Talk’in Smack With Zach

Yup, I guess I have been cooking up a bit of a storm. This was great.
You need any combination of the following:
Tater Tots
Taco Sause
Sour Cream
Chopped Black Olives
Grated Mexican Cheese (Not seasoned taco cheese)
Taco Meat (Ground beef, cooked with some chili powder and cumin, salt and pepper and a little garlic)
Black Beans (Add them to the taco meat about halfway through cooking)

Just take the tots, cooking as directed, put them on the plate and then sprinkle with finely shredded lettuce. Not too much, we are not making a taco salad. Then you need to sprinkle on the taco meat and black beans. Next a little sweet corn. You want a nice bit of salsa because the tots can be a bit bland if you don’t have enough. Follow it up with a good layer of cheese. Pop it under the broiler for bonus points. Actually you just lose points if you don’t do this. After the cheese is melted, it is time for a nice bit of guac and a blob of sour cream. Finally, pour on some taco sauce in a spiral. Start at the center and drizzle your way around to the edge.
The final step. Eat it and get ready to make another one.
This is great for using up left-over Taco Tuesday. I love Taco Tuesday. I also love food.

Not that you subscribed to my blog to get a constant update of my youtube feed. Maybe you did? I dont know, but anyway, this might be amusing/entertaining for the readers out there that dont care about the grind combinations or the newest hubs or how many lines per millimeter a lens can resolve.

Maybe next post will be about the amazing pulled pork and cornbread we had. Or this one can be. Needless to say, there isnt much left, so I cant show you a picture, but it was by far the best cornbread I have ever made. Anyway…

The cool part is that I learned you can photoshop videos in photoshop. Lens correction filters, de-noise, all that. Thats why this looks better.

glidecamI made a glidecam a few days ago. It worked for a while, but I didnt use enough glue on the bearing and it didnt hold up. I then bought some 5 min. epoxy, because I didnt feel like waiting for J.B. weld to cure for 48 hours. For some reason, my epoxy didnt work and stayed gooey for over a day (5 minutes?) so I cleaned it off and did it right with the J.B. Weld. I love that stuff. Annnyywayyy, It works pretty well. Balancing it works out really well, because when you flip out the lcd on the t3i, it pretty much makes balances the camera because the batterie is on the other side. Now, I am no Joe Simon over here, but I got josh to ride around for my while I tried to skate and operate a glidecam at the same time. It is kind of hard. If this post gets enough interest (traffic that I can turn into advertising $$) I will make a bit more of a how-to kind of guid with my thoughts on the matter. Or I will get a job and buy a real one so I dont have to run around with $600 of camera suspended by old bike parts and $4 of PVC pipe.

Watch it in 720p if you can, because youtube is good at making anything look bad.

Hip-Star hair

Thanks to Josh for going outside in the cold to ride his bike after being off bikes for about 4 monthes, just for me. What a nice guy.

Not to be generating rumors, but this caught my eye.

An Inst-o-gram photo shows Mr. Hawk on a bike (no surprise) but it happens to be a Kink Mud Runner  frame. That is Ben Hittle’s new signature frame. I saw Tom riding one at R.A.S.P. a few weeks ago, so that head tube badge caught my eye.

But then again, is chase just sitting on someone else’s bike? Maybe, because it also has breaks

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I was very excited to see this video in my facebook newsfeed this morning. I guess facebook is good for something? Anyway, the Ezra facebook page said that they have the hubs and are getting them ready to sell, so they will be out any day now.

The first thing I noticed about the hub is how small it is. It actually looks like a stock hub off a complete bike. The non-drive flange is smaller, so it will take two different spoke lengths. Something I am not a fan of. The axle is only going to be available in male for now, from what I have heard. It does seem like there is way to much axle sticking out from the nuts. Of course, this hub is for Karl, and e rides four pegs, so that wont matter much, but I personally like to have the least chance of skewering my ankles as possible. I did notice a very nicely provided allen key-broached axle though. That is the one thing I have missed since cutting down my KHE axle.

Now for the interesting part. The design is so simple, every other bike company is probably kicking themselves this morning. The hub its self is a standard cassette. The driver cavity (making up names for bike parts) is deeper than a normal cassette, but not by much. Then there seems to be a washer that goes on after the drive-side bearing. A spring rests on this washer, and then comes the interesting bit. A disk with slots cut into it. (see 0:36) This also has a triangle shaped boss. this goes on with the triangle facing out. Then comes the driver. The only difference between a normal driver and this one seems to be that the pawls stick out past the driver. These go into the slots on the triangle-bossed slotted disk. When the driver spins, the pawls slide along the slots. As they move to one end of the slot, the pawls are pushed up, and when they are brought to the other side, by back pedaling, the pawls retract.

I am happy to say that I did think that this is how the coaster would work. I am not saying that I thought this up first, just that I am happy that I kind of figured it out.

Of course, as I was writing this, I saw that The Merged had beat me to it (thats their job, right? They better post before me) They also had a video of how you can switch to a cassette hub. Very interesting. It also looks like it is right/left hand drive switchable. If it is, and it ends up being somewhat affordable (not $200 like Éclat) then this could very well be the go-to hub for the next few years.

Well, you could have gotten all that I just said from watching either one of those videos, but you wasted time reading what I wrote and then watching the videos. Sorry. Maybe you could watch them  in fast forward next time? Anyway, expect me to get one of these when they are available so I can shred er, shed some insight on it.