Nathaniel Salzman

Chicago area designer, writer, maker and journalist.

Nathaniel Salzman

April 10, 2009

Ride log: No Outlet

4/9/2009 — Thursday’s ride began with disappointment. Even with my buzzer switch installed, my starting issue persists. No time to fix it though, I had places to go and people to meet. I rode familiar roads to western Bloomington to meet with a professional staffing agency about some job possibilities. Having mapped the route beforehand, I found – Read More –

April 8, 2009

Ride log: Stupid Mistake

4/7/2009 — Today’s ride began with a revelation. This whole season I’ve been fussing with a starting issue. My theory was that there weren’t enough cranking amps to properly engage the starter solenoid — so upon hitting the starter button, the starter motor would just spin freely and not engage the flywheel. Since my battery was properly – Read More –

April 3, 2009

Ride log: Errant Errands

4/3/2009 — Ride agenda for today: errands. I had to do paperwork at The Creative Group and wanted to browse the MacBook Pro at Ridgedale in Minnetonka. Also insurance info to the credit union and groceries from Aldi in Minnetonka. Then an exploratory journey to Eagan ’round our new apartment to experience the hwy 77 bridge on – Read More –

March 26, 2009

Ride log: Ice Road Scooter

3/26/2009 — On this cloudy early spring day, I was kindly invited by fellow scooterist Kent Aldrich to attend a hands-on demonstration of what he does in his letterpress shop, The Nomadic Press.

March 18, 2009

Why I rode my scooter today

Last season, when I got into scooters, I rode for the sheer joy of it. The practicality was simply gravy for me. Today that changed. Since I’m between jobs, any cost savings I can scrounge together is a very good thing. Now riding my Vespa is one more way I can reduce costs. Gas may – Read More –

March 18, 2009

Scooter Season 2009 is officially on!

Yesterday I un-mothballed both my Vespa GT 200L and the Mrs’ Buddy 125 for a kickoff run after petrol and compressed air. Glorious! The weather was just the cool side of perfect and surprisingly the roads are virtually free of sand and grit here in our part of the Twin Cities. I was apprehensive at – Read More –

March 10, 2009

Why don’t more people do this?

I had a short conversation with a colleague today about why I and another colleague both love riding scooters: the economy, the fun or riding, the chic simplicity of it. Her question was “Why don’t more people do this?” America is such an odd place. We pave the way in so many areas, yet when – Read More –

March 6, 2009

Selling an old friend

If anybody’s interested, my 1994 Acura Integra RS Sedan is up for sale. [UPDATE] Four hours after posting on CL, the car sold. Wow!

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