This Space for Rent

Oct 17, 2017

(Almost) ready for reassembly


It needs to be drilled for the lighting (NDS chainstay for taillight, fork for the wire run up to the wire junction for headlight + taillight) and I’m waiting on a B&M Seculite from starbike, but other than that it’s almost time to put this bicycle back together and dismantle the front end of the mountainhack for repainting.

Oct 15, 2017

Trolley picture of the day

An Oak Grove-bound train passes through downtown Milwaukie

An Oak Grove-bound train composed of a SD600 and a Type 1 car heads south through downtown Milwaukie yesterday afternoon.

Oct 13, 2017

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Harvest Mite

Still life with dust mite & acorn squash

(not so) old paint

Paint the town green?

Slowly working my way through my unpainted frame bits. Today was the 3-speed/IGH project frame/bike; it’s sitting in the “paint booth” curing for a couple of days, then I’ll put decals & a clearcoat on and reassemble everything, and after that I’ll be able to pull apart the mountainhack’s front end and try to match the pink/green fade that I painted that frame with.

Oct 11, 2017


King Street rainbow(s)

A nice side-effect of the scattered rain in the Portland area this afternoon.

Chinese fender day

Chinese Fender Day

I’d prefer a set of metal 650b-radiused fenders, but they cost money and I had these Planet Bike w/ reflective orange star fenders lying around after I stripped the carcass of the kit bike for parts, so (after a few days riding the mountainhack in the rain) I stuffed them onto the emergency randonneuse this morning so I could ride it instead.

Oct 09, 2017

Trolley picture of the day

An Oak Grove-bound train on the bridge north of Tacoma Street

A Type 1 & a SD600/660 on the bridge just north of Tacoma Street.

Oct 08, 2017

Not actually a railroad station

A convenient mileage post

The play structure that sits approximately where Portland Traction’s Boring station was is painted to look like part of a railroad station, complete with a Portland Traction-alike mileage sign that gives the as-the-railroad-flies distance to the East Portland yard and the passenger terminal at Cazadero

Oct 06, 2017

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Low trail mite

The fork is raked about ½ mite, which gives it about ¼th mite trail (~68mm offset, ~34mm trail).

Oct 05, 2017

We have squirrels in our garage

G-dd-mn squirrels

… and they love the delicious taste of acetylene gas. I need to put together an anti-squirrel cage to put the brazing rig into, but until then the replacement hoses and the torch are being unbolted from the regulators and brought inside after I finish each round of gluing metal pieces together.

Trolley picture of the day

A northbound trolley passes under the Springwater Trail

A northbound train passes under the Springwater Trail bridge south of Tacoma St.

Sep 30, 2017

One machine painted, 1.5 machines to go

Painted & reassembled

The emergency randonneuse is painted (but not yet fendered; I want to get a set of aluminum fenders, but can’t until I sell a few racks or find another beta tester for one of my frames) and now I need to dismantle and paint the IGH project bike, followed by painting the mountainhack’s fork & rack.

Sep 29, 2017

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Mite plates

Garnish with Mite

Sep 23, 2017

Paint the town orange


Painting the emergency randonneuse so it won’t turn into a complete rustbucket during the rainy season.

Sep 22, 2017

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Rake inspection

Checking the alignment of a pair of forks worth of fork blades before trimming them and gluing their respective forks together.

Sep 20, 2017

Dragging out the mountainhack for the rainy season


The emergency randonneuse is being painted, the IGH project bike needs to be painted (and the both of them need fenders), and the born-again Trek needs to get a couple of mountpoints bonded to the fork before I can fender it, so it’s time for the mountainhack to ride to the rescue. Yes, it needs some painting too, but fenders do a pretty good job of keeping road filth off the unpainted fork & patch on the NDS seatstay where I brazed on a second pump peg for the replacement pump.

And lemme tell you it’s really nice having fenders on a day like today, because when I went out to pick up some odds and ends (cable stops, long fork blades so I can do a french-style conduit-bender curve w/o having a noncurved section before the dropouts) for a frame it dumped down rain for the 15 minutes it took me to get from home to Framebuilder’s Supply and the dryest parts of me+the bicycle were the parts that were protected from the rain by the fenders.

Sep 19, 2017

Cat ambulance

The jitney

Taking Buckeley down to the the vet so they could take a look at an infected ear. How he managed to get an ear infection what with being a 100% indoor cat is a mystery, but they shovelled a bunch of antibiotics into the offending ear, so that should knock the infection out.

Sep 15, 2017

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

How about a nice cup of Mite?

Coffee, Tea, or Mite?

And suddenly this pile of tubing & castings is becoming a bicycle frame

Test-fitting the chainstays

Dry-fitting the chainstays so I can figure out how much of them to cut off to tuck the rear wheel as close to the seat tube as is sensible (35mm tire on the rear wheel right now, with about 2½" clearance at the perpendicular junction with the seat tube. I can probably lop off 1¼th" before the fit gets tight enough so that a fender won’t fit.)

Note the generously huge clearance on the kit bike’s fork; I’ve got a Nomad 28 in it right now, and there’s enough room for a Nomad 35 (32mm) and maybe a fender, which isn’t bad for a 650b fork.

Sep 13, 2017

One more frameset


A more conventional frame this time, except for the STA (71°), and as a radical change not for me, but for a beta tester in North Carolina.

Sep 12, 2017

Railroad picture of the day

Meeting a Portland Traction passenger train

Meeting an EPT passenger train whilst on the way home from REI and Office Depot.


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