The great Strava moving time Con

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Rupie, 3 Sep 2017.

  1. Rupie

    Rupie Senior Member

    Went out on a charity ride today, horrible in the rain, many people had punctures. I was lucky and when I got home found out my official time, and posted it on line for other cycle friends to see. A group of other cyclists were 30 minutes behind me because they kept stopping for rests and one puncture. They then all posted their times via strava, showing that they got home at least 20 minutes before me.
    What a con and very misleading Strava is. You could stop many times, have food and rest, in reality take a very long time but using Strava claim you took no time at all. Its your total time that counts, stops and all, specially on organised, chipped tides.
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  2. S-Express

    S-Express Guest

    You should write to your MP about it..
  3. You should write to the Director General of the BBC.
    Last edited: 3 Sep 2017
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  4. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    I'm slightly amused by this complaint given you were riding a charity event and have this on your profile


    But it gives both total and moving time on Strava
  5. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    Strava gives you both moving time and elaspsed time so the fault is not with the platform.
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  6. Click on an activity. It will give you both moving and elapsed times. Avert your eyes from the moving time, or place a bit of masking tape on your screen to cover it. Look only at the elapsed time.
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  7. To be fair to the OP, while Strava does give both moving and elapsed times, it only gives "moving" speed, not true speed. This is because Strava users can't handle the truth.
    BrumJim, 400bhp, theclaud and 5 others like this.
  8. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

  9. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    Even with my dodgy maths, I think I could do the calculation.

    Personally to me moving speed/time makes more sense to compare my own rides, that way the effects of hold ups like traffic lights are somewhat filtered out.
  10. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    Moving time is also useful when you're training, and your plan is time based.
  11. Two Tired

    Two Tired Well-Known Member

    West Yorkshire
    Ahhhh so it does!! I hadn't noticed it was anything other that total time. Is your average speed then taken from your moving time or elapsed time, out of interest?
  12. si_c

    si_c Über Member

    Moving. I try to minimise stopped time when riding longer rides. It's pretty much the only way for me to get faster.
  13. queasyrider

    queasyrider Still perplexed

    So if I do my regular 20 mile ride as a series of 20 one mile rides I'll smash my best time?

    Or at least I would if I knew my best time or icba to get Strava.
  14. huggy

    huggy Senior Member

    But Segments are total time not moving time so you can't get a KOM up Holme Moss by splitting it into 20 sprints with 20 rests.
  15. Two Tired

    Two Tired Well-Known Member

    West Yorkshire
    Good to know.

    No mate you've got it the wrong way round... if you speed up before the red lights then slam your brakes on you'll spend more time stopped thus increasing your average speed! That's if you do a me and roll up to the lights as slow as possible to try and beat them haha. I'm definitely joking! Nobody likes a skidder!
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