Strava Writing: Words Made By Bike

Bike nerds and fitness freaks meet up at a juncture known as Strava Writing. At least that’s what we’re calling it.

The map-your-route app has gained a large following of cyclists looking to record their bike rides. To “write” with the program a cyclist must ride a route in the shape of letters.

You then save the route and a map is generated with red lines showing where you’ve pedaled. It’s a lot of effort to scribble a few words.

If done with some forethought, Strava riders can write words, draw images, and then get noticed on the social media surrounding the app.

(See page 2 of this post for more examples.)

Pinging around Facebook today is a Strava-generated protest of sorts by Chris Phipps. The “Let Ted Ride” message is in reference to New Hampshire’s Ted King, who was disqualified at the Tour de France.

It took 2 hours and 14 minutes riding the hilly, busy city streets of San Francisco for Phipps to “write” those three words. Worth it? The post did grab attention on social media.

Strava users have drawn images and written short sentences on numerous occasions. See page 2 of this post for a few more “Strava writing” examples.

—Stephen Regenold

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.