Nathaniel Salzman

Chicago area designer, writer, maker and journalist.


December 17, 2011

Throttle off, key out

For the last year it’s been a tradition that nearly every Saturday I drop by BlueCat Motors to see what’s going on. At first, I often felt very in the way. Me and my camera, snapping away. Was I really supposed to be there? Was what I was writing on their blog doing them any – Read More –

December 16, 2011

Chicago, here I come

It’s news that I’ve shared in a lot of other outlets, but I’ve neglected to post it here. My impulse is to try to write up something long and expansive on the why and where for, but it’s not really necessary. The story is this: my wife got a great job in Chicago, and I’m – Read More –

October 6, 2011

Thank You Steve

All the things that can be said about the passing of the Apple co-founder Steve Jobs have been said at this point. I couldn’t begin to summarize his legacy like Stephen Fry does so brilliantly in this essay, or pay a better aggregated tribute than Wired or Fast Company or a dozen other tech sites – Read More –

August 16, 2011

New blog series: The Wrench Log

Over the years, my blog has evolved into a handful of regular features. Mainly recommendations, significant new experiences, and lots and lots of the Ride Log. This season has been what sports fans would call a rebuilding year. I’ve spent far more time procuring and working on bikes than actually riding them. It’s been fun. – Read More –

June 26, 2011

Ride log: So long, Vespa

June 23, 2011 — On a cloudy, unseasonably cold afternoon for late June, I did the seemingly unthinkable. I sold my Vespa. The sky looked like it might rain if it could muster up the motivation, but at that moment it couldn’t be bothered. I stood in the doorway of my open garage, waiting for – Read More –

June 19, 2011

My Vespa is for sale

We all knew this was coming. If all goes according to plan, I’ll be sans-scooter here shortly. I’ve realized that I’d much rather ride a small motorcycle day-to-day than this fine piece of italian stamped steel. It’s no commentary at all on this fine machine, or on scooters in general. It’s simply the best route – Read More –

March 25, 2011

An amazing meal, the first of many

I’m a big fan of Anthony Bourdain. From his breakout book Kitchen Confidential to his fantastic Travel Channel show No Reservations, I don’t know of anyone doing better experiential non-fiction writing right now. Because of my own trip to Asia in 2005, I’ve always been able to appreciate and relate to his traveling, and just – Read More –

November 25, 2010

Things I’m thankful for in 2010

I was inspired this week by the 10 Geeky Things to Be Thankful For post over on’s GeekDad to do a post of my own this Turkey Day. 2010 has been a crazy great year for me. So much has happened and while it hasn’t all been awesome, it’s certainly left me grateful.

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