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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  • Strava has no intention of ever improving the Gear Section of the site. Customers (free and premium) have been getting the stiff arm, combined with happy talk, for years now. The required software development work is minimal. It is a database and simple tables that should be expanded to other categories.. But they simply have no interest. As a long time software product management leader, the neglect of customers is easy to see. The have plenty of priorities, but folks, I suggest not wasting your time on this page any longer.

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  • It would be awesome to be able to add a "start date" for gear! In case we forgot to add it the day we got it. Or, for example, I'm a relatively new user to Strava, but I have converted my workouts from my previous app. I bought my new bike in March of 2016, but there is no way to see how many miles I have on it. My start date is the day I added it in Strava, not the day I first rode it. That should be a simple feature to add, right!?

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  • @LaurieTrapp you can already add gear with a date in the past. Components anyway, does your comment relate solely to actual bikes (gear rather than components)?

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  • @StephenClark, how do you add gear with a date in the past? I could not find a way to do that. And I am just talking about bikes, however I see the value of tracking components that one might add as well.

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  • @LaurisTrapp After adding a new bike, you will have to decide which rides you did ride on the newly added bike, and change the bike on these rides. 

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  • Hi guys

    I know this is likely a waste of my time but will keep trying anyway, seeing as this request has been around since before 2012 and hopefully one day we will be heard.

    Adding hours to the components part of gear would be extremely useful for all the reasons already stated by the hundreds of posters here, please feel free to listen to your customers.

    As a work around to ensure minimal time is used up by your developers, just allow access to that information on the databases for another site such as veloviewer to handle it for you.

    Distance tracked on MTB suspension parts is not useful from a maintenance perspective.

    Please, please, please. This appears to be such a simple request that has been ignored for years.

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  • I also swap gear that wish to track.

    1. Tyres

    2. Wheels

    3. Pedals

    4. BB Bearing reseals

     

    This option would be a huge step forward for Strava use, seeing the interest from other members would assume this elevates on the priority list?

     

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  • Its maddening that I've paid for Strava for so many years, yet if I want to track mileage of my gear I need to use a spreadsheet and calculate it by hand. People swap wheelsets all the time, and there is no way to track it. Considering the amount of resources available to Strava, this is absolutely ridiculous. 

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  • Hi guys, I've been working on a site to track your your bikes and parts. I've been a Strava user for over 5 years, and I have always wanted this feature. I stumbled upon this community post and it finally gave me the push to build it.

    Here's the site: https://www.shelf.bike. Sign up for early access! Contact info is on the page as well. Feedback is greatly suggested!

    Thanks!

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  • Why don't Strava just buy http://veloviewer.com and integrate that with Strava?

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  • Stephen, Veloviewer does not give the stats we're requesting here.

    Veloviewer gives all sorts of great interpretations of existing data, but they don't let you add new data.  They do not track parts separately, just shoes and bikes.

    Unless there is somewhere that shows gear other than the athlete summary page.

    Ref: http://veloviewer.com/athlete/2411233

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    Shelf.bike looks promising.  I need to try that, but my outrage is fatigued.  I'm only on Strava now because my friends are on there.

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  • I've been using https://fitbikealert.com for almost 2 years now. It sends service notifications and allows me to save detailed service notes for each bike. However, it doesn't allow for parts swapping and it's based on distance and not time.  I wrote it. :) 

     

     

     

     

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  • Argh, Strava made an OAuth token change, Fitbike down for now. (: 

    https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/strava-api/silYVuncurI
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  • Updated FitBike, everything should be working as before. Please let me know if you encounter any issues.

    https://fitbikealert.com/

    I've also updated the faq with questions I often get about time tracking and parts swapping. Please take a look at the FAQ if you'd like to know more.

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  • Hi.  You posted your Official Response, saying this topic wasn't a priority, almost a year and a half ago.  I understand prioritizing.  Has this issue come up in Stava's priorities yet?  If not, do you anticipate a timeframe?  

    I agree with the comments here.  I may swap out a wheel set or cassette based on a particular ride.  Right now, I either have to retire and recreate, when I re-install, or just not retire the component and lose the ability to accurately track.  Either way, I imagine this being a relative minor undertaking that will provide a much needed and more robust feature set.  Thanks.

     

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  • I think serial numbers and some additional photos would be nice too; would be handy in case of an insurance emergency.

    The release of new features is pretty slow lately, IMO buffing up the gear locker would be an easy way to expand the service.

    Heck, they could even offer targeted bike insurance at a special rate for Strava paid customers.

     

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  • Hey Perry L,

    This might be something for you. I use it. 

    https://bikeindex.org/

     

     

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  • Just chiming in.  I would love to be able to switch out different wheels for different rides (i.e. indoor trainer wheel vs. race wheels vs. training wheels).  Thanks for considering.

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  • would be great to see the component section updated based on comments above - having the ability to add your own gear (for example wheel bearings) would be tops - also being able to easily switch between components (wheel sets for example) would be very helpful.  thanks!

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  • Another vote for being able to swap parts and/or being able to add parts with existing mileage in My Gear. Can't believe this is still a concern five years later.

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  • I vote for this feature as well.  I just switched from summer to winter tires. My summer tires aren't retired, I plan to use them again come spring. Also, I broke my frame and had it warrantied earlier this year. It would have been nice to move all of my components over to my new frame and keep the mileage. I would also like to see the option to toggle between miles and hours to make it easier to know when to service my fork and rear shock.

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  • +1 for this thread.  It would be a very valuable premium feature, and I'll bet if you incorporate the suggestions that started this thread, you will get more premium users.

    I too would like to track gear independently of bikes, and be able to swap items.  Biggest need is tires and wheels, and frames.

    Right now I'm having to look elsewhere to do this, which makes no sense. 

    In my opinion, this is much more of an important feature than trying to make Strava like Facebook, with social posts etc.

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  • Has anyone tried the apps from Feedback Sports or ProBikeGarage?  I'm currently evaluating both and ProBikeGarage looks pretty decent, though it's still "beta" and not a full public release.

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  • Hi John K. (and others), we're working on something similar as well! It's in full release, just connect your Strava account.

    https://shelf.bike 

    Hope to see you on the site. Thanks!

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  • Shelf.Bike looks like a good one, too and it's accessible from the web unlike ProBikeGarage and Feedback Sports which are accessible via the phone apps only.

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  • ProBikeGarage author here.

    We think our app solves most of the problems described here and with other alternatives. If any of you still need a more powerful app for tracking your cycling gear, take a look at https://www.probikegarage.com/. 

    Although there is still only an Android app we're working on a web and iOS version and will be available soon.

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  • @Jaime G
    Big thumbs up for the app. Just installed it and it does exactly what I needed for tracking bikes and component usage. Thanks!

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  • Yeah, ProBikeGarage is pretty good!
    Thanks Jaime G.!

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  • Another thumbs up for ProBikeGarage.  Set up components, set up bikes, attach components to bikes, with add/remove dates and tags (useful for indoor vs outdoor, e.g trainer vs road vs race wheel/tire), sync your rides with Strava and it tracks the miles and hours by component.  Thanks Jaime!

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  • You guys really need to look into adding batteries as a component for bikes. Ebikes are a big part of the market these days and will only continue to grow. Strava even adds support to list an activity as an ebike ride... We don't yet have a feature to track the KMs on batteries like any other component with an ebike this is a super important piece to track usage of so it would be awesome to see this added: need to see battery weight and size either in ah or wh. Another could be motor output.

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