Custom Unit Preferences (Miles, Kg, Celsius)

I'd like more control over what units are used in the app.  Specifically, I'd like miles, kilograms and degrees Celsius.  Miles is the most important to me so at the moment I'm stuck with other units which mean nothing to me (pounds and Fahrenheit).

Can we just get fields in the settings area for each unit of measurement please?

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  • I run in miles and swim in kilometres. Would like to be able to customise this!

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  • Me too. KM and Pounds are what I use

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  • Another frustrated Strava user that would like to be able to change to Miles/Kg/ºC, but as an option would like to add km for things like running and swimming.

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  • Ok this is now extra annoying. I've just recorded my first swim using Strava, and it's got it down as 2,187 yards! What use is that when pool lengths are 25m in the UK. And I want to cycle in miles. This has been going on for a year now ffs. 

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  • I'm starting to think that Strava does not care what their customers think. I have started using Garmin Connect, not because it's better, but because they do not pretend to listen to their customers! If this company was on the high street rather than the internet, they would have folded by now.

    A simple bit of code to allow personal preferences is not much to ask, or is it? Be honest Strava, are you ever going to look in to this?

    If your programmer's can't do it, I'll happily offer my services!

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  • Yeah a whole year has passed, but don't stress out, that seems to be the norm - this time next year maybe? In the meantime rest assured some urgent work on redesigning more icons or tweaking the layout is probably well under way.

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  • I've written a Greasemonkey script that will let you change the units, so if you've got Firefox feel free to give it a try! Currently it changes the units to miles and metres. I haven't implemented changing weight or temperature though.

    Link: https://github.com/mark-raymond/strava-unit-changer

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  • For me temperature is a big one. I look at someones ride and it's in miles, which I understand, it's in feet climbed, which I understand. Then in deg F, so it's 38F, that means absolutely NOTHING to me.

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  • Yup, temperature is the biggie for me.  I can live with the rest if only I can see temperature in Celsius, Fahrenheit really is totally meaningless to most Brits.

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  • I don't think Strava are interested in yours and my thoughts, otherwise this would have been done by now, after more than twelve months. My subscription is due in the next couple of months, perhaps I will wait until this mod goes through prior to renewing.

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  • The modern-day way to get this done is probably good ol' social media - Tweet @strava *and* influential brands/sportspeople along with them and see if we can get a bit of "public" enthusiasm slash brand-shame.  Only the dedicated (or seriously pissed-off) will reach the level of following the Strava community thread ...

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  • Great idea! Appropriation of the #stravaproveit hashtag is in order here I think: https://twitter.com/damselflyjohn/status/552044559744524289

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  • Retweeted!

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  • I've got @rapha responding (https://twitter.com/rapha/status/552083883869868032) - anyone else getting traction?!

    To be clear on our ask ...:

    Settings for personal preferred units for display of: weight, distance, ascent, temperature, pace (run/swim), power (*), energy - anything else? - for each activity type (Cycling, running, swimming) - applied to anyone else's activity when viewing, too.  (*) Power probably less critical to have options for as Watts seems pretty universal?

    I'd secondly like them to apply my date-format (UK-standard DD/MM/YYYY) when importing data files and auto-generating the activity "title" (i.e. no more 12/25/2014 nonsense..).  The underlying date information is clearly being correctly-interpreted as the long-hand rendering (25th December 2014) is correct.  However, I don't want this latter ask to distract from the primary "units" request, which really ought to be super-trivial for them to implement.

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  • Hugh,

    I've replied to your tweet about the UK date format but thought I'd repeat it - it's been asked on other places in this help forum. You need to go to your dashboard on the web and scroll down. At the bottom of the page, with all the "strava" branding and "about us" etc,  there's a dropdown box where you can change the language. If it's set to "English (US)" you need to change it to "British English" then the UK date format will be used in the titles of your activities. It won't change any of the existing titles unfortunately, but you should probably be ok from that point on.

    John

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  • Thanks John - though I definitely set it to British English ages ago (though it was showing English (US) again this morning!) and it continues to create MM/DD/YYYY titles for me at least (importing Garmin activities via plugin).  I'll check again once my dodgy foot lets me actually get back on the bike!

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  • Hugh

    I'm sure that's how I used to do it and it was fine, other than for a few days when it went back to the US format. I've got it connected to connect.garmin.com now though so that activities are automatically imported when they're uploaded to Garmin and it seems to work ok in UK format.

    Saying that, it is a bit of an odd way of managing how your dates are formatted anyway....!!!!

    John

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  • Thanks for the recent feedback and the twitter action! 

    I spoke with one of our engineers, and apparently if you upload through Garmin Connect, it's Garmin that sends us a "pre-formatted" Activity Title in the MM/DD/YYYY date format. There is nothing on our end that is causing this date format. As @John pointed out, most other unit preferences are determined by the language setting in the footer of any Strava page (as well as the Profile Settings for "Display Preferences"). 

    I'm not sure whether changing some setting on Garmin Connect will correct this so that the DD/MM/YYY format is sent to Strava instead? 

    Another thing to test is uploading a Garmin FIT/TCX file to Strava manually instead of using the Garmin sync - as this might result in the desired default Activity Title format. Has someone tried this yet? 

    Per the original topic for this Feature Suggestion, we're certainly aware of the demand for more custom unit preferences. This isn't something on our list for the near future, but please know we have it in the back of our minds for when engineering resources and prioritization allow. 

    Thanks! 

     

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  • Well if you're just going to set the units use on a localised country level then Celsius is the correct unit to use in the UK, analogous to setting the correct date format.  All of our national weather forecasts are delivered in Celsius and nobody really uses or understands Fahrenheit.

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  • Thank you for your belated comments on adjustable units.  With regard to my renewed subscription, this isn't something on my list for the near future, but please know I have it in the back of my mind for when your engineering resources and prioritization allow. 

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  • Well first of all I tried the English British thing. no different with the time zone, on my activities or seeing my friends. The fact the choice isn't English and English US, like most websites or programs just shows how concentrated you on are the US market and not the world.

    Secondly your team speak rubbish. My Garmin is set to be Day/Month/Year both on my 810 and my Garmin Connect. It transfers it find to Endomondo but not to starve so being no expert I would hazard a guess it is something at your end. 

    Finally being that it's only north America who for some reason has decided to use a scale of temperature that does not make sense, maybe it's in your interest as a company to listen to your users and allow people to have Degree Celsius.  

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  • Elle,

    Thank you for the update and confirmation that these (actually quite useful) changes are not going to happen any time soon. I would have to presume the number of requests for this versus other stuff is quite low hence why you're not even planning to implement them. I would also presume though the vast majority of users by far don't even know about these forums but would still appreciate this added usability. Please believe us when we all tell you that most of the civilised world doesn't use Fahrenheit or Lbs!!

    Personally I would much rather the Developer(s) at Strava spend their resources on useful stuff like this rather than things like the pointless fake KOM achievements or removing the ability to view kudos before you give it and many many more things.

     

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  • You may as well have saved your time on that reply and typed "We don't care".

    You only have to look at the world heat map to see how many UK users there are compared to the US, how about doing us a favour an implementing this instead of wasting time on new icon graphics and bull**** - everyones a winner - achievements.
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  • Well, the free functionality of Strava is nice, but I won't be renewing my subscription either.

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  • FWIW - I'm not sure about "no one wants or understands" Fahrenheit in the UK; I was brought up with Fahrenheit so I know that round about 70 is quite warm, and 80 is starting to get a bit hot and, back 30 years ago when I was a kid, I would've known when it was getting a bit cold (32°F is 0°C). Older people might still be quite happy with Fahrenheit but Celsius has been the prevalent temperature measurement in the UK for most of my life now and it's what I'm most comfortable with. It's a similar thing with miles/km, ft/m - to me miles/ft make more sense for distance/elevation than km/m. Other people want miles/m or whatever. I just can't believe that it's taking so much effort to try to get Strava to implement a relatively simple change which will make a lot of people more happy (it's worth remembering that, for every person who is posting on this forum, there are probably thousands of unhappy people who can't be bothered posting and will just live with it!

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  • http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metrication_in_Canada suggests that Strava's Canadian users must be similarly (age-dependently) irritated by this. In the UK it's very similar. The logical solution is to offer each user customisation of units for all measurement parameters! You must be storing the data in some normalised set of units otherwise we wouldn't be able to make the very limited choice that's currently on offer - so you (just) need to implement finer granularity of multipliers to render the measured values. Simple as that .. There are a limited number of parameters so you could actually implement it by creating all the possible (or likely) combinations as "setting-sets" .. (rather than just metric vs imperial).
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  • That's a thought, as long as they don't just copy Garmin's example which is also inadequate at the moment. For distance/elevation/temperature their options are Metric (km/m/°C), Statute (miles/ft/°F) or Statute UK (miles/m/°C). Having metres for elevation is worse than Fahrenheit for temperature in my opinion so I have Statute set on mine :-)

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  • We're in a strange situation in the UK where we mainly use metric measurements, except for distance and speed, so I vote for this as well:

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  • You're flogging a dead horse with this one I fear...
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  • I'd really like this to be implemented.

    Cycling in miles and running in kilometres would suit me nicely.

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