How to Add, Edit, or Retire a Bike in Strava

How to Add, Edit, or Retire a Bike in Strava

Want to know how to add a new bike to Strava? Want to retire your old bike? Or maybe you just need to update your existing bike? I’ll show you how to do it.

I’m a big fan of Strava. I’ve been using it since the early days and I love keeping track of all my miles on the site. I even have my Garmin automatically upload my rides, so my stats are always up to date. According to My Gear, I’ve ridden over 18,000 miles since I joined, and that number keeps growing.

While having your bike(s) listed in Strava doesn’t really affect your stats, it’s nice to have your virtual world reflect the real one. Whether it’s for bragging rights or to have the accurate size and weight of your bike for your effort calculations, here’s how you can do it.

I prefer to view and edit my bikes on the desktop version of Strava, so these instructions are for the web version, not the app version.

How to Add a Bike in Strava

Listing your bike in Strava is optional, but it helps paint a complete picture of your activities on the app. It appears on every ride, but as far as I know, the weight, gears, and type of bike don’t impact your results. It’s more about telling a story.

To add a bike in Strava, follow these steps:

  1. Log into Strava.
  2. Click on your profile image to go to your profile.
  3. From the left menu, select “My Gear”.
  4. In the center, click on “Add Bike”.
  5. Fill in the details of your bike and click “Save Bike” when you’re done.

When adding the details of your bike, give it a name, select the type, specify the weight, brand, model, or any additional notes. You don’t have to fill in all the sections, but since you’re already here, you might as well.

Your new bike will be set as the default, but you can change that selection if it’s not the case.

How to Edit a Bike in Strava

If you ever need to update the details of your bike in Strava, it’s easy to do. While there isn’t much more information you can add, you can make changes to reflect any significant weight loss or modifications to your bike.

To edit a bike in Strava, follow these steps:

  1. Click on your profile image to go to your profile.
  2. From the left menu, select “My Gear”.
  3. In the center, select your bike.
  4. On the right side of the screen, click “Edit Bike” and make the desired changes.
  5. Click “Save” once you’re finished.

You can update all aspects of your bike here, including the name. You can also add an image, notes, change the weight, or even the make and model if needed. Any changes you make will be immediately reflected.

How to Retire a Bike in Strava

When it’s time to switch your bike, you can easily update that change in Strava too. In the My Gear section, you have the option to retire a bike and replace it with a new one. Strava will then start tracking mileage for your new bike while keeping a record for your old one.

To retire a bike in Strava, follow these steps:

  1. Click on your profile image to go to your profile.
  2. From the left menu, select “My Gear”.
  3. Add your new bike using the instructions mentioned above.
  4. In the center, highlight the bike you’re replacing and click “Retire” on the right.

Your old bike will disappear from the My Bikes section. If you want to see it with its mileage, you can click on the ‘+1 Retired Bike’ text link underneath.

Get Your Strava Rides Up to Date with Your New Bike

So, you’ve just gotten a new bike and totally forgot to update it on Strava. No worries! You can still go back and add it to your past rides. This way, you can keep track of your mileage accurately, and your new bike will show up in the My Bikes section of My Gear.

  1. Select the activity you want to credit to your new bike in Strava.
  2. Click on the pencil icon to the left of the activity to edit it.
  3. In the Edit Activity window, find the Bike section on the right.
  4. Choose your correct bike from the list and click on Save in the top right corner.

Now, if you go back to My Gear and check next to your new bike, you’ll see that the mileage for the ride(s) you just updated is added beside it. Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to make bulk modifications at once. You’ll need to go through each ride manually to reflect the change to your new bike.

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My Take on Retiring, Editing, or Adding a Bike in Strava

Patrik Jonsson says:

Here’s the thing, though. Strava considers your retired bike, well, retired. This becomes a bit of a problem when you want to add existing mileage to your new gear. It would be so much easier if Strava allowed this, right? Sadly, they don’t.

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