Archive for Bikes & Cars

How to disable a R56 Mini Cooper brake wear sensor indicator

Back in November I replaced the brake rotors and pads on all four corners of my ‘08 Mini Cooper. Part of the process involves replacing the wear sensors on the front left and right rear calipers. I ordered new Mini OEM sensors and dutifully replaced them both. BTW the right rear sensor took about as [...]

refinish your wheels

I have painted several sets of wheels over the years so I decided to document the process this time. $26 worth of paint, tape and other supplies along with a few hours worth of elbow grease and anyone can have a set of custom painted wheels, too!


Last weekend I only got a taste of trail riding but I knew I wanted more. So, I ordered up a new single speed sprocket and chain and gave it another shot this morning. I was on the trail by 7:30am. It was in the low 60s and sunny and I was the only person [...]

single speed lesson

Since finishing school I haven’t been commuting daily on my Marin Hamilton 29er single speed bike. I finally decided that the time was right to slap on my knobbies and hit the trail! Unfortunately, the stock gearing on the Hamilton is set up for the street so it was a bit more complicated than swapping [...]

quick update

I have been inundated with schoolwork lately but I have only a little more than 2 weeks of college left before I am DONE! Things are going well with my classes this summer. I made an A in my Concepts of Science class and a B in Intro to Ethics. I was more thankful for [...]