Vintage Model Airplane Kits

I did not know that this decade is “the best of times for airplane models,” but according to the National Air & Space Museum, Aviation enthusiasts are scouring the country for the vintage airplane kits of their youth. It’s not the first time the Smithsonian has written about model airplane kits; see also Model Airplanes…… Continue reading Vintage Model Airplane Kits

More Volkswagen x Trek Bikes

Those 90s Trek VW bikes keep showing up. Who knew you could get a bike jersey and other swag, too? An unused ’97 purple bike with paperwork is up on Facebook Marketplace now [edit: or not – possibly sold?]. The original VW saddle – Nice embroidery! You could be the first person to ride this!…… Continue reading More Volkswagen x Trek Bikes

New York Bricks Go Boutique

Here’s a brief history of the New York brickmaking industry from the New York Times. New York did not have a monopoly on bricks; excellent clay deposits run through New Jersey and into Pennsylvania as well. The Sayre & Fisher Brick Company, in the town now known as Sayreville, New Jersey, was for a time…… Continue reading New York Bricks Go Boutique

It’s Official: Honda Trail 125

2021 Honda Trail 125

After showing a concept vehicle and releasing it as the Hunter Cub in Japan, Honda is now officially releasing their on- and off-road-ready minibike as the Trail 125 in the United States. It has a list price of $3,899, semiautomatic transmission, antilock brake system, a pretty wide-looking rear luggage rack, and you can get it…… Continue reading It’s Official: Honda Trail 125

Susan Orlean has SO NOT BEEN HACKED

Some kind of horse-birth-watching-with-wine neighborhood party resulted in famed author Susan Orlean drunk-tweeting to widespread acclaim this Friday night. Orlean most recently published that article about the rabbit virus in the New Yorker. For example… Her tweet-storm confirms her firmly held belief that “anything was a great story as long as I cared about it…… Continue reading Susan Orlean has SO NOT BEEN HACKED

Finished: Huffy Santa Fe Cruiser Bike

OK, now I’m done messing with this. I found this Huffy bicycle on the side of a road. Aside from trashed tires and one flat tube, it mostly needed just a cleaning to make it presentable. The final result is here. I shelled out for two new, slightly wider tires (no whitewalls), tubes, and handlebar…… Continue reading Finished: Huffy Santa Fe Cruiser Bike

Cruiser Bike: New Grips

Original foam grip. Source: TCMNew faux-leather grip. Source: TCM Finally received new grips for the handlebars of the Huffy Santa Fe Cruiser. The old foam grips were easy to remove (one was already ripped) and the new leather-look grips went on easily with the help of some rubbing alcohol. Pretty soon I’ll stop messing with…… Continue reading Cruiser Bike: New Grips