Posts Tagged ‘snow’

The Craziest Bicycle I’ve Ever Seen in San Francisco: The Fortune Hanebrink All-Terrain Bike – Ride It to the South Pole

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

This is one of them “ice bikes” from Fortune Hanebrink.

Or something.

Use it to tow your sledge to the South Pole.

As seen a few years back in the Western Addition:

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All the deets:

“Engineered and handcrafted 8000 ft above sea level in Big Bear Lake, California, HANEBRINK Electric All-Terrain vehicles are the confluence of ingenuity, ecology, and luxury. The capabilities of the HANEBRINK are as limitless as your own sense of adventure; as a commuter vehicle, it is smooth and dynamic.

Nearly 10 years ago, national champion cyclist, bicycle innovator, and NASA aerospace engineer, Dan Hanebrink was approached by an Arctic explorer looking for an alternative to skis that could take him and his equipment across the icy terrain of Antarctica. Hanebrink created a bicycle unlike anything ever built before. The original “Ice Bike” by HANEBRINK had no plastic parts and used superfat, low-pressure tires that devoured all surfaces in all conditions silently and effortlessly. Today, our drive to create innovative outdoor recreational vehicles continues and is reflected in our mission to satisfy and serve the adventurous worldwide.

The HANEBRINK Electric All-Terrain Vehicle is the evolution of the original, revolutionary HANEBRINK design, combining state-of-the art green technology with an on-demand hybrid electric system and the latest in bicycle technology. Crank the throttle and the 600 watt motor powers the HANEBRINK to speeds up to 20 mph. If you want to go faster, just start pedaling.

Three design features help the HANEBRINK achieve outstanding on and off-road performance.

• The widest tires in the industry. The 20 x 8 inch tires radically increase the surface area where rubber meets road for enhanced stability at all speeds, added traction on rough terrain, and unprecedented float on sand and snow.

• A mid-mounted, bracket supported motor optimizes the vehicle’s center of gravity beneath the rider and enables tight turns, rapid weight shifting, and provides more stability.

• 14 speed gearing tuned for a wide variety of surfaces, grades, and utility applications including a low range capable of carrying up to 300 pounds of bulky cargo up steep terrain or deep into inaccessible areas.

With a single Lithium ion battery (LiFePO4), the HANEBRINK has a one hour run time and three hour recharge. For longer excursions, the rear rack can be fitted with up to five lithium ion batteries, a run time of over 5 hours and more than 100 miles of riding. The wide rear rack is standard HANEBRINK equipment and can hold up to 100 pounds of cargo.

The HANEBRINK can truly go anywhere on the planet while maintaining minimal environmental impact and zero-carbon emissions. Where can you go with one?”

Sorry Elon Musk, But Your Low-Slung Tesla “Model S” Sedan is NOT “Perfect For Winter”

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Check this out:

“MODEL S IS PERFECT FOR WINTER Model S is an all-electric, rear wheel drive sedan designed to perform exceptionally in winter conditions. In fact, all-wheel-drive is not necessary. The state of the art liquid thermal control system dynamically heats and cools powertrain components to maintain range and power.

Cold Weather Performance – Additionally, the Tesla mobile app allows drivers to remotely heat the passenger cabin and battery from the comfort of their home or office. Watch Tesla’s VP of Vehicle Engineering Chris Porritt explain why Model S redefines what’s possible in cold weather. Book a test drive now to experience the supreme handling capabilities of Model S for yourself.”

I don’t know where to start. Uh, if you don’t have four wheel drive, you’re not going to get a pass from chain control during snowy days on the way to Tahoe, right? And are 21 inch wheels on a “sports car” “perfect” for snow? And ground clearance?

If Tesla is trying to say that the Model S is acceptable for winter, well that would be fine.

But Tesla is saying that its electric Porsche Panamera with 21 inch wheels and RWD is “perfect.”

I cry foul.

Good-Bye, Set of Michelin LTX Mud and Snow Tires – Born in Japan, 2001, Died in San Francisco After a Decade of Service

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

If you baby your Michelins, you can get ten years of life out of them, I’m guessing.

Anyway, these tires, from a now-shut-down factory in Gunma Prefecture in Ota, Japan, lasted more than a decade.

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Hurray!

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!

“Tis the Season for Science” at Our California Academy of Sciences – Snow! Reindeer! Spice Forest! Performances!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Tis the Season for Science at the California Academy of Sciences.

Check it:

“From November 23, 2011 – January 16, 2012 the Academy will offer a suite of wintry festivities and family fun that will celebrate the science behind some of our most familiar holiday sights, sounds, and traditions. Highlights include:

A pair of live reindeer

Indoor snow flurries twice an hour

A Snowman Theater – an immersive digital dome shaped like a giant snowman, which will play two new shows on the science of snow

An aromatic Spice Forest – displays of the raw botanical specimens from which we get cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and other holiday ingredients

Festive programs including quiz shows, live music, dance, and theater performances

Mounted specimens of the birds mentioned in “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” including swans, geese, colly birds, hens, doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.”

Remember RLGC – Reindeer Love Graham Crackers. Hey kids, name this reindeer! (She’s a girl, BTW.)

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And here’s what these critters looked like when they were on the famous roof, via an iPhone 4:

This is Miles – he’s a fool for pine branches, I’ll tell you:

Les mise-en-scene:

One of four Evaporative Snow machines:

Le Theatre de Bonhomme de Neige – they’ve got two short films to show once you get inside:

The aromatic Spice Forest lets you smell stuff like nutmeg and vanilla:

And a partridge in a pear tree:

See you there!

Here’s What You Need: A $5000 Electric Bicycle Designed by a NASA Engineer – It’s Your Fortune Hanebrink All-Terrain Bike

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

This is one of them “ice bikes” from Fortune Hanebrink.

Or something.

Use it to tow your sledge to the South Pole.

As seen in the Western Addition:

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All the deets:

“Engineered and handcrafted 8000 ft above sea level in Big Bear Lake, California, HANEBRINK Electric All-Terrain vehicles are the confluence of ingenuity, ecology, and luxury. The capabilities of the HANEBRINK are as limitless as your own sense of adventure; as a commuter vehicle, it is smooth and dynamic.

Nearly 10 years ago, national champion cyclist, bicycle innovator, and NASA aerospace engineer, Dan Hanebrink was approached by an Arctic explorer looking for an alternative to skis that could take him and his equipment across the icy terrain of Antarctica. Hanebrink created a bicycle unlike anything ever built before. The original “Ice Bike” by HANEBRINK had no plastic parts and used superfat, low-pressure tires that devoured all surfaces in all conditions silently and effortlessly. Today, our drive to create innovative outdoor recreational vehicles continues and is reflected in our mission to satisfy and serve the adventurous worldwide.

The HANEBRINK Electric All-Terrain Vehicle is the evolution of the original, revolutionary HANEBRINK design, combining state-of-the art green technology with an on-demand hybrid electric system and the latest in bicycle technology. Crank the throttle and the 600 watt motor powers the HANEBRINK to speeds up to 20 mph. If you want to go faster, just start pedaling.

Three design features help the HANEBRINK achieve outstanding on and off-road performance.

• The widest tires in the industry. The 20 x 8 inch tires radically increase the surface area where rubber meets road for enhanced stability at all speeds, added traction on rough terrain, and unprecedented float on sand and snow.

• A mid-mounted, bracket supported motor optimizes the vehicle’s center of gravity beneath the rider and enables tight turns, rapid weight shifting, and provides more stability.

• 14 speed gearing tuned for a wide variety of surfaces, grades, and utility applications including a low range capable of carrying up to 300 pounds of bulky cargo up steep terrain or deep into inaccessible areas.

With a single Lithium ion battery (LiFePO4), the HANEBRINK has a one hour run time and three hour recharge. For longer excursions, the rear rack can be fitted with up to five lithium ion batteries, a run time of over 5 hours and more than 100 miles of riding. The wide rear rack is standard HANEBRINK equipment and can hold up to 100 pounds of cargo.

The HANEBRINK can truly go anywhere on the planet while maintaining minimal environmental impact and zero-carbon emissions. Where can you go with one?”

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?

Gelandewagens! Will the Western Addition Have Enough $100K Mercedes G-Wagens for the Great Blizzard of ’11?

Friday, February 25th, 2011

How are you going to get around in the snow tonight? That’s something to ponder while you check out these gone-to-hell, straight-outta-Austria G-Wagens owned by the Pope of the NoPA.

Achtung, baby:

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Or maybe you should just buy a new one before the snow arrives.

Stay warm!

Abandoned Ski Boots on Masonic a Sure Sign of Our Coming Snow Storm – The Great Blizzard of ’11 Starts, Ends Saturday

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

And best of all, they’re just your size!

As seen on Masonic Avenue during yesterday’s evening drive:

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Now, scour the Western A for some yuppie’s abandoned cross-country skis and you’ll be all set for this cold, cold weekend.

Oh we’re gonna rock down to Masonic Avenue/

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?