On a Friday morning in April, Eric, who declined to give his last name for privacy reasons, logged into Zwift, a virtual cycling game, and lined up with thousands of cyclists from around the world to compete in Haute Route. The Haute Route is a grueling three-day race that, due to the pandemic, had recently transitioned from the real world to Zwift’s digital cycling utopia.
Eric was excited. As a Zwift user since 2016, he regularly participates in the game’s events to prepare him for real-world racing. But as the flag dropped on the start of Haute Route, Eric’s frame…
This article is part of Into the Valley, a feature series from OneZero about Silicon Valley, the people who live there, and the technology they create.
For as long as anyone in Palo Alto can remember, every weekday at noon, dozens of tech workers, venture capitalists, local Olympians, and professional athletes make their way to the dead end of Old Page Mill Road. Here, they gather with a simple purpose: to ride bikes.
Since at least the ’70s, members of the so called Noon Ride have spent their lunch hours hammering through the foothills of Silicon Valley, trying to tear…
E-scooters continue to intrigue us. They’re new and unfamiliar, and they’re also everywhere. Perhaps this explains the sensationalized media coverage on e-scooters, much of which is driven by anecdotes of accidents. But an army of researchers has been itching to unveil empirical evidence to augment the e-scooter dialogue.
I am a soldier in this army.
At the center of the e-scooter controversy is safety. Let’s look at some recent headlines:
The worst motor vehicle accident in my life happened about two months ago. I skidded in the rain and hurt my right leg so badly I couldn’t walk correctly for three weeks.
It didn’t happen in a car. It happened on a Lime e-scooter at night.
I probably should have gone to the ER to address my injuries, but in my hubris I chose to wait out the pain. I got lucky in that I did heal, but the process was greatly lengthened by the fact that I didn’t go see a doctor. …
This is “I Can’t Live Without,” a column about the apps, gadgets, and services that make all the difference.
If there is one thing you should know about me, it’s that I ride bicycles a lot. This year, I have spent 253 hours and 36 minutes on the bike, covering a distance of 3,753 miles, and ascending 223,953 feet.
I know this because every time I go for a ride, my Garmin Edge 520 is there, recording my every movement, heartbeat, and pedal stroke down to the second. …