Posts Tagged ‘mountain’

OMG, the BIggest Mountain Bike I’ve Ever Seen – It’s the “DirtySixer” with Wheels One Yard Tall – “Lebron: Call Us”

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Have you seen Lebron James on a Cannondale? It’s not pretty.

So, to solve that kind of problem, here comes The DirtySixer MTB with 36 inch tires.

There it is, parked at Erin Sherbert’s favorite bike rack - it’s next to the very same rack but look how different the bikes’ tires are: 

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Looking at this thing freaked, me, out.

Now myself, I’m 6 foot 1 and a ton of fun so you’d figure one of these rigs would be great for me. But no, I’m not even close to qualifying for the DirtySixer club. You gotta be like 6 foot 5 or taller to fit proper.

Perhaps District Eight Supervisor Scott Wiener could use one of these rides for Bike To Work Day 2013 tomorrow?  Why not?

Oh, the expense, what must be the crushing expense. I can only imagine what the MSRP is. That’s real titanium for the frame, BTW.

Now myself, I’ll have to make do with the MTBs sold for $200-something at the Marin Bikes Warehouse at 7th and Folsom in SoMA. (Fulton Street in 1st gear: Fuck, why can’t 1st gear be  lower? Broadway Tunnel eastbound (scary scary): Fuck, why can’t 21st gear be higher? It’s like I’m being punished by Shimano for not spending enough or something.)

Anyway, contact Dave French if you’re interested.

All the deets.

Noe Valley’s 23rd Street Proves Too Much for This Google Bus – Its Rear End Gets Stuck at the Bottom of a Hill

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Oh well:

Via Jim Greer of online gaming site Kongregate - click to expand

Google Bus/

Google Bus/

It’s not your fault

Wouldn’t the Google Bus have been better off on 24th? I think so.

And hey, didn’t former Supervisor Bevan Dufty meet with area NIMBY’s to iron things out a half-decade ago?

I think so. Actually, I know so. It looked like this:

But the wealthy, white, wizened NIMBYs of Noe still weren’t satisfied.

Oh well.

I hope you’re happy, NIMBIES! Look what you made Google do.

(Or maybe the driver just got lost. You’d think he’d have a map with no-go areas marked out.)

(Do Googlers Google on Sundays? Not that I know of, but they go on fun field trips from time to time, wine tastings and the like, I hear.)

I’ll tell you, Google prolly hasn’t been this embarrassed since that federal cop busted the Maps Car in the Presidio.

Here’s the chase, recorded by Google itself:

And here’s the bust, apparently for not getting a permit from the Presidio Trust after the Presidio Trust told Google it would need a permit:

All right, let’s be careful out there, Google!

San Francisco’s Civic Center Snow Park 2011 a Huge Success – Local Youth Sure Enjoyed the Slopes

Monday, December 19th, 2011

See?

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AAAAAAAAAAGH!

Early morning setup:

Civic Center looked just like the North Pole, complete with Santa and at least one elf:

See you next year!

When Hell Freezes Over: The East Bay’s House of the Devil, Mount Diablo, Gets Snowed Over

Monday, February 21st, 2011

See?

A nice shot from John-Morgan:

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Baby, it’s cold outside, non?

How to Keep Up With the Olympics in San Francisco if You Can’t Watch the NBC

Friday, February 12th, 2010

The Winter Olympics are going to get going tomorrow after tonight’s ceremony, but San Francisco doesn’t have an NBC affiliate so there you go. (I think the closest city of license for NBC is Fun Jose or Fresno or someplace Down South.) Here’s the rule – if you can’t see Mount San Bruno from your residence, chances are your rabbit ears won’t either.

All right then, you can always keep up at nbcolympics.com, and at the same time get your fill of ads for WalMart and the 2010 Census. 

Or, alternatively, you can check out the less spammy website of the United State Olympic Committee complete with all the Web 2.0 connections you kids crave.  

Your choice.

via Robert Sanzalone

Bicycle Tire Suspended in Civic Center Tree Means Stolen Bikes Sold Here

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Everybody knows the connection between a pair of tennis shoes suspended on telephone wires overhead and drug sales by now, but what do you make of this mountain bike tire perched high above the Great Parking Lot of Civic Center (nee the 100 block of  Fulton) betwixt the Asian Art Museum and our Main Library?

My guess is that it means “stolen bikes and parts are sold here.” 

To support my theory I’ll add that, in actuality, stolen bikes and parts are sold here.

Buying a stolen bike for $20 on the Streets of San Francisco remains the cheapest way to replace the bike that just got stolen from you, in’nt?

I can’t recommend that course of action, but I do heartily endorse the Marin Bikes Outlet in SoMA and their policy of selling new bikes for $200-something. Check it out the next time your bike gets stolen.

Happy riding!

The Road to San Francisco City Hall Can Be a Bit Mountainous

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

But these two look like they’ll make it…

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The Professional Dog Walkers of Bernal Heights Appear to be Overwhelmed

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

The unlicensed commercial dog walkers of leash-free Bernal Heights appear to be overwhelmed at times. Perhaps each one should have an assistant – that would seem fair. Of course, there’s talk about requiring liability insurance and limiting the number pooches per businessperson, up in Marin.  

How many pooches can you Spot? Click to expand, they won’t bite:

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Were there any doggies inside this unattended pickup? At least one, anyway.

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But don’t give just a four-star rating to your dog walker on the Yelp, as he/she would likely take that as an insult. Five stars are de rigueur, it would seem.

The Giant Sundial of San Francisco’s Hunters Point Ridge

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Did you know there’s a giant 78-foot long sundial gnomon pointer-thingee jutting up out of the highest part of Bayview / Hunters Point? I didn’t.

But there it is, sitting in Yelp-rated Hilltop Park. This is what it looks like at the top of 275-foot tall Hunters Point Ridge with San Francisco Bay / Estuary in the background.

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The More You Know…

Recalling the Close Call United Flight 863 had with Mount San Bruno Back in 1998

Monday, July 6th, 2009

There wasn’t all that much coverage of the incident back in the day, so the time that a United Airlines Boeing 747-400 out of SFO with 300 people aboard came super close to crashing into 1,576-foot-high San Bruno Mountain is worth remembering.

Did the pilot at the controls really forget how to steer the plane after one of the engines failed and lots of vibration began? Pretty much. But everybody treated this near miss as if it were an actual accident and procedures for pilot training are now better because of it.

The proper way to clear San Bruno:

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Some of the locals of San Mateo and San Francisco living around the mountain won’t ever forget hearing and feeling that particular flight.

That’s something to think about when you’re out and about near the mountain, huh?