Personally I like the social aspect to it. I also like keeping track of my competition. I do hide all my rides and then I unhide the ones I choose to. I haven’t got into chasing segments, but as an XC guy I enjoy looking back at how fast I’ve completed a trail loop. I’m not quite ready to give it up.
Im still a big fan of strava. i dont have nearly as many friends/followers as something such as facebook, so it only takes a minute or so to scroll through what people have been doing. and a vast majority of people are actual friends and team mates. i have only a few people i follow who i met once, such as in a race or something.
i personally use the segments as benchmarks for my ability, especially on my mountain bike. road biking is to influenced by who you ride with and the wind direction and strength for segment KOMs. i do a great deal of running too, and its still great for benchmarks on my fitness. i honestly dont pay any attention at all to how many kudos a run/bike/race i do gets, but i do give kudos to people who post cool pictures and do good rides/runs and races
I’m right there with you. I downgraded from premium because I found all the added features pointless. I do like seeing where others are riding or how they are training similar to how I like to keep up with old friends on Facebook. However, the KOMs, the trophies, the speed trends are starting to lose their glamor.
I pretty much echo what evokevin has said. but I only follow like 15 people plus my teammates. I really like how strava logs miles for individual bikes and parts on those bikes. and FlyBys is a pretty neat feature. also the ability for comparing efforts on segments. lots of reasons for me to still use it.
I think strava sucks. I downgraded to to free account when they got rid of google street view. Their user interface has gotten worse and only recently did they add the feature to upload photos from your computer. So lame.
A few years ago when I was poaching KOMs on my untrained single speed it was fun…just to see what I could do…how I stacked up… Now that I’m doing TR and racing again, Strava just seems kinda pointless (not to mention all the jokers pulling lame cheats to bag KOMs…really?).
Strava went from being my number one favorite app, to one that I tolerate out of necessity. All of my friends and all of my rides are stored there.
If a quality alternative comes around I will definitely switch.
I agree that an app needs to evolve or die. Strava has been relatively stagnant, and adding silly bells and whistles.
The biggest annoyance for me is the duplicate entries in ”Apple health”. This issue has been going on for 3 years and Strava only says “we’re working on it”. There is a huge thread on the Strava forum with hundreds of complaints.
…the bottom line seems to be that Strava doesn’t care.
My biggest problem with Strava right now is they seem to have stopped development completely. Have they added any features of functionality over the last couple years at all? And there are some desperately needed upgrades IMO, such as the ability to fix power spikes. My PD curve looked stupid after a ride and I had to find a third party utility to fix the spikes and re-upload, and doing a quick search, it looks like its been a repetitive feature request on their support site for years.