EDIT: Regrettably, moments after publishing this blog I was informed that entry to this program is currently closed. I guess the response was huge. You can, however, sign up to be notified of future availability, and I recommend that you do!
Competitive Cyclist‘s “Get Paid To Ride” promotion has been blowing up all over social media lately, but I know many of you want nothing to do with Facebook and the like. This is such a great promotion that I wanted to blog about it this morning for those of you who are not aware of the program. If you ride a bike regularly and for any appreciable amount of time, you will definitely want to get in on this one.
Here’s the deal: Competitive Cyclist will give you $1.00 in store credit for every hour you ride your bike. You can earn up to $40.00 per month in store credit, and once the month is over you have a full month to use the store credit. No strings, no minimum purchase. It’s just free money for doing what you already love to do: ride your bike.
I always ride well in excess of 40 hours each month, so for me it’s like getting a pair of nice cycling gloves, a few tubes, a new chain, chain lube, etc. each and every month for free! Of course if I need something more expensive, I’ve got an instant $40.00 discount on that item.
Here are the complete program details:
Each credit is worth $1.00 towards any purchase and may not be redeemed for cash.
- Moving time of the ride must be at least 60 minutes to begin earning credits
- After the first hour and a half, credits accumulate in half-hour increments.( < 60mins = $0.00, 60-89mins = $1.00, 90-119mins = $1.50, 120-149mins = $2.00, Etc.)
- Rides need to be uploaded the day they are completed to be valid
- Credits will be deposited into your Competitive Cyclist account within 24 hours
- Credits will expire at 11:59pm MT on the last day of the following month. For example, credits earned for a ride in March will expire on April 30th
- You can receive up to 40 credits per month
- Credits are non-transferable
- Multiple credits can be combined when placing an order
- Time is measured in moving time
- Manual entries do not count
- Only the Strava activity of “cycling” will count
- Activity completed prior to syncing accounts does not count
The program is 100% free, is very straightforward and once you enroll everything is automatic. I just signed up a few days ago, and I’ve already earned $12.50.
Of course you must set up an account on Competitive Cyclist and, as noted above, you must have a Strava account (also free). You’ll need to log your rides on Strava for them to count towards the promotion.
If you’ve been avoiding Strava simply because you don’t care about segments, then you’ve not been paying attention. Strava is great for all sorts of things, and I’ve written numerous articles discussing those features. Here are just a few:
- An underutilized, but very useful Strava feature: component mileage tracking – Published April 16, 2013
- Don’t care about Strava segments? There is more to Strava than you think – Published October 16, 2013
- In depth: Strava’s “Best Efforts Power Curve” feature – Published April 28, 2014
- A very cool Strava Labs tool: Activity Playback – Published August 6, 2014
- Strava’s “Fitness and Freshness” feature – Published August 7, 2014
- Raceshape is now a part of Strava – Published September 2, 2014
- Power PRs vs KOMs: all that glitters is not gold; New FTP established – Published November 20, 2014
…so stop being such a curmudgeon and go sign up already. Even if you don’t care about segments, Strava’s cool.