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Strava: what GPS device?

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by rosenamedpoop, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. rosenamedpoop

    rosenamedpoop Turbo Monkey

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    Judging by some of the negative perspectives expressed of Strava on RM, I won't be shocked if this thread quickly devolves...

    That said, here goes:

    I like the Strava concept, but I don't use a phone that supports the app. Garmin makes an array of different dedicated GPS devices that do support Strava. Do any of you use and/or have advise as to which Garmin is best for MTB?

    Thanks :)
     

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    ptd Chimp

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    I purchased the Garmin 200 because all I wanted was the GPS tracking, and it was the cheapest.
    Turns out it's not as accurate as the Garmin 500.
    So I'd recommend the Garmin 500 over the 200.
     
  3. rpet

    rpet Turbo Monkey

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    I use Motion-X GPS for iphone. pretty cheap, works excellent. THe main problem is that iPhone is hell on batteries, but that shouldn't matter for your typical ride.
     
  4. Dogboy

    Dogboy Turbo Monkey

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    I use a Garmin 500. I also use the speed/cadence sensor. The sensor along with the GPS will give you far more accurate speed and distance readings.
     
  5. woodsguy

    woodsguy gets infinity MPG

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    I really like my Garmin 705. It has navigation, maps, and a training mode where you can race a previous track (you own or someone else's).

    Also, Strava is cool for the segement feature but the number geek in me prefers Garmin Connect.
     
  6. sethimus

    sethimus scroll all you want!

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    uhm, you know that there is a dedicated strava app?
     
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    gemini2k Turbo Monkey

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    Who hates Strava? It is awesome.
     
  8. SkullCrack

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    Is accuracy affected by not mounting the Garmin unit on the bars? I have a 500 I've been tossing it in the top pocket of my pack, but on the last couple rides I got some funky data. My GF had a 305 mounted to the bars, and she got wildly different strava data from mine.
     
  9. Jeremy R

    Jeremy R <b>x</b>

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    Strava works perfect on my Galaxy s2 smartphone. Now that I am running android 4.0, battery life is great as well. I did a 4 1/2 hour ride (moving time) on Saturday and even after uploading the info off my phone, I still had 75% off my battery left. I have done a couple of road rides with people running garmin 500s, and our data
    has matched up down to the tenth of a mile. So, my advice would be, if you cannot get a good smartphone for cheaper than the Garmin 500, then get the Garmin and be done with it.
     
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    the biggest issue i hear is from folks who assume everyone who uses it is racing (or suddenly in racer mode) and being reckless and inconsiderate of others on shared public trails. yea, dumb.
     
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    fred.r Dwangus Bogans

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    This biggest issue I have is when people use it on illegal or secret trails. Besides that it's a great app. I use it when it's appropriate.
     
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    I doubt the accuracy of the Strava on my iphone. When I see traces over layed with one another they are off significantly. I wonder if Garmin is more accurate?

    I can't believe a magazine hasn't done a proper comparison review considering the popularity...

    EDIT: Example...

    Strave screen grap.jpg
     
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    Seems to be. I picked up a 200 recently (you can get them for around $100 here at the moment) and got a strange trace on the first ride with it just in my pocket. Strangely though, my phone was always fine
     
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    Pick whichever one is the most inaccurate in hopes of accidentally getting a KOM from glitching super bad. Cheating will feel bad at first, but it will be totally worth it to see your buddies get their panties in a bunch over a couple of ones and zeros stored on a server somewhere in California.
     
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    Hate is a strong word. For me it only applies to how I feel about people tracking illegal trails. "Annoyed" is a better description of how I feel about people using Strava to ruin otherwise perfectly good rides. But I'm not a racer and I don't spend much time measuring myself against others.
     
  16. rosenamedpoop

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    I see... so different level of broadcast/receive ability? How did you realize the difference?
     
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    I use a garmin 500, or android galaxy s2, love both, depends on what is in my car or on bike.
     
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    i use map my ride on my galaxy s2 and its fairly accurate. My riding buddies use strava on there iphone 5s and they always get different readings on distance from each other. I like the idea of the strava koms etc but the inaccuracy of it means the league tables for the koms dont really hold much weight
     
  19. ptd

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    Side by side comparison of point frequency, position and elevation data.
     
  20. Nagaredama

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    A co-worker and I ride a criterium once a week and track it on Strava. He uses his iPhone 3S and I use my Motorola Droid 4. According to Strava he regularly runs through walls and over houses on fast turns. My maps are always super accurate. He typically ends up with slightly more distance than I do. Over speeds for the most part are pretty close. Kinda splitting hairs and on a trail it wouldn't make a big difference.

    iPhone 3S


    Droid 4