The Strava app is currently on the bike scene and Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Jason tried it out during Bike Month. Strava allows bike riders (and walkers and runners) the ability to track their activity then share their routes and times with friends. See what Jason had to say!
When I decided to give bike commuting a try for Bike Month, I wanted an easy and inexpensive way to track my miles and compare my rides. I looked into a number of apps and onboard computers featuring GPS and I eventually settled on Strava—although as I would soon learn downloading Strava is far from settling.
Strava has received very favorable reviews, it’s widely used, I can load it onto my smart phone and it’s free, so I decided to download it and give it a try. I found the user interface to be simple, easy to use, and the trip data seems accurate. Strava lets users view their ride time, distance and average speed during the ride. Afterward users are able to compare their trip time to previous trips and the app even breaks down segments of each trip so you can see how you fared on specific sections, compared to earlier rides.
After a long ride home I enjoy checking to see how my time on the hill climbs compared to previous rides. The web interface is also useful and intuitive, although being completely honest, I only just checked it out for the purpose of writing this (but now I’ve bookmarked it). As is the case with the Strava app on my phone, the website lets users view their trips and provides graphs and charts which are often overlaid so you can see your speed as you ascend or descend a hill. If you’re competitive like me you’ll enjoy gaining PR’s on your rides, but Strava also lets you connect with your friends and other riders to compare how you’re keeping up with the pack.
Check out Strava online or in the App store; Strava is available on Android and IOS devices.
If you’re a multi-modal traveler you can also log your runs and walks using Strava. One warning though, as I learned after one commute home, be sure to end your trip or the app will continue to add up your miles as you walk, drive, bus, work, eat, sleep etc., all the while draining your battery.
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