Suggestions for Tracking Mountain Bike-specific Gear

Some mountain bike components (Fox suspension forks & shocks for example) have suggested maintenance intervals specified in hours.

It would be great to 1) be able to see how many hours of use an item has, so as to know when it needs preventative maintenance, but also 2) to have an extra field on the Components listing to add an 'overhauled date/hours' (or 'rebuilt at date/hours"), so you can track both total service length and time since overhaul. (If you want to get fancy, you can add an input for time between overhauls, and be able to display Time Before Overhaul or 'TBO" for the component -- This is a common thing for aircraft logs, where engines, instruments, etc have a very long service life, but are required to have periodic re-builds to continue to remain in service, so the logs display both Total Time (TT) and Time Before Overhaul (TBO.)

Is there any way to extract this info currently? My back-of-the-napkin approach has been to look at the total milage on the bike, and guess at an average speed over all my riding and guess an hour amount from that. Just brought my bike in for annual maint, and they'll be rebuilding the suspension components for the first time, so this issue is top of mind for me. I suppose I can retire the fork and shock, and add 'new' ones to track the time till the next service interval. Or, set up an Excel spread sheet...


Un-retire: Another feature in this area that would be useful especially for mountain biking would be the ability to have another option ("reinstall"?) in addition to Retire & Delete for components: We swap tires depending upon conditions and type of use, as opposed to just when they're worn out. So for example the thin-sidewalled, smaller, fast rolling tires that I used for an XC event last summer got swapped with some thicker, heavier more aggressively KNOBBY-treaded tires for the dry loose conditions at the end of the summer. Now that we've had some rain and the trails are stickier, I can go back to the other tires. There still listed in the Components list, but the only option now that they've been retired is 'delete'. If there was a 're-install' option, I could put them on and keep tracking mileage on them.

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  • It's exactly a question I wanted to ask. Another use case would be using two or three chains and rotating them every X hundred kilometers etc, mileage/time intervals for chain maintenance, etc. Currently you cannot also create two components of the same type and exchange them/mark one as active (i.e. you cannot have two chains, front tires, or anything, associated with one bike).

    If overhaul/maintenance functionality is not planned to be added directly into Strava, is components information going to be exposed in Strava API anyday? AFAIK there is no way to obtain information about gear components programmatically, but it would allow programmers to create applications serving exactly this purpose.

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  • Me too! I would like an alert we it is time to change my coponents.

    I change my chain every 4000km, and my chainrings & cassette every 12000km. I would like an alert for each component i like to follow.

    thanks.

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  • This is spot on, everyone I talk to is so keen for these maintenance options to be added to strava, I really hope that Strava adopts these suggestions, it really will make Strava the number one choice for cyclist. I personly run two mountain bikes and I move components between bikes from time to time, the ability to setup a compontent and fit and refit between bikes would be so good.

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  • +1 on an un-retire option. Also see the feature request and discussion here https://strava.zendesk.com/entries/21453463-Improvements-for-Gear-section-of-Strava that has some similarities to this one. VeloViewer (http://veloviewer.com) extracts data from Strava and on the summary page you can see the ride hours on each of your bikes and can filter by year. It doesn't however drill down and show you data on individual components.

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  • > It doesn't however drill down and show you data on individual components.

    It does not, because Strava API does not expose this information in any way. All you can get from Strava API is (AFAIR) list of bikes/shoes and their basic properties - you cannot get any info about components in any way other than Strawa website. If you could, I think that we'd already have a site or app which would help us manage component data and use it for purposes exactly like one mentioned in this topic. Heck, even I could try and make one! :)

     

    Bottom line is, all we need to ask Strava team is to provide means to retrieve components information from their database. And maybe some 'smaller' features, like possibility to exchange components, etc. When this is available, and since there is a need, someone will create application for tracking components, sooner or later.

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  • +1 pm the un-retire gear feature request.  I have winter and summer wheels that I swap on and off the bike and it would be good to track usage of both sets.

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  • +1. I'm working around the current limitations in the component list to get that. 

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  • this would be very cool   I am getting a new MTB soon and wanted to track everything i do on it  so being able to track it all here would be sweet.  

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  • Split shift levers to front and rear:

    1. they can be of different models - for example I have Deore front and Deore XT rear.

    2. for mileage tracking - rear shifter  wears quicker than front one.

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  • Found this thread while trying to put in the same request.  I don't 'compete' using Strava.  Joined mainly because I want my commutes on the 'heatmaps' the local council (Brisbane in Australia) uses to help plan cycling infrastructure.  But I do try to change my chain every 3,000 km and get my bike serviced regularly.  It would be great to have Strava keep track of that. So, for example, I could see what sort of tyre lasts longer and be sure that I get my chain switched before the freewheel has worn too much.  Are you considering implementing this?  Or is there already some way to track maintenance that I just don't know anything about?

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  • Good ideas. I'd like to see this type of feature too. 

    I sent the following to the Help desk: "Notify me when I have...(run)" feature for cycling, and any other category of gear for that matter and have a choice of time or distance. This would be very useful to track maintenance items on a bike. For example, shocks require servicing at 120 hours intervals, or chains need replacing at 1500 miles, etc.  They instructed me to add on to posts with similar requests... so here I am. 

    I looks like there are a few threads on the same subject. Hopefully Strava engineers are consolidating them to get a better representation of how many folks would like to see this type of feature. 

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  • I would also like a bike/gear log book to track wear and replacement/servicing.  If Strava got really smart they could make investment in such a feature pay for itself by providing not only a reminder to "replace chain on your xxxx bike" but a link to the product for sale at an online shop for which they would receive a commission.  In fact they could set up their own shop with high rotation items (tyres, tubes, gas, drivetrain, brake pads etc.)

     

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  • The "taking back" option for retired gear would be very useful, not only for mountainbikers but also for road riders. As many road riders, I ride different wheels (winter, summer etc.) and I really don't understand why a retired gear cannot be taken back to use.

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  • +1 Please...why hasn't Strava listened to this post? We get a MTB specific activity! It would also be nice to have other MTB friendly items: Challenges etc.
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  • I would really like to support this request.

    Any rides wanting to look after his kit need a log like this.

     

    Please Strava, even if one can export that data until you have fine tuned the report and functionalities would help.

     

    I have 5 bikes so it would really help if one can set some kind of alert:

    kilometers or time -> whatever comes first and then to record "I have done that service" start with now count

     

    This would be AWESOME

     

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  • A year since the last comment here and nothing from Strava - come on guys, at least read the comments please!

     

    BTW Strava - mountain bikers are a big proportion of Strava users - please start treating us a bit more seriously...

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  • Hi everyone!

    I've developed a maintenance tracker app, ProBikeGarage, that integrates with Strava and allows to register alerts for service intervals based on moving time (specially useful for forks), it also allows to switch components between bikes and more. It solves most of the problems with Strava gear section and other solutions.

    Even so, we're improving and implementing new features every week.

    Take a look here: https://www.probikegarage.com/

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