Strava Premium segments
trekvet Posts: 223
Is there any truth in the rumour that if you're not a Strava Premium member you no longer get segments or leaderboards?
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Good news IMO
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I pay for it - I like it, so I'll chuck them a few quid. But it says I'm paying £18.99 per year - sounds like a bargain.
They should offer just the leaderboards for $1 a month, they'd make a packet.
*You could use it simply to keep track of your own progress and keeping with what mates are up to as I do. Is that going too?
I am not sure. You have no chance.
In short, segment leaderboards (except the top 10), effort analysis/comparison and the (revamped) route builder are now paid-for features.
I'd be interested to hear what you all think of the changes?
The Strava one was pretty good - simple and their heat map data helped if you were trying to work out if a track/bridleway was rideable or not. It was also easy to sync the route from Strava to a Wahoo Bolt/Element.
Segment database needs a massive clean up, so many with garbage elevation and/or stupidly short. Not to mention the amount of duplicates.
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I can see my own times which is all that matters.
And I don’t chase those either. I ride to heart rate when training so the segment times are just a good gauge of relative fitness rather than my best performance.
I did indulge in chasing segment for about 2 years until I realised it had taken a lot of pleasure out of riding.
I'm not going to get too worked up about these changes.
If I want to get good at this hill climb malarkey, I need at the very least to see where I stand with my peers. It's no point beating myself up for being 300th on a hill, when you then realise 250 of them rode up there during the Tour of Britain various editions and another 40 are under 30 YO...
I am not sure. You have no chance.
99% of users just log mileage, and see where they sit as a % of overall. For the most part I'll be in the same band "this year" as "all time" - and it is really just a curiosity.
All of the individual platforms you are already paying for will give similar analyses for "free" with their products (Garmin, power meters, Zwift etc.).
I don't see the point of paying for something that merely synchronises with something you are already paying for.
I've been bothered about Strava since they made it impossible to be on leaderboards without publishing your whole ride. Where I live, even with a privacy zone, that basically says "Nice bike here".
I did find that seeing where I sat compared to everyone else was quite helpful in judging how fast or slow I was going.
It's a shame as I grew to quite like it and it has become part of my cycling routine to have a nosey at the leaderboards afterwards, but then, it was free and I have no intention of paying for it.
Does seem a bit odd paying for it to compete with a bunch of people who can't see how you're doing (unless you happen to be a top 10 rider which either means you're extremely fast or you live somewhere where there aren't many strava users).
I would be much more annoyed had i pulled the trigger on a Whahoo bolt a year or two ago however. The live-strava functionality sounded quite fun.
Ride With GPS has always works pretty well for me.
Slightly more fiddly than Strava when actually plotting the route but at least you get TBT navigation.
Basically unless you are both in a group and have a once in a generation tail wind, the leader boards are pointless now. It is even worse in the QOMs I think - if the climbs are anything less than about 6 or 7%, they all seem to be suspiciously about the same times as a group of blokes the same time on the same day.
I think they might be planning a bit more long term.
I don't understand why they don't put adverts on it, and you have to pay to get rid of them and get a few extra features. I've always liked the fact that it doesn't have adverts, but never understood it.
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