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a manly afternoon

after 5 years of hard work, my headlamps have become scratched and foggy from wear and tear. at nighttime, it feels like i don’t have headlamps at all, but instead candles inside jam jars. take a look:

i’m not really a DIY type of guy, but hoping to impress my girlfriend with a clever display of manliness, i decided to DIM (do it myself).

ingredients:

  • 1000, 2000, 3000 grit sandpaper
  • blue painters tape
  • any car plastic polish (i used Meguiars PlastX)
  • water in a spray bottle
  • microfiber cloth

first, clean any dirty and bird feces from the surface of your headlamps. next, use the painters tape to protect your car’s paint around the headlamps. this will prevent the sandpaper and polish from scratching your car’s paint. next, spray the headlamp and the 1000 grit sandpaper with the water and begin sanding. you want to sand straight up and down and straight left to right, at right angles. sand at least 3 passes. you can do it put your back into it! clean off any plastic dust and repeat with the 2000 grit sandpaper at 45 degree angles to the original sanding direction. repeat again with the 3000 grit sandpaper in the same direction as the 1000 grit. lastly, apply the plastic polish to the microfiber cloth and rub firmly in a circular motion. this was probably the toughest part. you really have to apply the polish firmly (or with a rotary pad that i dont have) to make it work. my right arm feels like it will fall off any second now but my final result made it well worth it:

November 28, 2010 at 8:37 pm 2 comments

nostalgia

i paid $2.25 for a metrocard fare yesterday. today i found this while digging through some of my old things at my parents’ place:

nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.

November 28, 2009 at 5:01 pm Leave a comment

mileage? 3 miles per…biscuit

i get all hot and bothered when i hear of people who are in cushy jobs because of “connections.” when it comes to jobs and careers, i strongly believe in making it on your own steam.  i think this is the reason why i enjoy biking. there is something strangely satisfying about arriving somewhere using only your bike and the biscuit you had for breakfast. dang, there was a a lot of unintentional alliteration in that last sentence.

i had a mountain bike during my first few years in college but it was eventually stolen by some lowlife scalawag. i replaced it with a $10 road bike that i won at a police auction, but since i graduated the bike has been gathering dust and rust in my parents’ garage. i recently retrieved the bike and paid a hipster with many tattoos $100 to make the bike safe again and here it is in all its glory:

1986 fuji palisade

yeah i know i could have spent $100 on a shiny new bike from walmart but i sort of enjoy riding around on a 23 year old bike with a broken front deraileur, brakes with the stopping power of cheese, and a frame half made of rust. it is exciting when you are uncertain if you will make the journey without the bike disintegrating into a thousand pieces and leaving you a bloody mess on the side of the road. no worries though because i wear a helmet fashioned in the color “safety yellow.” here is my new gear cluster and chain:

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here are the original MKS feather pedals in excellent shape:

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and those are pretty much all the pictures i have because i’d rather ride around on my bike instead of taking pictures of it. i’ve been exploring hidden areas of northern liberties and will post some cool graffiti art i found, as well as other interesting things seen from my bike travels. in the meantime, watch out for any bikers you may see with bright yellow helmets.

June 20, 2009 at 7:51 pm 1 comment


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