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    It's an interesting business model. Run a startup business cash -ve until you've got people so hooked on the product they think they can't live without it, then claw the losses back in a year by introducing subscriptions. So many people just won't be able to imagine their lives without Strava...and me? I'm reaping the rewards of living in the age of dial-up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oracle View Post
    Strava now seem to be charging, To compare past performances on segments or routes:
    it was free!

    At47.99 pa I think they are pitching too high. At £10 a year I think all would do it.
    Quote Originally Posted by mr brightside View Post
    It's an interesting business model. Run a startup business cash -ve until you've got people so hooked on the product they think they can't live without it, then claw the losses back in a year by introducing subscriptions. So many people just won't be able to imagine their lives without Strava...and me? I'm reaping the rewards of living in the age of dial-up.
    Yep suprising how many people still think there is such a thing as a FREE LUNCH and then twine when they realise the truth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr brightside View Post
    It's an interesting business model. Run a startup business cash -ve until you've got people so hooked on the product they think they can't live without it, then claw the losses back in a year by introducing subscriptions. So many people just won't be able to imagine their lives without Strava...and me? I'm reaping the rewards of living in the age of dial-up.
    Interesting that I've used Facebook for around 14 years now and Twitter for approaching 7 and as yet no word of any subscription, so it isn't essential for a model and I wonder if Strava would be better placed trying to stay free to use as it has been, only charge for enhanced services and using it's database to sell.
    I can quite imagine in the UK a tie up with the likes of Wiggle, Decathlon, Go Outdoors.... might work.
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    Iíve just got my first ever smart watch (mainly for HR zones) I doubt Iíll sign up to strava though, Iíve always been a fan of the clunky geekiness of attackpoint. I know you can sync to that for a small charge

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    I must say, I have been reticent to sign up in the past as it seemed unnecessary. Then I noticed the gradual taking away of features I like and use.
    last week I signed up to subscription and immediately have made use of one of its key features, Beacon. This has provided a sense of reassurance to my family when I set out for long rides before dawn. They (3 young children) like following me and checking where I am. It provides a comfort to my wife also.
    I see it as fair play; I've used it for free for many years, so I'm paying for time already used as well as the present.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matthew View Post
    I’ve just got my first ever smart watch (mainly for HR zones) I doubt I’ll sign up to strava though, I’ve always been a fan of the clunky geekiness of attackpoint. I know you can sync to that for a small charge
    +1 for AP. $25 a year, run out of a blokes garage and no kudos at all!
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    Maybe I am different, but I am more likely to sign up for a service that charges a "reasonable" monetary fee than one which doesn't directly charge me money but sells my data/information instead.

    That said, I haven't signed up for Strava as it doesn't offer me anything I want which I can't do with my own offline tools.

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