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Dirt Road Cowboy's Ramblin' & East Texas Trippin'

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Dirt Road Cowboy, May 8, 2011.

  1. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    Well, I do have a few of those posted in the thread from last year, but those are more of a traveling art show! :D

    I need to go back to the train yard though. It's always fun exploring around there. Maybe I'll find more train art. :0-0
  2. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    Well, it's been a while!

    I've been riding when the weather allows, but I haven't been taking any photos.

    Just after the last pics of the Art Alley, I got some new leather saddle bags and tool bag.
    Now, with rain almost every day, they are getting quite moldy.

    The tool bag isn't too bad.

    tool bag 1.jpg

    But the side bags . . .

    saddlebag 2.jpg

    saddlebag 1.jpg

    The brass hardware has also turned green.

    Anyone got any suggestions on how to eliminate and stop the mold?

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  3. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    Was wondering what happened with your postings. Good to see you're still on the go!
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  4. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    We've been getting rain almost every day, while the rest of the country has been having a drought!

    At least out temperatures have been mild, in the mid to low 70's. Today's the first time the A/C has really been on this year.
  5. Traxx

    Traxx Taxation is Theft Supporter

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    Clean them up with vinegar or rubbing alcohol sun dry then Mink oil the snot out of them.
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  6. wsteve464

    wsteve464 n00b

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    Clean them with vinegar/water mix use a rag, medium bristle brush and a dishwashing scotchbrite/sponge for the hard to get stuff and the brass. Let it dry. Go over them with a sponge and saddle soap to clean the dirt out of the leather, let them dry. I'd use olive oil rather than mink oil as the animal oils can attract rats or mice. Work the oil in to the leather If the leather is stiff while working in the oil roll the leather as you go. You should feel it get more pliable. You can use sno seal but as you will to keep reapplying it may be more cost effective to mix your own. I use a mixture of bees wax, cocoa butter and oil mix it 1-1-1 in a metal can on the stove let it cool and rub on like shoe polish.

    Good Luck
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  7. CoastieBiker

    CoastieBiker ATGATT makes me look like a giant Minion

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    That's what I look like after riding in the rain. Guess my skin is getting old and leatherly... :becca
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  8. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    I had to order the Sno Seal, and it just came in, so it looks like I have a project for tomorrow. We're just getting over a head-cold crud, and I want to start getting back to normal.

    I've been trying to work on some things to bring in a bit of money. I took a big stock market hit this year, so my play funds have been restricted.
    That shouldn't be too big of a problem for my low-budget adventures though!

    We'll be back on the road soon! :chace :ricky

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  9. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    Okay, I did the vinegar cleaning and covered them with Sno-Seal. There's still a little discoloration, but the mold is gone. :thumbup

    bag 1 after.jpg

    bag 2 after.jpg

    Maybe the sun will fade the darker color, and later on when I apply another coat of Sno-Seal, the color will be more even.

    It's good enough. They are cheap bags to start with, so I'm not going to worry about them. As long as they hold my tools and stuff, that's all I need.

    Time to get back to ridin'! :ricky

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  10. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    Good timing.

    How hot is the oven down there?

    Just driving back from getting the Monkey exhaust and saw 118°f. That's a strong 'f' no for me. I remember TX being no easier!
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  11. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    We've been hovering around 90º with up to 95% humidity, so we are back to normal. The fireflies are back, but no hummingbirds so far.
    I was hoping to get more spring riding in, but with all the rain, and a few health problems, the season went by too quickly.

    At least I can still ride, so no reason to complain! :super

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  12. georet

    georet Adventurer

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    Have had hummingbirds here in OKC for over a month and a pair of barn swallows have 4 little ones in a nest under our patio roof. The parents are unbelievably diligent in bringing bugs in for the young....hmm, haven't seen many mosquitos. Hot here, too...upper 90's with heat indexes up to 110.

    The Sno-Seal should quickly soak in with you temps and you can apply another coat. It's good stuff and doesn't make the leather go soft like mink oil or neatsfoot.
  13. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    Sheree sent me a news story from a local TV station about the oldest home in Tyler.

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    Here's the full story:

    TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - It doesn’t look like much from the street, but the house at 421 S. College Avenue in Tyler is a part of history.
    Built in 1847, the home was constructed one year after the city of Tyler was founded. James K. Polk was president and the Civil War wouldn’t start for another 14 years.

    Recently, a new owner planned to demolish the house and build new housing.

    “The new owner applied for a rezoning with with city, which would result in this house being turned into a quadplex,” Historic Tyler Executive Director Ashley Washmon said. “If you look up and down the street, it maintains a high degree of historic integrity and so if this house was demolished and a new structure was built in its place, it would be an eyesore.”

    Even though nobody currently lives in the house and it’s seen better days, it’s the history behind it that has Washmon fighting for it to stay.
    “As soon as we start tearing down this little house here, this little house there, it’s whittling away at the historic integrity of these districts,” Washmon said.

    Today’s planning and zoning commission meeting was a relief for the people there in support of keeping the house standing.
    “The applicant did mention that they wanted to proceed with the AR zoning request,” City of Tyler Planning Director Kyle Kingma said.
    The owner now plans to change the zoning to adaptive reuse − meaning the home will stand and will likely be repurposed. For Washmon, its history preserved.

    “Can go home tonight and be glad that this house is gonna stand,” Washmon said.
    The property owner now has 30 days to apply for the adaptive reuse zoning change.


    So, the new owner would rather make profit than restore history.

    Anyway, I went by there to get some pics for y'all. I thought it would be interesting to some of you.

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    A closer view.

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    I can see the potential there.

    So, just in case it gets demolished, you got to see it first.

    We're getting ready to head out to the store for a few things, but I kept my priorities straight, and took the pics first! :lol3


    'Til next time y'all! :wave


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  14. olehipi

    olehipi The Bo's'n

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    Grew up in Woodville Tx in the late 60s early 70s. Rode small dirt bikes all through the big thicket. (Honda SL100, Hodaka Wombat, Suzuki TS185) Thanks for the memories.