Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Guest recipe, and some bike pictures

 I like the part where James warns about burning out your food processor motor. That's a proper WW style recipe!

Hummus Jowdy

Hummus Jowdy
• 1-2+ medium to Lg cloves garlic peeled 
• 1-2+ tsp salt
• 1 reg size can Chick Peas / garbanzo beans (drained & rinsed)
• 1-2+ Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
• 1-2+ Tbsp Tahini - ground up sesame seed paste (can buy in bulk bin from central market or Whole Foods. Small jars are good too, but there's one in a metal can that is not worth it).
• 1 lemon - juiced, can include pulp
• Water as needed for desired viscosity 

• substitute chick peas with black beans & lime juice in place of lemon juice
• Or 1/2 of both beans 
• Can add stuff like sun dried tomatoes, basil...
• A bag of dried chick peas or black beans equals 4 cans of beans, cook in slow cooker
• 1/4 tsp cumin per can of beans adds some flavor

• put garlic & salt in food processor & chop fine
• Add all other ingredients 
• Blend till desired smoothness, may need to pulse food processor so your motor doesn't over heat.
• Pour into a bowl, drizzle evoo on top, sprinkle with paprika
• Serve chilled with veggies, chips, crackers, Arabic bread...

Since the mixture can be thick, it's easy to overheat a food processor & thus bust the motor.

In other news here's a 36er, first one in a couple years. Seems the "craze" has ended... more on the PITA fork some other time.

Friday, March 17, 2023

Screw it! I'm restarting the blog!

 Nobody is reading, I'm sure, but what the heck. I went looking for recipes today (TL;DR - the kids hate all the food I like) and realized that I liked the blog a lot better than my stupid IG account. 

So, anyway, it's been 8 years. I have 3 kids now. I live in Breckenridge (which might be the unfriendliest place I've ever lived - we're moving on this summer) instead of Park City. I kinda sorta retired from bike building but I still do build bikes just slower especially when the skiing or bike riding is good. I coach skiing. I'm heavier and slower and older than I used to be but I still love the heck out of riding bikes.

Maybe soon I'll do another recipe but with young kids it's been a lot of mac n' cheese and veggie fake chicken strips and such for quite a while. Less alcohol gets consumed these days, too, so drunken rants may be few and far between. 

The bike industry is still just as silly as ever. For 2 years during Covid everyone said, "When this ends there's gonna be a metric f-ton of too much bike parts and bikes!"

Then they went and ordered 1000 extra sets of AXS and got them all right at the same time as everyone on earth realized the bike they already have seems fine for a few more years. 

Yeah. Don't call it a comeback...

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The new Waltworks.com is here!

Check it out, I have an actual website!

It's still a work in progress (thanks for all your hard work, Giff!) but it's a big step up from my black page with a few bits of text.

There is a new blog at Waltworks.com and I will no longer be updating this one, but I will leave the blogger site in place as an archive of the last decade or so (!) of bike building, recipes, and general geekiness.

Please also note that for RSS feed folks, I'm working on making that happen with the new blog.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Ron - done

29 with clearance for 27.5+ seems to be all the rage these days. Fun way to have 2 bikes in one (though IMO the 27.5x3, 29x2, 26x4 bike is the way to go if you really want the Swiss army knife effect!)

This one is an all-arounder with Rohloff capabilities as well as the usual stealth dropper, loads of tire clearance, etc.

Still all fluxy

I can't resist putting curved bridges on these bikes with big tire clearance...

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Get your high country rides in!

...because the dogtooth maple are already changing here in PC. Fall is on the way!

Thanks to Luis for the photo of Mt. Guyot.

Won't someone please think of the children?

Actually, I'm not joking. Come make your voice heard tonight at the Richins building and help convince Summit county to put a safe off-street pedestrian/bike crossing over/under I-80 at the Jeremy/Pinebrook interchange.

Details here.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Random photos for Ron

29/27.5+ with Rohloff/SS/geared capabilities, fun times.

Cleaned up and vented for DT welding-in


Like a boss

Front end

Toptube oxide rainbows

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

David - done

Another Pinhead fork, too.
Super aggro long front center/slack/low/short chainstay 27.5+?

Another customer bike I'd like for myself. Damn you, Dave!

Dave also has the distinction of being the first to get a boost (110x15) spaced rigid fork. In his case it'll swap out with one of the fancy new Lyrik 27.5+ units. Yes, another dummy axle joins the fleet...

I think for steeps and technical riding, the aggro geometry and big tires is hard to beat. For getting big air? Less great - but Dave could run some 29x2.5 Minions for that kind of thing, should he choose.
A few leaves starting to fall/change!

Geometry below. All supertherm, all stealth, 148x12 with some offset for a dishless rear wheel, etc.

This is the *short travel setting* "XC" mode!