I finally started paying for Strava over the last set of changes to their free service. Who can afford to offer their service for free? I’d never be so generous (unless you happen to be an addict or alcoholic who has a desire to quit, then I’m “shirt off my back” generous – I’ve given my only bike to a guy who needed one to get to work).
I’m glad I’ve got access to the full line of services. One upgrade they just came up with changed their relationship with Garmin forever. It once was, if you wanted to import a route into your Garmin Edge 520 Plus (or better)… well, you’d be better off using Ride With GPS. You’d export your file to the desktop of your computer, hook up your Garmin with a USB cable and transfer that file to the proper folder. It was fast and fairly simple if you knew what you were doing – and if you had a laptop.
You still need the laptop if you’re on the free Strava service (you can’t create a route through the app unless you’re a paying member) and a computer even helps speed things up if you’re a paying member.
Bring up a ride that you want to make into a route. Click the triple dot then select “create route”. Edit the route if you wish, name the route, and save the route. Then click on “Dashboard” and select my routes. Make sure the new route is “starred”. You’re done. The next time your Garmin hooks up to your phone, the route will automatically download to your Garmin.
Like I said, homerun. Granny tater in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and a full count.
Now you can do more of this:
And less tinkering on a stinkin’ computer.