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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

My commuting car!

Room For OneThe Toyota PM doesn't resemble the traditional definition of a car. It lacks side doors and accommodates just a single passenger. This single-passenger cockpit design more resembles a flightless helicopter on wheels than a car.
door, passengers enter through a front hatch, which raises and lowers using hydraulic-lift bars. This front hatch also doubles as the vehicle's windshield.
As the vehicle moves, the wheelbase lengthens to allow the cabin encapsulating the cockpit to recline. The driver shifts from an upright position to a tilted position.
When exiting or entering the vehicle, the hydraulic door lifts and the vehicle's seat slides forward to ease the driver's entry or exit. Once you're seated, or when the door shuts, the seat slides back into the body of the vehicle and is positioned for travel.
Other innovations in the PM design include hollow-center wheels and see-through shaftless construction. Each wheel is independent of the other three, which gives the vehicle unique steering ability.
In the next section, we'll look at the PM's handling ability.

There is no hood on the PM that you can open to get a look at the engine. For one reason, there's no engine. A rear-mounted DC brushless electric motor powers the PM. Toyota hasn't disclosed details about the vehicle's top speed or battery life. The PM is keyless, and a push-button similar to that on a PC starts the motor.
Photo courtesy ToyotaBack view of the Toyota PM concept car
The body arrangement of the PM is not static. The wheelbase can lengthen to allow the cabin to recline depending on the vehicle's mode of operation. The cabin is isolated from the wheels, allowing the PM to vary its posture according to speed or for easy entry/exit. There are three modes of operation, including:
Photo courtesy ToyotaSide view of the Toyota PM concept car
Entry/Exit mode - At rest, the cabin is upright and its length is minimized. Because the wheels are independent of one another, the PM can turn in place by turning the left and right rear wheels in opposite directions.
City - In stop-and-go travel, the cabin tilts back, which allows it to maneuver through the tight corners of an urban environment.
High-speed - On the open road, the wheelbase extends to allow the cabin to recline to its lowest posture to increase stability in high-speed travel. Navigation is also unique in the PM. Toyota designers took out the steering wheel and replaced it with two joystick controllers to control acceleration, deceleration and steering. The PM is equipped with additional computer equipment that allows it to communicate with other PMs.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Zack de la Rocha Still kickin it!

Check out the www.zdlr.net for more info!

Thursday, October 20, 2005

New Music!


Here are some albums that are worth the buy! Check them out

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Old School Jump off!!

Old School!
New School!
For some reason I started thinking about the old green machine and how badass it was. Huffy has come out with the new Green Machine! They should make these for adults. There is no doubt I would be rocking one out!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Beer for the season!

This amber-colored, naturally pumpkin flavored ale is brewed only in the autumn and combines the flavor of vine-ripened pumpkin and spices. If you're in the mood for something unique and different to go along with the change of season, autumn is the perfect time to try Blue Moon™ Pumpkin Ale. Available mid-September through December. 185 calories per 12-ounce serving and 5.77% alcohol by volume.

Big board Movie Coming out Dec 2!!!!

Showing snowboarding for what is and were it's come from. Looks like a sweet film!
Should be in theater in Dec. Check out the trailer!!

Friday, October 14, 2005

2 skinnee J's DVD/CD Get it!

2 Skinnee J's

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Lisha's new Site!

Designs by Lisha Suzanne

Check out her Collection!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Brushfire Records!

Brushfire Records!

Check out some of the new stuff coming up!!!

It's about that Time!!!!

Snow, Snow, Snow!!!

Storm drops 20 inches of snow in Colorado
Storm drops 20 inches of snow in Colo.
By DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press writer

DENVER -- A powerful storm that dropped up to 20 inches of snow in parts of Colorado knocked out power yesterday to thousands of people, closed an 80-mile stretch of a major highway and trigged rock slides in the foothills.
Authorities said a 60-year-old Denver woman died after an 8-inch-diameter tree limb snapped off and struck her. No other details were available.
Authorities closed the main east-west route across Colorado, Interstate 70, from Denver east to Limon. Seventy miles of U.S. 24 from Limon southwest to Colorado Springs were also closed. A day earlier, the Red Cross opened a shelter for stranded travelers.
The storm cut off power to 25,000 homes and businesses in Denver when power lines snapped and transformers failed, Xcel Energy spokesman Tom Henley said.
"You could hear them popping," said Tom Hartman, who was shoveling snow outside the Schlessman Family YMCA in Denver when the transformers began to crackle and die.
Power had been restored to about 2,000 homes and businesses in Breckenridge.
Dozens of schools closed or were opening late, including three in the Denver area that closed because of power failures.
Two children were hospitalized with minor injuries after a school bus slid backward down a steep embankment south of Denver, Douglas County schools spokeswoman Carol Kaness said.
In southwestern Colorado, rain associated with the storm system was believed to have triggered two rock slides in San Miguel County, including one that shut down a lane of Colorado 145 near Telluride. No injuries were reported. Steady rain also caused two rock slides in Boulder Canyon northwest of Denver, forcing the closure of one lane of Colorado 119 and damaging a car. No one was hurt.
The National Weather Service had predicted up to 4 feet of snow in the southern Colorado mountains, but some of the snow melted and the precipitation turned to rain, leaving an accumulation of about a foot.
Snowfall amounts ranged from 20 inches in Breckenridge to 12 inches in Strasburg, about 20 miles east of Denver.
"I'm not going outside this morning," said Veronica Burke, associate manager of the Village Inn restaurant in Monument, near the 7,400-foot-high summit of Monument Hill between Denver and Colorado Springs.
The wind was blowing so hard, she said, it was hard to tell how much snow had fallen.
El Paso County Search and Rescue was called to help drivers who got stuck on snowy county roads east of Colorado Springs.
"We've got people out trying out the four-wheel-drive vehicles, and they're finding out they don't work very well," spokesman Steve Sperry said.
The American Red Cross opened a shelter Sunday for stranded travelers in Silverthorne after multiple accidents closed westbound Interstate 70 between Copper Mountain and Vail Pass for 2½ hours late Sunday. Earlier, several tractor-trailers jackknifed on eastbound I-70 approaching the Eisenhower Tunnel.
A fire broke out near Keystone after the heavy, wet snow helped bring down a power line, but it was quickly put out. Wind and falling tree limbs downed other lines in the mountains, causing sporadic outages, Henley

Monday, October 10, 2005

New Boarding Vid!


Check it out!

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

DC Rocking it out in the ATL!!!!

J5! Tomorrow Night!, It's on!

MTB prep!

Single speed conversion kit!

Single speed conversion kit!

Frame before prep and primer

Decal removing



Primer is done!

Final with black auto spray paint!

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

New Chain!

Decided to put a BMX Chain on my new joints. Like the bulkiness of it. Should be able to deal with the pain that I will put it through!

One speed is all you need!

One speed is all you need
A different take on the Durango single scene
written by Missy Votel

While the world of mountain biking surges ahead into the brave new world of air-loaded, spring-coiled, titanium-forged, ultra-lightweight technology, there is a small but growing counterculture of riders snubbing their knobbies at such notions and returning to the basics: a no-frills frame, two wheels, a seat, a chain and not much else.

“ It’s kind of an anti-trend, some would say,” said John Bailey, a wrench at Mountain Bike Specialists, who just so happens to ride – and win races on – a one-speed mountain bike.

Bailey is among a small contingency of local riders who have traded in their multiple chain rings and derailleurs for the simplicity of what is known in cycling circles as the single speed.

“ It’s pretty much my bike of choice now, I use it on my lunch rides and as my transportation,” said Bailey, who has been riding single speed for six or seven years. “It’s going back to the roots, that’s what a lot of people call it.”

As owner of the Durango Cyclery, Russell Zimmerman could have the pick of the litter of mountain bikes. Nevertheless, he prefers his Durango Bike Works hard tail single speed with 29-inch wheels.

“ I ride it predominantly when I have time to ride,” he said, “I love how quiet it is. No chatter; no clatter.”

Although single speeds are just now making their way into the mainstream cycling consciousness thanks to Web sites such as carsrcoffins.com and singlespeedoutlaw.com, they are nothing new, said Bob Gregorio, another local single-speed aficionado and Cyclery wrench to the stars, although he won’t admit it.
“ Ever since there have been bikes, there have been people riding single speeds, and there’s a reason,” he said.

And while anyone who has ever been passed by a superhuman single speeder may think it’s to remind the rest of us that we are mere mortals, all three insist riding single speed has nothing to do with machismo – the overdeveloped thighs and lungs are just a side effect.

“I ride single speed for its simplicity,” said Bailey.

Zimmerman, who has been working at bike shops his entire life, also touted the simplicity factor. “Basically, there are two parts to the maintenance: putting air in the tires and oiling the chain,” he said.

“ It’s so exhilarating, so pure,” echoed Gregorio, who admitted that nostalgia also plays a role in his choice. “Back when I was a kid, single speeds were all we had.”
A confessed bike junkie, Gregorio has a quiver of bikes but prefers his 1973 Shelby Eagle single speed, which he still races every year at the Road Apple. “It’s my old favorite,” he said. “I built it up with old parts. It really is what first turned me on to biking.”

And while many single speeders opt for the old school approach, Zimmerman said it’s not the only option. More and more manufacturers are coming out with conversion kits and single speed models, he said.

“ It’s definitely up and coming,” said Bailey, the most technologically advanced of the three with a Cannondale 1FG (“let’s just say it stands for ‘one fun gear’”) with disc brakes and front suspension. And while his single speed has a few more bells and whistles than most, he said without a complicated drive train and gears, it is still a mechanic’s dream.

“ It’s pretty clean and straightforward,” he said. “One thing about it that I enjoy is I never touch it maintenance-wise.”

But the beauty of the single speed goes beyond the grip of the bike stand, they say. Since most single speeds are geared somewhere in the middle, neither great for climbing nor downhill, and are outfitted with longer cranks and handlebars for more torque, they require different handling. “There’s a rhythm to it,” said Gregorio. “You have to look further ahead and keep your head up more.”

Gregorio also said riding single speed is not for the tentative rider or one who tends to be a little brake happy.

“ If you let your RPMs drop, it hurts more,” he said. “Momentum is your friend. You gotta hang it out on the downhill and throw yourself into the curves.”

Riding single speed also is a great way for riders to improve and concentrate on their form, said Bailey, a regular on the extreme adventure racing circuit
“ It teaches great technique,” he said. “You learn to work the terrain.”

Zimmerman said he likes single speed riding because it allows him to push the envelope.

“ You’re really exploring those outer fringes of cadence,” he said. “One time you’re going so slow you’re about to fall over and another time you’re spinning like a freak.”

While all that may sound daunting to a prospective single speeder, Zimmerman insists riding single speed eventually becomes second nature – much like, well, riding a bike.

“ It’s just a different style of riding,” he said. “You get more in tune with gravity and learn to pick routes that are less steep. You learn to gain momentum before you come into a climb. After a while it becomes instinctual.”

Nevertheless, the learning curve is not without its fair share of humility, he said.
“ The Meadow Loop takes on a whole new meaning,” he said, adding that he has yet to clean the top of Telegraph on his single speed. “I’ve come within diving distance,” he admitted.

He also noted it can be lonely at the top for a single speeder – once he or she manages to get there.

“ Single speed is not always the best choice,” he said. “Something like Kennebec can be a lonely experience with geared riders.”

However, when it comes to impassable climbs, Gregorio noted single speeds do have a slight edge.

“ At those points when you’re pushing your bike you still have an advantage because your bike is lighter,” he said.

Nevertheless, in true bicycle purist fashion, Gregorio noted that it’s not whether you win or lose – or even how you play the game. What matters most is that you’re playing, period.

“ To me there’s not a lot of difference between single speed and geared bikes,” he said. “It’s all just about rolling into the future. And if a single speed is the way you choose to do it, it’s a beautiful thing.”

Monday, October 03, 2005

Lisha's Jewelry!

Getting ready to kick off another website for Lisha's Jewelry. Things are going well with her. She is having a show down in the ATL at the end of this month. IT'S ABOUT TO BLOW UP! Let me know if you are ever looking for something for your wife or girlfriend. She does great stuff!

New Bike Decals!

Here are some of the decal designs that I am thinking about put on my newly painted bike.