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Strava Premium adds smartphone and smart watch insurance protection for members
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USA Cycling RIDE membership offers supplemental accident insurance and roadside bicycle repair for cyclists

Two new benefits are available through two of the largest overseers of cycling activity: Strava and USA Cycling. Starting with the latter, USA Cycling is now offering a $50/year membership in RIDE. It’ll provide $25,000 in supplemental insurance for accidents during any organized event, regardless of whether it’s USA Cycling sanctioned or not; Legal assistance from Bike Law; and 24/7 roadside assistance and flat repair…even a ride home within 20 miles of the incident. During which you can contemplate why you haven’t learned how to change a flat.

As part of the membership, you’ll also get a limited edition USA Cycling T-shirt, phone pouch, discounts from Bike Flights, Training Peaks and Volkswagen, and a year’s subscription to Bicycling Magazine so you can learn how to change a flat. And get six pack abs. And learn six foods you definitely shouldn’t eat as a cyclist.

Upgrade your RIDE membership to RIDE Plus for $150 and you’ll get an USAC Assos jersey and 10% off anything in the USA Cycling web store.

Strava Premium adds smartphone and smart watch insurance protection for members

Meanwhile, Strava Premium members will now enjoy up to $600 of replacement insurance for smartphones, watches and other GPS devices should you wreck and damage them. The insurance will also cover taxi reimbursement for mechanical breakdowns, running race entry reimbursement (in case you get injured) and further discounts on bike, travel, life and health insurance. Other new perks for Premium include discounts from Wiggle, Science in Sport, and New Balance. Check out all the perks on their new Premium landing page here.

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James Grosser
James Grosser
5 years ago

Does the Strava insurance cover dropping your phone during a ride while checking your segments? Asking for a friend….

Joe
Joe
5 years ago
Reply to  James Grosser

Ah, I wish BR had a prop button for your comment.

Colin M
Colin M
5 years ago

Appreciate the Bicycling mag jokes. Keep them coming

Graham
Graham
5 years ago

the strava offering is a joke. first it has so many exceptions that very few if any will ever use it. second, so many of us have made so many suggestions that would be easy to implement that strava has ignored.

i am surprised with how much i love the strava community of triathletes and athletes i follow and who follow me and how much i dislike (to put it mildly) strava the company.

FFM
FFM
5 years ago

Now I don’t want to be that guy but… Shouldn’t the USA Cycling kit be made by a company based in the USA? Correct me if I’m wrong but Assos is Swiss.

JD
JD
5 years ago
Reply to  FFM

“Shouldn’t”…. according to what laws or regulations?

AFAIK Usa Cycling has Assos as their kit sponsor, so it would only be logical that they supply the kit right? Apparently no US kit manufacturer was interested enough to make American Cycling Great Again to pony up more sponsoring money than the Swiss.

Matteo
Matteo
5 years ago
Reply to  FFM

No, absolutely not. It’s USA *cycling.* Not USA *manufacturing* or *sewing.* This whole “Buy American” canard is ridiculous and the reason we can’t have nice things, like trains, for example (USA manufactured trains being much, much more expensive than trains made elsewhere.)

Fred
Fred
5 years ago
Reply to  Matteo

Thank you!

TJenn
TJenn
5 years ago

Is USA Cycling still a thing?

comrad
comrad
5 years ago
Reply to  TJenn

If you race it has to be

Robin
Robin
5 years ago

It’s a good idea to read DCRainmaker’s story on this at points out the significant requirements and exceptions to this coverage.

Dave
Dave
5 years ago
Reply to  Robin

Thanks for the heads up about all the caveats and requirements for the phone coverage. It does sound much less attractive now after reading that.

It’s under DCRainmaker’s “Blog” section if anyone has trouble finding it.

Taylor Wegrzyn
3 years ago

wish I had done this last year after this had just become available…smashed my new apple watch. Didn’t break any bones in the crash and was left with some nice road rash, but many losing that watch HURT!

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