Monday, December 9, 2013
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
Here's some pictures from the Skyhigh pump track in Averill Park. This is a private track for Skyhigh Adventures LLC but the owner John Slyer said that whoever helped would be allowed to use it. John and his family are super nice and everyone I met there that day was friendly and stoked to be there building the track. I am glad I went. it was a great opportunity to learn about building pump tracks and to meet some great people.
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Saturday, November 30, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
|My Soul Cycles Hooligan. I've since upgraded the rigid fork with a suspension fork and the Aluminum riser bar with a Carbon flat bar...so far I am loving the Carbon flat bar...wider is better.|
I did get a chance to ride a full Carbon Rocky Mountain Altitude at NEMBAfest this year. My first impressions were good and I really liked it although spending an hour or so on a bike just doesn't give you a very good feel for how it performs. I think if I could afford it I would totally get a Carbon bike as long as it has a threaded Aluminum BB, which the Altitude does not have. I've heard horror stories about press fit BB’s into carbon frames coming loose on some bikes and frankly it just doesn't sound like a good idea. Integrated cable routing is also a good idea on Carbon frames, which the Altitude did have. The last thing you want is cable rub ruining you $5000 bike.
|Rocky Mountain Altitude. I rode this bike at NEMBAfest this year, only difference was it had the Raceface bits which I prefer. I really liked it although the cockpit was a bit cramped for me.|
So what are you're thoughts? Do you have a Carbon bike? How about an Aluminum one? Or are you in the Steel is real camp of thought? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Saturday, June 1, 2013
104 Bronson: Design, Engineering & Product Development from santa cruz bikes on Vimeo. I am always fascinated by how companies, not just bike manufacturers, but companies that make all sorts of consumer products go through their design process. I guess its because I am a designer and work through similar processes. My job is just like Nick Anderson's...except I don't design bikes I design fuel cells. I even use the same design software he does. To be honest I do more than just the engineering part but that is my primary responsibility. I love how they look at problems encountered during the design process. Like me, they tend to look at things from a different perspective than someone not involved in product design. If someone where to ask me what my job is in just a few words, I would say "I solve problems, that's what I do." I love solving problems. I love being challenged, whether the problem is related to cost, some physical aspect like specific size or weight, or even performance driven. A problem isn't a problem...it's an opportunity for improvement. I love my job even though it might not be designing bikes it's still pretty cool.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
|Kennedy Park Belvedere Lookout|
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
|3D Model Rendering|
"GenCore® fuel cell systems are high-performance solutions for the critical backup power needs of wireless and wireline providers. Our on-site energy system is based on the proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell. A fuel cell is an electrochemical energy conversion device, similar to a battery in that it provides continuous DC power, which converts the chemical energy from a fuel directly into electricity and heat. When operated directly on hydrogen, the fuel cell produces this energy with clean water as the only by-product. Unlike a battery, which is limited to the stored energy within, a fuel cell is capable of generating power as long as fuel is supplied. Although hydrogen is the primary fuel source for fuel cells, the process of fuel reforming allows for the extraction of hydrogen from more widely available fuels such as natural gas and propane or any other hydrogen containing fuel."
I pulled that from a design contest submittion...that we won...on two separate occasions. Because I spent such a large part of my time at Plug working on this product (about 6 years), it brings me some satisfaction to see these systems out there in the world.
I live in Delmar, NY and both my girls go to a dance studio close by. I usually drive into the parking lot, park and walk the girls in. This time I had to park in a different spot than usual and when walking back to the car I saw the unmistakable Hydrogen storage enclosure. I was like, it can't be...can it? But low and behold it was, right in my own back yard. Apparently we must have sold a system to the New York State Department of Public Service. Unreal. Even though this product never really took off, I have a lot of fond memories working on this product but more so with the people I worked with. Some were douchebags, but most I considered friends and I consider myself lucky to have worked with them. So to all my GenCore Engineering Alumni...Gooooooooooooooooooo GENCORE! It's not a complete disaster.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
|It seems I have a not so rare condition|
called Bicicletas Encephalitis
Geoff Gulevich - Jack of All Trades