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Add more bike types, like "Single-Speed" and "Track Bike"

Elle Anderson
suggested this on April 24, 2012, 1:49 PM

Request to expand on Bike types available in the "Gear" section of Account Settings on Strava.

Requests include:

-Track Bike

-Single Speed

-Hipster Bike

-Commute Bike



To vote for filtered Segment Leaderboard results by bike type, go here.


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Eric F
I have been using strava for a few years now and love it ! I am on several leaderboards and even have 14 kom's , but I have noticed a issue with at least one of the leaderboards I'm on and I suspect it's fairly common . I was riding one of my favorite segements recently which I am #3 on when another rider passed me relatively easily. Later that day after uploading my ride I checked the leaderboard on that particular segment and saw that the rider who passed me had earned a kom for his efforts ! The issue I have is not that he was faster than me but that he was on a tt/tri bike . I'm fine those riders being on leaderboards, but I just wish there was a separate leaderboard for riders on road bikes vs. those on tt/tri bikes. Both groups would benefit because tt bikes are clearly faster on flat terrain whereas road bikes climb better .
April 19, 2015, 10:46 AM
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Robert D.

I have 2 bikes:
- 13kg aluminium hybrid, which I bought to ride during my chemo treatments (5 years ago).
- 8 kg carbon road-bike (to celebrate being 3 years in remission).
Typically, the road bike is about 5km/h faster, but I like to know when it's "older, heavier brother" dishes out some pain on it, because I know I've done well against ME.
I've entered relevant data into the profile for each bike.  I select the bike when saving the ride, yet strava mostly considers them as the same no matter which I ride, as discussed by many here.  As far as I can see, strava is only using the different weights for power estimation.  Please can we have a mechanism to filter based on bike.  I'd be happy if it worked on "My Results".

I've considered creating a separate account, but the work to transfer 3 years of rides is not small, having to inspect EVERY ride is not trivial, and all the comments, kudos etc would be lost.
Robert D.

April 8, 2015, 10:47 PM
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Tona M.

How about just start by adding "Mountain Bike"?!

Gone to Free membership - I will be back on Premium when I can differentiate Road vs Mountain bike. 

March 23, 2015, 12:45 PM
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Alan Zamagna
MTB, MTB, MTB, MTB, MTB! Lets do this Strava
March 23, 2015, 12:25 PM
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Jeffrey Cole

I want to see my PR's on my Unicycle! Of course I can beat those times by a lot on my road bike.

February 24, 2015, 5:26 PM
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Stuart Pegg

How can there be so many comments and votes and yet nothing showing as planned? This has been here since 2012!? And there are several linked suggestions!

I'm not renewing my premium membership until this simple functionality to differentiate between road and mountain biking is added and reflected in Leaderboards.

February 24, 2015, 7:59 AM
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Gustavo S.
December 23, 2014, 1:25 PM
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Cathi Swanson

At first I was just going to request the "race" tag (since that is already on the running side of things), but agree that "road" and "trail" would be great too for both running & cycling.    (although do we go as far as denote gravel as well?)

December 4, 2014, 5:42 PM
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Neil Bray

I agree .....please add a unicycle category

November 26, 2014, 1:14 PM
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Chris Golden

I would like hybrid bike adding as this is what I use more in the winter rather than the road bike


October 30, 2014, 5:05 PM
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Sick Idiot

Clearly the people at Strava do not care about what the users want. They sure are happy to take our premium membership $$ though. I find it extremely frustrating that this request was made almost 2 1/2 years ago, by Numerous people, who need different bikes added. Its absolutely ridiculous that the people at Strava simply WILL NOT LISTEN TO WHAT THE USERS WANT AND NEED to accurately train using this app.

October 18, 2014, 8:10 PM
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J Smith

Regarding e-bikes, in Australia - and most of Europe? - the law is that the assistance must stop at 25km/h. That is, be fully turned off. So if you're doing any segments where the minimum speed is greater than 25km/h, the e-bike system (motor & battery) is only dead weight and only factors in as an extra challenge. One could argue then that the benefit of "fresh legs" might let you achieve higher speeds, however seeing how some people hunt down segments anyway by resting, waiting for perfect tail wind etc that seems a bit moot.

It'd be good if you could in your bike setup specify that bike has electrical assistance up to a certain speed, and implement a rule to eliminate it from any segment scores where the speed dips to that speed.

With my workplace moving locations, I'm currently looking at doing a BionX conversion of my 14kg 2014 Trek Crossrip LTD so as to make a projected 80km daily commute easier on the body whilst getting more fit. The alternative for me is buying a motorbike, or another car, or find another job.

Personally, I only use Strava to track my own mileage and my own PBs. I really don't care about what other people do anymore - it's become so polluted as to be worthless. However I respect that my own rides will show up for other people, unless I mark as private - which I tend to do now with most of my commutes. There's a gap here in that you cannot default all activities to private so Strava's recommendation of making e-bike assisted segments private doesn't quite work. 

October 12, 2014, 9:38 PM
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Steve Reynolds

And while we're at it (as clearly some strava users are ) can we add motorcycle and passenger car to the ride types! :)

October 10, 2014, 6:22 AM
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Steve Reynolds

I'd like to see more tagging options (e.g. race, TT, MTB etc) and then have an option to filter for specific tags within a club. I have a winter turbo time trial club, the problem is that all of the rides by each member shows up, and we only want to see the turbo / rollers sessions. This will make the club function far more meaningful than it is now, which is simply gathering a bunch of riders from an already existing club which probably has its own website / facebook page with results already recorded. i.e. pretty pointless.

October 10, 2014, 6:21 AM
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Pol Carrasco

Hand bike option will be great!

October 8, 2014, 1:26 PM
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Melinda (.

Just signed up recently looked for a unicycle category / type as all my rides will be on a unicycle. Please add unicycle.

September 20, 2014, 6:33 PM
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Bill P.

Thanks for the heads up Christoph - but the 'Elliptical' that has been added is not a Ride SUB-TYPE - it's a top level activity type - i.e. Elliptical Machine in the gym. So no good for me.

Even if they did add Elliptical as a Ride SUB-TYPE then they still need to add better support for sub-types - both for filtering leaderboards - but more importantly for me and lots of others - in the create club dialog - i.e. create a 'Ride/Cycling' club [note they don't even use the same terminology - it should be RIde not Cycling to match Ride in activity type) THEN add a sub-type which you can leave blank so that it would count ALL ride types - or select MTB / Road / Elliptical if you only want to count those rides in your club.

Come on Strava - its a well thought out suggestion which is backwards compatible with all current features and data and clubs.

September 17, 2014, 9:29 AM
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Christoph R.

Interesting... Bill P. is asking for "Elliptical" on September 2nd, and I can see that activity type in the drop down list when categorizing a ride. Could be it was in there since much longer, or it has indeed just been added. But then again people ask for Velomobiles or Recumbents to be added since 2012, and that hasn't happened yet. Glad to read that Elle confirms an internal discussion going on about it and hope for the best outcome of that. As it is now, the situation is unfair to both road bike riders and velomobilists, and since Strava asks their customers to be fair, the same should apply for them.

September 17, 2014, 2:14 AM
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Lynn Robinson
A tandem bike type should be added so that the rides don't get flagged and have to be made private when they put the riders on the leaderboard.
September 15, 2014, 3:56 PM
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Bill P.

Please add 'Elliptical' as a Ride/Bike sub-type.


The main thing I want is to be able to compare my rides on my ElliptiGO (Elliptical Cycle) with riders on normal bikes AS WELL AS only have ElliptiGO rides in our club. This would be really useful and I don't see why it is so hard - clubs and challenges can be set up with top level Ride or Run or Ski or whatever - and ALSO with sub-type if wanted. That way - normal 'how many miles ridden this month' challenges still show ALL sub ride types - but you could do a 'unicycle miles' challenge on a month - or elevation gain or whatever. When you set up clubs - you should also be able to specify major activity type - run/ride etc - AND subtype - that way a person can ride normal bike and elliptical or recumbent or whatever and have no pollution onto club boards. Clubs that don't care don't set the sub-type.

I think e-bikes should be a different activity and NOT a sub-type as assisted cycling (faster than fastest road bike) pollutes normal rides.


Finally - you should be able to filter any leaderboard by sub-type. BUT I don't believe in designating segments as road vs mtb vs whatever - the segment is the segment - its a route from A to B - its up to you how ride or run it - BUT the filtering by sub-type will get people the results they want.

September 2, 2014, 4:40 PM
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josh ϟϟ

"drivetrain" or something similar should be added to accommodate geared, fixed gear, and singlespeed. the technique is different between each one making it valuable when reviewing data, bike types can share the same drivetrain, and it satisfies many users. i ride fixed gear, singlespeed, and geared, and i always wished there was an icon or something in leaderboards to see what people are riding. "bike type" seems like a challenge to get right—but that's an entirely separate issue. 


August 28, 2014, 7:52 PM
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Rick Lee

With the proliferation of bike parks everywhere I know people are running strava on the chairlift obtaining vertical accent and mileage while I do it the old fashion way-pedaling any way to separate this?

August 26, 2014, 12:09 PM
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Thomas Fiebig

There are probably more activity types out there then athletes! Not to speak of gear types! :-)

Why not let the user define his own activity types? This could be combined with a community approach: Pick one activity for your exercise that has been already created in the community or define your own and share it with the community.

Leaderboards can show exercises from all activity types, maybe with a filter on the activity type. I would assume that many segments are anyhow somewhat specific to a certain activity like road cycling or running, so there shouldn't be too much blur of different activity types, I mean, maybe only an Usain Bolt appears as KOM in your 200m uphill segment. ;-) And the rest is trust in the honesty of the members of which such a community is built on. :-)

What I would love to see is to filter my training in the log, calendar and history view by the activity types which belong to me. Actually, this lag of a true multisport capability in the reporting keeps me using a competitor solution and I log only my road cycling exercises in strava.

Just an idea...

August 13, 2014, 6:38 AM
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Jimm Pratt

Agree here too!  I'm supporting the addition of velomobiles and recumbents over at since we (as a group) are getting flagged too often on KOMs just because our type of ride does certain segments faster than uprights.   We need more cycle types and an ability to filter them!  Our petition started in May 2014.  As a web developers and programmer, I know this isn't rocket science to add, but still respect the need to take the time to "get it right".  Yet still no feedback from Strava, or even discussions about this idea which has obvious merits and has at least three requests/petitions on the subject.  Come on guys!  Feed us some info so we know that you are *at least* looking into the idea(s)!   Thanks.

August 11, 2014, 2:38 AM
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Willie Hunt

Hi Elle:

I'm glad that Strava is seriously looking at this issue.  Yes, road and mountain bikes are clearly different, but I suspect there is little friction among road and mountain bike users on leader boards, since MTB riders do not expect to place well on road segments because MTB's are slower and heavier.   And Road Bike riders rarely ride MTB single tracks, dirt and gravel roads which would be the MTB segments.  MTB riders would likely beat the road bike rider on MTB segments anyway because the terrain would easily damage the road bike.  However, among the different road users, there is significant friction, because some machines or riding in groups clearly is different than other machines or solo riding.   From that perspective, adding even a few road categories would reduce flagging wars such as "Solo Road", "Drafting Road" (group or tandem), "Aero Road" (aerodynamic  machines: TT bikes, disk wheels, fairings, HPV's etc.).

Then there are rides like this one:   where it's Road, MTB and hike-a-bike, so I would not know where to place it.  However, that's my problem! :)

July 25, 2014, 11:18 AM
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Elle Anderson
Community Support

Hi Dave! We are listening! 

This is a current topic of internal discussion (especially mountain biking). I also posted just the other week (July 17th).

No plans have been formalized yet, but all your feedback is super helpful! 

July 25, 2014, 10:51 AM
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David Henderson

How about a category for every known combination, a few are below.



Fat bike

Fat bike full suspension


I am sick today

I am healthy today

Sun is out

Night ride

Clogged - I have not taken a crap today.

Flat foot - forgot cycling shoes

Gloves - full finger or half?

No gloves


No sunglasses

Hair on legs




...all right you get the point...

Actually, how about not do that.  Strava please take one step at a time and separate road and mountain!  Come on people, do you think Strava will implement some of these detailed requests?  Having road and mountain together is by far the most complained about problem with Strava and they can't even get that right!

July 25, 2014, 9:25 AM
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David Henderson
It is so funny that some posts are so long and detailed. It is like some people really believe Strava will listen. They cannot even separate mountain and road.

Unicycle, recumbent, gravel, bumpy, about....I have taken a craps today. Or, category for how many hours of sleep you had. Come on, let's keep it simple.
July 25, 2014, 9:09 AM
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Pierrox O.
Unicycle would be a great and useful addition.
July 25, 2014, 12:57 AM
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lee wakefield

I reckon Tim's list could be simplified somewhat.  I personally don't see the need for both track bikes and fixed for example, as a track bike is basically a fixed without a brake.  The amount of speed difference between a fixed with a brake and a fixed without a brake (track bike) is IMHO so tiny it's barely worth worrying about.  Track bikes are not street legal so will only be used on segments on a velodrome.  I'm not an expert on unicycling but I would have thought just "unicycle" would be sufficient?

I reckon the following would be enough to cover everyone's needs:

  • Road
  • TT
  • CX
  • Fixed (including track bikes)
  • Road Singlespeed
  • Hybrid (trekking bike)
  • City bike (include Boris bikes, cruisers etc here)
  • Unicycle (any type)
  • Tandem
  • Tricycle (upright)
  • Handcycle
  • BMX
  • Folding
  • Recumbent (any type including velomobiles)
  • MTB XC
  • MTB DH
  • MTB Singlespeed
  • Other (basically anything else, such as ordinary bicycles)

One type I am not sure about is E-bikes.  Think there could be problems with e-bikes due to various state imposed speed limits on e-bikes.  And electric bikes are not purely human powered, especially the type which you can ride without actually peddling at all.

July 21, 2014, 2:51 PM
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Derek Jones

Maybe your custom ones would have to have a "parent" tag that is set from a list of the broad categories that are easily defined. But yes, like segments, the signal to noise ratio is high enough that it's still very useful. I sometimes find the silly segments (which are often auto-hidden anyway) can be fun.

July 21, 2014, 9:33 AM
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Fig Newton

They could use their existing types and then have an "sub category" option under each type and an "other" option.  If enough users type in the same "sub" category or "other" category (threshold set by Strava), then it would become it's own category of bike.  That way the "noise" would get filtered out and options that users want would eventually rise to the surface.

If you enter the ride under a "sub" category (ie, TT) and it doesn't have enough popularity, then the ride would count under the main category (ie, Road).  The "other" category would be lumped together until each category became its own.

I'm still waiting for the penny farthing category so I can get a bunch of KOMs.

July 21, 2014, 9:33 AM
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Kevin Barton

You've probably hit the nail on the head there Mister Bill - what made Strava so successful, in part, was the autonomous nature of segment creation.  With this comes some 'noise' - bad names or duplicated segments.  If Derek Jone's approach to bike types was adopted, the vast majority of people will pay attention to the 'correct' or most popular category that best fits their bike type but there may be some spurious nomenclature that we can all just simply ignore.  Perhaps there can be a filter 'see hidden bike types' that filters out those types least chosen.

I think we've solved this one - Strava, we're ready - two and a half years later, we've got it sorted for you.... Strava?... Strava are you there?

No, they're not listening.  Two and a half years of falling on deaf ears!

July 21, 2014, 9:16 AM
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Mister Bill

I'd like to see e-bike versions of these, but until the volume of e-bikers using Strava rises significantly I'll settle for a single e-bike category, where one's e-bike motor is constrained to the power limit applicable for the jurisdiction of the activity (e.g. 750 watts USA,  500 watts Canada, 250 watts EU).

The downside of allowing users to add bike types of their choosing is that we'd get a proliferation of overlapping and/or redundant types.  Users won't create these in a coordinated fashion such that the types created form a partition over the type space.  A similar problem exists with user-created route segments, where redundant and/or overlapping route segments are created, often with silly, whimsical, or inadequately descriptive names.  On the other hand, I'd rather have too many bike types (or route segments) than too few.

July 21, 2014, 9:03 AM
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Willie Hunt

Yes, Tim Rowe you are missing many types of recumbents:

  • Long Wheel Base (LWB)
  • Short Wheel Base (SWB)
  • SWB hi-racer
  • Mid-racer
  • Low-racer
  • mountain recumbent bike
  • mountain recumbent trike
  • mountain recumbent quad
  • Faired recumbent bike (IE Lightning F40)
  • Faired recumbent trike, AKA Velomobile  ==> cause of extreme hostility and flagging on Strava
  • Homebrew Velomobile
  • Streetliner
  • Streamliner
  • Faired HPV record setting bike
  • Faired HPV record setting trike
  • I'm sure I've misses plenty of them ....

   This is why I think it makes sense to have major classes, then sub classes, maybe even sub-sub classes.  Then a user can be super general (and human powered movement machine), a bit more specific (standard upright bikes), even more (road bikes), or super specific (TT bike).

Regardless of how it's done, we need something.  Because normal upright road bike users are not happy with Velomobile pilots like this one:  Gotta love aero! :)



July 21, 2014, 7:42 AM
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Derek Jones

@Tim Rowe, but it could include all of those, *and* be future proof by just letting users use that field for taxonomy tags. It could display the 10-15 most common, and as you start typing, you'd see ones that already exist. If you make a new one, so be it—no other users will be affected unless they want to tag their ride identically, and no one has to wait for a particular style to become popular enough for Strava to add it or not.

July 21, 2014, 6:15 AM
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Tim Rowe

Using the basic Microsoft Paint I have created an image of what I would like to see on the segment leader boards.  (Or Similar)

I do not believe we should discriminate. An earlier comment dissmissed Tandems but I have a social riding friend who is roughly 90% blind and you will only ever see him stoking on a Tandem, yes he uses Strava and they are also bloody fast!!!

I think the difficult part may come to Suspension types as both SS and geared can run a bike Rigid, Front Suspension & Full Suspension. Here is a full list of my ideas but I think it does push the boundaries.

  • Road
  • TT
  • Track
  • Recumbent
  • Fixed
  • Single Speed Road
  • Single Speed MTB
  • Uni ( Road Unicyclist can range upto wheels around 36" with slim/slick tyres)
  • Muni (Mountain Unicyclist, Most commonly with 24-26" wheels with around 2"+ Knobbed tyres)
  • Tandem Road
  • Tandem MTB
  • Cyclocross
  • Hybrid
  • BMX
  • Cruiser
  • Folding Bike
  • MTB XC (Most commonly 4" Suspension Travel)
  • MTB Enduro (5")
  • MTB All mountain (6-7")
  • MTB Downhill (7"+)

Have I missed anything LOL


July 21, 2014, 5:59 AM
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Edwin Boersma

I sometimes cycle with my kid in a trolley behind my bike. Instead of having a new category, maybe I could just indicate the total weight of me, my bike and trolley plus content? 

July 19, 2014, 3:03 AM
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Derek Jones

@elle that sounds perfect, in fact it's what I asked for here: that got closed and directed me to this thread many months ago. I don't see the problem of a MTB riding on pavement—the user is going to categorize it to what makes sense to them and how they want to filter their rides, or which other riders they want to be compared with.

July 18, 2014, 10:41 AM
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Ken Hoekema


I appreciate that you, as Strava support, are looking at these comments and trying to implement some of these changes.  I have posted to this thread for over two years and yours are the first official comments.  Much appreciated!!

So, I will summarize my request that is common to a number of other postings.  All I want to be able to do is filter my own personal results on a given segment, based on which bike I was riding at the time.  I currently have three bikes setup in Strava, but there is no way I have found to use that data.  I just want to be able to see which segments I am faster riding my single speed 29er and which are faster on my geared bike.  This seems like a relatively easy addition, since the data is already there.  We just need a filter.




July 18, 2014, 10:35 AM
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Willie Hunt

"Ride Type Tags" are fine too, and it would seem to be easier to implement given Strava's database structure.  We need different public segment leaderboards for various types of human powered machines, because that's only way to make it fair.  So either machine classes, or activity classes would differentiate among them.

But let us not forget, that using any human power moving machine, we would want to be included personal mileage, climbing and power analysis (for those with power meters).  As well monthly mileage and climbing challenge totals, such as the current July MTS, as well as shorter event like the Rapha Rising, or single events like the Grand Fondo.   We want to be able to have mileage and climbing appear on club leaderboards too, since the clubs could be for a specific ride type (or bike type) or be general for any type of machine.  For example the Velomobile Club could be just for Velomobiles, or it could be open for any machine, that could be the choice of the club organizer.  Whereas a Randonneuring Club would be open to any machine, since Randonneuring allows any human powered vehicles to be use for rides.  Or a triathlon group might decide restrict the club rides to bikes legal for tri-racing only.  With a bit of thought in the ride type tags, and thoughtful use by club organizers most everyone would see what they want to see and not see other machine types that do not interest them.

Something needs to be done because the current system creates much hostility among athletes with different machines for no reason other than Strava not supporting the differences.  I personally had over 200 rides flagged on July 10th, 2014 and this was not just Velomobile rides, but my unfaired recumbent, MTB, and standard upright bike rides too!  We want healthy competition, camaraderie, and fairness, not flagging wars and boiling tempers! 

July 17, 2014, 3:05 PM
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Elle Anderson
Community Support

What do you guys think about creating "Ride Type Tags" like Road, Mountain, Cyclocross, Commute, Time Trail, Track, Tandem, Recumbent, Hand Cycle, Unicycle, Velomobile... you see my point. (These could look and function exactly like the current Run type tags you see for Race, Long Run, Workout). Then, if you select a tag Strava will automatically prompt to you select a bike from your "My Gear" page to fit that tag, or to create a new bike. If you select a bike first, Strava will automatically select the correct ride type tag (which would also happen by default for whatever bike type you have set as the default). 

(Do you think this would create problems if someone takes their mountain bike on pavement only? Would they want to classify a ride as a "Road ride" even if you're on you MTB? What about a Tandem Mountain Bike?)

The Ride Type tag that is selected would determine language on the Activity Feed, social media, Training Logs, etc.  to help visually identify the type of ride. This could also allow for Segment Leaderboard filtering by Ride Type. 

Just a few of my own ideas to throw out there! 


July 17, 2014, 1:41 PM
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Chris S.

I would be totally satisfied with Road vs MTB - and as Strava is already collecting this information it should be simple to get a filter!

July 8, 2014, 7:45 AM
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Ken Kilmurray

I'd like to filter for each of the fields shown on the activity, this includes which bike I rode on that activity.  I think the bike is the only field I cannot yet filter or sort.    

July 4, 2014, 6:36 AM
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Jason Ouelette

Keep it simple...   



-Fat bike

That is all...

May 26, 2014, 10:41 AM
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Harry Lieben

Please add a  "velomobile" section.


At this moment df riders and velonauts are pissing each other off on Strava. This is not necessary when there is a possibility to filter. 

The reason to exclude velomobiles from leaderbords that Strava Support mentions are: 1) "unfair advantage" and 2) "not in keeping with traditional cycling". 3) a velomobile is clearly a league of it's own.

1) Strava is clogged with KOMs' ridden with unfair advantages. I'm not complaining when a 7kg road bike is quicker on a hill then me with my 30kg velomobile. Why should I, this is just using the fastest bike for the course. Of course my aerodynamic velomobile gives me an advantage on a flat course with easy corners, just like it is for a TT bike. Why is it necessary to make restrictions on Strava for how a bicycle is built?

Some KOMs' are obviously being made by drafting team members. When a pro peloton has taken all KOM's  on a whole bunch of segments, simply by drafting each other during an event with closed roads, is that fair?. 


2) What is traditional cycling or more importantly: why should only "traditional" cycling be included on Strava? Is the Strava server having problems with differentiation? Is this differentiation more difficult than that between "cycling", "swimming", "skateboarding", etc?


3) "a velomobile is clearly a league of it's own". Umm, hey! That's MY point. Please give us this separate league by adding a "velomobile" section!

May 24, 2014, 5:21 AM
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Willie Hunt

Certainly some classifications would be useful.  Unicycles are fine, but certainly recumbents are far more prevalent.  In the "standard" bikes, clearly subgroups like UCI legal road racing bike, Triathlon bike, TT bike, ect. would be helpful to racers.  For the recreational cyclists, certainly a heavy beach cruiser is much different than a TT bike or a tandem.  MTB's certainly need their own group!  Since, I'm mostly a recumbent rider, I'd like to see sub groups like trikes, long wheel base, short wheel base high racer, mid racer, low racer, faired two wheelers (Lighting F40 and such), faired three wheelers (Velomobiles) and streamliners (HPV land speed record machines).  I would certainly encourage Strava to add general groups and sub groups under that for those that want to be picky about comparisons.  But as it stands now, Strava does not want me on any leaderboards (climbing, distance, speed, etc) because I normally ride a recumbent.  I'm sorry, but this is discriminatory! 

May 13, 2014, 7:27 AM
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Michiel B.

I'd LOVE to see velomobiles added. When I look at my current achievements, I see "0 km" every month because I am forced to set all my rides to "Workout". Pretty depressing.

May 13, 2014, 6:00 AM
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Shannon Orr

Adding a "single speed" option would be terrific, and this could apply to either road or mountain.  Also, the ability to filter the leader boards by "single speed" would be even better.  Thanks Strava. 

April 27, 2014, 9:05 AM
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Chris Bridge

Has anyone from Strava acknowledged the thread? I can't see it 

I use Strava to record my rides on my bike which is a Brompton



April 22, 2014, 3:17 AM
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David Henderson

+1 for single speed

March 28, 2014, 1:53 PM
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Magnus Barber

Just adding my vote.. +1 for more bicycle diversity! Recumbents would be nice.

March 20, 2014, 4:27 PM
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Shaun Whitby
+1 I ride offroad unicycles and cross country bikes so when it comes to check my achievements for unicycling it gets lost because I've road my bike all in those areas
March 18, 2014, 4:58 PM
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Michael Swire

I'd love to be able to add more tags  - e.g., "family" when my kids are riding so they can track their mileage, too, vs. my solo rides.  Tx!

March 18, 2014, 2:36 PM
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Joe McGivern

Dane M. 

Absolutely Brilliant!!  I had not idea.  Blown away.  Thanks for the schooling.  I formally amend my recommendation to include Unicycle!!



March 15, 2014, 7:16 PM
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Dane M.

@ Joe McGivern - How is track bike more deserving of a category than long distance uni touring or mountain unicycling? We're not talking about street performers and circus acts wanting to activate strava rides. I can understand no to beach cruiser, but I'm participating in a completely different sport, yet I have no category even remotely close. I prefer to ride one wheel on the mountain, and my statistics should not be compared to those on 2 wheels (aka training wheel). 

March 15, 2014, 8:34 AM
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Joe McGivern

Track Bike.  Please!

Unicycle?  Beach Cruiser?  Yeah, uh, not so much.

March 15, 2014, 6:40 AM
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Derek Jones

I got directed here by Strava Support from this thread:

I fully support this thread, but it's not really the same thing. Since Strava Support closed that thread, I guess I have to mention it here. ;)

In addition to Bike Types for our Gear, we also need more Ride Tags to differentiate the type of ride.

March 14, 2014, 3:39 PM
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Dane M.

I'm a mountain unicyclist. It would be nice to have Mountain and Road unicycle categories at least. Tired of labeling my rides as "Bike" and being compared to bike riders. I would also like it if I could just assign specific activities to show up only on certain clubs. So I could go ride a bike too, and it wouldn't interfere with my unicycling clubs.

January 29, 2014, 9:05 PM
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Ryan H.

Being able to filter by bike type and style would be spectacular.


I vote for Unicycle being added too!

January 29, 2014, 4:43 AM
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Szymon Ef

I'd go even further. Why not give to users an option to "customize" bike? What I mean is to fill up a few blanks which will be:

- Crr (rolling resistance)

- Cda (frontal area basen on weight to height ratio)

And so on. It will greatly improve power approximations for those who need it. So far, I experience really big differences in calculated power when riding on the tarmac on MTB/road bike. And in fact they are not that big. 

January 21, 2014, 12:08 PM
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Pedro Guedes

folding commuter, since strava is also great for tracking daily urban commute rides!

January 20, 2014, 10:44 AM
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Yes please. I want to distinguish leaderboards between MTB and road bike. I appreciate there are many subsets in each category: MTB = 26, 29 or 27.5; gear or single speed; differrent freame types like X/C or downhill. Likewise roadies are road racers; tri-bikes; single speeds/fixies; then a hughe range of hybrids/commuter/tourer bikes, and a range of rim sizes.

For mine, lets be able to identify whether we did a segment on a roadie or a MTB as a starting point. If that works, then think about sub-categories.

January 10, 2014, 3:01 PM
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Steve Isaacs

I just tweeted this from @sweetrideusa "Hey , in 3 months you will have been ignoring this thread for 2 years. Celebrate its b day with an answer! "

January 9, 2014, 12:42 PM
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Kevin Barton

Will someone with a healthy cycling fraternity twitter account tweet this neglected thread @strava in an attempt to draw their attention to users needs and perhaps embarrass them into at least acknowledging us? It is so frustrating when an organisation provides a means to feedback and make feature requests but there appears to be no monitoring - as if simply letting people voice their opinion will keep them happy.  It's feeling listened to that makes people happy!

January 9, 2014, 2:09 AM
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M Weitz
Agreed. This thread is from 2012. Seems Strava doesn't agree or care?
January 8, 2014, 4:02 PM
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Rob O'Keefe

So here we go again...  whilst riding I came up with a simple idea and was not sure if it had been raised here.

The idea would be to add a "custom" option to the list of bikes which would allow the end user to add one or more custom machines. Assuming that some eccentric cyclists have a number of weird and wonderful creations.

This custom bike could be persisted on the client device or on the strava hosted server db, I am not certain what would be best but I imagine if it were persisted on a client device it would be tied to the local machine and not shared between devices. For me, a custom bike would be best recorded once and accessed from many devices.

Linking the custom bike to a user would make sense so that it can be recalled again once logged in. Some front end work would be needed to add a custom bike type in a similar way one can record details about bike(s) in the user profile.

For me it is obvious that adding in a myriad of different bike types will not only complicate the management of the Strava App for end users but will make it difficult for the folks at Strava to maintain. I am sure they are watching this thread and hoping it dies away as the number of machines keeps on growing making the job of meeting the user's needs increasingly difficult. Ideas like filters and other ways of displaying the data to the user just increase app complexity and impact usability as filters have to be maintained by the user and persisted on the client device so they are not lost.

I therefore think a different approach is needed. However, the implementation of this could be tricky as I suspect an elegant solution would require some back-end work on the Strava side. However, I remain hopeful that this alternative approach is at least worth a little consideration as I believe it meets the needs of the customer request and keeps the Strava app elegant and usable. Keep up the good work guys!

This is my 2p for the day.




January 6, 2014, 2:21 AM
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Nick S.

I predict this will never happen and velomobile riders will continuously get their rides flagged in 2014, annoying them further (and annoying the rest of the cycling community), but here goes with my request…. Please add 'Velomobile" as a new category! Thanks for your consideration.

January 5, 2014, 10:52 AM
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Patrick Moor

I'd love to see cargo bikes on there too, along with an increase of the max bike weight (currently only 25kg)! My bike, including my son, seat and baggage is easily 60kg+!

December 5, 2013, 9:30 PM
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Ⓥ Cyril P.

Yup, track bikes and fixed gear, please!

December 2, 2013, 7:31 AM
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Jeff Stanners

It'd be great to see some form of this.  Would be especially useful to be able to filter leaderboards by bike types.  It'd even be cool just to be able to filter my own results on leaderboards by bike to compare my rides.

November 5, 2013, 3:24 PM
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Clive King

+1 and wheel sizes! 

October 6, 2013, 1:05 AM
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Donnie Danger

I'd also like to see options for Single Speed and Fixed gear bikes....

September 30, 2013, 12:13 PM
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Marc Humphries

+1 from me. Would be great to view a leaderboard by bike type.

I may have just done my third best time on that segment but would be good to know if the two quicker times were on my full carbon geared bike, rather than my steel framed fixed gear.  

September 13, 2013, 6:16 AM
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Rob O'Keefe
I would really appreciate both fixed gear and unicycle. Please can you suggest a time frame as to when this can be done as I have requested before in the past.
September 10, 2013, 9:40 AM
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Brian Haan

Just trying Strava for the first time.  I like the app but given the age of this thread I'm not optimistic for change.  I would be willing to pay for premium, but only if recumbent trike and handcycle were included.  There are some very competitive wounded warriors, accident survivors, and others who cycle on these geometries not because they're eccentric, but because the upright geometries of the current bike choices simply isn't an option given their health history or physical conditions.

September 1, 2013, 1:25 PM
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Karl Mason

please add folding bikes,although I can happily get in some of the top tens o my work commute on it :)

August 16, 2013, 11:33 AM
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Marloes Dries

Another vote here for Velomobiles and I'd like to see recumbents and Rowingbikes in particular.

July 24, 2013, 12:21 PM
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Vidar Slåtten

If by KOMs you mean the leaderboard of a segment, then assuming the filtering feature is also implemented, you might as well have the option of showing absolutely all rides on every bike type, which would include e-bikes. This would not make much sense on a uphill segment, as e-bikers would have an unfair advantage, but on downhill segments it would.You could then leave the default filter for the leaderboard to the kind of bike you yourself use, or perhaps a meta-category like "non-assisted bikes".

Not sure how to best deal with the actual notification and achievement of KOMs. Depending on how (and if) they implement a separation of bike types, one could either have a default "non-assisted bikes" category and KOM achievements are only given for those, or KOMs could become specific for bike types (an MTB KOM, a road bike KOM etc.). There may be other/better solutions than these. I anyway agree that noone riding a regular bike should receive the notification "you just lost your KOM" due to someone on an e-bike beating them up a hill :-)

July 11, 2013, 1:11 AM
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Kevin Barton

But e-bikes should not feature in the overall KOMs, right?!  That wouldn't be right.

July 11, 2013, 12:32 AM
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Vidar Slåtten

I support the suggestion of adding an e-bike type, along with allowing filtering of results based on bike types, as suggested in another feature request. Ideally, this types should also be split into street legal (max. 250W in the EU, 350W in the US?) and non-street legal (possibly with some wattage bands).

Competing with other e-bike users, or against yourself, if just as valid as any of the other activities Strava covers. In that respect, you could also make e-biking a separate activity, but that would require a lot of redundant work of re-creating the same segments for e-bikes, since there is pretty much a 1-to-1 correlation between routes for e-bikes and regular bikes. Leaving it as the same activity would also allow for e.g. downhill competition across bike types, where electric assist is of little or no significance.

July 11, 2013, 12:21 AM
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Liz Young

Please add recumbent to the "bicycle" type.

July 5, 2013, 9:37 PM
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Que mo

Looks like  you're right. Request for Velomobiles is over 1 year old.

Still: I'd like to have Velomobiles added.

July 3, 2013, 10:47 AM
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Kevin Barton

You think they actually read these?!

They're just designed to make it feel like we are having a say

July 2, 2013, 7:59 AM
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Steve Isaacs

This request is over a year old! Please just add new bikes to the dropdown menu! 

Fixed Gear / Single Speed

July 2, 2013, 7:49 AM
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Jaap Lameris

Please add velomobiles and recumbents as  new categories. Marking as workout or as private is not the solution.

June 27, 2013, 1:27 PM
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Oliver Piper

Same here, please add velomobiles as category.
I didn't get any comments on my rides yet (probably because I'm not fast enough yet), but I would be glad to avoid comments in future as well.

June 21, 2013, 6:14 AM
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Que mo

I agree with Marinus.

Please add a Velomobile as a new category (also let bike weight be over 25 kg, mine is 45 kg)

June 13, 2013, 10:03 AM
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Marinus -.

Please add a Velomobile as category. Very different to other bikes, but it really is a bike!

Many times my rides are flagged and commented by angry cyclists.

Now I and many others mark all our rides as workout, but of course that is not the right solution for this problem.

June 13, 2013, 7:45 AM
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Jesse Shotland

What do we have so far? 

Road, TT, Mtn, and Cross.


We need at a minimum - Road, TT, Mtn, Cross, Track. That's at a minimum. It would be nice to have unicycles involved to. +1 to you guys. 


When you add track bikes, we need a simple gear ratio calculator to sync with the average speed and give a cadence.

June 2, 2013, 10:53 PM
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• dontcoast •
I say let people describe their bike as they want and choose what info is shared. I may not choose to share what brand/group i own but would disclose bike type, weight and gearing. Surely people who pay for filters would like type, bike weight and gearing filters too. More importantly to me PLEASE let me select which bike before i start a ride on my mobile!
June 2, 2013, 10:46 PM
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Jeff Hodges
Please at minimum simply add "track bike / fixie" to the list of bike types. Presently I tag my track bikes as "TT bike"s, which is suboptimal. With respect to the suggested "single speed" bike type, I'd term it "single speed w/freewheel" to differentiate appropriately from "track bike / fixie". the intent is that "track bike / fixie" would encompass fixies used on the road (like mine) and the track. thanks.
June 2, 2013, 12:36 PM
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Luis Gutierrez

When adding bikes, please give more information about them.

ie, what kind of position, weight, etc you expect for each bike type.
something like this page would be useful too:

Notice how they show a picture of the body position and a description of the bike and rider

June 1, 2013, 9:58 AM
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Mário Piteira

What about a handcycle for disabled persons like myself. It will be impossible to compare my segments on a road bike before my accident in January with my future evolution with the effort of my arms and hands.

May 6, 2013, 5:20 AM
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Arjen Haayman
+1 I'd like to use strava for my velomobile without being accused of being 'unfair', which is nonsense of course.
April 30, 2013, 8:46 AM
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David Ebling

Another vote for folding commuter! :)

April 30, 2013, 4:16 AM
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Graham Ashton

Another request for single speed and folders from me – I've got a 1940's single speed and two Bromptons. I ride a converted steel touring frame with a 5 speed sturmey hub a lot too, which I suspect doesn't count as "Road bike" as far as Strava's calculations are concerned.

April 17, 2013, 9:54 AM
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Rob O'Keefe

A lot of people are riding other bike types in London, for example single speeds. This functionality would be very useful.

I have just acquired a unicycle, and as soon as I learn to ride it I would like to record it as a bike type rather than just a bicycle.

I would agree with Rich Powell that a myriad of bike types may be less effective, so cover the main types and we will be moving in the right direction.

April 17, 2013, 5:36 AM
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Rich Powell

For those of you asking about tracking specific bikes and how much mileage you have done on them, you can do this on MapMyRide.

However MapMyRide doesn't have the leaderboards that Strava has (or the large number of members). I think they want to add leaderboards.

So as a few people have pointed out, the question is how detailed to get with the breakdown of bike types.

Tandems are out of the question as they can have different combinations of riders and are rare.

Track bikes: Well let's say if you're riding on a velodrome, you are probably riding a track bike. If you ride a mountain bike on the velodrome, do you really have a case to ask for your own leaderboard? No!

Similarly for track bikes on mountain bike trails. Some combinations are improbable so why cater for them?

My proposal:

A member sets up each of their bikes in Strava, saves it, and re-uses it later. Leaderboards offer the option of overall or by that bike type only.

Main categories:

  • Road
  • Mountain
  • Track
  • Unicycle

Then sub-categories: Gearing, Suspension


  • Geared (default for all bikes)
  • Single speed
  • Fixed gear (default for track bike)


  • Rigid (default for most)
  • Hard tail (default for mountain bikes)
  • Dual suspension

This should cater for most combinations.

It is important not to have too many combinations or there will be no-one else on the Leaderboard.

For example 10 or so riders in my area have single speed hard tail mountain bikes, but only one other than me has a rigid single speed mountain bike, so that leaderboard is going to be quiet even though thousands of riders use the trails each week.

Taken to argument ad absurdum, how many dual suspension fixie recumbents are there going to be?

April 15, 2013, 3:45 AM
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Matthew Pace

As someone whose only bikes are road fixies, I would like to see singlespeed and fixed gear options as well, to compare times against similar riders.

Gear ratio specifications for those two categories would also be awesome.

April 14, 2013, 11:47 PM