A mobile phone GPS may have neither the accuracy nor update rate to capture a true distance, and software may extrapolate from what it does provide in different ways. But your car could also be wrong by a smaller amount - are the fitted tires the ones your odometer was factory calibrated to?
I never went back to comment on Strava, but if you open the three maps in side by side windows you can see a difference, how spiky Dave’s track is and how smooth yours is. And mine’s in between, with me almost certainly using the oldest and junkiest GPS tracker of the three. I would have expected a little discrepancy based on that but I was surprised too at how big the difference was; double-digit percentage easily.
Anyway, I guess the takeaway is that you can boost your Strava mileage by a using and comparing a few different tracking devices, if that’s what you’re after.
I also find that if I haven’t rebooted my phone in a few days I sometimes get inflated mileage. When I glance at the track, it looks fine, but if I zoom in the track will consist of short segments bouncing back and forth over the actual track. Doesn’t look like much, but if every10 meters gets recorded as a segment 11 meters long, well that can add up over a longer ride.
Also, don’t forget to stop your tracker at the end of your ride… I got 2nd overall on a hill climb segment last week with my 26" muni, except that it was in the trunk and I was driving
YES! Unicycle category, please! Then we can compare ourselves to other unicyclists and not be mere ant specks in relation to our two-wheeled brothers and sisters who do times we can’t compete with.
Of course you’re still going to have to specify which uni you were riding, since a 26" Muni does things a little slower than a 36" Schlumpf, etc.
BTW, I can report that the Strava app on the Apple Watch does work, and tells you your speed on the fly, but only after a brief delay each time you want to check. I will hold up my wrist for a few seconds, then look down to see it light up and show me the current stats. I’m pretty sure you don’t need to even have your phone with you, but I haven’t tested that yet (I want to have a phone on me when I’m on long rides). You can do the whole thing on the watch though, and never pull out your phone.
Yup. I do the same thing with my Fitbit Charge2. I linked my fitbit account to Strava (I’m Jason Little (Unicycle) on Strava, BTW), and it automatically syncs everything. I love being able to see all the current stats of a ride real-time on the watch without having to take out my phone. Plus, I can operate the watch with gloves on.
I would love a devoted unicycle category! All of my miles are 100% unicycle, so that’s not a problem, but I don’t even bother creating public segments because every bicyclist out there eclipses my times.
The problem for me with fully separate category are segments. I have nobody around to compare with, so I would be the KOM handler on all climbs I defined. For this reason I prefer to have same activity type, just other bike type.