Posts Tagged ‘Wheel’

Seen on the Streets of San Francisco: A Scooter for Boys and a Scooter for Girls

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Scooter A: “VROOOOOM, VROOOM, LOOK AT ME! I’M DARTH VADER ON WHEELS – GET OUTTA THE WAY! I’M BAD TO THE BONE!!!”

Scooter B: “That’s nice. All right then – I’m going to TJ’s. Beep beep.”

The Penny-Farthing Bicycles of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle – OLD SCHOOL!

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

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Fatal Collision with Large Truck at 16th and South Van Ness, May 23rd – Image of Mangled White Road Bike – Via KTVU

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Via Tara Moriarty, of KTVU-TV:

“Deadly bicycle accident on S Van Ness & 16th in SF with garbage truck. Cyclist may have been dragged a block @KTVU pic.twitter.com/Af4PnW4P9Z

Stan Bunger ‏@BungerKCBS3m

@KCBSNews reporter Holly Quan: early signs garbage truck/cyclist both on 16th St. Truck made R turn onto S Van Ness; bike went straight.

Area Motorcycle Rider Drives As If He Were On A Fixie – Skidding About on a Locked Rear Wheel

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

I’ll tell you, I have a clear memory of fixie-riding Andy, gracefully pushing his locked rear wheel back and forth to kill speed coming down Oak Street.

Remember?

Good times.

Anyway, there’s another guy does the same thing, but on a motorcycle.

Like just for fun. On McAllister:

He also does wheelie stops. (I’d like to see a fixie bike rider do that.)

Hats off to both these gentlemen.

1: Cyclist Parks Bike in San Francisco 2: Abandons It After a Wheel Gets Stolen 3: SFPD Ignores It Too 4: Repeat

Monday, January 14th, 2013

As seen on Market Street, day after day, week after week:

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And soon enough, month after month?

This Huge Emblem at the Front of Our Standard Oil Building at 225 Bush Looks a Tribute to Global Warming

Friday, January 4th, 2013

See?

Petroleum powers cars and ships – I suppose that’s The Message from the Builders of 225 Bush.

Contrast that with the message from the current owners of 225 Bush found on this Wiki entry, which reads like an advertisement for potential tenants.

Or in other words, “This article’s tone or style may not reflect the encyclopedic tone used on Wikipedia.”

Indeed.

The Biggest Wheels You’ll Ever See on a Camaro – Market Street, USA – Rolling in My Aught-Four – Is This Real Life?

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Hurry! It’s Halloween 2012 on Market Street, so grab your camera and go click:

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Yes, that’s a real car.

Oh here it is, gliding over the MUNI Metro grates of Monkey Station:

Thank you, drive through.

Here’s Something New: Position-Aware Wheel Bike Lights – White in Front and Red in Back

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Now when I say “new” I mean it’s new to me, Gentle Reader.

How do these lights know when to flash on?

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This kind of thing is similar to but different from revolights, right?

Celebrating the Return of Dog-Dish Hub Caps: New VW Beetle with “Heritage” Alloy Wheels

Friday, October 12th, 2012

You see in my day, people’d be putting wheel covers to make simple steal wheels look like aluminum or magnesium alloys.

But these days VW is offering wheel covers on top of alloy wheels to make them look like old-school hub caps on steel wheels.

See? Here are your 17″ heritage alloy wheels on a 1013 VW Beetle:

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(In Soviet Russia, wheel cover you!)

Tomorrow’s Mission to Mars Will be a Lot Bigger Than NASA’s Previous Efforts – Meet the Mars Science Laboratory’s Curiosity Rover

Friday, November 25th, 2011

When you’re on a mission to M/A/R/R/S, you gots to pump up the volume, like how NASA is doing with tomorrow’s launch of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL).

Check out this shot showing the size of the new rover’s wheels, via our California Academy of Sciences.

Three rover wheels at #NASAtweetup show the relative sizes for Curiosity, Spirit/Opportunity, and Pathfinder:

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Check it:

Curiosity will be five times as large, and carry more than ten times the mass of scientific instruments as the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit or Opportunity.”

Here’s a family portrait:

Via NASA/JPL

Bon Courage, NASA

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission is preparing to set down a large, mobile laboratory — the rover Curiosity — using precision landing technology that makes many of Mars’ most intriguing regions viable destinations for the first time. During the 23 months after landing, Curiosity will analyze dozens of samples drilled from rocks or scooped from the ground as it explores with greater range than any previous Mars rover.

Curiosity will carry the most advanced payload of scientific gear ever used on Mars’ surface, a payload more than 10 times as massive as those of earlier Mars rovers. Its assignment: Investigate whether conditions have been favorable for microbial life and for preserving clues in the rocks about possible past life.

Plans for the Mars Science Laboratory call for launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, between Nov. 25 and Dec.18, 2011, and arrival at Mars in August 2012.

The spacecraft has been designed to steer itself during descent through Mars’ atmosphere with a series of S-curve maneuvers similar to those used by astronauts piloting NASA space shuttles. During the three minutes before touchdown, the spacecraft slows its descent with a parachute, then uses retro rockets mounted around the rim of an upper stage. In the final seconds, the upper stage acts as a sky crane, lowering the upright rover on a tether to the surface.

Curiosity is about twice as long (about 3 meters or 10 feet) and five times as heavy as NASA’s twin Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, launched in 2003. It inherited many design elements from them, including six-wheel drive, a rocker-bogie suspension system and cameras mounted on a mast to help the mission’s team on Earth select exploration targets and driving routes. Unlike earlier rovers, Curiosity carries equipment to gather samples of rocks and soil, process them and distribute them to onboard test chambers inside analytical instruments”