Strava and the Olympics

As the Olympic Games approach I want to investigate an interesting question – can athletes post their Olympic cycling performances on Strava?  Will they? Strava posts from top cycling races have become a new and fascinating way for fans to follow and

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Strava and the Olympics

As the Olympic Games approach I want to investigate an interesting question – can athletes post their Olympic cycling performances on Strava?  Will they? Strava posts from top cycling races have become a new and fascinating way for fans to follow and

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Drinking fountains of Florence and Tuscany

One of the surprises about Italian cycling is that most riders carry only one water bottle, even on the hottest days.  In Tuscany you are never far from the next village, and in virtually every village there’s a public water fountain.

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Drinking fountains of Florence and Tuscany

One of the surprises about Italian cycling is that most riders carry only one water bottle, even on the hottest days.  In Tuscany you are never far from the next village, and in virtually every village there’s a public water fountain.

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Summer Solstice at the Duomo Gnomon in Florence

If you’ve even been to a European cathedral, your guidebook may have mentioned some spot on the floor or window on the dome that was supposed to mark special solar and calendar events.  Usually these are indecipherable and after a

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Summer Solstice at the Duomo Gnomon in Florence

If you’ve even been to a European cathedral, your guidebook may have mentioned some spot on the floor or window on the dome that was supposed to mark special solar and calendar events.  Usually these are indecipherable and after a

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A bike build for Adam Savage

I admire Adam Savage, one of the hosts of Mythbusters.  Adam and I are about the same age and share some of the same interests – for instance, we both took up juggling as teens. Now that Mythbusters is off

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A bike build for Adam Savage

I admire Adam Savage, one of the hosts of Mythbusters.  Adam and I are about the same age and share some of the same interests – for instance, we both took up juggling as teens. Now that Mythbusters is off

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The End of the Summit Marker Project

I’ve always loved the kilometer markers and summit monuments on European roadsides. They inspired me to make summit markers for the local climbs that I love best. I hoped that if I made the markers look official, no one would think it was

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The End of the Summit Marker Project

I’ve always loved the kilometer markers and summit monuments on European roadsides. They inspired me to make summit markers for the local climbs that I love best. I hoped that if I made the markers look official, no one would think it was

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Civilization On A Stick

Here’s my idea for a inexpensive stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift.  Take a bunch of the greatest works of literature that are now in the public domain, load them on a USB thumb drive, and give Civilization On A

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Civilization On A Stick

Here’s my idea for a inexpensive stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift.  Take a bunch of the greatest works of literature that are now in the public domain, load them on a USB thumb drive, and give Civilization On A

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Wacky Cycling Inventions I’ve tried, Part II – Skewers!

This post reviews two specialty quick-release skewers that I’ve tried.  Though both showed promise and original thinking, ultimately neither made it into my permanent kit. Mavic Anti-Theft Quick Release Skewer This clever little product is designed to prevent wheel theft.

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Wacky Cycling Inventions I’ve tried, Part II – Skewers!

This post reviews two specialty quick-release skewers that I’ve tried.  Though both showed promise and original thinking, ultimately neither made it into my permanent kit. Mavic Anti-Theft Quick Release Skewer This clever little product is designed to prevent wheel theft.

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The My Way Workout

Fed up with complicated intervals, unreachable wattage targets and boring hill repeats?  Try the My Way Workout. Frank Sinatra performed into his eighties while enjoying the late night company of mixed drinks, unfiltered camel cigarettes and the most beautiful women in

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The My Way Workout

Fed up with complicated intervals, unreachable wattage targets and boring hill repeats?  Try the My Way Workout. Frank Sinatra performed into his eighties while enjoying the late night company of mixed drinks, unfiltered camel cigarettes and the most beautiful women in

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#Equinoon – Measure a shadow at mid-day on the equinox – the coolest, easiest science experiment

Update – This worked spectacularly well.  To avoid the fog I hustled over to the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, where the life-sized whale provided a great backdrop for my photos.  The sun shone bright at 1:02 p.m. (solar

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#Equinoon – Measure a shadow at mid-day on the equinox – the coolest, easiest science experiment

Update – This worked spectacularly well.  To avoid the fog I hustled over to the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, where the life-sized whale provided a great backdrop for my photos.  The sun shone bright at 1:02 p.m. (solar

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Wacky Cycling Inventions I’ve Tried – Aftershokz Bluez 2 Bluetooth Headphones

Conclusion – these $80 off-the-ear wireless headphones work This is the first in an occasional series of posts about strange and creative cycling products that I’ve tried, for better or worse. There’s a lot of victim-blaming in the fact that,

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Wacky Cycling Inventions I’ve Tried – Aftershokz Bluez 2 Bluetooth Headphones

Conclusion – these $80 off-the-ear wireless headphones work This is the first in an occasional series of posts about strange and creative cycling products that I’ve tried, for better or worse. There’s a lot of victim-blaming in the fact that,

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