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FF-01 – Update # 2

Overview: It’s been about a month now since first trail testing the FF-01 and although it is too early to make claims about performance,  handling or ride characteristics, it…

Man vs Machine

Enjoy some pure onboard video from Iannone on his Ducati.  Notice the movement under braking and as he rolls into the turn towards apex, crazy corner speeds and…

Love letter to a motorcycle.

It is very difficult to explain in just a few words what my relationship with Yamaha has been in these past seven years. “Many things have changed since…

Tastes Change

A grasp of the psychological mechanism behind taste may not change our sense of what we find beautiful, but it can prevent us from reacting to what we…

Metal Working Anvil

Anvils, a brief history of heavy metal.

A new channel I can’t get enough of. Essential Craftsman. Essential Craftsman.   A reprint from “The American Blacksmith” September 1914   While everyone is familiar with the…

FF-01 – Update # 1

Overview:   Week 1 was a blast.  I had some time at Kettle and some time around the neighborhood but  also had my first broken part.  The part…

The Vee: Part 2

The Vee had made the journey from Ann Arbor Michigan back to Illinois and that’s where things got interesting.  After it was decided the cockpit was impossibly tight, the…

Aesthetic Contrast, Ideas and Ideals.

Le Corbusier was a Swiss architect, designer, planner, and all around aesthetics powerhouse best known for pioneering Modernism in architecture.  He built the above impractically beautiful building in 1927,…

Clock

Nanoseconds with Grace Hopper

When she’s wasn’t inventing the compiler, or helping invent computers, she was teaching others.  Here you can see how the idea matters almost as much as its method…

Summer Audio Dump ’16

It seems a common phenomenon to be transported back in time, or place based on a song, album, or some other sensory distraction.   Unlike a computer, my memory…

Track Day Bro, with Scott Redding

“That’s the historicness of Silverstone” “Something about babies” Keep watching he goes on, or whoever wrote the closed captioning did.

Carbon Tube Testing

It’s time to build a fixture to test carbon tubing.  For this project I am testing a 41mm tube with both bending and torsional loads as well as…

Mini Ductor Venom

A long time coming, the Mini Ductor Venom production build is finally assembled.  Fit, function and appearance exceeded many of my expectations and early feedback from users and…

How the seed was planted… 90’s

I still remember the 80’s but its clear to me that the MTB seed wasn’t planted in my life until the 90’s wave of recreational entertainment rolled through my…

Vintage Mountain Bike Suspension

Funny Front Ends: Part 2

Last time I promised a history of suspension but i’m more interested in the history of bicycle suspension, and even more interested in some modern history.  This is…

Fig 1. Earles Patent

Funny Front Ends: Part 1

The ubiquity of the telescopic fork is something i’ve always thought to be a curious subject.  The absence of  linkage forks in OEM applications, outside of BMW, and a few…

The Standing Desk 1.0

This looks nothing like a standing desk, but place it on another desk and it works perfectly, but so would any end table.  As an end table I…

The new blog.

I’ve decided to start using a blog as a means of documenting my progress on a number of personal projects as well as archiving some from the past….

A Simple Seatpost Extension

Measure twice cut once, in this case I believe we measured 5 times, and cut 6;  in the end things came together nicely.  The customer needed a fit…

Short Bike History

Trek 820 I’m not even sure of the year anymore but this was certainly the bike.  I remember wishing I had suspension, but then getting it and wondering…

Thaipusam 2014 at the Batu Caves

Thaipusam 2014

I think Mike did a good job summarizing this experience over at igobyplane.com. *Photos by JGW Thaipusam 2014 – Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia    

Scenes from Vietnam

Circuit of The Americas – 2012 Formula 1

The Vee: Part 1

Like all great projects it started as  completely unnecessary craigslist search query “scca, racecar, project”.  This yields results and the gem that sparkled from the group was an…