Add more bike types, like "Single-Speed" and "Track Bike"

Request to expand on Bike types available in the "Gear" section of Account Settings on Strava.

Requests include:

-Track Bike

-Single Speed

-Hipster Bike

-Commute Bike

-Unicycle

 

To vote for filtered Segment Leaderboard results by bike type, go here.

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  • Great discussion, folks!  I'd like to add a bit of clarification why I think it would be a good idea to be able to filter your ride results by bicycle type.  For me, it is NOT so I can feel better about myself by only comparing to other riders on the same type of bike.  I use Strava for training purposes, where I ride the same local trails many times a year.  I like to be able to track my progress against myself, so I know if my times are improving.  When I look at all my results for a certain trail, it puts them all together so that I have no way of knowing whether I was on my full suspension trail bike or my single speed rigid 29er.  This is not a vanity issue, but a training and usability issue.  Thanks for listening!

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  • Much as I like the features of strava, as a serious long distance unicyclist, I have to say I don't like calling all my rides bike rides. Might have to go back to MapMyRide which does have 3 different unicycle categories. There are of course a ton of different types of unicycles, and many different wheel sizes etc, but just a simple "Unicycle" would make me happy.

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  • Having specific segments per bike will mean i dont get the road segments that i go through on my mountain bike and also so many off road segments are sanitised meaning a road bike will cope with them fine. 

    Instead have the bike ridden show up on mobile/desk top  view with the segment achiments so  you can see what bike was used by the person on that particular achievement.

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  • I agree that it would be goof to differentiate between mountain and road when selecting activities. And perhaps even agree that a singlespeed option would be nice. However, I can add that into the bike name, and have.

    However, what I'd really like to be able to do is, when viewing all my times for a particular segment, to be able to see what bike I was riding. Obviously, on many segments, my time on my geared squishy is going to be quite different than on my rigid SS. I realize I can click on the ride to see that info, but it doesn't make for a quick comparison.

    And perhaps if bike were displayed when viewing all the times, that would go a long way to fulfilling many of these wishes, especially if people name their bikes accordingly. Right now, one of my bikes is named Stumpy. But if bike name were displayed, I'd change it to something like "2011 Stumpjumper FSR" so people would know it's a full-suspenion geared bike.

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  • The last comment by Richard James, makes the most sense I've seen!

    Easy to implement and fulfills everything with it all getting overly complicated. As long as people label the bikes correctly would make comparisons quick and easy

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  • Hi All, I think the point missed in Richard James's comment re adding the type of bike into the bike name is that if a seperate category existed for say fixed wheel, the algorithms used to estimte power could be more reflective of the real world.

    As an example if I ride 15 miles on my fixie and the same route on my 'normal' bike I can have the same average heart rate suggesting my effort was very similar but strava will give a calculated power about 12% lower on my fixie because the speed is slower.

    If you go out on a Sunday morning and beast yourself riding fixed up and down hills for a couple of hours its very demoralising to come home and have strava tell you you didn't work very hard :-)

     

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  • What I hear quite a few people asking for is to be easily able to filter KOM results by bike type - having to look down a new column to ascertain what bikes people rode on (which relies on sensible labelling protocol being adhered to by members or my knowing what a 2011 Stumpjumper FSR actually is) is not as easy as clicking on 'Fixed Wheel' for example in the filter choices to the left.  

    For the unicyclists or recumbents or even fixers, they would most likely have to browse several pages looking another of their bike type listed on a segment to compare their time on a segment with other riders, where as a simple filter will quickly bring all like bikes into a concise list.

    This would also be a relatively simple and fool-proof system to implement simply requiring a choice to be made from a pull-down menu when entering a bike into the system.  Of course, like the rest of Strava, it's open to error and deceit, but it would work simply for the majority.

    Now, it strikes me that people have been discussing this for quite a while and there's been no input from Strava, so I think we'll be chasing this issue forever round in circles whilst Strava may well not be listening to any of us!

    STRAVA - ALLOW FILTERING BY BIKE TYPE!!

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  • As someone whose only bikes are road fixies, I would like to see singlespeed and fixed gear options as well, to compare times against similar riders.

    Gear ratio specifications for those two categories would also be awesome.

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  • For those of you asking about tracking specific bikes and how much mileage you have done on them, you can do this on MapMyRide.

    However MapMyRide doesn't have the leaderboards that Strava has (or the large number of members). I think they want to add leaderboards.

    So as a few people have pointed out, the question is how detailed to get with the breakdown of bike types.

    Tandems are out of the question as they can have different combinations of riders and are rare.

    Track bikes: Well let's say if you're riding on a velodrome, you are probably riding a track bike. If you ride a mountain bike on the velodrome, do you really have a case to ask for your own leaderboard? No!

    Similarly for track bikes on mountain bike trails. Some combinations are improbable so why cater for them?

    My proposal:

    A member sets up each of their bikes in Strava, saves it, and re-uses it later. Leaderboards offer the option of overall or by that bike type only.

    Main categories:

    • Road
    • Mountain
    • Track
    • Unicycle

    Then sub-categories: Gearing, Suspension

    Gearing

    • Geared (default for all bikes)
    • Single speed
    • Fixed gear (default for track bike)

    Suspension

    • Rigid (default for most)
    • Hard tail (default for mountain bikes)
    • Dual suspension

    This should cater for most combinations.

    It is important not to have too many combinations or there will be no-one else on the Leaderboard.

    For example 10 or so riders in my area have single speed hard tail mountain bikes, but only one other than me has a rigid single speed mountain bike, so that leaderboard is going to be quiet even though thousands of riders use the trails each week.

    Taken to argument ad absurdum, how many dual suspension fixie recumbents are there going to be?

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  • A lot of people are riding other bike types in London, for example single speeds. This functionality would be very useful.

    I have just acquired a unicycle, and as soon as I learn to ride it I would like to record it as a bike type rather than just a bicycle.

    I would agree with Rich Powell that a myriad of bike types may be less effective, so cover the main types and we will be moving in the right direction.

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  • Another request for single speed and folders from me – I've got a 1940's single speed and two Bromptons. I ride a converted steel touring frame with a 5 speed sturmey hub a lot too, which I suspect doesn't count as "Road bike" as far as Strava's calculations are concerned.

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  • Another vote for folding commuter! :)

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  • +1 I'd like to use strava for my velomobile without being accused of being 'unfair', which is nonsense of course.
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  • What about a handcycle for disabled persons like myself. It will be impossible to compare my segments on a road bike before my accident in January with my future evolution with the effort of my arms and hands.

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  • When adding bikes, please give more information about them.

    ie, what kind of position, weight, etc you expect for each bike type.
    something like this page would be useful too:

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_urSQl6wUA5g/TTZFTUOs6FI/AAAAAAAAIe8/zeE_bHhBpOE/s1600/drag_chart.jpg

    Notice how they show a picture of the body position and a description of the bike and rider

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  • Please at minimum simply add "track bike / fixie" to the list of bike types. Presently I tag my track bikes as "TT bike"s, which is suboptimal. With respect to the suggested "single speed" bike type, I'd term it "single speed w/freewheel" to differentiate appropriately from "track bike / fixie". the intent is that "track bike / fixie" would encompass fixies used on the road (like mine) and the track. thanks.
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  • I say let people describe their bike as they want and choose what info is shared. I may not choose to share what brand/group i own but would disclose bike type, weight and gearing. Surely people who pay for filters would like type, bike weight and gearing filters too. More importantly to me PLEASE let me select which bike before i start a ride on my mobile!
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  • What do we have so far? 

    Road, TT, Mtn, and Cross.

     

    We need at a minimum - Road, TT, Mtn, Cross, Track. That's at a minimum. It would be nice to have unicycles involved to. +1 to you guys. 

     

    When you add track bikes, we need a simple gear ratio calculator to sync with the average speed and give a cadence.

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  • Please add a Velomobile as category. Very different to other bikes, but it really is a bike!

    Many times my rides are flagged and commented by angry cyclists.

    Now I and many others mark all our rides as workout, but of course that is not the right solution for this problem.

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  • I agree with Marinus.

    Please add a Velomobile as a new category (also let bike weight be over 25 kg, mine is 45 kg)

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  • Same here, please add velomobiles as category.
    I didn't get any comments on my rides yet (probably because I'm not fast enough yet), but I would be glad to avoid comments in future as well.

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  • Please add velomobiles and recumbents as  new categories. Marking as workout or as private is not the solution.

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  • This request is over a year old! Please just add new bikes to the dropdown menu! 

    Fixed Gear / Single Speed

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  • You think they actually read these?!

    They're just designed to make it feel like we are having a say

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  • Looks like  you're right. Request for Velomobiles is over 1 year old.

    Still: I'd like to have Velomobiles added.

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  • Please add recumbent to the "bicycle" type.

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  • I support the suggestion of adding an e-bike type, along with allowing filtering of results based on bike types, as suggested in another feature request. Ideally, this types should also be split into street legal (max. 250W in the EU, 350W in the US?) and non-street legal (possibly with some wattage bands).

    Competing with other e-bike users, or against yourself, if just as valid as any of the other activities Strava covers. In that respect, you could also make e-biking a separate activity, but that would require a lot of redundant work of re-creating the same segments for e-bikes, since there is pretty much a 1-to-1 correlation between routes for e-bikes and regular bikes. Leaving it as the same activity would also allow for e.g. downhill competition across bike types, where electric assist is of little or no significance.

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  • But e-bikes should not feature in the overall KOMs, right?!  That wouldn't be right.

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  • If by KOMs you mean the leaderboard of a segment, then assuming the filtering feature is also implemented, you might as well have the option of showing absolutely all rides on every bike type, which would include e-bikes. This would not make much sense on a uphill segment, as e-bikers would have an unfair advantage, but on downhill segments it would.You could then leave the default filter for the leaderboard to the kind of bike you yourself use, or perhaps a meta-category like "non-assisted bikes".

    Not sure how to best deal with the actual notification and achievement of KOMs. Depending on how (and if) they implement a separation of bike types, one could either have a default "non-assisted bikes" category and KOM achievements are only given for those, or KOMs could become specific for bike types (an MTB KOM, a road bike KOM etc.). There may be other/better solutions than these. I anyway agree that noone riding a regular bike should receive the notification "you just lost your KOM" due to someone on an e-bike beating them up a hill :-)

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  • Another vote here for Velomobiles and I'd like to see recumbents and Rowingbikes in particular.

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