This Space for Rent

Sep 19, 2018

Pizza truck

Pizza fixie

Running out to get a store-bought pizza for (everybody else’s) dinner.

Sep 18, 2018

Mockup

A bicycle-shaped object

There’s a small pile of cable stops, brake bridges, rack mounts, light mounts, brake bosses, derailer bosses, and tube braces that need to be glued on before I dare ride it, but the basic diamond frame is all glued together now so I had to throw a bunch of components on to see what it looks like as a real bicycle.

Sep 16, 2018

Starting another frame

Xtracycle front triangle

Finally starting on the xtracycle frame, with the easy part (aka the front triangle) the first thing under the torch. This one is 73°/73°, with an ~600mm ETT (slightly sloped; I’d planned for a .5° slope, but I think it turned out to be closer to 1°) and a 110(ish)mm HT. As is traditional, my xtracycle is going to have the most aggressive saddle->bar drop of all of my bicycles, but that’s only a matter of ±10mm between the lot of them (unless I use a stack of spacers under the gravel®©™ bike’s stem), but in any case this is going to take a while to build because I need to think up a jig to hold all of the fiddly tubes of an extracycle rear triangle together and in line before I finish it.

Sep 14, 2018

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Mavis & Mite

Still life with cat, Dust Mite, and chair destroyed by cats


Almost finished

Getting really close to being finished now

The most fussy parts of assembling this thing are done now; the remaining aligning and brazing won’t need any sort of super-fussy aligning (I need to take the 2×4 of gentle persuasion to the chainstays to line them up a little bit, but that’s pretty trivial now that they’re brazed into the BB) and can just be laid up and stuck to the frame at my leisure, and then I get to do the simple-but-strenuous job of reaming & facing the HT, facing the BB, and reaming out the seat tube before scrounging a group out of my bike mess and throwing it onto this frameset.

Sep 13, 2018

Bathing

Bathing

Soaking off the flux before cleaning up any brazing mistakes and gluing on the rear triangle, cable stops, and brake posts.

Sep 12, 2018

Progress

Half of a frame

The front half of the frame, mainly brazed together (I need to draw the brass up to the top edge of the ST/TT lug, a couple of lug points need to be adjusted to sit flush(er) with their tubes, and there might be a couple of spots in the BB shell where the brass was blocked by flux slag) and ready to have the rear triangle fitted into place.

Sep 08, 2018

Domestic vermin picture of the day

Mighty Thor

God of thunder

Sep 07, 2018

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Setting up the jig

We’re setting up the jig for my next two (maybe next three, depending on how much BB drop I’m going to want to put into the historical reenactment rando frame I’ve got planned) bicycle frames; I’m building the front triangles in this jig, and then I’m going to turn around and make up a different jig for the rear triangle.

This will give me the front triangles for a 73°/73°/~600mm ETT/70mm BB drop frame. There’s a bunch of lugtweaking that I need to do for the rear triangle (I need about a 64° ST/CS angle, and I believe this BB shell has the lugs cast at ~62°; on top of that I need to adjust the outwards angles of the lugs because the CSs are diverging more than the lug angles.

Sometime tomorrow I need to put these tubes out and drill them for bottle bosses and a DT port for wiring (I don’t have the courage to do a Herse-style wiper on the steertube!), then cut the ST down so I can fit a ST/TT lug into place, then stroll on out to the garage and glue at least this guy together.

Sep 05, 2018

Trolley picture of the day

Two trolleys @ OMSI

A clockwise trolley approaches OMSI station while a counterclockwise trolley pulls out of the platform.

Sep 04, 2018

Ozymandias

Floof

Look on my floof, ye Mighty, and despair!

Aug 31, 2018

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Ozy & Mite

Ozymandias & Dust Mite

Aug 26, 2018

Trolley picture of the day

A trolley turns onto Grand Ave

A counterclockwise loop trolley turns north onto Grand Ave for the run up to Broadway

Aug 24, 2018

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Where did you get that hat?

Where did you get that hat? Where did you get that tile?
Isn’t it a nobby one, and just the proper style?
I should like to have one Just the same as that!
Where'er I go, they shout “Hello! Where did you get that hat?”


Trolley picture of the day

A southbound train on the Tacoma Street rollercoaster

A Oak Grove-bound train on the bridge just north of the Tacoma & 99e station.

Aug 22, 2018

Obstructions

Taking over the bed

Ozy & Thor decided to wake me up this morning by taking over the bottom of my side of the bed and forcing me into enough of a cramped position so I couldn’t stay asleep.

Aug 20, 2018

Tell me more…

Somehow I doubt this warnng is genuine

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(even if I did host my mail on someone else’s machine do you think I’d do it on someone so incompetent that they couldn’t automatically migrate accounts on a system refresh?)

Aug 17, 2018

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite admires a painted 11x10.5 rack

Quality control on an Elephant NFE rack.

Aug 15, 2018

Domestic vermin picture of the day

Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet

Aug 14, 2018

Almost ready to glue together

Mockup with seatstays

Dry fitting all of the tubes together to see if they’re the correct angles and sizes. Since it’s a dry fit (and also since I haven’t adjusted the tube angles) the geometry is a a bit mangled, but this will not be a problem when I set up the jig and stuff the front triangle into it.


Domestic vermin picture of the day

Mavis and an increasingly fur-covered sofa

Mavis, queen of the sofa

—30—

Obéir c'est trahir, Désobéir c'est servir
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