No matter what you use Strava for (the camaraderie, the stats, or the results), we think it’s a fabulous app.
Having your bicycle stolen sucks. Having it stolen from your home is even worse. There’s a sense of personal violation that happens when someone enters your space.
Over on Facebook, we saw an interesting article being passed around.
It was getting a lot of attention and deservedly so. Some people stated that they were deleting their accounts, others that they only started Strava from a neutral location, and so on.
Having your bike stolen from home because you used Strava doesn’t have to happen.
You don’t have to be a victim.
Here’s two options to start using Strava safely starting right now.
Option #1: Make your profile private
Only connect to people you know. As simple as that. Most of your riding buddies already know where you live and what kind of a bike you have, right? So if the only people that can see your Strava activity are those that you trust, you are safe.
To make your profile private head to https://www.strava.com/settings/privacy
At the top you’ll see an area called “Enhanced Privacy Mode“. Hover over that and you’ll see a pencil edit.
Click on the pencil to activate it (and then click SAVE)
With this turned on
- Athletes have to request approval to follow you.
- Hides activities on profile page from non-followers.
- Hides follower/following list from non-followers.
- Hides KOMs/QOMs/CRs tab from non-followers.
- Hides Trophy Case from non-followers.
- Hides photos from non-followers.
- Hides clubs from non-followers.
- Hides gear and time of activity from non-followers.
Option 2: Hide your home or office
Just below the Enhanced Privacy section you’ll see a section titled: “Hide your house/office on your activity maps”
With this, you can still be public in all your activities, accept all the friends you want, and keep using Strava like you did. When you start a ride from the place you designate, that place will be blurred from all users (not just your friends). You can set the radius to a pretty wide circle if you like.
So the moral of the story is this. Yes, thieves are using Strava to find homes with expensive bikes but with a few clicks it’s not you they’ll be targeting. Be safe and keep riding!