How to spot digital epo cheats on Strava

by deadhead1971   June 22, 2013  

Strava users may find this useful - here's how you can tell if someone has cheated on Strava using that digital epo site.

http://www.scarletfire.co.uk/2013/06/how-to-tell-if-someone-used-digital...

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Oh dear...bordering on obsessive. You're really not a fan of Digital EPO, are you?

posted by tomisitt [32 posts]
22nd June 2013 - 12:22

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Depending on the privacy settings they've chosen, you won't be able to see that info for everyone.

Is the sort of thing Strava could put in to look for automatically I'd have thought.

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posted by CraigS [135 posts]
22nd June 2013 - 16:07

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Tbh if you use strava for its intended use , ie your own training and monitoring, then why worry about digital epo? Sleepy

posted by chiv30 [859 posts]
23rd June 2013 - 10:08

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I've an idea - why not go for a ride with them?

After all, if their Strava says they can do the hill in 40 seconds, but two minutes later they are still huffing and puffing up it, something's amiss.

As for "your own training and monitoring", there are plenty of other good apps for that. What Strava adds is the competitive element.

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posted by PJ McNally [586 posts]
24th June 2013 - 8:57

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So if I 'juice up' my ride using a moped, will the segment smell of two stroke?
I think chiv30 has hit it on the head here Yawn

posted by SideBurn [787 posts]
24th June 2013 - 9:05

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So I guess cheat codes do exist in real life...

posted by jazzykoenig [16 posts]
8th July 2013 - 11:15

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I'm always suspicious of fast people riding without cadence monitors. Lack HR monitor I can understand, I don't always wear mine.... but cadence? Nah, I reckon if you're even vaguely serious you'll have one on all the time if you're putting rides on Strava.
Any segment recorded by the Strava App on a phone I'm instantly suspicious of, the GPS isn't accurate enough.

posted by bashthebox [639 posts]
9th July 2013 - 9:11

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jazzykoenig wrote:
So I guess cheat codes do exist in real life...

Strava is not real life.

Does anybody just go out and ride to see where they can end up without burying their heads in Garmins, cadence monitors, heart rate readers etc? I sound like an old SPD sandal wearer here, I'm really not.

posted by farrell [1400 posts]
9th July 2013 - 11:53

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I put in plenty of fast times on strava and have never had cadence or heart rate, so am I a cheat?

posted by simonsti [3 posts]
9th July 2013 - 12:38

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I take Strava quite seriously, both for the competitive element, the social side and for my own progress. I have a heart rate monitor, but never owned a cadance monitor. With a limited budget, it's simply not anywhere near the top of my list of purchase priorities but I would say I am more than 'vaguely serious'.

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posted by Richthornton [99 posts]
9th July 2013 - 15:00

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Hmm, I use strava a fair amount but I really wouldn't want to take it too seriously. For starters all GPS units ate prone to inaccuracy to varying degrees - eg in a marine environment it is not unusual for a unit to map you on dry land when at sea - what you really don't want is vice versa :-o !
So yes, you might lose that KoM to someone by gps error (or worse) but shouldn't you really be competing against yourself ?

posted by arfa [480 posts]
9th July 2013 - 15:45

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The best thing about Strava is that it is on my phone in my pocket, so I neither have my ride tarnished by the display of real time data nor have to fix unsightly equipment to my bikes. Obviously I mustn't be serious or fast as I don't feel the need for a readout to tell me that I'm pedalling fast.

posted by drfabulous0 [297 posts]
10th July 2013 - 7:29

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Surely the greatest 'race' of all (initially anyway and for sometime after)is about your own improvement? Stravas a good tool for logging rides and speed/distance etc. But like drfabulous mine is in my pocket and stays there till I am safely home, if I improve great, if not then its not the end of the world, the improvement will follow with more rides and less weight. By extension cheating Strava is cheating yourself. So whats the point in that?

One of the great pleasures on a bike is getting lost. That to me is incompatible with Strava obsession. (BTW I wear SPD shoes not sandals!).

posted by SlowSPDRider [22 posts]
12th July 2013 - 17:06

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I did La Marmotte last Saturday, didn't get lost or throw in an extra col just for fun. Strava still had me pegged at 7,400m of vertical ascent. That shows how well they handle accuracy! Thinking

posted by Spatulala [36 posts]
12th July 2013 - 19:27

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