Live Speed, Cadence & HR should always be available during Live Segments
I have suspended my Premium membership until I can see my core data at all times again.
Whilst I can appreciate the engineering behind Live Segments it's frankly ridiculous to not be able to see how fast I'm going or what my cadence is when I have a gigantic, hi-res display wirelessly connected to a speed and cadence sensor. (I don't have a HR monitor, but I presume this would also apply to HR data.)
Dedicating an entire iPhone 6 screen to a couple of moving dots is frankly bizarre. But it would only be quirky, rather than a deal breaker, if there was an option to:
- Dismiss the Live Segment, or
- Return to the default screen, or
- Personalise the screen setup in settings to concurrently display both Live Segments and real time data.
And whilst my frustration would apply no matter how good Live Segments eventually become, it's even greater once one realises that the KOM dots don't display the 'real' position of the previous rides, but are simply approximated by assuming a constant speed over a segment. That fudge might be close enough on flat segments, but it's just hilariously useless on segments in hilly terrain, when you can coast downhill but apparently be improving your relative position. I have no doubt Live Segments will get better over time, but to remove core data from the display is just dumb.
More generally I was also left scratching my head when I discovered that by becoming a Premium member I lost my average speed display. This is fundamental stuff that I could see on my old, wired, tiny bike computer 20+ years ago. I love minimalist design, but there's ample room on a modern smartphone to display time, current speed, average speed, current cadence and current heart rate all the time.
It's great that Strava offers ways of looking at data we'd never imagined years ago, but why is it at the expense of the fundamentals?