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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  • Hello, I'd like to try and summarize the feedback here, and rank the separate requests in order of popularity. Yes, it is still true that a Gear tracking overhaul is a low priority right now, but chipping away at smaller projects might move us in the right direction! Here's my take so far based on the comments:

    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? 

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  • Elle,
    I think you've summarized it well. I'm always puzzled by the 2012 date at the top of the comment list - especially now that its 2015.
    Strava - ANY activity on any of Elle's points would make this premium user rate you higher and refer you more...
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  • Ellie,

    It looks like you have it summarized well.

    As an insider, do you know how this could get enough priority to make it into a dev plan?
    I know dollars speak volumes, so is there a way to vote during premium renewals, or etc?

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  • Hi Ellie,

    Thanks for your post. That is a good summary. I would add one additional category of details: a text field for where you acquired the component and a URL field where you could add a link to specs for the component.

    It would be great if the development team could add a couple of these features in every development sprint. Work effort would be low, customer sat would improve and you can show continuous improvement between the major development cycles for big upgrades.

     

    Many of these smaller feature/new text field requests could be built by some summer interns or other junior development staff that you are bringing along. Then post them in "Labs" section for people to try out and comment on. I hope you have a good summer intern program for software developers who are in school.

     

    Thanks

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  • I love Strava, but I'm no longer a premium member because the premium features don't interest me. Tracking gear does I interest me and the enhancements in this thread would bring me back
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  • I canceled my renewal of strava premium that was set to renew next month. The other premium features don't cater to me (I don't have a power meter and the others I just don't need), but the practicality of properly tracking my components between my multiple bikes would have kept me, and would bring me back to premium. I'll keep following this thread just in case we finally do get some interest from the strava team on this.

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  • As soon as we have any news or updates regarding improvements to Gear on Strava, we'll be sure to post here. Thanks to everyone who has posted a reply to my summary - great to hear the community's support for this topic!  

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  • Being able to swap components would be such a useful feature, tyres, brake pads, wheels, cassettes...all components really should be interchangable.

    Come on Strava sort it please?

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  • Business Development/Partnership opportunities and a good reason to work on the "Gear Section" of the site.

    In the Bay Area of California there is a great mobile bike repair service with a fleet of trucks that makes house calls and does tune-up days at businesses. Today I had them work on two of my bikes. When I was done, they emailed me a receipt with the work done and the components replaced (chain, shifter cable, etc.).

    Why doesn't Strava treat the Gear section of the site like a CRM (Sales Force). You should partner with bike shops. When the shop does work on a bike, the email to the customer should also go to Strava and auto-update the gear section of the Strava user's account. In Sales force if you send an email to specific address, it auto updates the prospect record you are working on.

    When the chain has too many miles on it (via Strava Gear), user would get a notification from Strava and referral back to the shop that installed it in the first place. This would increase Strava paid customer loyalty and build the Strava brand while building relationships with bike shops (you could choose to work with only shops of a certain quality).

    Strava could develop/publish and API. Users would create an account with the bike shop and Strava.

    You should touch base with the Beeline guys as they are all tech folks from the valley. (P.S. I am not associated with the company, but just like how they run their business).

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  • +1

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  • I think the gear section should consist of a list of components including frames and then you "build a bike" by selecting components.  You could then easily move components either between bikes or simply put them on the shelf as they aren't currently being used.  Mileage that you complete on a "bike" for a ride would then be added to the installed components so you can easily track the usage of each component.

    As it stands you have to use multiple bike to take into account wheel changes.

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  • All I'm really looking for is a way to keep track of when my bike has travelled 3,000 km since the last service, so I can take it in for a new chain and a tune-up.  It would also be handy to know how long a tyre has lasted, to assess which ones work best. Does this function already exist, or are you planning to implement it?  The 'Gear' function looks like it has the potential for maintenance tracking, but you'd have to hack it a bit by renaming the bike after each service or something.  Would be easier to have the tracking built in.  This would be handy for the 'non-fierce' members of Strava, including commuters like me, who want to track their riding, but aren't particularly excited about winning segments etc.  Just to make the hint more direct, I'd probably sign up for premium if maintenance tracking was available and easy to use.

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  • Stephen W. - You can already do that sort of tracking. All you would need to do is add the component when it gets replaced. You have the option to retire a component when it is no longer being used and adding the new one to track the milage from day one. The main thing this thread is about, is being able to not just retire a component, but be able to "shelf" it so it can be used again later for people who have multiple bikes, or build up a new frame with older parts. 

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  • I love the gear feature and how you an track product life time, but it would be really useful if you could reinstate retired items, wheels, tyres, cassettes etc. as these items often get swapped for some reason then reused.

    Also I notice when you retire an item chain for instance the old chain remains displayed until the next chain is replaced. It would be great if all retired items remained on screen so that you could look at product history an see what works well.

    Keep up the good work
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  • +1 on component "shelving" . I swap wheels and cassettes all the time and there is currently no proper way of keeping track of usage. Also, if you retire a component, there should at least be a way to enter the exact retirement date, as of now a component is being retired the same moment you click the retirement button and of course that might not be correct.

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  • Just a simple example: people often use different wheels in winter/summer, racers have different wheelsets for racing and training. All these wheels get swapped regularly. Tires get swapped between the wheels, etc. etc.

    So, yes, please improve this :)

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  • YES PLEASE!!! can we please have the ability to run two different wheelsets on a bike. Alloys for winter carbon for summer. Just changed to alloys here in Oz, but if I want to track distance have to create a new wheelset, and delete the carbon wheelset. Can't track for the life of the wheelset. Why can't we just "suspend" a component???

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  • Strava, please, we need this.

    Not being able to remove and reinstall a part to keep track of total lifetime, and not being able to see older removed parts to see if lifespan of components change over time is ridiculous when you have a gear section. As it stands now, it really only works for tracking frame life. Three years since it was first asked about, and what should be a rather quick fix for a programmer, and the amount of comments - your not taking your customers seriously.

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  • It would be nice to have different bike "setups". Eg, at home on the trainer, swap rear wheel (cassette, tyre, etc). on a training ride, different wheel, cassette, tyre. and for a race a different wheelset, etc.

    instead of adding components manually swapping them in an out all the time, you could just choose your bike and your bike setup. the ability to name the setup (Trainer, Training Road, Race, etc) would be good too.

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  • It's all been said, lots of ways to do this. Most often would be used for multiple wheel sets.
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  • Really like the idea of maintenance alerts, e.g. After X miles my bike needs a service, after Y miles I should replace my tires.
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  • This is a great idea. Very useful as people switch components all the time, particularly when racing, training, hill climbing and winter commuting. I love the idea of receiving alerts to check or replace your component too. Make it flexible so its the riders decision so there is no liability for STRAVA. Make this a premium feature only.

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  • I would love to be able to add components with a starting mileage. I just swapped frames and I added all the other totals into a spreadsheet to keep track because I can't add used mileages to Strava.

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  • I completely agree with the OP.  Tracking gear in this fashion would be an amazing feature and honestly should not be that hard to implement.  I just got a new rear wheel and went to "retire" the old one knowing full well I'll be using it as a backup from time to time or as a dedicated trainer in the winter.  As it stands now with retiring it... I may as well have deleted it since there appears to be no way to "un-retire" or "recommission" a component.  The company I work for develops custom web apps and this would be very easy for us to do from a customer feature request.  Frankly, I'm amazed/baffled that this kind of functionality has been on the back burner for 3+ years now.  It seems so basic and fundamental of a concept.

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  • Absolutely agree. The ability to swap, unretire components is important. Thought this would have been completed by now. Also, basic components like hubs seem to be missing. 

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  • This feature has been suggested three years ago. Are you guys that lazy?

    Unbelievable.

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  • I run multiple wheel sets and definitely would like to be able to track the usage of each, but not compromise the collective record for my frame and other components.

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  • For my part I'd love to have the following possibilites:

    1)  get the list of all activities for a specific gear item (i.e. get the list of activities by clicking on a pair of shoes for example); should be easy to implement, I'd guess no changes to the DB model necessary

    2) move component from a bike to another; a bit more challenging to implement I guess, as you need to keep track of the history for components and thus changes to DB model

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  • Would a 'quick win' on this issue, simply comprise of an additional field when adding a new component of "previous kms/miles"?

    Then a simple 'pair' of totals under Distance being; 1) distance (since adding), and 2) overall distance (for the component).

    Possible?

    I realise for constant 'swapping' this may still be painful for some users, but you can simply keep track via 'retiring' the component, then using the kms/miles from that when re-adding that component each time... A bit more work for us, but it does mean a way of solving the current issue until a full revamp of the current Gear section's workings...

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  • The two enhancements that would make my day:

    1) I commute and to pleasure rides on the same bike. When commuting, I have way more stuff on the bike. Having two configurations of the same bike I could switch between would make things much simpler. It's simply not possible for me to go tweak the components before each ride. Currently I have two "bikes" so the aggregate miles are just plain wrong, keeping me tied to my maintenance spreadsheet.

    2) Speaking of maintenance, a true maintenance log would be awesome. I suppose I could make a "chain lube" component and renew it periodically, but there are many tasks that I track that aren't just putting new parts on the bike.

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