About Kurt’s Blog

When I started up a Wiki at work, I found that creating little pages and typing into little boxes was actually quite fun. So I decided, hey, why don’t I start up a blog to type into more little boxes and create more little pages!

Well, here it is. It started with one of my passions: cars. I love most nice looking cars, but especially 50’s and 60’s customs. I like a good import too, if done nicely. I mean, it can’t look like a ridiculous show car; gimme something that looks track-ready or fast and I’ll be pretty happy. I’m not a huge fan of cars I will never in this lifetime afford, so I don’t spend much time looking at Ferraris or Lamborghinis. The first few posts, and maybe some more along the line, are about some of the cars I like, some car shows I went to, and my own cars.

Garden City 2010_43 (Custom)

Shortly after I started this blog, I became absolutely obsessed with cycling! I’ve always been into bikes and used them for fun and transportation for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until 2010 when I bought a brand new sporty commuter bike that I really got into it. I couldn’t believe how fast the thing was! I went from grannies passing my on my steel CCM (literally, grandmas were passing me) to flying down the cycle paths at 30+ km/hr. The next spring, I got a $900 mountain bike on clearance when my bike shop was moving, which began my love of dirt riding.

In front of Minnehaha Falls

My wife and I on our bike and coffee tour of Minneapolis

Combining the commuting and need for speed with mountain biking and exploring dirt trails led me to my new favorite sport: cyclocross. If you don’t know what cyclocross is, well, it’s basically road bikes with dirt tires on short circuit dirt/grass courses. It involves technical aspects like off-camber corners, mud, sand, and barriers.

Me, rounding some random corner

Opus Adagio in full muddy glory, Oct 2012.

Opus Adagio in full muddy glory, Oct 2012.

As a mechanical engineer, I also enjoy tinkering with things and bikes just seem to have that simplicity and mechanical efficiency that I really appreciate in a well-designed machine. As such, I took a bike repair course and love to fix up my bike and just about any other bike I come in contact with. You can expect some repair tidbits (although not professional) throughout my writings. I like to build my own things (studded tires, bike trailers) and do my own repairs, even if I’ve never done them before. It’s a learning experience that I hope you can learn from too.

After cleaning, the parts don't look so bad.

DIY Studded Tire

DIY Studded Tire

Above all, I like to have fun and I don’t take myself too seriously. I’m not going to apologise for not posting, or for dumb posts, long posts, or short posts. I’m just going to have fun, write what I feel, and when I feel like it. Maybe I’m just having too much fun riding the trails to write about it. That’s what life is all about anyway: enjoying what we’re given, while we’re still here. So I hope you enjoy this blog and can experience a little of the fun and enjoyment I get from the things I write about.

Due to reader comments, I cleaned the mirror.

One Response to About Kurt’s Blog

  1. Zia Vanger says:

    And I am obsessed with motorcycling!

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