. I'll use the desktop version with the aerial photo overlays to plan rides based on past ride data.
I also use it for the social media aspect. Most of my cycling friends are on there and we use it to communicate, plan rides, check trail conditions, encourage or berate each other, etc. It is the only social media network some of my friends are on.
 
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