Today it’s laughable to think that a vehicle should be built for one purpose and nothing more, but that’s the market we live in. Safety and efficiency are good to shoot for, but many of us pine for a time when we could buy something downright agricultural from a car dealership and take it anywhere with nothing but …
They grow up so fast! Well, I apparently do, because I finally went bikepacking.
Bikepacking test ride #2 dealt with the 2L water jug and some freeze dried food. Everything did pretty well, and I’m now reducing the kit more.
I built the Shimano Alfine 8-speed in last fall after the stock derailleur rusted together. Rode it up north, and then it lost a gear. After a busy winter, I finally got the bike to a shop, and uffda. It was quite a ride.
Thank you, Tim, for recommending the Backcountry Navigator app. The map isn’t 100% accurate but it is a lot better than guessing with Google. Last Monday I went for a long-ish ride to put the app (and my skills) to the test.
I have a friend in Japan, and sometimes (usually) he’s really super awesome. And sometimes (often) that awesomeness translates into finding at my door boxes of random JDM car stuff I never knew existed!
I re-jetted the carb yesterday for high altitude (50 vs 52) with basically zero prior carb experience. Took it for a quick drive on some nearby jeep trails. Despite other needed maintenance like leaf springs, Boo is a champ.
They don’t come around that often. I replaced the clutch lever boot with no issues. Boo is grateful, but he wants his carb tuned.
Mormon Lake today. Couldn’t help myself. The truck did alright, considering the carb is not tuned right and the leaf springs are probably shot. Let’s see your Stupid Stuff in Old Trucks™
It only took eight months. Between replacement part issues (thanks no thanks LMC) and moving across the country, it feels good to finally drive again. It took Boo out for a quick drive down Old Walnut Canyon Rd to Walnut Canyon Nat. Monument tonight and everything worked. Woo!
In 1980, Tucker designer Alex Tremulis and a few crazy engineers hatched a plan to combine an airplane’s belly tank and a complete 500cc Subaru Rex drivetrain. The goal: 100 MPG.
I recently ran across this great page of 1950's-90's Soviet car design post cards featuring renderings by Eric Szabo. It’s pretty great.
My rally has come along
My lonely days are over
And exhaust is like a song, oh yeah
Just a little detour on the way home.
I’m loving the trails around here. Just get on your bike and start pedaling!
Well I’m not very happy with Framed Bikes. One of the last parts that I didn’t upgrade was the bottom bracket. It developed some play late last year and I discovered that Framed spec’d a non-standard 155mm wide BB. In fact, it’s not only non-standard, but not available as an off the shelf replacement part.
Big Life Changes. Moved from Detroit to Flagstaff. Started grad school. No road salt to rot your vehicles up* here. Where do the car people hang out?
Well, rallying has officially transitioned from a hobby/interest to a lifestyle choice for me. While vacationing with my mother in Arizona, we took two days to volunteer at the Prescott Rally. A rally. As a vacation. And she liked it!
The Chevy Corvair Greenbrier was General Motors’ first unique passenger van. Responding to the success of Volkswagen’s now-iconic split window Transporter, the Greenbrier marked not only a time of radical change in truck styling, but also debuted an entirely new body style for the world’s largest automaker.