New Shoes for the Grom

First it was the chain, then it was the screw in the tire. Lastly, it was a crack.

Crack Kills

As I was putting on my disc lock, I noticed a crack on my rear tire. It was a tad bigger then the picture lets on. These are the tires that come stock on the Grom and I have read some bad reviews on them. Since I already have over 5,000 miles on these tires, I decided to replace these right of way. 

I couldn’t decide between two styles of Michelin’s. One style called Power Pure were targeted more to sport riding, while the other called City Grips were more for every day use with better grip in the rain. I decided to go with the City Grips since I ride every day and have been caught in the rain a few times.  

Looking Cute and Grippy
Getting the Wheels off was Fun.
Three Tire Shops Later

I learned that changing the tires on my tiny 12″ wheels requires the right machinery. Third time’s a charm when I finally found a tire shop that can do it. 

We had a few moments of confusion with the direction of the tires. You can’t just mount tires any way you like nowadays. They are directional. Both tires had arrows pointing towards the forward direction. Piece of cake right? Welp, the tires guy were very confused. If they mounted them per the directions on the tires, according to them, the front one would be backwards. 

I trust these guys. They work with tires nonstop. All day long. But, they were wrong. The front tire is indeed supposed to mount in the opposite direction of the rear. 

And they look pretty freaking good:

Nailed

One of the things that is recommended to carry with you on a motorcycle is a tire plug kit. I’ve been carrying one in my bag for over a year with hopes of never having to use it. The kit comes with plugs, tools to insert the plug into the hole caused by a nail or screw, and a mini air compressor. After church on Sunday, I found a nail in my rear tire of the Grom. I was bummed because it meant having to take the wheel off and deal with my chain again. I purchased a new chain recently after an incident. See here: Riding Loose On The Grom.

I then realized this was the perfect opportunity to test out and practice with the tire plug kit. I am so glad I did because I was having a hard time understanding the instructions. Call it a blonde, or senior moment! I filmed the entire thing with my Yi Camera and did not edit any time out of the video so you could see how long it took me.

Here you go:

 

Second time’s a charm! If you have a motorcycle, or know someone that rides, I highly recommend this little kit. I am glad I purchased it and even happier I know how to use it.

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Riding Loose On The Grom

Chains. They need to be cleaned, lubed, and tightened. I am learning now that is has to be in that order. I have owned the Grom now for over a year and the one thing I have not been able to do very well is maintain the chain. What happens when you don’t do it right and often? See this video to find out:


It was a hot, but a cloudy Sunday, and I had ridden into town after church to do some work for Ronald McDonald House. While there, the clouds broke and we got some much needed rain. It lasted only a few minutes but it was enough to cool the air and lower the temperature a few degrees. This made for a nice ride home. I took the long way home and enjoyed the breeze. As I got closer and closer home the wind picked up and the skies began to darken. I was glad to beat the rain.

Then it happened. The chain fell. The camera was rolling but it died right as the chain was being seated. It was a super short ride the rest of the way home but I was so nervous. Nervous that it would fall again and cause some damage. As soon as I made it home, the rain began.

It wasn’t until Tuesday evening that I was able to work on the Grom and see if I could get the chain tightened so that it wouldn’t fall off again. I was able to get it tight up to specification but the wheel was as far back at it could go. I rode it to work the following morning, and I could have sworn that at one point the chain skipped. I arrived at work safely and looked up chain replacements for the Grom. I read that the factory chain is not that great and that it usually lasts about 3,000 miles. I am at just over 5,000 miles. I read the manual and it said to replace the chain when the wheel is as far back as possible. So, I was a tad relieved that I hadn’t messed up the chain, but that it was normal wear and tear. I ordered a new chain and it should be arriving soon. Until then, I am not riding it. To Be Continued…

Book: Don’t Let Go

I am not really sure how to do book reviews, but I do want to share books that I have recently finished. I just finished Harlan Coben’s Don’t Let Go book and I really enjoyed it. I personally don’t like to read previews so I really don’t want to say too much but I guess you have to when doing reviews?

don't let go - haran coben - book cover

The book is about the death of a cop’s twin brother and girlfriend when they were almost out of high school. It is now almost 15 or so years later and things are happening that are shedding new light to their deaths, and lives. Was it accidental? Murder? Suicide? A cover up?

All these questions are brought up and the story is gripping. I found myself listening to the audio book while having lunch and dinner. Usually I only listen while driving or working in the garage but I couldn’t stop. I highly recommend this book. I prefer audio books and this one is narrated perfectly.

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GromNom – Pit Stop Smokehouse – Harlingen, TX

I am on a mission to eat at all the Food Trailers in my surrounding area for lunch. This mission is part of the all new GromNom food series.

Pit Stop Smokehouse was one of the first true food trucks my hometown of Harlingen, TX. Sure, we have had food trailers but they were all stationery. Pit Stop Smokehouse was mobile. Like many food truck operators, the owner dreamed of a bigger place and that is exactly what he did. He sold the food truck and built a more permanent, somewhat bigger place.

Somewhat bigger because it is not very big inside. There is maybe three or four small tables inside. I usually sit outside and eat with the Grom.

Pit Stop Smokehouse has all the usual suspects: Brisket, Ribs, Chicken, Sausage, Turkey. People love the Jumbo Stuffed Potatoes. Stuffed with Brisket that is. I’m not that into potatoes so I stick with the Lean Brisket. Usually, when you order Lean Brisket it is very dry, but not at Pit Stop. And some times you just have to have Brisket in a taco so that’s one of my favorites.

Lately though, its been a Brisket and Sausage sandwich for me.

Highly recommend this BBQ joint. It is one of the best in my area.

Bonus pic of wood delivery:

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Rain Ride

In South Texas we can go weeks without rain and weeks with 100+ degree weather so when it rains it seems as though it came out of nowhere. Especially if you don’t follow the weatherman.

Someone will think they hear thunder, and the next thing we know it’s going to rain. I ride the Grom everyday to work and today was no different. Well, except for that sound in the clouds. Checked the weather and sure enough, rain was coming.

I carry a poncho under my Groms seat so when I left work I put it on for the first time and took off. Here is video of my ride home.

Want your eight minutes back? Nothing exciting happened and you can’t really tell how wet I got. The poncho did good but I definitely need some rain pants and some kind of rain socks. My motorcycle shoes are not waterproof so my socks were soaked.

Social Media Killed My Blog

Years ago, before the term “social media” was a part of everyone’s life, this blog was where I wrote about things that interested me, funny stories, photos, life events, etc. I remember people thinking it was odd that I had a blog where I wrote and shared things, but now, people think it’s odd when someone doesn’t have a social media account where they share everything. Why? Because it is all about social media now. There was a time where several of my friends were blogging also, but they are all on social media.

For some time now I have been wanting to start blogging again. Yes, I’ll post a few things and then stop but I really want to be more consistent with it. That will probably mean not posting on social media anymore and it will probably mean no one will be reading what I write. I guess that’s OK. Going back in time to read my old posts is what I enjoy the most so this blog is more of journal I suppose.

When I post this blog entry, it will most likely also get posted to Twitter automatically. It will be last time it does that. I can’t complain about social media while my blog posts are on Twitter so I’ll disable that.

Loving The Home Warranty

I have been at my home for a little over 10 years now, so things are breaking! Two summers ago my Air Conditioner was on the fritz. It would frequently have to be manually reset. The thought of having to fork over tons of money to have it fixed had me freaking out. I don’t have an emergency fund (more on that in another blog), so if it broke, we’d have to give up food for the rest of the year!

BUT, a friend told me about home warranties. With a home warranty, you pay a monthly fee that covers household repairs for major appliances, plumbing, electrical, etc etc. It is another monthly expense but it is also a peace of mind. I was able to save a a lot money in repairs for my AC. I only had to pay a $100 deductible while they worked on my unit for several days.

Most recently, we had some plumbing issues that was way above my “handyman” level.

Outdoor Faucet

 

Outdoor Faucet From The Inside

As you can see from the pictures above, one of the faucets outside of our house sprung a leak from what is called a hose bib. All of YouTube said it was an easy fix, if all the plumbing was exposed! Not so at our house. As you can see, in order for the plumber to get to the plumbing he had to go through the living room. Looked easy, but not something I could have done myself.

I also had some other issues.

There is a main water line cut off in the front yard that also leaked. Here is a video of the missus trying to cut off the main line. She did more than cut!

So things kept getting worse. Not pictured are some valve leaks in our main restroom sink.

All these issues were fixed with only my $100 deductible, and it is guaranteed for 45 days!

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GromNom – Juan More Taco – Harlingen, TX

I am on a mission to eat at all the Food Trailers in my surrounding area for lunch. This mission is part of the all new GromNom food series.

This GromNom trip took me to a food trailer parked inside a used car dealership towards the center of town. Juan More Taco is its catchy name.  I had seen this trailer a few times while in the area but never considered it for lunch. That was until a new coworker, who is a recent transplant from Tyler, TX, recommended the spot.  He raved about the Trompo, so for lunch, I hopped on the Grom and headed that way.

It is in a pretty big parking lot so they have a nice setup. Lots of tables under a blue canopy. (The blue canopy gave my pictures a blue tint that was very filterish. I tried removing it). Even though there was lots of seating, I was the only one there for some time.

I ordered the Trompo, but was told they were out so I went with an order of Fajita Tacos. An order of tacos at these places is usually 6 corn tortilla tacos. Also known as Street Tacos. Along with your meat of choice, they are topped with Cilantro, White Cheese, Avocado, and Onions. (No onions for me though).

As I was waiting for my food, another customer came along. We got to talking and he too raved about the Trompo. He loved that they are served with slices of pineapple. Trompo, is cooked in a red sauce and with pineapple, but is rarely served with pineapple. I really really wanted to try the Trompo! Luckily for me, as the girl brought me my chips, she told me they did have some Trompo after all!

They only had enough for a half order, so I went with half Fajita and half Trompo. Amazing! The Trompo lived up to all the hype. Very tender, very juicy, very pineapplie! I have been back since and it was still so good.

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