Oh Strava – how we love to hate you in all your little orange glory. Where once a ride was just a ride, now it goes onto a social media sharing site where all of our friends can see and analyse it. Where once a week of cycling was just that; now our total miles, time and distance appear on a leaderboard somewhere to be stacked up against the rest.
As destructive to the joy of cycling as all this stat analysis sounds, we somehow find that Strava adds excitement and a little competition to day-to-day rides that might otherwise get just the tiniest bit boring.
The mile clocking up and average speed recording nature of the site does tend to lead to occasional odd behaviour – however. Here are just a couple of the strange things we’ve found ourselves doing…
Riding down the road to add 0.25 miles
You went out with the intention of riding 50 miles of a Saturday morning. Yet here you are, riding up to your door with exactly 49.75 miles on the clock. What sane person WOULDN’T ride an extra 0.125 miles to turn back round and make it end in a zero? Maybe… Every. Sane. Person.