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Strava breaks DCRainmaker

  • 14-01-2023 5:50pm
    Registered Users Posts: 937 ✭✭✭

    I only use free Strava so this doesn't impact me, but DCrainmaker is not a happy bunny.



  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 16,093 Mod ✭✭✭✭adrian522

    Not due for renewal till June but cancelled until there is some clarity around how much its going to cost. Very sneaky the way they are going about the price increase.

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 19,692 Mod ✭✭✭✭Weepsie

    Yeah I saw it on Reddit and then read his article. Pricing makes zero sense and they've shown no appetite to fix dome very simple things that people want.

    I feel like there's less and less into it

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,622 ✭✭✭✭dahat

    Currently pay monthly via 3pay so effectively spending same money twice. Due to this I’ll continue with premium at current rate of €7.99 though will review if it goes up.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,367 ✭✭✭iwillhtfu

    Cancelled my own premium, DC highlighting it made me log on and cancel as it just usually auto repeats payment annually. The premium never really made sense to me no idea why I paid it to be honest. I used it for some route planning but then moved over to komoot. Now back in training I use training peaks. There are so many options now if strava disappeared tomorrow it would be little noticed by myself.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 48,166 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder

    anyone got a quick summary of the issues dcrainmaker is facing/complaining of?

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    prices are going up in some countries and Strava have been very opaque on the communication of same

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,702 ✭✭✭Large bottle small glass

    I got 90 seconds into the video to, I'd nearly have paid a yearly premium for him to stop talking

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,667 ✭✭✭DeepBlue

    Stupid question probably but if you have months still left on premium and you cancel your subscription do you still retain premium "perks" until your subscription runs out or are they pulled immediately. I'm about 99% it's the former but just be sure to be sure..........

    Like others I'm not really sure why I'm paying Strava to show me my own data 🤔

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 24,400 Mod ✭✭✭✭CramCycle

    I like the KOMs, mini challenges that kept me doing stuff during Covid. Is it worth the price, well, yes and no. No it's not, it's too much for what it is and they seem to persistently waste money on side ideas that don't actually give the users what they want. Yes it is, because no other platform I know has as many users which makes the KOM and mapping by both popularity and by being able to see heatmaps very nice.

    I don't see a price bump for Ireland listed but well.

    This said, unless they sort out ebikes and motorists filling up leaderboards, I might move on in July.

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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 48,166 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder

    A price rise wouldn't bother me too much I think. It's less than the price of a pint a month. That's not excusing the seeming dogs dinner they're making of communicating about it.

    I don't see an easy way at all to fix the issue of e-bikes filling up leaderboards.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,191 ✭✭✭secman

    My subscription renewed early jan 2023, €60 for the year , who would maintain and update a training diary for me for that sum ? €1.20 or so a week, works out about 30c a spin 🙂

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,256 ✭✭✭Macy0161

    What I took from the article was why am I paying monthly rather than annual, so did that.

    I find being able to save others routes handy, and it's still the most commonly used to be able to share routes for group spins.

    I used the suggested routes a lot when I was on holiday in France.

    Are the premium features "worth it"? I'm not sure, but it is a an app I use most days.

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 24,400 Mod ✭✭✭✭CramCycle

    I don't live near my club spins, don't know anyone local, so if it wasn't for the challenge of getting a KOM this morning (missed by 2 seconds), I'd have stayed in bed. Sounds stupid but it trains me in spreading my effort, keeping it in my pants and seeing the advantages of exceptional line choices which are all skills I know but never practice for racing. I also got to effectively race an A+ rider who was probably only on a training spin which does wonders for my ego. There are a few segments around where I am second place to him and that drives me to practice. It was also totally worth the bit of craic over Covid racing a few posters, some I beat, some I didn't. Also as MB said, it's the price of a pint per month, I can live with that.

  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 16,093 Mod ✭✭✭✭adrian522

    You keep the premium features until the end date,

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 19,692 Mod ✭✭✭✭Weepsie

    Lots pay monthly as you can still currenly pay with Phone credit. I'm on a legacy plan that means my phone credit is usable for purchases. Three (don't know about other networks) have basically got rid of PAYG and turned them into some hybrid bill option where you get minutes rather than credit

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,901 ✭✭✭G1032

  • Registered Users Posts: 677 ✭✭✭wheelo01

    I dont use the features of premium as far as I'm aware, but I thought I'd like to make a donation to help with costs as I do like the basic premise of the app.

    So what I did was use a VPN and subscribe through Brazil for 119.90 BRL (€21 ish), now, according to rainmaker, this will increase to 149.90 BRL (€25 ish), if this is the case, then I'll stick with it, but doubling to €50 - Nah, I'm out.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,385 ✭✭✭Paddigol

    shambolic management, being a continuation of their management and communication around the pull back of features from the free version a couple of years ago. Seems to be a recurring feature at Strava Inc

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,901 ✭✭✭G1032

    :-) Same here. Still showing as 119.9 BRL renewal, but that's not until June so I suspect it will remain as such until a month before. I don't really use it tbh. The analysis side of Strava is appalling when compared to other platforms (albeit I accept that activity analysis is not it's primary function). No more than @CramCycle does, I used to use it for the odd KOM challenge at the end of a season but I don't even bother with that anymore. Too many motor pacing KOMs, E Bikes, etc clogging leaderboards. Besides, KOM hunting often isn't conducive to a good training session. Actually, come to think of it, Strava serves little purpose for me other than an activity backup utility!! But at €25 I might as well keep it as not. Have till June to decide in any case.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,901 ✭✭✭G1032

    I have no idea what I'm paying for because I don't really use any of this. Wahoo has it's own built in 'Beacon'. I use RWGPS to plot routes (and just in the last few days happened across Free Route Planner for Outdoor Pursuits - which looks very good. Will def give a try and the €22 p/a on a premium subscription is probably money better spent than on Strava. I couldn't care less about global or personal heatmaps. My goals and progress isn't tracked, nor ever will be tracked, on Strava. This leaves segments for the month or 6 weeks a year I might use that feature. Not really worth my €150 BRL dollars.

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 24,400 Mod ✭✭✭✭CramCycle

    The heatmaps are nice if you off road, found lots of random paths, but not a feature useful to most

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,702 ✭✭✭Large bottle small glass

    Shambolic from a free user point of view maybe but Strava in spite of the complaints are one of the few social network sites to monetise users with subscriptions; which is where most of their revenue comes from.

    The money men loaned them €115m in 2020 to grow their business due to Covid, I guess they need to be paid back one way or another.

    They wouldn't need to charge so much or have as little on free platform if they could do what they liked with your data but they have had enough grief with that I would think.

    I've never paid for it and never will but they have done something most larger social network companies have failed to do.

  • Registered Users Posts: 172 ✭✭Bot1

    This is the only reason I kept the premium version.

    I don't use it as much as I used to though.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,702 ✭✭✭Large bottle small glass

    Is there anything on Strava that's not on OSM?

    Do OSM not get that data anyhow?

    If you use OSM Cycle overlay on rwgps it shows up a lot of tracks

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 24,400 Mod ✭✭✭✭CramCycle

    Not sure, I thought the Strava heatmaps was their users only. I'm specifically looking at heatmaps and not trails/routes like on OSM.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,855 ✭✭✭cletus

    I use OSM to pick out tracks and trails, and I use google streetview to get an idea of what it might look like. I then create my routes on the garmin app or website.

    I have a rwgps account, but I don't use it much. What would the premium account offer?

    I have a free Strava account, but apart from it logging all my activities, I don't actually do anything with it. I do find it useful as a way to populate I find that site more useful/interesting.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,702 ✭✭✭Large bottle small glass

    Pretty sure they get all the Garmin uploaded data anyhow.

    Ime what was once a rideable track can disappear/deteriorate depending on forestry operations or the time of the year.

    Does Strava heatmap differentiate between gravel and MTB trails? They can be very different beasts.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 48,166 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder

    strava is unusual in that it's in a sense a social media platform where the free users are not bombarded with ads.

    speaking as a paid user, who is essentially subsidising free users, i want to have power over those i am subsidising. e.g. adding 30s to what was a PR for them, being able to change their names, or reducing the metres they are recorded as having climbed. fair's fair.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,702 ✭✭✭Large bottle small glass

    "I have a rwgps account, but I don't use it much. What would the premium account offer?"

    I only use it for plotting routes and there is useful feature on the paid subscriptions which are useful, especially if you are responsible for sending other people on them!

    There seems to be an "off line map" tool which might be handy off road if it had access to your location, although the just "just figure it out and stop looking at your phone urge" would probably prevent me from using it!