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Old 07-15-19, 08:43 AM
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Anyone tracking gear usage?

Garmin Connect has this feature/component that allows you to track gear usage. As I've been replacing components on my bike (brake pads, rotors, saddle, power meter battery) I am tracking their usage/life using GC. No real reason I suppose. I'm more curious to know how long I get out of a pair of brake pads, for example. I'm just curious to know if anyone else is tracking their gear too. Cheers.
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Originally Posted by NoWhammies View Post
Garmin Connect has this feature/component that allows you to track gear usage. As I've been replacing components on my bike (brake pads, rotors, saddle, power meter battery) I am tracking their usage/life using GC. No real reason I suppose. I'm more curious to know how long I get out of a pair of brake pads, for example. I'm just curious to know if anyone else is tracking their gear too. Cheers.
Wahoo provides analysis on gear usage during a ride is that what you are talking about?


Edit: I see what you are talking about now....gear as in "stuff", not gear as it relates to shifting.

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Old 07-15-19, 08:49 AM
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My bike is new, so I haven't had to replace anything yet. Strava is keeping track of my mileage and all miles are on the new bike. I would like to find a way to keep track of new components once I have to start replacing things.
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Old 07-15-19, 09:16 AM
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I use Strava to track mileage on expendables such as tires, chains, brake pads, cassettes, rims, cleats, etc.
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OCD perhaps, but I log significant maintenance for all my bikes with a pen in a notebook.

It doesn't warn me when something's wearing out, but it makes me feel a little better when the chunk out of my tire came when the tire had 3,000 miles on it.
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I use my Garmin Connect account. Its basic but it will track bikes and gear.
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Originally Posted by NomarsGirl View Post
My bike is new, so I haven't had to replace anything yet. Strava is keeping track of my mileage and all miles are on the new bike. I would like to find a way to keep track of new components once I have to start replacing things.
You can do that in Strava. From the Settings page, click the My Gear link on the left side menu. You can add a bike, and then once you add a bike, you can add components, and Strava will keep up with mileage, both for the bike, and for all the components you add.

Since you say you have a new bike, it might not be that much work to go back and add your bike for each of your existing rides. When you add a component to the bike, you have the choice of selecting 'Since New' or a specific date that it was installed, so once you have the bike defined, it's pretty easy to add components after the fact and still keep track of mileage.
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Old 07-15-19, 11:21 AM
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I started using this feature on Strava fairly recently.

I ride a lot in the summer months and do not always realize that it's time for maintenance until a cable snaps halfway through a ride, so I'm hoping to prevent that.
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Old 07-15-19, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by ted_major View Post
You can do that in Strava. From the Settings page, click the My Gear link on the left side menu. You can add a bike, and then once you add a bike, you can add components, and Strava will keep up with mileage, both for the bike, and for all the components you add.

Since you say you have a new bike, it might not be that much work to go back and add your bike for each of your existing rides. When you add a component to the bike, you have the choice of selecting 'Since New' or a specific date that it was installed, so once you have the bike defined, it's pretty easy to add components after the fact and still keep track of mileage.
Thanks! I had already added my bike which has about 700 miles on it. And so do all the components. I didn't know I could track the components too. I will have to look at that more closely. Found it! I think you have to do it from the computer and not from the app, but that is no problem. For now, I'll just track the bike knowing that everything on it is original. As I replace things, I'll enter the date installed.

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Old 07-15-19, 11:37 AM
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I don't do any such tracking, aside from remembering how long ago I changed my chain (to the nearest 1000km).
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Old 07-15-19, 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by NomarsGirl View Post
I would like to find a way to keep track of new components once I have to start replacing things.
Tried and true low tech.
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I would lose the notebook I wrote it down on.
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Old 07-15-19, 12:08 PM
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I use a notebook to track time/mileage and then I use abbreviations to determine what route I took. Like county road numbers.
Int- intersection
456- county road number
543e- eastward

Stuff like that heck let me take a photo.
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I use Garmin Connect to track most of the consumables on my bike. The reason I started this is because I wax my chains and wanted to setup a distance limit so I would know when it's time to swap out to a freshly waxed chain. Since it is easy to add additional components I went ahead and added tires, cassette, shoes etc., etc. and let it track them all automatically. I like Garmin Connect because I can setup a card on the Dashboard that gives me a numerical as well as a graphical display of the chain miles ridden and miles to go without having to navigated down to other pages.
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Old 07-15-19, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by NoWhammies View Post
Garmin Connect has this feature/component that allows you to track gear usage. As I've been replacing components on my bike (brake pads, rotors, saddle, power meter battery) I am tracking their usage/life using GC. No real reason I suppose. I'm more curious to know how long I get out of a pair of brake pads, for example. I'm just curious to know if anyone else is tracking their gear too. Cheers.
Yes. I use a Google document listing bike maintenance activities with date and mileage going back to 2010 when I returned from my 10+ year bike computer hiatus.

Sometimes that yields interesting patterns. The last batch of OEM Campagnolo shift cables I bought have half the life of the ones which came before them.

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Access Database

About 20 yrs ago I built a database in Access that tracks all parts and accessories on each of my bikes.
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Old 07-15-19, 09:47 PM
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As I am replacing items I start tracking them in Garmin Connect. Battery on the powermeter, brake pads, etc. I am also tracking items for interest. For example I bought a new helmet, so I'm tracking how many KMs I end up using it for. Purely for interest sake.
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I have been using this app
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.probikegarage.app&hl=en

It takes data from Strava, you can track multiple bikes, and each component on each bike. You can set up maintenance intervals for each component. You can tell it for example if you swap set of wheels, or switch tires, or a chain. Then when you put the item back in service it knows where to start tracking from again. You can get as detailed as you want with the components. Once it is setup it pretty much just does all the work. You do have to enter your bikes in the Strava "Gear" section, and then make sure you edit your Strava activity to reflect the bike you used that ride.

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Old 07-16-19, 12:20 AM
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I keep receipts (heh .. another old school method.) Unfortunately, some of the receipts fade over time and end up being little blank pieces of paper.
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I'm inbetween doing it with the help of Strava, Garmin etc. and a notebook: I have a Google spreadsheet for that.
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Anyone else using Rubitrack? It's a standalone Mac app that is awesome for tracking gear and activities. You can set maintenance reminders (every x km, after x many days, x many uses, etc). I've been using it for many years and have only good things to say. Great support in their forums too.
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Just like I-Like-To-Bike, when I wish to keep track of maintenance items I write it down in a bike log. This marvelous technical innovation tells me when a new chain or speedo batteries, or new tires are due. This system has a long history as it was developed some thousands of years ago and continues to work even today.
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Originally Posted by berner View Post
Just like I-Like-To-Bike, when I wish to keep track of maintenance items I write it down in a bike log. This marvelous technical innovation tells me when a new chain or speedo batteries, or new tires are due. This system has a long history as it was developed some thousands of years ago and continues to work even today.
And it lasts longer than web sites that shut down or decide to change "features," the file format is never superseded or becomes unreadable, it's hard to forget the password since it doesn't have one, it's not susceptible to a disk crash...
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Old 07-17-19, 08:21 AM
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Nice. You also keep all your money in a sock under your mattress? :-b
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I don't care how long I have had a set of brake pads. I am not going to replace them until they are worn. My eyes can tell when that is. Same with tires. And saddles. And bar tape. Chains can be measured. When a hub starts feeling crunchy it gets overhauled or replaced. When rims wear down they get replaced. Again, my eyes (and fingers) can tell me when that is needed.
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