How to use Strava to plan your bike maintenance.

Strava users know all about tracking their mileage totals, but did you know you can track mileage on individual components? How many miles have you done on those tyres since you put them on? What about that chain, or the cassette?

If you’ve been riding a while, you’ll have certainly changed tyres more than a few times, and probably had to replace bits of the drive train from time to time – worn out cassettes, stretched chains. Maybe you like to run lightweight wheels in the summer and heavier duty ones for winter. Given that we spend good money on new bits, and their lifespan isn’t infinite, it’s useful to track the mileage of separate parts.

How many miles has it been since you last changed your chain?
How many miles did you get out of those tyres before they started picking up punctures?

This can be useful to know, in terms of planning an upgrade/maintainance schedule, or just for reflection, to influence future purchases.

So, how to set it up?
It’s really easy, you just gotta poke around in the profile section and find the part called “My Gear”.

In that section you can add details of all your bikes, because like guitars, we all know you can never have too many!

This screen is also useful for selecting the “default” bike, so that when you upload ride data from a garmin, for example, it will automatically assume you used that particular bike, though you’re free to change it from the drop down list.

Clicking into each bike separately, you’ll notice that it’s possible to add components. Specify the item via the drop down lists and free text boxes and then add the date the part was added. That’s all there is to it.

You can apply this retrospectively too, as long as you know the dates. For example, my summer bike had a new bottom bracket last September. By adding that data I can now see how many miles it’s done, and anticipate when I’m likely to need to replace it again.

Using this method you can keep an eye on your vital bits of kit, individually.

Comments

  1. bb says

    Is there a way I can add my bike to the previous rides I have completed? I’ve done 10 rides, but only just realised I can add my Bike/

    • Alan says

      Yes, you can go into each ride individually and ‘edit’. I don’t think it’s possible to batch process them in any way, so it could be a tedious process depending on how many rides you need to edit.

  2. says

    How do you deal with the summer/winter wheels thing? if you “retire” something, there doesn’t seem to be a way to get it back… They should have a “substitutes bench” so you can list multiple bits of the same kit and then chose which ones are “active” or “inactive”?

  3. says

    I was out for a ride this morning and began to wonder how many kilometers I had done on my current chain. Got home found Strava was offline then found your website by chance, very good topic you covered as soon as Strava’s back online I’ll be keying in my component details with approximate values. Happy riding!

    • Alan says

      It’s very useful. The only downside is that it’s difficult to track things like wheels if you regular switch between different wheelsets, as you can only “retire” items to end their use. To get around this, what I do is re-create the item using the retired mileage in the description name. So for example, it might end up being listed as “Carbon wheel 1800″, so then I know I need to add 1800 to whatever mileage Strava says I’ve done on it since.

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