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Display cadence/speed sensor data on the mobile recording screen

derrick m
suggested this on July 13, 2012 09:28 PM

Can I display cadence from my biometric cadence and speed sensor on the main display? I have a wahoo fitness bike pack. I found how to add the sensor, and can see it in the sensor link in the upper right corner. But I would like to display cadence on the main page. I don't really care about elapsed time. Thanks, Derrick

 

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Mark Franko
I'm trying to figure this out also. I would like to display the current speed from my speed sensor too. All of the other bike apps let you customize the display. It doesn't seem that you can with Strava. I hope I am wrong because this is a big problem.
July 14, 2012 05:39 PM
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James A Artis

Current speed is essential for pace line pulling. Please add this as a feature. Thanks! --james

July 31, 2012 03:39 PM
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Jaap Koster

Any plans on adding this feature?

August 13, 2012 09:52 AM
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James Baker

Would also love cadence monitoring as a feature. It would seemingly be easy to do and provide significant benefits.

August 18, 2012 02:03 PM
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Pierre Yves T.

+1

August 30, 2012 07:15 AM
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Paul Sanders

I am also frustrated by this issue.  I should have done more homework.  I wrongly assumed that the cadence and heart rate would dissplay as I ride.  Had I known it did not display on the app, I would not have bought the bike case or battery exxtender.  I would have just used the bio sensors with a Garmin or other device.  This lack of ability to display information is a big gap.  Like Strava at first but I am looksing interest fast.  I can't recommend it and should not have got the premium membership when I cn't display the Wahoo data.  This has been posted for a couple of months without a response so I guess Strava could care less.

Boo Strava, Boo

September 07, 2012 08:56 PM
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Paul Sanders

I forgot to state in the comment above that Map My Ride will meet this need today.  You can switch between the map screen and the display WITH cadence WHILE you ride.  Until Strava responds to this I think I may downgrade my account and go back to using MMR as my primary.

September 07, 2012 09:14 PM
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Pierre Yves T.
I'm in the same boat, I use Mapmyride on the phone and Strava on my computer. I use the following tool to export my Mapmyride workouts to upload them in Strava: http://mapmyridetcxexport.azurewebsites.com
September 08, 2012 08:41 AM
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Pierre Yves T.
September 08, 2012 08:44 AM
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Paul Sanders
My bio-sensors are from Wahoo. After experimenting this morning, I found it easy to just use the Wahoo Fitness app to display during the ride and then upload to Strava an/or MapmyFitness. The Wahoo app is actually very nice with all the info I could care to see. As part of the set up process it walks through the account information for other apps. That makes uploading a simple key press. Strava may be great on the computer for analyzing rides and performance, but I have not found a clear advantage for use as a cycle computer other than recording segments.
September 08, 2012 02:07 PM
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Elle Anderson
Strava Support

Hello Everyone - thanks for chiming in on this forum and offering your feedback on the display of our recording screen on the iOS App. 

1. We've decided not to display Cadence information, or Current Speed on our App display during recording. We will be redesigning the during activity recording experience in the future, and we'll take your feedback into account! 

2. Thanks for sharing the MMR export to TXC resource Pierre-Yves! That looks like a great tool. 

Keep the feedback coming!

-Elle, Strava Support

September 14, 2012 06:07 PM
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Andrew M

Searching on this subject tonight and came accross this post.   I agree with all of the comments above about Cadence and the need for a customizable display.   Also, please consider a high contrast mode for use in direct sunlight to help with viewing.

 

Thanks!

September 18, 2012 09:25 PM
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Jasper Mahon
I agree - customizable high contrast display urgently needed. I want to display cadence currently but we should be able to choose. I currently run strava in the background with cyclemeter on display for this reason.
October 26, 2012 06:55 AM
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Koen Liesker

Cadence should be displayed on the display, it's the reason why i use iBiker.

November 03, 2012 01:02 PM
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Ian Duff

I've found the Strava app is not a good bike computer replacement. What I have found is that it's a great background data capture app, and Cyclemeter is a great foreground bike computer app. I have the Wahoo Blue HR and Blue SC sensors paired with my iPhone.

At the beginning of a ride I fire up Strava, wait for it to Bluetooth acquire the two Wahoo sensors, then fire up Cyclemeter and start it, relegating Strava to run in the background, and use Cyclemeter while riding. At the end of the ride, I stop Cyclemeter, switch apps to Strava, and stop it.

The few minutes of being stationary while I perform these shenanigans is accounted for and removed by both Strava and Cyclemeter, so I'm not worried. I have yet to go on a long enough ride to exhaust the iPhone battery, since I only figured this solution out recently, so I cannot yet comment on what running the two apps concurrently does to battery life.

December 19, 2012 07:27 PM
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Kurt Galitski

What's the point of pairing the Wahoo speed and cadence sensor if Strava does not allow you to display it? If Strava cannot adapt to what we riders are needing then there really is no reason for Strava....

January 13, 2013 03:12 PM
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Roland T.

I don´t really care about cadence, although a custom display would be great and isn´t that difficult to program.

but i can only repeat: "Current speed is essential for pace line pulling. Please add this as a feature. Thanks!"

January 28, 2013 12:06 PM
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Kevin K

Ian,

Why not just use one app Cyclemeter then on completion of your ride email the tcx file to upload@strava.com from within cyclemeter.
Easy as peas

March 06, 2013 05:03 AM
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Maury McCown

Add me to the list of users that would like to see cadence displayed. If the Strava App can record the data for viewing online, I would like to see it real-time as it helps in training *DURING* the fact.

 

I would also like to see a speed display option -- maybe by tapping the speed, we could cycle through Average, Max, and Current.

March 10, 2013 04:21 AM
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Zoltan Miklos

This very disappointing. Cadence  and heart rate are my two main measuring sticks. And the display does not have one and it is very difficult to see the other with this app. I think there should be an option of how to display the information. If it was up to me the display would have  Heart Rate and Cadence as 2 large numbers, Speed and Distance as 2 smaller numbers, and elapsed time as even smaller number still. ARRGH!!! 

March 29, 2013 04:51 PM
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Peter Lin

It is too bad that Strava doesn't use the speed sensor reading to improve the accuracy of the distance calculation. Due to GPS drift and data smoothing, Strava's calculation can be off by 1-2 miles for a 25mile ride. I really hope Strava improves this in the next release. As a paying customer, I vote for adding the feature. Cyclemeter does this and provides much more accurate measurement.

April 05, 2013 05:27 PM
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Peter Lin

Strava should consider implementing Kalman filters to smoothe the GPS data, which can take into account speed sensor to provide better "smoothing". There's several open source implementations that Strava could use without having to re-invent the wheel. Google is your friend. Here is a link to a PDF that explains kalman filters http://www.cs.unc.edu/~welch/media/pdf/kalman_intro.pdf

April 06, 2013 05:03 AM
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Paul Green

Add my voice to the request for a customizable main screen. I can't believe speed and cadence aren't shown or that they made the active decision to leave them off the app in the first place. Can you just see the meeting where this was decided? I guess it was staffed by people that don't ride bikes. What other excuse can there be?

April 20, 2013 03:54 PM
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andrew rawson

Would really like to see current speed, cadence and heart rate as optional to display on the iPhone. Maybe even program a voice announcement over user-definable intervales so you don't even have to look down. 

April 21, 2013 09:39 PM
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Jon Van Order

I agree also with the recent posts - to truly use Strava "during" an activity the following should be available - cadence, Speed (current and average should be available), Heart rate, and why not an option for Power Output (again instantaneous and average)

I also have a question for the community - or Strava - Given that the above are available during the activity - How will you configure Strava and/or iPhone to display without auto locking the screen - so that it is available quickly and safely when needed. (available on lock screen??)

May 13, 2013 09:20 PM
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Anton Gorshkov

Just got Blue SC cadence sensor and was disappointed that I cannot see the speed / cadence on the iphone, nor is the speed from the sensor recorded.  Forced to switch to another app in the meantime to see the data I need.  Would be great if Strava offered this.

May 25, 2013 08:59 AM
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Danny Rose

I also just got the Blue SC cadence sensor and am mystified that Strava doesn't display cadence during the ride.  Please fix this!

May 27, 2013 03:21 PM
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Chris Bruce

This really does need to be addressed. Strava has a great community and back end, but it falls flat on the most important piece for the user experience - the Record screen! I have switched to MapMyRide as their home/record screen is easy to see (Strava's grey is almost impossible on bright days with sunglasses on) and you can easily customize MMR's screen to have whatever metrics you choose.

As a application developer, I know that the data is there, it just needs to be displayed.

Strava, please take this seriously and provide us an upgrade with these much needed specs!!

June 18, 2013 06:44 AM
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Tony de Kroon

Wow, wish I had read this post before shelling out 120 greenbacks for Wahoo speed/cadence and heart rate sensors.  No real time display of these metrics = Strava deal breaker for me.  Will be switching to Cyclemeter or Runtastic Road Bike iPhone app until this is addressed.

June 26, 2013 12:21 AM
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Paul Sanders
@Tony, I also have the Wahoo speed/cadence combo aas well as HR monitor. Try the Wahoo fitness app. It works great at real time display of speed, cadence, HR! Etc. I use this and at the end of my ride I save it and upload to Strava. One touch and done.
June 26, 2013 07:51 AM
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Conrad Wasmer

I concur that live speed, cadence, HR info is key to have - along with the ability to force the screen to stay on. These combined with a decent mount for the bicycle makes for a great tool. The Wahoo fitness app and MapMyRide do this pretty well, but Strava has a better social network and the segment challenges are a ton of fun - it'd be great to see these live so you can see them coming up and challenge yourself to excel in a particular segment.

When uploading workouts from other apps to Strava, is there enough detail to capture segment performance? Can you see how you did on different segments?

July 16, 2013 01:28 PM
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Ian Duff

An update to my earlier comment: Strava, I no longer care what you do on your iPhone app.

I have gotten a Wahoo RFLKT, and mirror Cyclemeter to it. I upload to the excellent Strava web site from Cyclemeter upon completion of my ride. I see no use in the Strava mobile app while riding until I can get distance, speed, heart rate, cadence, power, ride time and average speed mirrored from the Strava app on my iPhone to my RFLKT. I will be stunned if this ever happens.

The only use I've found for the mobile Strava app is to peek at what my friends have done today when I'm away from a real browser. It's become a cycling social app for me, not a cyclecomputer or data capture app.

Strava, please feel free to focus your development efforts on your excellent web site, and deprecate the markedly inferior mobile app.

July 16, 2013 01:43 PM
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Gareth Howell

Totally agree with the comment above from Ian Duff.

The Strava website is fantastic, but the iOS app comes nowhere near the standard required for a bike computer. It would only be useful if you were starting your ride then turning off the screen and putting your phone in a jersey pocket  or somewhere with no intention of looking at it during your ride.

I use the Wahoo Fitness app paired with their bluetooth speed/cadence sensor and it's great. At the end of the ride there is a one click option to upload to Strava which works flawlessly.

 

Ian - out of interest is there any reason you've chosen to use Cyclemeter and not the Wahoo app? I might have a look at Cyclemeter if there are some benefits I've overlooked.

 

July 18, 2013 12:51 AM
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Lucio De Col

I just bought from apple-store Wahoo HR and Wahoo speed/cadence Bluetooth sensors because on Wahoo web page Strava was included on their list of supported apps. Very dissapointed to find out that only HR really works on STRAVA. I just move to STRAVA payment user few week ago  and I dont know to what app change. I tried to use Wahoo Fitness app to use as a bridge to upload after to STRAVA but on Wahoo support page it says that that feature is temporally disable due to technical problems and they give a complicated alternative to do it.

I like to spend my free time to ride my bike and not to switch between different applications.

If Strava reads this comments must take note because as we say here, in Spain, when a Chicken put eggs on new nest, will never put eggs back on the old nest.

 

Saludos

August 14, 2013 08:43 AM
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Gareth Williams

I also use the Wahoo app in their Bike Case.  I would use Strava but find it absolutely ludicrous that there is no live speed & cadence on the app.

Essentials for me are: Current Speed, Current Heart Rate, Current Power (eventually), Elapsed Time and Cadence.

August 22, 2013 08:57 AM
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Darrin Southern

Do we have an ETA on the ability to add cadence to a customisable home screen ?

August 24, 2013 05:57 PM
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Ben Toney
+1 I think it oils make the strava app the only and only app needed If this was to be added, it would gain you more users strava! Sort it out we all want it! I'd even pay for it if it was needed
August 25, 2013 11:50 AM
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Graham Leigh

I'm glad I stumbled on this thread.

I am about to purchase the Wahoo cadence/speed and HR sensors as I beginning to take my cycling more seriously. I'd like to keep my strava account and keep updating it but it seems like I will no longer be using it as a cycle computer 'on the go' if I can't actually see the things I am recording! The fact that a lot of these other apps allow you to upload into strava is good, meaning I can still use the strava back-end to compare segment times etc.

Guys, quick question regarding the app to use on the bike - is it worth getting cyclemeter (and how easy is it to upload/export to strava?) or is the free wahoo app sufficient?

FAO Strava - there seems to be some fairly obvious demand for this, is there a REASON why this isn't currently included? It looks like I will no longer be using your app because of this.

October 09, 2013 01:14 AM
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Gareth Howell
I've got both the wahoo fitness app and cyclemeter and I far prefer the wahoo one.
It's only a few quid so no big deal to try both as you'll have your own preference.

There's really no need for the Strava app. Wahoo fitness is better then at the end of the ride one click uploads to Strava. It's the Strava website that is fantastic, the app is poor.
October 09, 2013 01:31 AM
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Peter Lin

I have cyclemeter, strava and wahoo app on iPhone 5. I'm using it with polar H7 and wahoo s/c sensor. Cyclemeter is much better than the wahoo cycling app in my bias opinion. Uploading gpx files to strava is easy. Cyclemeter gives you nice summaries by day, week, month and year. It also lets you select an existing ride and gives you audible splits like "you're x seconds faster/slower than pr". The UI of cyclemeter is also much better than Wahoo free app. I've also tried 2 other bike apps that aren't worth mentioning.

October 09, 2013 06:10 AM
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Robert Reich

Bummed I was really enjoying the data and design of the Strava iPhone app after my rides and excited to see how adding a heart rate and cadence sensor from Wahoo could increase my overall fitness.

The only real fault I had previously discovered with the app, prior to this morning, was the complexity of finding new rides, I'm sad to learn about fault number 2, one more and Strava's out. I guess its time to start testing other iPhone apps: Wahoo, Cyclemeter and MapMyTracks seems to be worthy candidates. Any others?

October 10, 2013 09:50 AM
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Ian Duff

Cyclemeter vs Wahoo Fitness perhaps deserves its own thread, but I'm leaving it here, as this comparison (perhaps expanded to include other iPhone apps) is the only viable iPhone app solution to speed/cadence/HR while riding. Note, "real" cyclecomputers, like Garmin and their ilk, are also viable solutions.

First, make sure whatever app you select allows exporting your workouts. If not, you're locked in. I'm looking at you, MapMyRide. Bzzzt. Nice try, thank you for playing.

Second, evaluate how you will use an app during a ride. Will you be looking at it on your iPhone in some sort of a handlebar carrier, or will you be reflecting its measurements to a RFLKT? Cyclemeter and Wahoo Fitness are each excellent here, either direct view or RFLKT, not a lot to distinguish them, although Wahoo Fitness has better power reporting.

Third, evaluate how you will use an app at the end of a ride. Will you be uploading your ride to Strava? Wahoo Fitness is better here, although Cyclemeter isn't too far behind.

Fourth, evaluate how you will use the app off the bike. History gives Cyclemeter an edge. This is the only place the Strava app is even marginally useful to me, allowing me to peek at my feed from the café.

I use Cyclemeter primarily, with my iPhone turned off and in my back jersey pocket, reflecting its data to a RFLKT on my handlebars. I suspect I'll switch to the Wahoo Fitness app when I get a power meter, but by that time, who knows? The apps are cheap enough that you can get both, and give them the taste test.

October 10, 2013 10:20 AM
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Peter Lin

In the interest of education, uploading rides from cyclemeter isn't one click. What you do is email yourself the gpx file, then you use the file upload feature on strava website. Here's how I use both apps on my daily rides. At the start of my ride I start both cyclemeter and strava. During the ride, my iPhone5 is in my back pocket. During the ride I focus on riding, instead of looking at a bike computer. When I used bike computers, I was staring at it too much. At the beginning of this year, I removed my bike computer and tried to gauge my effort by feel. This helped me improve my riding technique, which made it easier on group rides.

One thing I've noticed is that apps that use GPS to calculate distance is generally off by 1 mile for every 25 miles. Since cyclemeter uses the speed sensor to calculate distance, it gives you a more consistent measurement. I use strava just for segments and discovering new routes.

October 10, 2013 11:04 AM
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Kevin K

Peter Li,

Getting your ride on Strava from Cyclemeter is easier than that.

Rather than emailing yourself the .gpx or.tcx file just send it to upload@strava .com job done.

Just make sure you send it from the email account that you log into Strava with.

October 10, 2013 05:18 PM
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Peter Lin

I didn't know that. So it's like 5-6 clicks from cyclemeter to upload the gpx to strava. In my case I run both apps, so the download is just for my own backup and data analysis. if cyclemeter adds strava to share option, then it would be even easier.

October 10, 2013 05:33 PM
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Graham Leigh

One thing I can't find - but am assuming - if a Wahoo Blue SC is paired, does it overide the GPS speed/distance calcs within the Wahoo fitness app? - we've already said it doesn't within Strava (for some reason) and does in Cyclemeter?

October 10, 2013 05:36 PM
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Peter Lin

Under the wahoo iOS app settings - biking - data sources, it has: none, combo speed & cad, gps. I generally prefer speed&cad for distance calculation, since GPS drift varies quite a bit. I've been on group rides where the fastest guy ends up being 10 seconds slower due to GPS drift. Terrain and weather can result in +/- 5 seconds for regular conditions. On over cast days with mountainous terrain, I've seen drift as bad as 15 seconds. A friend of mine made this joke segment http://app.strava.com/segments/3793357 which says I went 57mph up hill. Clearly I wasn't any where near 57mph, it was more like 17mph. Strava is fun, but KOM's are really accurate. I mostly use it to motivate myself and try to improve on my segment PR's.

October 10, 2013 05:46 PM
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Kevin K

All of you out there that would like you cadence displayed, Get a Wahoo RFLKT or RFLKT+ its displayed in beautiful LCD .. :)
Along with HR, mph and averages even got watts got to love strava.

November 20, 2013 06:15 PM
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Frank Forcier

I'm really confused with Strava.  They're idea is great. They've even come out with a nutrition thing in Spring but they can't do cadence?  Seriously???  And for some reason iPhones seem the choice rather than the other 73% of the population using something other than an iPhone?  I think I'll find another service.

December 29, 2013 03:46 PM
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gordon griffin

+1.  I can see no technical or other reason for not including cadence on the display - there is plenty of room, and what's the point of collecting the data if you're not going to display it (there's relatively little point IMO in analysing it after the ride).  So what's the point of pairing the sensor?

 

Also +1 on current speed, as average speed for the ride is often a bit moot given hills or traffic lights etc.

As a premium user I'd like to see an ETA or a good reason why not from Strava, or like so many above I may have to look for a new system.

January 08, 2014 01:42 AM
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Ludovic Le

+1

=> Premium user also

February 02, 2014 03:28 AM
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Steve Oreo

+1

high contrast mode + cadence info are essential for pro rider.

otherwise it's just pushing user out for other apps or using strava as second level tool for its social media with other riders.

February 20, 2014 05:48 PM
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Peter Bain

+1 for me to. Current, average speed and distance traveled are all critical to me while riding. I am only new to cycling so I want to be able to monitor those things to push myself to improve my fitness. The only plus I have found with Strava is the Social side, and there is absolutely no way I am paying for the Premium membership for that.

February 27, 2014 02:23 PM
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Elle Anderson
Strava Support

Thanks for all the feedback! I've moved this post to the section for Feature Suggestions. Please continue to vote on this feature, and leave your comments. Your input on this is always much appreciated, and your opinions heard! 

February 27, 2014 03:18 PM
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Darrin Southern

on today's ride, I found that if you click the icons for the connected devices (at the top of the screen) a popover appears, with the cadence and heart rate. it's small, and we already have the heart rate on the main screen, but it's actually there. 

what it really needs is the ability for the user to select which figures are displayed on the main screen . . .

March 01, 2014 04:35 AM
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Rui Nelson S.

Has Elle said, I'm voting for this feature. Another issue is this the fact that the app not seems to gather data from the speed sensor, something that would give greater accuracy to the distance ridden, eliminating the gps errors. For a good data layout to use during ride, please take a look, to the topeak app, and you will see, all the data right there to be seen during the ride, much like the Garmin devices. If you guys add this features, the strava app, would greatly be more appealing. Making the change to a premium user, a sweeter deal.

March 01, 2014 01:00 PM
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Chris Howlett

I'm a Strava Premium user for both running and cycling. I've just invested in a new bike and I'm contemplating whether to purchase a Garmin Edge or whether I can make do with the following combo:

iPhone 5, Life Proof Case & Mike Mount, Polar Bluetooth Heart Rate monitor - all of which I already own, and then purchase the Wahoo speed & cadence sensor (or similar).

If Strava doesn't display cadence in real time in the recording speed (which is essential), then it is an easy decision - Garmin it is.

Can someone from Strava explain why it is not there and if it is on the roadmap?

Has anyone had experience of the same setup that I'm suggesting above? Other than poor battery life on the iPhone, is there anything else I should be aware of?

 

 

March 09, 2014 01:17 AM
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Ian Duff
Chris Howlett: you're on the right track. Get Cyclemeter, or the Wahoo Fitness app, and forget the Strava mobile app. Strava excels on the website, and beyond sucks on mobiles. You might consider a Wahoo RFLKT as a head unit. A combo of Wahoo Blue HR, Wahoo Blue SC, Wahoo RFLKT and Cyclemeter app will be less expensive than a Garmin 510. This assumes you've already got an iPhone 4S or 5.
March 09, 2014 07:57 AM
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Ian Duff
Oh yeah, one additional thought. With your iPhone safely tucked into its Lifeproof case in your jersey pocket, reflecting its display on a Wahoo RFLKT (see what they did there?), your battery life will be fine.
March 09, 2014 07:59 AM
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Mick Neal

I would recommend the newer RFLKT+ that has an Ant+ receiver/relay so you can use Ant+ sensors without needing a dongle for your iPhone.  A cheap extended battery case would give you an emergency reserve for your phone also and give more than enough protection, the super beefy cases are sort of overkill.

March 09, 2014 08:13 AM
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Kevin K
If anyone is interested I just upgraded to a garmin 810 and have a Kickstarter RFLKT+ up for grabs going on ebay any day
March 09, 2014 08:33 AM
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Norbin Cruz

Not being able to do cadence is making look elsewhere. I was about to purchase the premium subscription but this has changed my mind. At first I thought it was I doing something dumb and was very surprise to find out the application isn't capable of it.

March 10, 2014 10:47 AM
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Ian Duff

I will suggest everyone look at the Premium membership as having significant benefit on the website, and to consider the Strava mobile app as markedly inferior to virtually every other available cycling app. Premium on the website offers some Really Cool analysis tools, among other things.

There are a number of superior mobile apps (Cyclemeter is my personal fave; there are others *almost* as good) that can export data to the Strava website, making the Strava mobile app nothing more than a waste of time, and a divergence of Strava resources away from continuing to develop their cool web site.

Strava, just go buy Abvio, please, and be done with it!

March 10, 2014 11:00 AM
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gordon griffin

Getting close to 2 years now, and not a hint from Strava that they are inclined to fix this.  Poor show.

I've just cancelled my Strava Premium sub.  What's the point of paying for heart rate analysis if I cant see HR while I'm riding, or having a cadence sensor at all if I cant see that on screen.  When Strava take a bit of notice and add options to display cadence on screen and have the screen stay on I'll happily resubscibe.  Till then, I'm damned if I'm going to pay for Strava and run Wahoo to get a usable display on a ride.

March 10, 2014 11:03 AM
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Chris Howlett

Thank you all for the advice.

With no cadence & HR displayed in real time, the Strava mobile app isn't going to cut it for me. I do question the value of the premium subscription and will give serious as to whether I renew.

Time to pick up a Garmin Edge 810!

March 12, 2014 03:06 PM
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M.V. Smith

Hi Elle, your last "encouraging" comment to keep giving you feedback was in 2012!!! your still looking for feedback? as a senior cyclist there is a limit to the number of 2 year segments I have left!!! In the short life of the internet many thousands of companies have gone out of business because they didn't listen to customers ...anybody seen Gateway, Lotus etc. recently?

March 13, 2014 06:42 AM
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Rui Nelson S.

I hope Strava keep up, with, apps like Cyclemeter (a lot of options) and Topeak (great in ride display), or I will be changing to another site. No way I'm gonna pay for this service. If gets better, I might!

March 13, 2014 10:11 AM
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Ian Duff
Just saw the major upgrade to the mobile Strava app. Completely underwhelmed. Strava, get rid of your mobile app product manager. They are adding nothing to your market presence, and are siphoning valuable developer resources away from continued improvements to your excellent web site. Get your M&A team to look at Abvio.
March 13, 2014 09:10 PM
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Peter Lin

Cyclemeter just came out with a new version and it is able to share directly to Strava, so there's no point of using Strava app anymore. The new Strava is a step backwards. Instead of adding speed sensor support the time was spent on making the feed less user friendly. Now it shows huge maps, which means now you can only see 2 entries in the feed, instead of 5-6 in the previous version.

March 15, 2014 05:30 PM
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Gareth Hall

Just installed the Wahoo rflkt+ and Blue SC, got it all setup along with the Wahoo heart rate monitor, all working like a charm. The wahoo app has a simple 1 button upload to Strava now, too easy. I'll run Wahoo Fitness ans Strava App on my next ride and see what the difference is in the data uploaded.

 

Do I still have to pay the yearly subscription to the Strava website to see all the extra info I am uploading ? Or can i just cancel my monthly sub and it will still show heart rate etc. ?

 

G

March 18, 2014 03:02 AM
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Tim Clark

How sad, CycleMeter it is then. Is this goodbye Strava for me?

April 04, 2014 08:37 AM
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Ian Duff

Tim Clark: no! no! no!

Continue using the excellent Strava website. Just forget about using the markedly inferior Strava mobile app.

April 04, 2014 08:41 AM
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Tim Clark

That’s a fair point, I've still got a subscription until June. I guess I'll have to make a judgement call after that.

April 04, 2014 10:49 AM
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John Young

Great Suggestion. Please consider the ability to see all the "live" data by pressing just the home button (like iPod function on iPhone). i.e. don't need to swipe to see the "live data".

Leaving the screen on all the time will just waste battery. Pressing the home button once will is a good compromise for people with iPhone mounts on their bikes.I think this will eliminate the need for a bike computer and Garmins all together.

 

I'd like to see the live data like HR, Cadence, Speed (even power) in large numbers with lots of contrast. Then the screen can go off again after a few seconds. Swiping the home screen to see the data can be tricky with the various plastic weather proof covers for the phone - I want my hands back on the bars and eyes back on the road ASAP.

April 06, 2014 04:32 AM
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Ian Duff

John, consider getting a Wahoo RFLKT. It will mirror/reflect (see what they did there?) whatever you choose from selected apps on your iPhone. Keep your iPhone protected, and screen off. Battery life of my iPhone in this state is exceptional.

Cyclemeter is a particularly good iPhone app to reflect, as it's very configurable, the Wahoo Fitness app is another good one. Unfortunately, the Strava mobile app is next to useless.

April 06, 2014 05:19 AM
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John Young

Thanks Ian, I missed your other comments earlier. I will definitely be buying the Wahoo RFLKT (or RFLKT+) Having a quick look, I love the idea. I just got a new bike, upgrading from my 18yo road bike, and decluttering the handlebar is a priority. Do you know much about the RFLKT vs RFLKT+? I have a wahoo BT HR sensor and was thinking of getting the cadence/speed sensor. I am re-assured by your comment about the battery life. Like you, I'm already seeing Strava as a desktop only function. I also agree that the website is excellent. I have a power meter on my home trainer and the power vs HR graph are invaluable for analysis of my workouts. Thanks for your help.

April 06, 2014 06:01 AM
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Gareth Hall

John, I have the exact setup you are after, RFLKT+, BT HR and the Blue SC, all work together like a charm, you won't be sorry. I am running Wahoo Fitness app and on the weekend did 50k and the battery on my iphone4s was at 69% after the ride, I'm confidant I could do 100k easily with no troubles.

Just need to figure out what I miss getting if I cancel my Strava subscription and just go back to using the website non paid.

G

April 06, 2014 01:19 PM
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John Young

Thanks Gareth and Ian. I'm ordering one today!

April 06, 2014 01:43 PM
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Ian Duff

Get the RFLKT+. It has temp and baro pressure. Baro pressure gives sketchy altitude, to compare with the sketchy altitude from the iPhone GPS. Strava gets their climb data from map elevations, so altitude data is like pissing yourself while wearing your black bibs, it's nice and warm, no one notices, and it really has no bearing on anything. Temps, OTOH, are fun to see after the ride.

Let your premium subscription lapse, see if you miss anything. If so, re-up, I'm sure Strava will take your money. If not, cool.

April 06, 2014 06:17 PM
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Gareth Hall

Ian, I will let it lapse this month, and see what I am missing when it does.

G

April 06, 2014 08:43 PM
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Andrew Tang

Give me a display screen I can customise myself, so *I* and NOT Strava can choose what to display or not to display.

I was planning to upgrade to a Premium account but looks like I'll put a hold on it, if Strava can't show me what I want to see when I ride.

April 17, 2014 06:13 PM
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Norbin Cruz
I have been using Wahoo App (available for both iOS and ) then loading the information to Strava.
April 17, 2014 06:23 PM