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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  • Official comment

    Sorry everyone! This is not something we're working on at the moment. I understand this post has been around for a while, with tons of great feedback. The problem is we have too many tough choices to make with what we work on at any given time. Prioritizing is difficult but we always appreciate all your feedback so please keep it coming. 

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  • I can't help, but do echo your comments on component improvements - I'd like to track many more components, especially moving/wearing type parts - bar tape, shift, brake cables, hubs, brake hoods etc. Surely this is a small change to add to the available list?

    Swapping parts out for different rides etc would also be useful, but I guess we would then have to actually tell Strava  which parts we used on each particular ride - and I don't swap parts enough make we want to do that. 

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  • Certainly being able to track inner tubes and freehubs would be a useful addition to me. Both things I've had to replace recently that aren't on the 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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  • Also, if I use different wheels than usual for a race, I can't track that as the wheels/tyres are rigidly assigned to the bike and my training wheels will get the mileage of the race.

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  • I whole-heartedly agree with all of the comments above. 

    I am switching wheels all the time, but leave the tires and often the cassette on the wheels. Therefore it would be a good option to track a group of components (such as wheel + tire (possibly + cassette)) and then instead of retiring these components just 'keep them on a shelf' until they are re-used again.

     

    Norbert

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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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  • +1 for this. I particularly like the "On the shelf" idea - presumably, then, a set of wheels or tyres can be tracked across different bikes.

    It's a fairly common thing to be switching out wheels/tyres for different rides, particularly in the off-season and using turbo trainers and the like.

    It should be a relatively simple upgrade that would make this section far more powerful indeed.

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  • +1 for being able to 'unretire' a component, so switching wheels/tires etc would accurately record use for each part.

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  • I raised a support ticket for a similar issue quite a while ago.  It seems there is bug/limit to how many components of one type you can have.  The limit seems to be 2, or at least it was.  Every time I added a 3rd component of the same type e.g. tyres, brake pads, chains which I get through quickly, the oldest ones disappear when I haven't deleted them.  I deleted all my tyres and started again and confirmed that yes, without deleting anything, when I add the 3rd set of tyres, the first are automatically removed.  I like to compare how much use I've gotten out of tyres and brake pads in particular to see which are best value for money.

    However, I just put a new chain and cassette on my bike last weekend and now have only the last 2 chains, but have 3 cassettes.  This is actually only my 3rd cassette on the bike so it's the first time I've gone over 2 on a cassette, but it's my 7th chain.

    So either Strava have tried to implement a fix and it's partially worked or the bug only existed for certain components.

    Either way, tracking of components is not a feature which can be used at the moment so I have to resort to a spreadsheet, but that means I've got to go right back to the beginning and month by month work out all my KM then day by day for part months up to change over date.  What a ball ache.  No point having a feature if it's not usable.

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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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  • Hey Guys,

    One feature we are looking for in Equipment List is when you add a "New Component" and choose when it was "Added On" for it to calculate how many Km's/Miles it has already clocked up

    Cheers Rob.

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  • ++++11111 I would love to see the ability to take components off and on a bike with out retiring the part  as someone else suggested putting it on the shelf or switching it to another bike. I routinely switch wheels or tires from bike to bike or change out depending what discipline I am riding. I love STRAVA for parts testing and this would make it much easier!!!!  

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  • The message board for the gear section is the equivalent of a tree falling the woods. There is no one around to hear it. Strava has no interest in improving this capability. Maybe because it is not "cool" and doesn't deal with stalking other strava users or famous athletes. It won't generate advertising revenue or heat maps or people bragging about their KOMs. Clearly the business opportunities of connecting with bike shops who could update gear data when they service bikes is just too much work. The vast majority of updates that people on this board have asked for are  simple database table updates. If the development team were implementing an Agile software development method, they could have added small, easy incremental improvements over the last couple of years that that this customer section has been active....but alas, no. And worse, there is no active customer engagement process...just occasional platitudes from Customer Support. It's too bad, but improving the Gear section is just not remotely important to the business.

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  • You do wonder if they haven't got time for this what exactly are they working on? Strava to me seems I changed for years with lots of glaring omissions just left. So what exactly is happening? Looks like nothing from here. 

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  • At least two enterprising developers did, including me. There was exactly zero interest in it (possibly because support.strava.com lost the attached images), so I never bothered to add a user interface.

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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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  • 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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  • I really hope Strava introduce and option to "unretire" components to allow tracking of mileage on different tires for example, it would be a great upgrade to the experience. 

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  • You should take a look to ProBikeGarage, bike maintenance app for Strava. There is more info in previous comments.

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  • I also use the component feature and am very pleased that it tracks the mileage as long as you enter the date it was installed. I though sometimes switch wheels on my bike and would like to retire the old wheels and then retrieve them. So my request is much like Sam's request. It would be helpful if the mileage on the old wheels was kept and then added to when the wheels are re-installed.

     

    If this is to complicated to do, how about giving us an option also to manually enter the mileage on any component?. I could then reenter the data when I reinstall the wheels.  This is not ideal for me, but at least a step in the right direction.

     

    Cheers, Dave

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  • +1, unretire components or shelf function would be a nice feature indeed! Hope this gets a follow up from the guys at Strava!

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  • Come on Strava, fix this!
    We really need to be able to put components on the shelf. I swap cassettes, wheels and so on. This should be a really easy fix.

    Does Strava even read this by the way?

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  • New to Strava user here... this request is 3.5 yrs old. Is there any progress on this? Any chance of it happening? Or should I just stick to something else for tracking equipment?  Seems like you've got a real good opportunity here... too bad it's not going anywhere.

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  • I put this through to Strava & they suggested I post it here

     

    In the components section under My gear for Bikes it would be great to include functionality to temporarily suspend a component. I as many other riders will swap things around depending on ride location, weather, etc. I regularly swap wheels, cassettes, tyres, etc and with the only option to retire I have no ability to accurately track usage (apart from manually).

    The way I would see it working is if I change a cassette I click on a suspend button. I would go to the suspended cassette and click on unsuspend.

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  • Please add the ability to add mileage to equipment Strava.

    If you have had equipment several years you need to be able to enter the starting usage when you start using Strava.

    Surely it can't be too hard to allow users to adjust/override usage for components?

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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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  • 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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  • @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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