Saturday, March 14, 2009
It’s the rainy season.
I keep staring intently at my project, seriously considering moving my schedule back a year. It would free up some money, instead of requiring me to spend every extra dollar I make for the next 6 months on it. Even that may not be possible; the rules committee is not particularly happy with parts of my bike, like the rear wheel and the front wheel/tire.
If my company hadn’t canceled bonuses and raises this year, I probably wouldn’t have a problem. I do have a tax refund coming in. I thought I was going to owe, but “fortunately” I lost thousands of dollars in the stock market last year, so I wrote those losses off and it swung me into the green.
I can probably get the OK to run at El Mirage this year, which is short enough to keep me below 250mph, thus making my front tire totally legal and they’ll probably be okay with the wheels. I can also forego a second parachute ($625) with the lower speed.
Then I’ll spend a year getting a better rear wheel, probably a disc brake, a new front wheel/tire, and a ‘spensive parachute.
The bike is all setup to steer and stop and can be pushed down a hill with me in it. Yet, the more I consider doing that the less I want to.
What if the brake cable snaps? What if a wheel falls off? What if the cops show up?
I know, you’re saying “better now than when you’re going 250 MPH”. True, but I’d rather do these tests at the lakebed starting out slowly, when I have 2 miles to slow down and brush/dirt after that. Also, no cops.
I’m actually pretty close to a running bike right now, I need a… let see… fuel pump, fuel tank, clutch lever, shifter, and a chain.
Oh yea, and money.