Improvements for Gear section of Strava (Cycling)

I am at a crossroads with equipment list management. I am about to dump tracking all my components as I have seen no improvements in a very very long time. I switch around wheels and tires all the time and that tough to track the way it's currently setup here on Strava. But now I have recently cracked my frame and is being replaced under warranty. I will be moving all my component to this new frame, so this is where it will be a complete failure for me. How do I track going forward? Components are tracked by Frame and not individually.

 

Support Summary:

1. Allow components to exist independently from bikes/frames

Instead of limiting only one active version of each component per bike, components would exist as a "pool" and could be removed from a bike without being retired, could be "shelved" for any amount of time without accumulating mileage, and could be easily switched between bikes. Like different tiers - at the top level there is a group of frames, and under that is a group of components, any amount or type of components you wish to track. Then there is freedom to match the components to the frames in any desired way. 

2. Ability to add historical usage to a frame or component

As the system currently stands, bikes and components added to Strava are treated as new, with zero use. Of course, we know this is only the case a fraction of the time. For a functional gear tracking system there needs to be a way to add an item to the system with historical mileage/usage. 

3. Track Gear in hours as well as miles

4. Ability to set notifications for when a component reaches a certain amount of use (miles or hours)

5. Add maintenance records, or simply a notes field to any Gear item to keep track of when equipment was last serviced

Are there any additions, or major feedback trends that I missed? -Elle

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  • John Massaro - I dont see how this is done? the problem might be that before this bike i did not have a bike in my equipment at all, so when i go to a certain ride under bike there is nothing

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  • Sean Hickey - Edit your activity and you should be able to add your bike to it. It's as easy as clicking on "add description" under the ride name and there should be a field that says "bikes" add your bike and you should be good. 

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  • Another voice here to support a "on the shelf" option as an alternative to retire. that way I can track parts that get moved from the shelf onto the bike; as of right now, I cannot un-"retire" a component.

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  • I am going to put this here, as this thread is considered the home base for feature suggestions for My Gear for cyclists:

    I've seen so many category requests for the gear components section (which, I might add is one of the most powerful features for avid cyclists with multiple setups - with a few tweaks). Some want cycling shoes, some want cleats, and the list will go on and on, until someone asks for their water bottle as well.

    Just end the madness. In addition to standard component categories, just add user definable categories. I understand the impact on databases when moving from a pre-defined category to a free-text field, but I'll suggest it anyways as a possible solution; you determine if it will cause too much unrest for your future planned functions.

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  • Shoes is not an available option in the component type list for cycling. This would be good if it were added. Although it's not part of the bike they get a lot of wear and would be good to keep track of the usage.
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  • Ideas... Some of this already shown, but Strava tech said to re-post here rather than having a new request.

    * Track more than one removed and one active component for each type for each bike.
    * Parts should be in a big pool, and assigned to a bike. This way, parts moving between bikes can be properly maintained/aged.
    * Retired parts should be able to be assigned back to the same or a different bike. Same thing, for part swapping and/or spare/training wheels.
    * Starting mileage should be able to be specified.
    * Should be able to set maintenance alerts based on miles and/or time in service.
    * Mileage should be updated each time the gear is moved to or from the spare pool.
    * Tracking a complete log/usage history for a part might be useful rather than tracking it for the dates of a bike, though that would require associating all of the components with an activity.
    * Should be able to specify additional types or names of components rather than fixed list.
    * Should have a detailed view that is a wide table, shoing notes.
    * Possibly add star, flag, ratings, or primary/secondary markers for people to track.
    * It's a lot of very useful details, so perhaps require at least a "lite" membership (lower cost) to use the new gear tracking?

     

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  • +1

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  • I swap wheels, k7, tires and inner tubes between my bikes (cx and road) often. I like the shelf idea to track ks on these items idividually. should not be that difficult. tyre name a, b, c, k7 a, b etc. this would be a great help for measuring wear and durability of components. 

     

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  • Strava, take a look at how Bikejournal manages components. They've already done it the right way. You define your components, then you can move them to and from bikes as much as you want, finally retiring them when you actually no longer use them. I thought things were handled the same way on Strava and started adding my components until I realized that I could only add one of something. I have 2 chains & 3 sets of wheels (with different tires & cassettes) for just one of my bikes - can't track them here. Please hurry up and get this working the right way!

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  • As has already been mentioned, for me the most important improvement is the ability to track transferring components between bikes - if a component has done a certain mileage I don't want to lose that tracked value when I transfer the component onto another bike! 

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  • Not much to add beyond that I'd like to be able to unretire things too, or put them on the shelf.  Even just manually entering starting mileage and having access to notes would be useful.

    For example, I cut the sidewall on one of my tires a few weeks ago.  I retired it and put on a tire that I'd had sitting around.  I already had a few hundred miles on it; I'd like to have been able to enter that.  Now that I've taken it back off and repaired the other one, same-same.

    I also would like to be able to rotate front to back tires, and maybe flag whether something is worn out or just not on the bike right now.  The "shelf" idea a lot of people have seems like a good fit for that, as distinct from retiring something.

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  • I was pointed to this thread by strava support so I guess I'm suppose to add my suggestion here. My latest frustration is that for each component type you can have at most 1 retired component.  Specifically, on my commuter bike I just had to replace my rear tire for the 2nd time since I started tracking.  When I retired my 2nd rear tire the 1st retired rear tire disappeared (with the milage information).  It just doesn't seem like much effort to not delete an old component when retiring one of the same type.

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  • Chiming in to add my two cents.  I'd love to see an option to add historical mileage to my bike, as there's about 1800 unaccounted for km on my bike and original gear still on my bike from before I started using Strava.  I'd also love to see an "on the shelf" option like other users have mentioned in this thread for frequently switched out parts.  Also, for parts that are "on the shelf", the ability to not have them tied down to a specific fame would be nice too, this way kilometers on the specific component can be measured accurately.

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  • @Tim, we have another, possibly related bug, posted here: https://strava.zendesk.com/entries/52172084-Adding-Bike-Components-from-beginning-removes-all-older-Components

    Seems like there is quite a bit of feedback around specifying a starting mileage when adding a previously used component, and the ability to swap components between bikes and maintain previous mileage. Thanks for adding your comments! 

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  • Hello there,
    considering we already have the amount of km spent on a bike, maybe someone else (or is it just me) wouldn't mind also seeing the time spent on a specific bike: the main reason is because maintainance on a road bike is mostly based on the amount of km you've ridden (at least that's the only thing I think about: when to switch tires), while on a mountain bike you need to know more or less how much time you have spent on it in order to maintain suspensions.
    Bye!

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  • Tracking mileage/time on components, bikes and equipment would be very useful and another way Strava could separate itself from the other activity logging sites. I agree with everything that has been posted, but for me, the number one fix would be a place for "other" that I could use and label when what I want to track isn't on the dropdown list.

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  • Thanks @Elle.  My guess was the bug you pointed to was a result of not wanting to have components that overlapped in time.  What I am experiencing it that when you retire a second instance of a component, in my case a rear tire, strava deletes the oldest.  Personally I'd find it interesting to see if my components continue to need replacing at the same rate and if different (in this case tires) seem to last for different lengths of time.  This second aspect is something I'd be surprised if strava hasn't looked into for $$$ reasons. I'm sure that data collected from such a large sample would be valuable to someone (a la the heat map data and municipalities) - as long a you don't delete it.

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  • Can you make My Gear available to view from the dash board in addition to going through My Profile.  As you can see from the comments, Strava users refer to this feature quite often.

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  • Cleats and cycling shoes as individual trackable components would be  great

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  • please add, please add!!!

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  • The "Component Shelf" is a must--bike gear is crazy expensive and tracking maintenance intervals is crucial for longevity.  BTW, I have a bike trailer that I use to commute my daughter to daycare.  Let's add that too, while we're at it.  :-)

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  • The 'shelf' suggestions/comments/requests sounds about right.  I have several tires and wheel sets that are often rotated and it would be nice put them in and out of use to properly track milage and usage.  Please add!! 

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  • I'd like to support the "shelf" suggestion too.  We all rotate our components throughout the year with changing seasons and riding conditions.

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  • In addition to showing time spent on a bike, I'd be nice to see elevation climbed. 2

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  • I'd like to support the "shelf" idea - this is something I've been dreaming about for a while.

    Also, tracking time in addition to mileage would be super-useful for time-based maintenance.

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  • I'm amazed at this support thread.  Unlike some others (the dreaded group/solo), the ideas on this thread aren't contentious at all.  EVERYONE wants improvements - especially features like moving components from one bike to another.

    We've been asking this for TWO YEARS. People have come up with some really great ideas. And yet Strava are ignoring it.  Yes - they've done some good things (personally, I love the Training Log - it's a fantastic way for me to find rides I've done in the past, not just what I've done this month).  And they've also spent time on changing fonts and layout on the homepage...

    But "Improvements to Gear Section"?

    Come on Strava - at least let us know whether you're ever going to do anything!  It's a fantastic tool to track how much use you get out of bikes and components, and just a few improvements would make it amazing.

    But if you're not going to bother - at least be honest, post up something here to say "look guys, we don't care, we're not going to do anything"

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  • No one is leaving Strava because of lack of gear tracking. The number of people waiting to pay are not enough to make up for the development cost.

    There's no RoI, so gear enhancements are that bottom of the queue task.

    Elle's Anderson's comment on Feb 14 implies as much, that this is just a collection of ideas, without a defined plan for implementation.

    -JD

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  • Strava support asked that I add my comments to the community forum (below).  I have the same idea as y'all.  Hopefully they can add a easy link to track hours, mileage, & time to help us maintain our equiptment.

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    I'm an active cyclist who uses Strava 4 to 5 times a week to maintain my ride activity on a daily, weekly & monthly basis. I was wondering if Strava has considered adding a "maintenance section" that links to either cycling or running within an account.

    What do I mean by a "Maintenance Section": Since I ride between 100 & 150 miles a week, there's wear and tear on my bike parts; tires especially. It's best to rotate and/or replace your tires between 500 to 1000 miles, otherwise you run the risk of flats and/or worse potential dangerous rubber on the road and crashing. Another item is the drive chain on a bike, this should be replaced every 1000 to 1500 miles. And there's "when your last tune-up" was performed. Stuff I put in my notes but hard to easily find.

    We're all busy these days and it's hard to remember when each event occurred. It dawned on me when I was looking back through my notes when I last changed my tire that this would/could be a great feature for Strava, not just for biking but for running too. Runners should replace their shoes every 300 to 500 miles as well. If there was a "Maintenance Section" with pre-set parameters or settings I could configure that would flash a reminder letting me know I've gone xxx miles on the set of tires or my last tune up was x months or xxxx miles ago etc. that would be GREAT!

    Funny I'm saying this but this would incentive's me more to pay for "Premium" if this feature existed. Additionally, this could be a good marketing tool for your partners who advertise through your site, etc.

    Hopefully this is something Strava considers adding!!

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  • We have what, 58 likes on this?  The cost of this work effort on a paid (not volunteer) basis is worth at least 1000 paid annual memberships.  If we want any real attention for this, we'd need many more people showing interest.  Drag your friends to this page and get some more thumbs up clicks!

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  • George: But if you're not going to bother - at least be honest, post up something here to say "look guys, we don't care, we're not going to do anything"

    Gotta agree. No news is NOT good news. And patience has its limits. 

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