Clément x’plor USH

Last year when I purchased the Jamis Renegade Elite, the bicycle came with Clément x’plot USH tires as you can see in this photo:

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These 35 X 700C tires have more than 3,200 miles on them now and still going very strong. I’ve ridden about 20% gravel and 80% urban asphalt. They’ve stood up to wet/dry/mixed conditions as well. Take a look at the chevron tread:

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The center line provides some grip with not so much rolling resistance. For cornering, not the diamonds on the side, which served very well. As you can see, these tires have a long way to go. Soon, I’ll be back on more gravel, which will cause more wear. Please note, despite having tubeless wheels, I run the Clément set with tubes. That’s how they came from Jamis. There have been no problems with the tubes. Enjoy every ride.

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Published in: on February 25, 2017 at 3:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Making Real Estate

The old saying goes, “Buy real estate. They aren’t making any more.” Well, that’s generally true. However, in some places, they are making real estate. Take a look at this recent photo from New York City:

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The contractor built a sheet piling wall and then filled in behind it. Looks like they’re also building a new pier there, which is essentially real estate above the water. Either way, it seems NYC is gains a few acres here.

The Morgan Library, NYC

Of course New York City hosts some of the best museums in the world. One that I find particularly interesting is The Morgan Library on Madison Avenue. Yes, this building is from J.P. Morgan of financial fame. It is packed with stunning examples of the printed word in many forms that will impress and amaze. Not to mention the facility itself. Take a look at the ceiling here:

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As well as the tapestry above the fireplace. This is a magnificent interior that deserve serious study itself. Here’s one of my favorite items from the collection, a manuscript from J.S. Bach.

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Seeing something written in composer own hand leaves no doubt as to authorship or original intent. And here is one of Isaac Newton’s original notebooks.

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There is plenty more to see, including visiting collections and things from the vaults. Best to check in here several times a year to see what’s on offer. Enjoy.

Published in: on February 19, 2017 at 3:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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F4u Corsair

The F4U Corsair stands as one of the most effective aircraft of its time. Designed by Rex Buren Beisel, it fought in various roles in various wars. Here’s one with her wings folded.

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And another view from the front:

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Behind the Corsair stands a P40 Warhawk. Both aircraft are on my bucket list to fly someday. Not sure if that will ever happen, but when I have time (and money) I look for opportunities for just such adventure. By the way, take a look at this wing folding mechanism:

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Sheer genius at work there. For you aviation enthusiasts, enjoy the airshow circuit which will be getting busy soon. Always do your checklist.