Hides the face, Lies the Snake.

In my eyesIndisposedIn disguiseAs no one knowsHides the faceLies the snakeAnd the sunIn my disgrace Boiling heatSummer stench‘Neath the blackThe sky looks deadCall my nameThrough the creamAnd I’ll hear youScream again [Chorus:]Black hole sunWon’t you comeAnd wash away the rain?Black hole sunWon’t you come?Won’t you come? StutteringCold and dampSteal the warm windTired friendTimes are goneFor […]

Funny Fork Major Update

It was finally time for the Funny Fork to receive some updates.  So here is what has been done. Updated Triple Clamp which includes bonded and pressed steerer with lower as well as stem integrated with upper clamp.   Larger diameter ‘strut’ tube bonded to existing strut lower.  Existing strug lower was cut to leave a […]

GT Performer Junior Restoration

My brothers child has grown to two wheel age and our childhood bike was removed from moth balls. It made sense to put a bit more time into making it proper for the young one. I stripped the frame with sandblasting before using self etching primer, and a single stage to match the original paint. […]

Fiat Spider 124: My short history.

Somewhere in my automotive history a seed was planted, it was an Italian seed and to this day i’m not sure how it was watered or why it bothered to blossom.  My history prior to purchasing my first Italian car mostly consisted of those other Axis Powers; Germany and Japan, the Americans having long since […]

2017 Book List

Not that anyone asked, but these are some of my favorite reads of the year.  Some of this is technical, some fiction, some documentary, maybe some not even good, but this is what I have been digesting.  I recommend all these despite having all sorts of reservations.  p.s. I use Audible for most stuff.  If […]

Tuning for Speed – A free book about engines and tuning by P.E. Irving

Years ago I was given a copy of Tuning for Speed by P.E. Irving.  This book was turned slowly, page by page examining the methods and techniques used by tuners for the past 60 years.  First published in 1948 this book came with a forward warning that if this information were not revised it would […]

Funny Fork – Data Logging

The Funny Fork future involves public testing including data collection with hope for scientific testing to parallel ‘seat of the pants’ rider feedback.   Data collection will be visual from action cameras, digital in the form of GPS, rotational, linear movement and pressure sensors, as well as of course rider feedback.  I expect to take […]

Funny Fork – Ride VLOG 1 – Low to Zero Trail Setup

Ridden today is the FF-02 on Silver Lake Wisconsin local singletrack. This setup is a low to Zero trail setup meaning the self centering forces acting upon the wheel are less and subsequently the rider requires more input. Results were as expected, very light and very flick-able steering and all the benefits which come with […]

Funny Fork – Public Introduction

The Funny Fork project started as the simple desire to understand the handling characteristics of suspensions systems which were non telescopic in nature.  Having few modern interpretations of linkage suspension systems available to test and tinker, I set about creating one.  My goal was a prototype which would allow for a variety of setup options […]

Wireless VR Headset by Serious Simulations

Although this project is still in development it’s time to share some progress.  Serious Simulations reached out to JGW looking to move their Industrial Design by Peter Solomon Design into a prototype package.   This involved some engineering and design as well as prototype tooling for a Carbon Fiber portion of the enclosure.  Due to the time […]

CAD/3D Model Repository

After years of amassing a large model database of cad models it was about time to contribute to the online community.   Luckily tools exist like Thingiverse.com, and Grabcad to help organize content and distribute files among those in need. If you are interested in downloading these models click the related link to head to […]

Running list of 3d Printing Tips

For years I managed to outsource rapid prototyping but as costs decreased and material properties improved it became reasonable to bring some work in house.  The first printer I ran was at Three R Plastics and was a Taz 5 without an enclosure.  The ambient temperature swings of an efficient office environment proved detrimental to long builds […]

2016 Book list

Not that anyone asked, but these are some of my favorite reads of the year.  Some of this is technical, some fiction, some documentary, maybe some not even good, but this is what I have been digesting.  I recommend all these despite having all sorts of reservations.  p.s. I use Audible for most stuff.  If […]

The Miata

Like all Miata’s this one has long a story and my time with it has been great, but I’m in need of some more space so it’s time to move on.  Nothing special about this build except the rack which is a custom mild steel/cromoly assembly that allows the use of any single roof rack bike mount […]

Rebuilding my 3d Printer (Head Alignment)

Sometime in 2015 I picked up a 3D printer at MicroCenter of the open box variety.  The few hundred in savings out of the gate seemed a good bargain at the time but it also meant the second extruder was malfunctioning out of the box, and a few parts were missing.  Not unlike most second […]

Rocket Sled – Mach 8.5 Rail Line

It seems obvious to me after viewing that the Rocket Sled must have been produced to test new materials at speed, but what wasn’t obvious were the methods and means used to physically achieve the braking and acceleration requirements as well as recording the telemetry. These days tests like this are still conducted an example […]

Manor Racing Posters

They may not be on the pointy end of the grid but their creative direction is on point.   Every race they have released a race themed poster, not a new concept but done well enough to wish I knew who was making these.  If you know do tell…?  Also it should be noted a […]