Today we released some big updates to Strava that we’ve been working on for a while now. Primarily, we have been concentrating on improving the overall user experience — this has meant a reworking of the Strava navigation, a refresh of the visual interface and rethinking some of the more complex screens and workflows. The impetus for all of this work has come from a variety of sources, mainly from the feedback we’ve received over the past 3-4 months from the Strava community. We appreciate the feedback you’ve given us in the customer surveys and support forums — please continue to let us know how we’re doing!
The good news: this release makes some dramatic improvements to the overall look and feel of Strava, as well as to a couple of the most important functions.
The ride detail page has been completely redesigned — the map is bigger, the graphs are richer and provide much more useful information and functionality (including climb highlighting, zooming, overlays for elevation, power, heart rate and cadence), and segment efforts are now included on the page, so you no longer have to pogo-stick between your ride page and your segment efforts. We’ve also stubbed in the basics for ride report functionality. The ride pages are hands-down the most complex on Strava and we’re not done improving them. But this release is a big step towards making them easier to use while retaining all the interesting data that Strava is know for providing.
Uploading has been a pain point for many of us since day one. We are constantly working on improving the upload process and providing support to customers when all else fails. In this release, we’ve also redesigned the upload flow to make it faster and not hold you “hostage” to the process. We’ve decoupled the uploading of the files from your Garmin device (which relies on Garmin’s Communicator plugin, something we have little control over) from the data processing we do on Strava. This means that you no longer have to wait for everything to finish before you can browse your Strava account. Once your files are uploaded, you are taken to the Activities screen where loading bars give you feedback on your ride processing — but you can also leave the Activities screen and check out other rides and activities on Strava if you happen to be uploading a lot of data.
Dashboard, Profile and Activities
With this update, we’ve started reworking the old home page, breaking apart the concepts of a Dashboard, a Profile page and an Activities page. Your Dashboard will now be your default landing page — the place where you can view timely and important information and updates about your activities and your friends’ activities on Strava — and it is only visible to you. Your Profile page will become more and more your “face” to the Strava community, where your friends can see your recent activity and any other information you choose to show. Your Activities page is your location for all your activities, with an improved basic and advanced search that lets you filter your activities by several criteria. We have plans to continue improving and adding to these three pages, but we feel that this is a big step in the right direction.
Avatars for Everything
Many Strava members have asked to be able to upload more photos and images to Strava. Although you have been able to add a user photo, bike photos and other images for a while now, it hasn’t been obvious how to do so, nor have we displayed those images in a way that makes sense. As of today, we’ve implemented default avatars for members, bikes, clubs and events, on top of letting you upload your own images for any of these. We’ve also started using the Gravatar service — so those of you that have a Gravatar account will see your Gravatar image shown on Strava. If you use Gravatar, but want to upload a different photo for Strava, you can do so and it will override your Gravatar image.
It’s taken us some time and a lot of effort to get to this point, but we’re excited about direction Strava is headed. Let us know what you think about the updates in the comments below. If you encounter any issues, please contact us at support.strava.com. For those of you in San Francisco, we’re putting together an informal meetup for this week, where you can drop by and let us know what you like and don’t like about the changes, as well as talk to us about features you’d like to see in the future. Check back here for more information on when and where that will be taking place.