Posts Tagged ‘inches’

The Evanescent Tide Pools of Ocean Beach Allow Visitors to Get Their Feet Wet Near the Cliff House Without the Risk of Drowning

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

So what do you call this situation when a high tide strands ocean water on Ocean Beach and a temporary lake of salt water forms in the sand?

I’m calling this a tide pool even though it’s not rocky in there at all.

Anyway, these little lakes can be very long and very shallow – the perfect recipe for warm water at Ocean Beach:

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Many many people drown at Ocean Beach due to the riptide and the cold cold, water. If you want to just get your feet wet at the beach, wanting for this kind of pool is the safer way to go.

The Fattest Bicycle Tires You’ll Ever See – Presenting the Mighty 26 x 4.0 – It’s Like a Motorcycle Without an Engine

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

As seen on Ashbury:

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Close Parking on the Streets of San Francisco

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Uh, this is too close:

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Outrageousness: Eighth-Generation Buick Riviera on Conestoga Wheels – What are These, Twenty-Eight Inchers?

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

The secret is to make your super-tall aftermarket wheels thin, the better to allow your whip to, you know, turn left and right:

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Conestoga Wagon Wheel Fever – Catch It

The Absurdity of 21-Inch Ice-and-Snow Tires on Your Audi Touareg 4WD Station Wagon

Monday, February 28th, 2011

I don’t know, you see all kinds of wheel set-ups in the Western Addition but this rig, an Audi Q7 owned by a NoPA yuppie on Divisadero, takes the cake.

1. The ginourmous wheels have interlocked rings, so that goes to show that Audi made these ridiculous things just for this vehicle. These aren’t aftermarket wheels or nothing.

2. And the  low-profile, 295/35 tires say “ICE & SNOW” right on the sidewall, so that shows that Pirelli made some ridiculously-wide tires just for the snow.

So the owner didn’t make any great customizing effort or anything on his/her own, but the result is, if anything, more absurd than what you’d see on Pimp My Ride or whatnot.

Sure, 295/35-21 = 29.1″ tall but things still don’t add up:

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Is this a “premium” set-up? No.

Is this a “performance” set-up? No.

But did it cost a lot of dough to buy and maintain? Yes.

And is it only really useful for leaving a pair of foot-wide-plus tracks in the snow? Yes.

But do your expensive wheels mean that, at some point, you will:

need to get towed off wet grass?”

Oh well.

When oh when will the absurdly-big wheel craze come to an end?

Low Turnout at Sunday Streets Mission Due to World Cup Final

Monday, July 12th, 2010

JMO, sorry. Does Sunday Streets really make business “boom?” I don’t know.

All’s I know is that some people like it and some people don’t.

24th Street looked like a ghost town compared with SSes past, but all the bars were full with sports fans:

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Mostly the same old thing, but this 36′er(?) caught my eye. (I’ve heard of 29ers, but these wheels are huge…)

 I can’t say I know how this piano steers. You could see the keys going up and down:

And the SFMTA was out there giving away crappy bike lights. (Turtle lights are good as a back-up, though.)

See you at the next SS!

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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How Not to Park Your Mercedez Benz on the Streets of San Francisco

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Whether or not you get a ticket for parking the rear of your Mercedesin traffic on Gough Street, you probably shouldn’t do it anyway.  

Did the driver even try here?

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Doesn’t look that way.

Using a San Francisco Examiner to See How Far You Parked from the Curb

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

We’re living in a society here, people. So even though the Man gives allows you a foot and a half spacing from your tires to the curb, you can do better than that. Check out this Mercedes SUV – see how far it is from the curb? Why not use one of the many San Francisco Examiner newspapers that some billionaire from Colorado has seen fit to have strewn about the place?

If a ‘Xam can fit betwixt the curb and your wheel, then you gots to try again. Two Xams away is way too much. PARKING FAIL. Bikes belong in traffic, as they say - you want to make things easier for everybody else, right? With practice, you should be able to get it down to a quarter Xam or less.

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Lots of room for improvement here on Fell Street. (In mitigation, the Mercedes ML driver did manage to retract the outside rear view mirrors. Ten points for Gryffindor.)

If you can’t handle this simple task, maybe you shouldn’t be driving.

Just saying.

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.