Strava inches ever closer to having its mobile app all but replace a dedicated cycling computer, assuming you’re willing to put your smartphone front and center on the handlebar.
In May, they added routes and segments, letting you see those targets in real time as you rode along and create routes to hit as many of them as you can per ride. Once created, the routes would display on your phone, tracking you along the map as you ride…which makes it easier to nail down specific mileage or altitude gains, or just explore new roads without getting lost.
Now, they’ve added a feature common to cycling computers: Auto Pause. No longer will your moving time be much shorter than your total workout time, leaving you with blanks every time you hit a traffic light or stop to snack or relieve yourself. For premium members, you’ll also be able to see your weekly goals displayed right from the app.
Strava’s app is also integrated with Apple’s new iOS 8, letting you start and stop recording through a new Notification Center widget, eliminating the need to navigate to the Strava app during a workout. The
widget also displays real-time activity information including elapsed time, speed or pace, and total distance traveled. This new version 4.2 is available now for iOS, and coming very soon for Android via Google Play.