Posts Tagged ‘Wheels’

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!)

Scissor Fight! Dallis Willard Shows Us What an Off-Road Segway X2 Looks Like on a San Francisco Sidewalk

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

It looks like this.

Check out the huge tires, the better for off-roading you at 12 MPH, my dear:

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This kind of thing might be legal in some parts of the world, but not in the 415.

Oh well.

You’re too young to remember but the Segway Personal Transporter was supposed to have “changed the world” by now.

Let’s close with an action-packed 90-second clip of classic Segway accidents. I still feel sorry for the face-planting mall Mom who just wanted to have fun with her friends. :(

 

Riced-Out “Survey Vehicle” From New Jersey: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

As seen on Masonic:

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My favorite touch is the aluminum foil on the exhaust tips.

Here’s the Right Way and the Wrong Way to Lock Your Bike on the Mean Streets of San Francisco

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Here’s the right way to lock your bike in the NIMBY-infested Alamo Square part of the Western Addition.

See? A hefty chain for the frame and front wheel plus a U-lock for the rear: 

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Now here’s the sitch just 12 feet away:

See? Neglecting your wheels is a sure-fire way to total your bike.

So here, the owner comes back to the bike and sees that it’s not going anywhere anytime soon, so s/he just leaves the bike there to rust away, for days, weeks, months, and, possibly, years.

What’s it going to be like when “bikeshare” comes to San Francisco and your credit card gets charged $1000 when you “lose” the bike you rented? I know not.

Our City Family wants to encourage cycling in San Francisco, but it does nothing about this sort of thing.

Oh well.

North Beach Update: Princess Leia’s Three-Wheeled Motor Scooter, Darth Vader’s Three-Wheeled Motor Scooter

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Here are your new, three-wheeled Piaggios, you know, dall’Italia.

The first one’s kind of cute but the other one is pure evil – just look at it:

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Oh, and the prices? About double what I expected.

Anyway, which would you prefer?

Leave us close with the Piaggio Girls, direct from Italy:

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Don’t forget your helmet. Safety first:

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Esaminilo, madre! Nessun mani!

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The tragedy of helmet hair:

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Blue Wheels, Orange Bike, Red Hat, Yellow Post, Red Curb, 4 Embarcadero

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

A follow-up to Blue Impala, Red Curb, 4 Embarcadero:

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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”

Know Your Three-Wheeled, Electric-Powered, Stand-Up Tricycles of the Streets of San Francisco

Monday, October 31st, 2011

First I’ve seen this:

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Don’t know what it’s called…

The Wide, Wide Sidewalks of Market Street Invaded by an Army of Scooter-Riding Youth

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Is this kind of thing illegal?

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I don’t know.

Probably, if bikes and Segway scooters are illegal on most sidewalks in the 415, as they are.

And what’s a scooter these days?

I don’t know.

I think of something like this:

 

Gee, could this scene be any more Italiano?

Or this, of course:

As seen in Twin Peaks.

Anyway, the fold-up scooter fad (you know, the one that lasted a year or two in the 1990′s) is back, baby.

The Mean Streets of San Francisco are No Place for an Ultra Motor A2B Electric Scooter Moped Bicycle Thing

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Maybe it was a chuckhole or maybe it was going around the open car door and onto the train tracks that caused this fellow to take a tumble on his crappy Ultra Motor A2B electric moped on Market Street yesterday.

You see, them wheels is too small – it’s a styling thing, apparently:

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You know, on their website they tell you everything but how much these contraptions cost…*

*Too much**

**A-waaaaaaaaay too much. Oh well.