Making your presence known on the road

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Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Wearing bright-colored clothing is one way cyclists can make themselves more visible on the road.

I’ve learned from experience that being seen on the road as a cyclist requires more than just making sure that you are visible.

Latest Lexus LC 500 is a thing of beauty

Courtesy of Lexus
The new Lexus LC 500 is appealing on the outside and inside, according to auto reviewer Mike Hagerty.

True confession: I am a beauty addict. Nature, art, music, elegantly designed objects – all inspire a sense of awe in yours truly.

Apart from “I love you,” the three words my wife hears most often from me are “look at that.” It helps that we live in a beautiful place (Northern California), that we’re both passionate about music and art, and that my job brings a steady stream of objects to my driveway – some of which are elegantly designed.

Cargo-carrying excellence

Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The 2019 Subaru Ascent Limited is a full-size SUV featuring three rows of seats. The second and third rows fold down, providing ample cargo space for hauling large items.

With some regret and much anticipation, we have decided to join the tide of Californians moving to Oregon to enjoy their elder years.

We’re moving to a place that is more interested in the latest production of a Will Shakespeare play than the latest piece of new technology from Silicon Valley. We’re moving to Ashland this month.

Andersons handing off auto reviews to Hagerty

With Gary and Genie Anderson leaving Los Altos for Oregon, they will no longer be writing reviews for the Town Crier – something they’ve done for approximately 20 years.

“We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our experience as Los Altos’ own car reviewers but are looking forward to our new life in Ashland,” the Andersons wrote.

Power pose on 4 wheels

courtesy of Mercedes-Benz
The Mercedes-Benz G550 has been completely restyled for 2019.

Call it the Wonder Woman or Superman pose – feet apart, fists on hips, shoulders back, chin thrust forward; popular psychology tells us this body-mind nudge boosts self-confidence and prepares us to engage other people in a manner that will make a positive change in the way they act toward us.

That exactly describes the way we felt when we drove the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 – the model the company has always called the “Geländewagen” (cross-country vehicle), or “G-wagen” for short – the most capable “cross-country vehicle” on the civilian market.

Searching for a vacuum leak in a 2011 Audi A4 2.0 turbo

We had a customer come to the shop recently with a check-engine light on in his 2011 Audi A4 2.0 turbo. The customer said the car was running a little rough when the warning light went on.

After checking in the car and scanning it, we pulled a P2187 fault code (bank 1 system to lean at idle) from the engine control module. Lean codes are common on Audis, so it was time for us to look for a vacuum leak.

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