5 Takeaways From the Strava Year in Review

Dec 31, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  

December means one thing in the world of content creation - end of year lists. Whether it's Spotify Wrapped or our own Pinkbike Awards there's plenty to be learned by looking back over a full year. Strava are the latest to release their end of year stats in their Year in Review, a slideshow of data that shows the trends in their users' activities over the past 12 months.

Unfortunately, the data is split into cycling or running, meaning we don't have any separate mountain bike data, however, there's still plenty of interesting info to take away from this release. Here are five key stats.

1. Canyon and Orbea can Claim the Most Desirable Mountain Bikes... or Can They?


In the 'World's Hottest Gear' section, Strava collated the most used equipment that users had registered on its site in the past year. Within the top 5 bikes are 2 mountain bikes - the Canyon Neuron and the Orbea Oiz. So, does that mean these two models are the most popular mountain bikes going? Probably not. Strava has collated these stats based on year-on-year growth. Given that the Orbea Oiz was released in August 2018 and the Neuron in November 2018, it's fair to say these bikes were probably starting from a baseline of near enough zero, making growth much easier over a bike that is already out in the market.

What we probably can say with some confidence is that XC bikes are the most popular among Strava users that choose to register their bikes with the app. This makes sense as XC riders are probably most likely to want data on their ride as they train and will probably be more interested in using Strava as a time comparison tool than other riders.

2. Strava is Continuing to Grow


Strava is now ten years old and has 48 million registered users in 195 countries. It's also currently growing at about 1 million users per month. Unfortunately, there is no data on how many of these users are active though and many of these accounts may lie dormant. Plus, how many people download the app on a whim and never use it again? We're not sure. Whatever the case, it seems that Strava is continuing to get bigger and is now undeniably a part of the fabric of cycling in 2019.

3. Peer Pressure is Real


People who ride in a club upload 10% more activities to Strava in their first month and ride twice as far when they do. Group rides also cover twice the distance of solo rides and they are 6% faster on average. Interestingly, riders in a group also wake up earlier as most group ride start at 5am, according to Strava, while solo rides begin most often at 8am. If you're struggling to find the motivation to ride in the short daylight hours of the winter months, this could be a great way to kickstart your riding again.

Another way the data suggests to stay motivated is to set goals at the start of the year. Of Strava users that set goals in the app at the start of the year, 95% were still active in September, whereas that falls to 87% for users that don't set goals.

4. The Popularity of Indoor Riding is Growing


Strava is now calling indoor riding a year-round activity. In the past four years, indoor riding in July has grown more than 2,000% from a 0.2% share of activities to 4.9%. Strava believe that the introduction of apps such as Zwift and TrainerRoad are a large factor in this growth but also the rise of more erratic weather patterns due to climate change.

With Zwift now supporting mtb and cx training plans, this could be a growth area for mountain bikers too. Don't be surprised to see more of your mtb friends sticking indoors when you're scrolling through your Strava feed in future.

5. Europeans Party Harder than North Americans


Finally we have some conclusive, undeniable proof of something all us Europeans suspected for a long time, we simply party harder. In the European data, January 1st is a day of hangover recovery for as we record far fewer rides and start much later than average. In North America, riders set off later but they actually ride more frequently than the January baseline.

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134 Comments

  • 141 4
 Update - I’m leaving Strava in 2020, I’d like to thank them for the good times we had.
  • 70 15
 I left this year. Best thing I ever did. I still track miles and effort on Garmin but I stopped caring about "digital competition" and the fun is coming back.
  • 17 3
 @mtbgeartech:

With you there. I've done the same.
  • 18 4
 Can you hide your Strava rides? I've come to hate the feeling of being stalked by all my "followers".
  • 14 0
 @chriskneeland: Yes, just set everything to private. It's somewhere in the settings under privacy I believe.
  • 6 1
 @chriskneeland: Yep, just select to make all your rides private. I did this last year for the same reasons.
  • 14 4
 Ive been hating on strava since about 97. If you wanna race then race. Ive seen so many bullshit kom numbers
  • 8 1
 @pargolf8: That's one of the big reasons I quit. Cheaters and Glitches. Also I don't need my historical travel data all over the place.
  • 2 1
 @mtbgeartech: if you do this, you also don't appear on any leader boards. Which may be a good or bad thing, depending on your point of view
  • 14 3
 @mountainsofsussex: I used to be concerned about that but I MTB for fun and that was ruining the fun for me. I deleted my account totally so it didn't matter to me. I got to the point where it was ruining rides for me, always taking the fast lines over the fun lines. Now I look for the jumps, jibs and challenging lines and have a blast every ride.
  • 8 2
 @mountainsofsussex: The time and distance disparities on Strava make the leader board a joke anyways. Group rides are off by half a mile, segment times are off by over 10 seconds even though we finished a segment within 2 bike lengths of one another. Strava times are ballpark figures only.
  • 31 1
 i dont understand why whenever people record their ride they need to care about their time. you know you dont need to compete all the time or at all. turning strava on or off doesnt control that - you do. that being said. i beat all of you on all your trails
  • 3 3
 @chriskneeland: Exactly, when you're fast enough to be in the top 10 the drastic inaccuracies become incredibly frustrating.
  • 2 0
 @krazieghost: I record my ride on Garmin Connect anyway. With a competitive personality the temptation to "race" is always in the back of your mind. Not using Strava at all fixes that.
  • 9 0
 @chriskneeland:

LMAO

1st world, 21st century problems, amirite?
  • 3 0
 @mtbgeartech: I did the same, but all of friends are on Strava. It's basically the same reason i haven't left facebook but desire to.
  • 3 2
 @togood2die: Obviously. Riding $10,000 pedal bikes with wireless components while tracking ourselves with a GPS is kind of a give away. Welcome to Pinkbike.
  • 3 0
 @chriskneeland: Ahh, the great dichotomy of our sport.
  • 2 0
 @chriskneeland: well that doesn't only depend on strava, also on the GPS device you use! Phone, GPS unit, watch,...
  • 32 1
 @mtbgeartech: Using Strava doesn't meen you need to race all the time, you also don't need to post your rides publicly. it is a nice app which I use to track my activities in different sports. I do share activities publicly from time to time, but it is not all about KOMs. I also get inspired by my buddies rides for new trails and locations, to share pictures,... so I find it is really a cool thing. And it can be an extra motivation to fight for the odd KOM or to just track your personal progress on specific segments (you can keep all of that private if you want to) instead of doing stupid hill reps.
  • 2 0
 @mtbgeartech: I agree with you
  • 4 1
 @mtbgeartech: right? All these sneaker lines in the trails now. I call them strava lines. You blew through four turns and straight lined it. Yeah you’re the fastest...
  • 2 9
flag shmeagleeye (Dec 31, 2019 at 9:55) (Below Threshold)
 @mtbgeartech: Ok Boomer ; )
  • 4 0
 @mtbgeartech: I never cared for the competition aspect for a number of reasons, inaccuracies of Strava/GPS and the ease of gaming the system for those who “win” at any cost.

I do, however, like to compete with myself. Is there another app/device out there that will aggregate my ride data and let me see how I am improving (or worsening)? Does Garmin’s software do that?
  • 3 0
 @dbendixen: I use a Garmin Edge and from what I can tell it just gives you the data from your entire ride, not by segment or trail. For trail or segment data you'll need to connect your Garmin to Strava. I don't know if using a dedicated GPS device like a Garmin is any more accurate than using the Strava app on your phone but I only use the Garmin just to be consistent.
  • 3 0
 @mtbgeartech: Strava is so inaccurate anyway. I only use it to compare against myself. Also trails change so it is hard to compare year to year.
  • 2 0
 @dbendixen: Garmin Connect with WKO5
  • 1 0
 Good decision. I don’t use Strava for mountain bike as I’m only concerned with having fun. I will use it sometimes for gravel rides just for mileage and elevation gain to monitor my health and shape.
  • 2 1
 @mtbgeartech: yup, same here. Strava is great for those people who need others to validate their rides for them. Not for me.
  • 1 0
 @mtbgeartech: I think it was OK only to forfeit the live-segment feature. When I don't feel right on a ride - and it happens - even 10 PRs won't change my feelings. As for KOMs and stuff like that, just learn yourself to stop care about it. I use Strava as a great tool to measure my condition, or even to check if the new settings of my bike made me faster or not.
  • 1 0
 @chriskneeland: I only have a few followers, but get stalked by those who are not followers. Ugh. Private mode still doesn't work and you are taken off leaderboards. However, I only push it on some segments where visibility is good. Too many people.
  • 3 0
 @CentralVTMTB: all my friends are on mountain bikes, not Strava.
  • 4 6
 Are you f*cking kidding me with the indoor riding and climate change?!!
Even if you believe climate change causes, this sort of hysterical religious bullshit is only eaten by sheep. Tards
  • 1 0
 @krazieghost: All Your Base Are Belong To Us
  • 2 0
 ...I guess 99% of the lads below did not get the message ????
  • 1 0
 @pargolf8: were those lines refered to as " french " lines before?
  • 1 0
 Having a great ride and feeling good only to see that I am still 1170th overall on a segment is a little demoralizing. I was a late adopter and do like the days I forget to start Strava. I'll keep it to track miles but disregard times more this year and go back to playing on my bike.
  • 2 0
 @sevn: amen to that. Some people over think it. Strava is fun , People worrying about KOMs havent figured it out. It is a great social training tool.
  • 1 0
 @scary1: It’s certainly not changing fast enough for a 10 yr old company to see a change in usage patterns. Seems like they’re trying to earn some points with the tree huggers.
  • 83 9
 If using Strava somehow limits having fun on a ride, you have other problems. If nothing else, it’s a good way to find alternative routes if you’re stuck in a rut or to scope out trail conditions.
  • 23 1
 Exactly, imagine coming home after a ride to tell your s/o you didn't have fun because of a phone app.
  • 19 0
 Totally agree, I only use it for miles logged and elevation. For personal use... If you can't separate yourself from that and competition mode you have other issues personally.
  • 3 0
 I agree. I'll often see a friend's ride in the morning after a big rain storm and I'll do the same ride in the afternoon because I'll know the trails are good. And on the road/gravel, I'll get new ideas for loops from my local Strava friends. It's about sharing information as much as competition.
  • 28 1
 Strava has been great. Having tracked my rides in a notebook translated from a cyclometer for years, my Strava ride data bank has become invaluable. Wished I'd started sooner than 2012. I like comparing my current times to my past times on segments as way of accurately measuring my decline or improvement over the years - I'm doing OK for a 44 yo - the bike is my medicine. The social side is a bit of a double edged sword though - in the ways that pure social media platforms aren't generally good for mental health. I think I'll solve this by dumping the majority of my follows/followers soon and just keep connected to a smaller group of my riding friends - I like seeing where and when my friends are riding - especially those I don't live near and can't ride with that often. Still don't understand the hate for this hate. Don't use it if you don't like it. And if the hyper competitive A-Holes using it out there are your problem, they will still be hyper competitive A-Holes without Strava and will still try to aggressively pass you on your leisure rides.
  • 2 0
 Well said
  • 2 0
 What is the advantage of using Strava over staying limited to the software platform that comes with your HRM or cycling computer (or whatever device you're using)? I don't use Strava nor Trailforks but stick with the Suunto software that comes with my Suunto watch. It is nice to keep track of lap times and to see where and when you've been riding/running/hiking. There is the option to follow and be followed too so even though I'm not using that it seems there is that social media thing in there too for those who like that. I can imagine a similar platform would be present for other (according to this article more popular) devices like those from Polar and Garmin. Or is the popularity of Strava mainly because of people using cellphones for tracking their activities.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: Probably for folks using their phones - I use my phone to track my rides. Not sure about these other services. Strava has a bigger footprint in the riding communities I interact with too, so it has been the go-to for me and most that I know.
  • 2 0
 Well said. That was good.
  • 22 0
 One thing for sure I definitely don't party harder than the Europeans and I will be riding tomorrow.
  • 18 1
 Still waiting for Strava to separate mountain biking and road biking as activities.
  • 2 0
 ..and track hours of use on gear
  • 1 1
 @gnarnaimo: pretty sure you can do this, or at least by miles. Use the desktop version and you can add / remove equipment. Might be a pain if you change shoes on each ride but use the same bike, but I know you can add in the fork, wheels, tires etc. Check under the profile link from the upper right corner to get there.
  • 1 0
 @MattyBoyR6: Yes I realize you can do it by mileage, and I do. For mountain biking that really isn't a very helpful way to track bike usage however. I might do a 20 km ride with 1000m of elevation that is very hard on the bike, or a 40 km ride with 300-400m of elevation that was mostly just spinning the legs. Also bike servicing schedules are done by hours not mileage. I have managed to track my own hours of usage, but it's a royal PITA. Since Strava is already tracking your gear and the time you are on rides this seems like it would be an easy feature to include..
  • 3 0
 Also waiting for a separate "Shuttle mode" where your road climb segments don't count / piss off all the roadies, but you can still record full ride and track the vertical (I don't care how much I climb, I care about tracking the dh vertical!)
  • 1 0
 @gnarnaimo: word. I just use 10 mph for easy math. 100 hour service done at 1000 miles, that sort of thing.
There is a place on Strava forums to add features that are wanted.
  • 2 0
 @MattyBoyR6: If you look in that place to request features, you will find this has been requested by many, many people for years.
  • 14 1
 For those of you who got rid of Strava and claim it to be the best decision ever. Please review all other social media types you are a part of and recognize that they all give you some type of stress and anxiety issues but just through different avenues. So if you are willing to part ways from an app like Strava because you found it was toxic it may be a good idea to walk away from shit like Facebook and Instagram as well.
  • 2 0
 @mtbgeartech: sounds like very good advice!
  • 1 0
 I parted ways with Strava because of horrible customer service and them dropping features that I paid in advance for.
  • 4 0
 Was thinking the same ... giving up Strava is great? How about giving up the Pinkbike comment section as well ...
  • 4 0
 @swartzie: That cuts deep
  • 14 0
 I wanted to go for a ride on the morning of new year's day, but the bushfire smoke was so dense it was visible indoors. Nope.
  • 1 0
 Ditto. I'm in Canberra and until the today the smoke was never bad enough not to ride. I think I'll be going through a few of Abi's yoga videos just so I can achieve 'something'.
  • 2 0
 @boozed all the best to you down there, I’ve got friends from here fighting fires in Oz.
Would gladly trade you some of the 35cm of new snow we got here.. buggers my NY day ride too!
  • 1 0
 Mate, the Oz bushfire smoke has even covered Wanaka NZ this morning - we feel for you guys - stay safe
  • 2 0
 @timwdavid: Ta. There are some people that are going through some seriously tough times, me complaining about not being able to ride is pretty shitty of me.
  • 1 0
 @iamamodel: yeah same. Haven't even had a ride since Xmas as it's either too hot, too smokey or usually both. Frown
  • 1 0
 @g123: Cheers. As the others have said, if the worst I can complain about is not being able to ride in amongst everything that's going on, I'm doing pretty well! There are entire towns being wiped out only a few hours from here, it's absolutely horrible out there. Cry
  • 30 20
 Strava: Collecting your data, ruining your trails
  • 10 1
 I love that PB dosent count the Trek Marlin as a MTB
  • 4 1
 I really enjoy strava , it’s up to you how competitive you are with it . It motivates me to ride faster , and more often . I get inspired seeing what rides my friends are up to . I take koms with a grain of salt , I only follow my friends and I don’t use my real name .
  • 4 1
 “In the past four years, indoor riding in July has grown more than 2,000% ... Strava believe that the introduction of apps such as Zwift and TrainerRoad are a large factor in this growth but also ... climate change.”

Strava forgetting about the Southern Hemisphere (winter in July)?
  • 2 0
 Hey take that logical thinking out of here, this is about climate change.
Also when did Strava add indoor cycling as part of its app?
  • 6 2
 Not denying climate science here, but I'm rather skeptical of Strava's claim that climate change is causing cyclists to ride indoors.
  • 6 0
 This year was a weird year for riding weather in SoCal. It was either scorching hot or pouring rain; with little in between. It also didn't really align with any seasons. It was 100F+ the first week of November but down in the 40s a few weeks later.
  • 2 0
 I think its just people going from non-logging indoor trainers to Zwift etc.Climate change is becoming the hammer for every problem that has now been converted to a nail. I see real evidence of long-term climate change in our mountains (rising tree line and snow line etc.) but a few years of data is not 'climate' change.
  • 2 0
 If I had to guess... I think the climate claim is more a slap in the face aimed at trainer junkies that never leave their cave. Strava, in its purest form is meant to help get a human being outdoors, in the elements, chasing km’s and conquering the world around them.
  • 2 0
 7 years of Strava and record most every ride to it.
I don't use my name and don't feel a need to beat anyone (personally), but thoroughly enjoy seeing/feeling my improvements in technique and fitness which are most-often reflected in reduction of segment times.
  • 1 0
 I got hooked on it and it just changed my view on riding. Hunting cups and pr's. As soon as I realised I rode for fun, wasn't going to get sponsored or paid for my ride results and that it led to needless crashes and injuries, I got out. Haven't used it in years and I certainly don't miss it. I don't need it to track kit usage, when it wears out, breaks or I tire of it, I change it. The fun and enjoyment came back once I stopped chasing times, and given the number of Ebike riders on trail, your PRs are an endangered species.
  • 1 0
 I quit Strava in early 2019 because of the social media feel of it. “Followers and followed” is a tacky aspect that detract from the apps best uses. In October I signed up again because it’s just an easy way to log and keep track of my ride data, and as a novice (2,000 miles into cycling) the relative effort, wattage and other data points give me a general idea of my abilities as I progress. Club leaderboards are a joke... it will be Tuesday and a user will already have 168 miles logged, as they haven’t gotten off their indoor trainer since the stroke of midnight Sunday. Also, there’s nothing stopping a user in (flat road heaven) Dubai from joining a small bike club in Hilly California. KOM segments seem like a dumb feature... in my area the average segments are less than 2 miles long. I created a legit segment that’s 11.5 miles, 875 ft of climbing, and approx 35-42 minutes duration... literally no one giving it a go LOL. Lots of useless features with Strava, and with other devices like ANGi, Apple Watch and Element bike computers I probably don’t need Strava.
  • 1 0
 We have segments that are 5 to 30 seconds long strewn all over the trails.
  • 1 0
 Strava was a very good thing when you could register your heart rate in a simple way with your phone ,and in terms of Kom’s and PR ,and cups it was a very good motivation to make you fitter or trying to refine your ride ,and you could also check your times in the segments that you did in a middle of a ride (with premium),and all that with just your phone ,cause now you have to have a gps for your heart rate registration,and I don’t think they should call them gps ,cause they are not very accurate for the thing that they are supposed to do ,cause a phone can do phone calls and many more things ,and the so call GPS devices can’t even be accurate with your elevation ,you always have to calibrate them ,what a stupid thing it is ,just call them another thing ,HAPPY YEAR
  • 1 0
 I like using strava in a responsible manner...great way to connect with friends abroad and track data. Sounds like folks abuse the app and get their head way to far up strava's arse and regret it.pepole are their own worst enemy...not a app It's not a serious thing....just enjoy riding whatever works for you.
  • 1 0
 It’s official, I’m never joining Strava, it’s become way too mainstream.

I’ve decided to write all my ride data on pieces of bark, then scatter them behind me as I ride.

I’m calling my new app: “mulch”.
  • 2 0
 I write my times on a tree with my brown marker, done and done!
  • 3 0
 Strava: Climbing mountains of data, one cyclist at a time.
  • 4 3
 So an advertisement for Strava?

I thought this was going to be about those e-bikers who don't switch their activity type correctly.
  • 1 0
 Or trainer junkies that have 168 miles logged by Monday...
  • 5 3
 Does Strava sponsor trail associations, trails, trail builders etc? And if not, why not?
  • 4 0
 Because we can barely even get local bike companies to sponsor trail associations, trails, trail builders so how are we going to get a global social media site that pretty much runs a monopoly to sponsor anything?
  • 1 1
 This is a really good question. @wallheater
  • 3 0
 STRAVA!!!!!!!!!! Look at all these dupes they're spying on.
  • 6 5
 PFFFT! I'll be drinking tonight, riding tomorrow, and drinking again post ride. Euro's are SOFT with their 35 hour work weeks and health insurance!
  • 5 0
 We don't need health insurance ta.
  • 2 0
 Correction, the Canyon Neuron is on the market with that name since 2017. US is not the only market in the world!
  • 1 0
 Something similar holds for the Orbea Oiz. It has been around much longer than November 2018; it's just that it was renewed around that time.
  • 2 0
 Can the show us how many corners they`ve taken out or how many straights they`ve caused?
.....I thought not
  • 1 1
 How would Strava cause that?
  • 1 0
 @edamamedumplings: the fastet route between any two points is a straight line. So all the creative work done by the trail designer is wasted on some clown who is KOMchasing....
  • 3 1
 Kinda defeats the purpose with the e-bikes taking the majority of kom.
  • 6 0
 Is getting a KOM really the purpose of Strava? Forget the KOMs, use it as your own data logger and possibly to interact in a positive manner with your friends.
  • 1 0
 Ey @pinkbike what data do you gather from the comment section? I mean there is value in it, right?
  • 1 0
 I have Strava. I use it occasionally to time a known lap that I ride. It's just a tool.
  • 3 5
 Minus the Orbea observation it seems like a copy/paste of DC Rainmakers post from December 11th.
www.dcrainmaker.com/2019/12/fascinating-stravas-2019-annual-report.html
  • 4 0
 Probably because this is a Strava Press Release meant for the media to run... Unpaid Advertising...
  • 1 1
 @blum585: Haha sure *unpaid*
  • 2 2
 Fucking sucks!! Had some asshole yell Strava. And plowed though my wife and I.
  • 1 0
 @mtbgeartech: that's when you put your bike across the trail and tell them to smarten up!
  • 1 0
 heres the deep: its wridden in the wind...whoa
  • 1 0
 Once eBikes hit the trails, any desire to get KOMs deflated pretty fast.
  • 1 0
 There's an e-bike setting, and still DH, the important sections, to chase.
  • 1 0
 keep the secret, turn off your strava and your ego.
  • 17 20
 In the meantime, Strava sells your data to everybody including the governments, gets your local trails shutdown and even lets secret military base spotted. Like other social networks, we pay commodity with our soul.
  • 27 6
 Worth it
  • 6 2
 Your absolutely right! I had suspected that they might do that sort of thing, especially since their user participation is so high, but I just recently found out exactly what they were doing. STRAVA IS NOT FREE. They sell your ride data at a extremely high price to anyone who will buy. Packages coast thousands of dollars per month.

See: StravaMetro.com

What so many people don’t understand is that every free app is designed to extract information from you and they get frightened when you tell them this... At least strava has designed a program with the purpose of increasing rider safety which is focused on road usage. They state very specific that any organization using their data against cycling will not be given access.
  • 11 0
 As does Google, Apple, Netflix, Facebook... and Pinkbike. Nothing is free, our data and attention are the price of these services. It’s not necessarily wrong though, to sell your data, as long as you knowingly choose what to give up and to whom. There are some great benefits to all that aggregated data, though. It’s not all downside. But I do agree, too many people are unaware of the cost of digital services.

I like Strava. I like keeping track of my statistics over a variety of disciplines, and I like keeping up with and encouraging active friends who are scattered across the country. My activities are private by default, and Strava doesn’t know what shoes I run in or bike I ride. I’m comfortable with everything else they know about me.
  • 5 0
 What data about me are they selling. I don’t use my real name or have any personal information on there.
  • 8 0
 @Joegrant: Right. Strava Metro isn't some sinister data mining app to sell you useless shit on your commute to work.. It's ride data that can be used by city government's to plan better cities for cycling infrastructure. It easily identifies commonly used commuter and running routes so that cities can adapt their infrastructure to give cyclists more space, save time, and separate them from the roadways.
  • 2 1
 @cgreaseman: @skelldify
They don’t really care about your name so much. What information they are getting from you is where you were at any point in time you were recording a ride. They can use your ride characteristics to learn many things about you: where you start your rides from (possibly your home), where you stop along the way... obviously, withholding personal information does help your security, putting in your birthday, weight, bikes, and pictures allow strava to further profile you.

Strava Metro seems like a great resource; you could even look at using strava as a way to contribute to improving cycling
  • 9 0
 If you use Google in your life, strava is not the problem!
  • 4 0
 My city uses that data to identify common cycling routes and build us better bike infrastructure. As do many other municipalities.
  • 3 0
 @max2max; Secret military base? You mean that big six acre enclosure with a massive fence and buildings in the middle of a barren dessert exposed to the sky? The one with choppers flying in and out at all hours? Lit up like a Christmas tree at night? Built on land that the locals know like the back of their hand? THAT secret military base?
  • 1 0
 @iamamodel: LOL yep, that one. The same one that allows all their personnel to go jogging around the base with GPS apps like Strava sharing their location with the world.
  • 1 0
 You are right, but I still like Strava. Good motivator to ride and track data.
  • 2 4
 Just use Sports Tracker instead.
Using it since symbian OS.
Much smaller community.
Work as IT should.
Developed by the good guys. ????
  • 12 11
 Fuck Strava.
  • 7 10
 Ditched Strava in spring, had the most FUN riding this summer in a long time!
  • 7 0
 why?
  • 2 2
 @laxguy: I'd imagine it's because Strava always makes you compare your effort with a previous best. Sometimes it's nice to ride something and feel that it was amazing! Definitely my best ever and so fast...only for Strava to tell you it was slow. For me that always manages to deflate me even if I try to tell myself that it's only an app.

I can't help the way I react to it. I also deleted it and it was a great decision.
  • 12 1
 @humoroususername: that sounds like a personal problem to me.. Strava tracks my rides and gives me data (that i mostly ignore) about them, nothing more nothing less
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 @laxguy Because riding started ages ago laughing ourselves silly in the woods and taking time to soak it all in, and the group around where I ride can be competitive and push you in a lot of great ways, but I wanted to get out to just get back to messing about in the woods and stop caring about the times and how much vert I ride. Besides, as a father of young kids, owning my own business it can be depressing seeing how often all the other dudes can get out! Nice to just enjoy my rides for what they are.
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 @laxguy: who said it was a problem with Strava? I literally stated that it is my reaction to it that is the problem. Not the app. Jesus, people love to be "right" on the internet don't they?
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 @humoroususername: take a chill pill brah
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