How do I know it's winter,
#1, It's dark all the time.
#2, There's a sled parked next to me at the grocery
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It's a small world sometimes
In the spring of 2017 a big chapter in my car book closed. My 83 Audi Quattro had sold, ending 25 years of Audi ownership.
It had begun in the early 90's when I came to the realization that my 85 Toyota 4Runner was a fairly terrible winter car. It had an open diff in the rear and really wasn't very capable in slippery conditions. It was also getting it's rust after only a few years of salt exposure.
So, I began to explore alternatives and finally settled on an Audi 200TQ, purchased used. The used prices on these cars were good at the time thanks to the 60 Minutes fake news on runaway Audi's. It was a much better winter car.
Care of the Audi led me to what was called the quattro list. For those too young, email lists were common on plenty of subjects, broadcasting to all members whatever was sent in. I found in the quattro list a very knowledgeable group with members around the world. They were very helpful while I learned and dealt with Audi problems.
After a few years I ended up with another 200TQ (an Avant), and then the 83 Quattro. I did visit an event or two put on by the Quattro Club, and did meet in person a few people that I had met on the quattro list. My last Audi purchase was a 2 year old 2000 A6Q 2.8 5-speed manual. It seemed to be a great car, but later let me down with Audi problems. It was gone after only a few years.
I kept going with the 83 Quattro, always something needing a cash injection.
The quattro mailing list seemed to gradually fade in importance, some of people there ended up on the Audiworld forums. It got more difficult to read with the noise typical of most internet forums, but I did get great support there too on my Audi issues.
After the Quattro left in 2017, I left my old Audi internet haunts behind. As I wandered the internet, I somehow stumbled onto Opposite Lock (Kinja) via Jalopnik and began lurking. I never did sign onto Kinja Oppo, as the process seemed too invasive, but continued to lurk regularly until the hyphen breakaway.
I have enjoyed the excellent community that is the hyphen, finding much in common here besides the cars.
Finally, my world got smaller yesterday with the posting of the Cars and Bids 85 Quattro. Through the discussion of the Quattro I learned that @RallyWrench was one of those on the old quattro list, also enduring Quattro ownership for an extended period.
So, this is a small world, sometimes.
A few Quattro pics, shortly before I sold it,
RE: Manual Transmissions vs Safety Features
The manual is all about driver control. The masses don't want to drive. They just want to be passengers in their own cars.
Involving the masses with driving is probably historical.
I can't stand the "my car saved me ads". My rebuttal would be "where were you when you were supposed to be driving"
More Parsch, the un-storing
Every year about this time, my wife's 87 924S emerges from storage. Only had to fix a turn signal bulb to get it going this year.
This car is another reason I do not trust old german cars.
We've had it for 35 years and it makes me nervous.
But, it makes my wife happy, so there it is.
New bike day!
I know I've said this before, but sometimes I get a new bike just because I like the color.
Here is my latest project, a 2009 Gary Fisher Montare, advertised as "Dual Sport". This of course is just another name for hybrid. This bike showed up on my local Craigslist, and was actually a mile from my house. Mostly in nice shape, hardly any frame scrapes or nicks.
I was looking for an light off roader, but better on dirt than my gravel bike.
New Pirelli knobby Gravel M 700x40 tires seem to do nicely for that purpose. I also replaced the chain and the cassette, because they were done. The crank rings are worn, but seem to do fine for now.
Mainly a bunch of cleaning and servicing bearings, and a couple of cables.
This does have my preferred mechanical disk brakes. These are cheap Avids, but they seem fine for now too.
The Suntour spring forks got a cleanout and new seals, they have a handlebar remote lock function which is nice. I'm not a mtb trail rider so they should be plenty.
RE: Tell me about the cars you have owned for the longest time.
@bison78 This 924S which came home new in 1986,
New Bicycle Day!
I posted about this one last month, here is an update.
There are various reasons for a new bike day. From need to want, from strict adherence to N+1, to "I just liked the color".
This bike falls mainly under "I just liked the color". I have thought about the fact that my local area has many miles of crushed limestone, and that a "gravel bike" would be better for those than any of my other bikes. Generally, I don't really want another aluminum bike. I've got the aluminum Fatbike, and it does winter, so that is covered. I didn't see the need for any super expensive carbon framed super light bike for my purposes either.
Then this frame showed up on the bike forums ads. I know the Motobecane name of course, but this is a modern 853 steel frame made in Taiwan, with a carbon fork. The bikes direct site has sold these things for a few years though some kind of partner deal with Motobecane's modern owner as the Mulekick and Whipshot.
This one had obviously been stripped of all the gear for use on something else, but was still in nice shape. It has the 12mm through axles and spacing for up to 40mm tires at 700c.
The groupset is the cheap Chinese Sensah SRX as seen on the bay. I read up and decided to cheap out there, it will be good enough for now. If it breaks later and I still like the bike, no real loss upgrading. It is 1x11 with a 11-50 cassette.
Wheels are Wheel Master built DT Swiss rims with Shimano hubs, Pirelli Gravel tires, 700x35. Running tubes for now.
Brakes, TRP Spyre SLC.
Test rides and bar tape to be done after the snow and ice departs.
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RE: Top tip for making air travel more enjoyable
@nermal for real entertainment, i like to open tupperware containers of tuna fish salad every hour or so
That could result in you being the target of someone else's technicolor yawn
RE: I Regret to Inform You Oppo is Now an Offroad Blog
@CarsOfFortLangley I did drive down a dirt road 3 years ago..
RE: Triple Unicorn Day
The Dornier-328 turboprops were also flown by some United commuter many years back out of ORD. I did catch a ride or two with those guys and I remember the speed was higher than the ATR's and Saab junk.
As far as Dash 8's go, they are a bit old now, but they were very capable winter haulers. Not fast, but they could carry Pax, Bags, and Fuel. Most of the commuters leave one of those behind. The Dash 8 is also capable on short slippery runways.
The RJ's are generally not capable of carrying all three either. You might get there quicky, but you're not carrying everything. If you are at an RJ hub and the weather is crap, they are usually leaving people behind.
RE: Recommend something for my wife!
@beefchips my wife has a 2016 2.0 and I can get almost 40mpg highway. Hers is the auto but a manual should be able to do about the same
My 2016 manual Mazda 3 gets about 30 in town and 40 highway.
RE: Hour rule (updated with final price: holy shitsnacks!)
Old is not better than new. The old ones drive like tractors.