Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Second, the Pacific Populaire is this weekend. Leaving Riley Park at 32nd and Ontario at 9:00am. Maybe those of us that aren't racing should come out and rep the orange and black? I think seeing Bill and Connie do the ride on the tandem will be well worth the $25 that we'll have to pay to do a ride we normally do for free. Agree?
Thursday, March 26, 2009
The second engineer replied, "Well, I was walking along yesterday minding my own business when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike. She threw the bike to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, "Take what you want."
The second engineer nodded approvingly, "Good choice; the clothes probably wouldn't have fitted."
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The Rattle. A series of hard, sharp sounds in rapid succession, like a hard object being shaken around in a metal container. This noise usually indicates a loose or broken part striking against another.
The Thump. A dull sound, generally made when a soft part strikes against a hard part. An example is the noise made by a deflated tire on the road.
The Squeak. A sharp, shrill, piercing noise, generally made by two dry metal parts rubbing together. The sound may be sharp and erratic, or drawn out — a squeal. Lack of lubrication causes many squeaks.
The Grind. This is a continuous crushing sound like a part being crushed between two revolving parts. Such a sound might come from the transmission.
The Knock. This is a sharper and more distinct sound than a thump. It's generally associated with a loose rod or crankshaft bearing. (Not to be confused with the "knock" or ping of a laboring engine.)
The Scrape. A grating or harsh rubbing sound, often made by two pieces of material rubbing together. The sound of a dragging brake could be described as a scrape.
The idea was to simplify conversations between mechanics and customers. "Besides telling what the noise is, the driver is expected to report where it comes from and when it happened," explained Popular Science. "With this report, the mechanic has a good start toward learning why it happened."