Author Archives: Mark Slavonia

Essential Marin Road Cycling Map

A friend just moved to San Francisco so I wanted to make a map for her of the essential cycling routes in Marin that are accessible from San Francisco and the names and markers that we use to talk about

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Essential Marin Road Cycling Map

A friend just moved to San Francisco so I wanted to make a map for her of the essential cycling routes in Marin that are accessible from San Francisco and the names and markers that we use to talk about

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The Simpsons, actuarially

The animated series “The Simpsons” has been on television since 1990.  This remarkable run made me wonder, “What were the odds in 1990 that the main voice actors for the show would survive to 2017?” I did some actuarial analysis

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The Simpsons, actuarially

The animated series “The Simpsons” has been on television since 1990.  This remarkable run made me wonder, “What were the odds in 1990 that the main voice actors for the show would survive to 2017?” I did some actuarial analysis

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How to display horsepower on Wahoo Elemnt and Bolt

I’m a fan of the Wahoo Elemnt cycling computer and its new smaller sibling, the Bolt, but I never found much use for the color coded LED display on the units.  That changed when I figured out how to configure the

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How to display horsepower on Wahoo Elemnt and Bolt

I’m a fan of the Wahoo Elemnt cycling computer and its new smaller sibling, the Bolt, but I never found much use for the color coded LED display on the units.  That changed when I figured out how to configure the

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The Music of “Breaking Away”, free to use and share

The Music of “Breaking Away”, free to use and share Every cyclist is stirred by the classical music used in the Academy Award-winning 1979 movie “Breaking Away.” We hum the Italian Symphony when we train, we sing “Libiamo” as we

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The Music of “Breaking Away”, free to use and share

The Music of “Breaking Away”, free to use and share Every cyclist is stirred by the classical music used in the Academy Award-winning 1979 movie “Breaking Away.” We hum the Italian Symphony when we train, we sing “Libiamo” as we

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Raise the Torch

I suggest that we adopt the Statue of Liberty as a symbol of patriotic support for a free, open, diverse country. For the next few years, and possibly beyond, Americans are going to need a symbol of dissent and opposition to

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Raise the Torch

I suggest that we adopt the Statue of Liberty as a symbol of patriotic support for a free, open, diverse country. For the next few years, and possibly beyond, Americans are going to need a symbol of dissent and opposition to

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When you run out of gears on Shimano, Campagnolo and SRAM

Countless reviewers have compared the components from Campagnolo, SRAM and Shimano but there’s a key feature that often gets overlooked – What happens when you ask for one last easier gear but your bike has no more cogs to offer? We’ve all

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When you run out of gears on Shimano, Campagnolo and SRAM

Countless reviewers have compared the components from Campagnolo, SRAM and Shimano but there’s a key feature that often gets overlooked – What happens when you ask for one last easier gear but your bike has no more cogs to offer? We’ve all

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What Strava and Foreflight can learn from each other

As an avid cyclist and novice pilot, I’ve struck by the similarities and differences between Strava and Foreflight.  Both are GPS-based subscription services that were launched less than a decade ago and have become pervasive and powerful. Both have been

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What Strava and Foreflight can learn from each other

As an avid cyclist and novice pilot, I’ve struck by the similarities and differences between Strava and Foreflight.  Both are GPS-based subscription services that were launched less than a decade ago and have become pervasive and powerful. Both have been

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How Fast is Strava Growing?

I’ve written before about Strava, the ride sharing app that’s become the most important social network in cycling.  Previously I sampled Strava’s member numbers to estimate the number of active and premium members and to survey Strava’s global reach. In

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How Fast is Strava Growing?

I’ve written before about Strava, the ride sharing app that’s become the most important social network in cycling.  Previously I sampled Strava’s member numbers to estimate the number of active and premium members and to survey Strava’s global reach. In

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Flying the new Icon A5

I’m a new pilot with 100 hours of flying time in a Cessna 172, a Cessna 162 LSA, and Tecnam Sierra LSA.  Last week I had the opportunity to get my seaplane rating in the new ICON A5, the light

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Flying the new Icon A5

I’m a new pilot with 100 hours of flying time in a Cessna 172, a Cessna 162 LSA, and Tecnam Sierra LSA.  Last week I had the opportunity to get my seaplane rating in the new ICON A5, the light

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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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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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