Over the past week, nature flipped a switch. Suddenly, like migrating birds, the 100º weather had flown to the southern hemisphere, leaving behind clouds, cooler temperatures and even traces of precipitation. Basically, the perfect ingredients for successful dirt bike rides. All summer, I’d stuck to shorter, partially shaded rides, or banked on getting in my mileage before the heat of the day and now I felt comfortable taking off up my favorite dirt climbs. (more…)
I often wonder what would happen if I wasn’t able to use my legs any longer, so this video from Strava really struck me:
“Glenn’s first handcycle ride from the hospital parking lot is one of our most inspiring uploads of all time: “That was kind of the beginning for me. It allowed me to physically start to build up the strength that I didn’t have in order to become self-sufficient and push around my wheelchair and get stronger. It allowed me to tell the multisport community that had been there for me from the very beginning of my accident, ‘You know I’m getting through this and we are gonna overcome this and everything is going to be alright.’ And it set the wheels in motion to put me back on the path of being a competitive athlete again. Ten months to the day of the accident, I handcycled my first half marathon.””
Athletic accomplishments are far removed from the curated “selfie” life of many social media apps. You can’t fake the funk when it comes to your exercise data. Perhaps that’s what Strava is going for in their latest video?
Rides have highs and lows. Pain and excitement. Strava takes on these emotions with the Strive series. All of which are super short and concise, showcasing ride and dirt. Play the first one to view the whole series.
Strava wants you to commute to work everyday but if that’s asking too much at first, why not try it on May 10th, when the rest of the world is observing Global Bike to Work Day? This isn’t just some marketing ploy either. Strava uses that data for Metro, a pool of user-submitted information that help people, including city planners, understand how humans use their cycling infrastructure. This ultimately results in a better, safer city for you to ride your bike in.
Though, remember, don’t blow up the spot. Turn off your Strava when poaching! I mean, don’t poach! Or something…
Photo by Ashley Gruber
If anyone knows a year’s worth of documented rides, it’s Strava. Check out their Year in Ride post at Strava Stories!
It’s always great to see two brands you admire join forces, even if it’s for something as simple as a cycling cap. Cadence and Strava did just that, designing a cap that will pull a chord in both design geeks and diehard fanboys. Head over to Strava to pick one up.
Photos by Jered and Ashley Gruber
The Grubers were at the Tour this year, documenting the monumental event. They did an exceptional job capturing the people and places that make the Tour such a unique race. See the full story at Strava.
To the pizza shop! Or maybe the coffee shop? Kidding, of course. Here’s a nice video from Strava featuring some unique views from around the globe.
Rather than being limited to strictly Instagram, Strava now allows you to upload as many ride photos as you’d like, directly to your activity. This opens the doors for sharing your rides and browsing what others see during their daily routes. To commemorate this new feature, Strava has a great blog post up featuring some of their favorite photographers. Head to the Strava Blog to see more.