I use Strava to track my rides, not because I am any kind of an athlete but I like stats and trying to improve. There are a number of great apps out there and TrailForks is my go to for trail discovery.
Everyone wants a subscription which I don’t begrudge and am happy to support as a user. But I won’t do it all!
Strava has great features but I find the trail discovery is too focused on segments. TrailForks is great to find trails but lacks the other Strava features.
We only have a 1/2 year biking season (I do anyway. I am not as brave as some on here).
So what do people think? What is worth it? Which is useful or not?
I use only free accounts of strava, trailforks and Garmin connect. Strava for finding unofficial trails and tracking my route paths. trailforks is better than strava for navigating official trails. And garmin for tracking heath stats. but only because I have a garmin watch. Before i had Garmin, strava was good enough for basic stats. I was wondering all this stuff last year. In my opinion the only thing i found memberships had for weekend warriors we’re the ability to let others know where you are, good if you ride alone in unfamiliar areas.
I subscribe to Strava only for the Beacon tool so my wife knows where I am when I’m commuting or mountain biking solo. But, with the price about to triple when my subscription renews this summer, I dunno if I’ll keep it.
@bennett Have you checked the web interface of Trailforks to see if the stats you want are available? The app doesn’t have this stuff, so some people don’t see it.
Besides monthly and annual distance, time, meters climbed, etc, the trail leaderboards can be used to measure your own progress similar to Strava segments. ‘Pro’ subscription is not required. No heart rate or training metrics though.
edit: For emergency and real-time tracking (similar to Strava’s Beacon), Kaarin and I both use Garmin’s service. It is free – once you’ve paid for the Garmin, that is
Yeah, last time I subscribed, they had carved it up into three separate subscriptions a Safety (Beacon) version, training and competitive or something like that, and I just bought the safety version. Now they’re all combined, so it’s a lot more expensive.
For the data nerds out there, intervals.icu is what i currently use to keep me up on metrics such as fitness, personal bests, ftp. I’m paired to Garmin and use trailforks on occasion for mapping, and its provides all I’d want at this time.
Imo strava has many features similar to social media, infinite scrolling, kudos, and friends lists.
Intervals.icu has more metrics than i can currently understand, 100% more than i need, but its the best ive found so far.