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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  • Go for it Strava; this one's low hanging fruit - a couple of days effort at the most and a lot of happier customers :-)

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  • "I might even consider Strava Premium if there was a sign that Strava were interested in responding!"

     

    Totally agree. Some sort of acknowledgement of this thread, even if it's a "we can't do it because..." would be nice, the lack of any sort of acknowledgement is infuriating. This thread has had growing support on a regular basis since it started, it would be nice for someone at Strava to acknowledge it's existence and let us know their thoughts on the matter.

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  • NO, no, no.  If you're using metric, use metric.  Just because the lame UK government won't convert our roads to modern units doesn't me we have to compromise.  Work in km and convert all miles to km and you'll never look back.  The exact conversion factor is 1.609344

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  • Definitely more custom settings for units, or a typical settings for locals like UK. Yes it's odd in the UK, but it's the way I was brought up, the systems we use mainly, we're not completely metric. There's no point to me in km when everything is referred to in miles in the UK. Pounds I'm okay with though understand stones & pounds more. kg is nice and metric but I don't relate to kg, I can visualize a weight in pounds or stones, but very little in kg.

    But more important than all of this is most people these days in the UK use C for temperature, not F, but switching to metric means kg and km which we generally don't use.

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  • Each unit should be separately customisable.  For me:

    * Weight: stones and pounds

    * Distance: miles

    * Elevation: metres

     

    If Strava wants to operate globally, it needs to be flexible and take local customs into account.  Separate settings for each metric is essential.

     

    What's the timetable for implementing this feature?  If there's none due to lack of manpower, open source the site so techie volunteers can make the changes and post the enhancements pack to you.

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  • Come on Strava can't be difficult to support "Statute UK" like Garmin can it?

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  • Thanks for all the feedback and for those who have chimed in with specific suggestions on how to handle unit preferences. This is definitely a hot item on our list, but we haven't yet set aside time to work on this project. Keep the comments coming! 

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  • I'd like to add in that when importing rides (from a Garmin in my case) - the date format that's auto-applied to make the Ride title is also (annoyingly) US format.  For the UK, we prefer the (more logical but let's not go there..) DD/MM/YYYY format, not the Month-first, Day second that seems to be Strava's preference.

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  • Been said before, but 

    Temperature in "Degrees centigrade"

    Distance in "Miles"

    Elevation in "Metres"

    Weight in "Kilograms"

    It does become tedious when the US think that they're the only country in the world, and that their units are the correct way to display things.

    Besides, when we go to France we cycle in km, but change back to miles in the UK. Mental conversion is a way of life - but this is a computer. It's made for doing things like conversions, so why not make the most of all that processing power and JFDI.

     

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  • Endomondo allows users to select units of measurement. Why doesn't Strava. I've just started to use Strava but may have to revert to Endomondo.

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  • I completely support this, as it affects everyone in the UK, which is a huge customer base for Strava. It's a very simple change to make, so please make it as soon as possible

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  • Hasn't this been done yet?

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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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