Posts Tagged ‘chrome’

San Francisco’s Most Famous Car of 2014: A “Mirror-Finish Aston Martin Rapide, Because Eff You, That’s Why”

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

[UPDATE: Word on the street is that the driver lives in The Avenues, where he has a rep for driving too fast out there. Word on the street is that the driver has a "neckbeard."]

I seen this $200k+ Aston Martin Rapide all over town – I seen it I seen it! In the Financh, the SoMA, the Fillmore, pretty much all over the 1/8th of a pie slice that is northeastern SF.

(This ride has now officially stolen the thunder of that Kandy-Kolored Gold-Flake Streamline Baby Lambo used as a daily driver(!) by a CCSF junior college student.)

So, why the mirror finish, dahling? Well, per Arlen of Flickr, “because fuck you, that’s why.”

And, has this garish Aston been registered in California yet? Well, maybe, but if it has a CA license plate, it’s certainly not mounted on the back where it should be, and that’s odd, because it’s been in town for a while, oh well.

Who can solve this mystery?

As seen being driven, poorly, in the Upper Fillmore area…

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Fashion Update: Cruel Shoes at 7:00 AM – Travis Bickle, Apple, Chrome Bags, Diadora, and Cruel, Cruel Platform Pumps

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

All your favorite brands of 2012 are here!

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Reading Comic Books and Sucking Down Coca-Colas in North Beach – Good Times with nettie r. harris and Mikey Baratta

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Not half bad, mikey Baratta PHOTOGRAPHIC, not half bad:

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A Polaroid Hipster Visits the TransAmerica Building

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

See? I told you.

And, of course, he has the inevitable Chrome bag:

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Cause doing anything the easy way, the banal, the normal way, well, that’s no fun at all…

Here Comes Mission Workshop with “The Vandal” Expandable Cargo Bike Backpack

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Well here’s something new under the sun. It’s the Vandal cargo pack for cyclists from the Mission Workshop.

See? It expands, thusly:

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So you can carry a pony keg of delicious, if warm, Sierra Nevada on your back, or, indeed, an entire bike:

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Their video shows you how it works. (Try not to yell out “co-option, co-option” as you see two tandem riders participating in Halloween Critical Mass 2009.)

Mission Workshop is just getting started, so they don’t yet have a retail store. But they do have a full-on corporate-style media campaign. Here it is, enjoy:

“Introducing Mission Workshop and Their First Expandable Cargo Backpack ‘The Vandal’

Mission Workshop is a San Francisco based company located in the heart of the Mission District.  The company was born from over 15 years experience designing and manufacturing messenger bags and clothing. The founders of the bag company Chrome opened Mission Workshop in October of 2009 and just released their first backpack called “the Vandal.”

The Vandal is a weatherproof backpack designed for cyclists and anyone else that relies on their bag to get them through the day.  It’s big enough to handle your daily gear and expands for additional cargo when needed.  The Vandal’s expansion system gets bigger without using extra fabric and seals flat to disappear when not needed.

According to co-founder Bart Kyzar, “Most people prefer as small of a pack as possible but regularly need extra carrying capacity.  Even with a full load, the Vandal can expand to accommodate an additional bag of groceries or a case of your favorite brew.  It easily turns from 1200 cubic inches into 2200 cubic inches on the fly.”

The pack incorporates three built in compartments. The main roll top compartment is large and has RF welded seams making it completely waterproof.  The middle compartment is perfect for a laptop and the smaller compartment is designed for personal organization.  In addition to these, the expandable area is always ready for use when needed.

The Vandal has also stepped up the design on the backpack harness by integrating a frame sheet and fiberglass rods for support and comfort.  This makes the Vandal much more comfortable than other cycling packs and has given it enhanced stability under heavy loads. The Vandal is PVC free and only uses fabrics coated with urethane.  In addition to the environmental benefits, urethane coatings are much tougher than PVC and better retain their waterproof capabilities.

 Specs:

 –  Weatherproof Capacity:  1200 cubic inches
 –  External Cargo Expander 1000 cubic inches
 –  Materials:  Urethane Coated Nylon (PVC free)
 –  Load Suspension:  LDPE Frame Sheet with Fiberglass Stays
 –  Removable waist strap with optional load bearing waist belt

 Retail Price:  $225   Made in the USA with a Life Time Warranty

Mission Workshop Products are sold online at http://www.missionworkshop.com/ and through select retailers nationwide.

San Francisco’s Best Imported Vehicle of 2009 is an Aging Lexus SC

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Now, if you look in the book, it’ll tell you that the biggest wheels that can possibly fit on your aging first-generation Lexus SC300 (or SC400) measure 20 inches in diameter.

But you, you don’t let that hold you back. So how big are these dubs? Twenty-something inches, anyway. They’re the primary reason this 4-seat (sort of) coupe, straight outta of the Higashifuji Technical Center, is San Francisco’s Best Imported Vehicle of 2009.

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As seen on Market Street. Click to expand.

Pee-Wee Herman’s Bike Rides Again, Stripped Down on Valencia Street

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

Pee-Wee Herman’s rather baroque red bicycle, stripped down to its essence, would look something like this Schwinn beach cruiser avec springer fork seen on Valencia. Click to expand:

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Whitewalls, gratuitous spokes, kickstand and chrome, chrome, chrome.

That’s quite a look.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Motorcade Rolls on 22-Inch Dub Wheels – Is That Safe?

Friday, April 25th, 2008

That’s right, Conan the Destroyer has a posse and they’re all rolling on dubs. Check out these 22-inch monsters being used in an official gubernatorial motorcade:

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And check out those balancing weights – do you see how much it takes to keep these massive rims rolling true? These wheels are about twice as large as what Vanilla Ice’s Five point-oh Ford Mustang had way back in the 1990′s.

There’s no good reason to have wheels this large on your vehicle. Some think them dangerous. Others don’t like the way they ride. Of course, sometimes you might be like Senator Don Perata and end up with a set of duece dueces because they come with the car, but not usually.

If you want to show off your wheels, why not keep them a little smaller and then load up on some bling bling? Diamond and ruby studded wheels from Asanti only cost $2,000,000 per set – will this be the next trend in fashionable wheels?

Arnold Schwarzenegger might be your role model, but don’t try to copy him with his huge wheels.

Asta la vista, baby.