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Raphael Orlove
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Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.
Apr 14
3

Your 1x conversion is just a few minutes with an angle grinder or dremel cut-off wheel away. You don’t need a new crankset. Also, unless you’re planning on hucking this thing off a bunch of sweet jumps, a narrow-wide chainring is likely unnecessary to keep the chain in place. Just make sure that your derailleur spring Read more

Apr 6
6

GM was never going to be able to make that leap because GM was never going to be performance or luxury in a really competitive way.
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Mar 2
106

Over the past 40 or so years, our country has deferred maintenance on the road system because taxes bad, gas must be cheap and freedom. We’ve also systematically cut almost all the strings to our safety nets, deregulated everything we could get away with and what we’ve ended up with is a world where honestly, Trucks Read more

Feb 28
1

That is sweetness to see. In 1986 I bought a Ritchey TimberComp. The frame and fork were fillet brazed by Tom Ritchey himself. One of my best friends owns it now, and every single time I look at that frame I just love how beautiful it is. It looks organic, flowing. There’s a couple of spots where the paint has worn Read more

Feb 27
4

Materials Engineer here. Gluing and brazing aren’t the same. Glue and adhesives exploit a difference in a property called surface energy and fill in the microscopic distortions in a surface to stick things together. It’s why you can get a better bond with some glue by roughing the surface. The point is, glue sticks to Read more

Feb 26
1

Huh- I worked with Alex Wetmore a bit at Microsoft. He’s one of the guys that the smart guys say “damn that’s a really smart guy” about. He wrote big chunks of Windows server’s SMTP server.
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Feb 9
1

Had a set of these on my first MTB, and installed them on several others (actually some were XT, which also used a parallelogram like the XTRs). One thing I recall is they can sometimes be too powerful, to the point of bending the rear chainstays outward when pulled really hard! Read more

Feb 8
4

I had a set of the parallel XT brakes like that. I rebuilt them once but they never got better. In the end I bought some AVID’s to replace them and they are still on there to this day. The truth is that the contact angle of the pads was a minor issue not really worth the extra effort and engineering. Most companies Read more

Oct 22
5

We never get to see the car in full in this video, but any drift nerd will quickly ID the taillights. Here in America we covet these S13 taillights, the Type X ones from facelifted 180SXs in Japan. Read more

Oct 16
60

It had been so long I forgot that a grill can be used to let air in

Sep 21
6

I’m reminded of a hot rodder who stubbornly rebuilds a 1954 Chevy truck frame for like the fourth time in its life, instead of just buying an Art Morrison frame, or at least starting with repro frame rails. There comes a point where it’s not worth the time/money/effort to endlessly fix something that’s simply worn Read more

Sep 21
6

Here’s an interesting article by Sheldon Brown about electro-forging, an alternative way of building frames that Schwinn used back in the 70s. Read more

Sep 21
5

I had a go-kart for a few years growing up. Whe my Dad got it, it was basically a fram and it was up to me to get it into whatever working order I wanted it in. I learned how to braze with an Acetelyne torch on that Go Kart. Rebuilt the carb on the original motor that came with it. Read more