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Instead of an actual GPS device, I would recommend buying a used smart phone, (The Strava app itself only works on either iPhones or Androids). A "Nothing Special" used smart phone you can usually find for maybe 40 bucks, depending on the model and brand. Download the app and just take the phone with you wherever you ride. It's not a fancy system, but it ...


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TCX and FIT are designed for fitness activities, so they can contain more fitness data than GPX. eg TCX or FIT supports laps (splits). So your device could record a new lap whenever you press the lap button, or automatically after a set distance, eg every 1km. Also they support pauses, if you want to stop the activity at one point, then start again later. ...


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Focusing on the strava bit - its a screwed up strava track. The track shows they flew, and strava's point-grabbing routines have gone wonky. Short answer they did not do it in 11 seconds. They are bike rides though - just a fortuitous error on the GPS signal makes it look like they were faster, and much more direct. I suspect there's some obstructions in ...


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It's a little more than 100$, but you could have a Garmin Edge 20 for 130$. Maybe wait a little for a special or something*. According to the post it's a good little computer and I personnaly enjoy using their Edge lineup. (* the website has a 10% anything coupon with their partner, might be worth a look, that would bring the Edge 20 to 117$, might not work ...


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Arguably, just the time it takes you to get from point A to point B is a perfectly good measurement of improvement (same with average speed) As you say, wind influences this, as does countless other factors - traffic lights, weather (wind, wet roads, snow and ice, etc..) However, unless you are remarkably lucky or remarkably unlucky, these variables will ...


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Use Bike Route Toaster and make sure you are using Open Street Maps Cycling version ("Open Cycle Map). As part of the route finding options under Open Street Maps there is an "Avoid unpaved roads/paths" I have successfully used Bike Route Toaster with a Garmin 800 in the past. I planned out a 1000 km journey across Norway on back roads, gravel (eek!) and ...


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There is way too much emphasis on Strava KOMs, especially seeing there is minimal data integrity control. There are people in every region that I've tracked that make it their mission to be on top. Quite frankly they can have it and some people need that validation. Strava as a system has so many holes, that the 'value' you can assign to the data should be ...


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Is it possible to upload tracks to Strava? Yes, you can upload your tracks to Strava. If your device is connected with Garmin Connect, there is an option to automatically upload your tracks after they're synched with the Garmin platform. https://support.strava.com/hc/en-us/articles/216918057-Garmin-and-Strava If you don't want to connect your device to ...


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RANT - Do not read if you do not want to be offended. A lot of calorie burn questions popping up at the moment. The problem is biometrics has become the latest fashion accessory, and everyone (manufacturers and users) are clambering on the band wagon without stopping to think what they want this data for. Manufacturers want to sell gadgets and make money, ...


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You can disable popular segments in Strava under Dashboard -> My Segments: Then as long as you don't star any segments none will be synced to your device.


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In short no. You're actually better off measuring power, through a powertap, SRM or similar ergometer. This gives you a measure of your physical performance that is absolute. So your speed is a factor of your power output, chain efficiency, wind resistance, drag, tyre performance, road surface, atmospheric pressure, and gradient. It is almost impossible to ...


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I personally use a Garmin Edge 810 which can connect via Bluetooth to your smartphone and then automatically upload rides to Garmin Connect. The auto-transfer from Garmin Connect then allows your ride to appear in Strava almost immediately, however, this isn't without it's short-comings. As per my comment on Mac's answer, I have found the auto-upload ...


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From Strava's Help page : Energy Output Energy Output measures the amount of work you've done during a ride, expressed in kilojoules (KJ). It is a factor of how much you're pedaling, how fast you're pedaling and how much force you're exerting on the pedals (measured in W). Power output is most accurately taken from a power meter, but if you ...


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Challenge if you feel up to it, or move on. Those are unfortunately your only two options. I personally think moving on is probably best. As pointed out in other answers, Strava has no standardization and no oversight. There is no way to know if anyone is playing fair and I think everyone is taking KOMs too seriously. My personal opinion was that KOMs were ...


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As mattnz alluded to it can be notoriously difficult to estimate calories burned, even with a heart rate monitor. As a bit of history, for the longest time it was generally believed that Polar heart rate monitors were the most accurate, because Polar essentially purchased the rights to the best proprietary algorithm available (going by memory, I will need to ...


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You own a power meter - just fit it and go for a hard ride. For others who don't own a power meter (and lets face it, they're not cheap) Its a poor data point, but a chap at work has a power meter and he can compare this number with strava's estimated power. We've compared ~three races and strava's number was high or low by up to 30% So your 230W could ...


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Can you record multiple rides on Garmin 500 Yes you can record as many rides as there is room on the internal memory. Once you have completed a ride hit stop, then hold the lap/reset button for 3 seconds to get the unit to save the ride and reset the screen. This will save the ride as a .fit file on the unit (Figure 1). The Garmin 500 is an older unit ...


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The Garmin Edge 510 can use bluetooth to pair with your smartphone. Then when you save a ride on the garmin, it'll automatically upload immediately.


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Gummier tires (that won't last as long) have superior traction. As far as I am aware, that is the only advantage the KOM may have over you. On dry pavement, slicks have more grip than tires with treads, so your tires being "fairly slick" is not a bad thing. The fact that your time is almost double that of the KOM (that is a massive difference, even if he ...


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I'm surprised that nobody suggested to use an inexpensive hiking GPS, such as a Garmin eTrex 10 (US$ 89.99) or eTrex H (many available on popular online auction sites for US$ 50 or less). They have the same high-accuracy GPS chip that more-expensive GPS devices use, and they have excellent battery life: 20 hours on a pair of AAs. The downside is that ...


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Yes this is possible. First up I'll be completely blunt If you're editing your ride to make it look faster, then you're only cheating yourself. However I know strava's app sometimes just stops. If you have a damaged ride in strava, then use the SNAP tool at http://strava-tools.raceshape.com/snap/ Feed in the activity ID number which is in the URL ...


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Strava (Premium) can determine your speed using GPS data, although GPS can be less accurate than a dedicated sensor because it jumps around a bit. There's no magic way to determine cadence without a sensor, except maybe counting it in your head.


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It might have to do with how frequently the computer writes your GPS location to file. To optimize storage some write out a location to file once every few seconds, but carry out its own calculations on a higher resolution dataset in-memory before purging. If your route is quite twisty this can result in a shorter distance as Strava (and everyone else) ...


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Not with the free version — it displays a delayed average. If you sign up for the premium program you get real-time, live monitoring. What you can do to get live Watts is to use another program (for example the one provided by your wattmeter) to record and view your data live — then export the track to strava after the fact.


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Specific product recomendations are off topic but some general info: Garmin and Wahoo bike computers at least do not need a phone with the respective apps present when tracking rides. Some features that require phone or Internet connection obviously don't work though. Wahoo computers allow direct USB connection to a PC and route files can be downloaded ...


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On your 520 device, enter MENU, then TRAINING, then STRAVA LIVE SEGMENTS. Open SEGMENT OPTIONS, click on Enable/Disable, then select Disable All.


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Having considered between unsing my android phone as a bike computer and buying dedicated computer, I noticed some points that could serve you. Using cell phone: You need a bike mount to be able to look at the data while you ride, moreso for navigation, and they are somehow bulky, just like a cell phone compared to the dedicated bike gps you mention. Cell ...


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Garmin Connect Edge 1000 has Wi-Fi which can auto-upload to Connect - and subsequently to Strava. But the simplest solution is to use your phone? - however this has the disadvantage of draining the battery on it. So probably best used for those shorter training rides.


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I think your question is based on two possible confusing relationships. First a "calorie" is different from a "Calorie"; and, second, there is a missing variable that Strava uses but you can't see: the assumed gross metabolic efficiency (or GME). Strava's energy output measure is Joules or kilojoules. A joule is a watt-second, so if your first ride lasted ...


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Depending on where you live, wind can be highly unpredictable and fickle. I use Google weather (google for "wind speed" and then click on "wind"; n.b. this apparently won't work in some mobile browsers) to get a rough idea of what the winds are going to be like for the day. However, I have found that even this can be horribly inaccurate if you ride any ...


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