This Space for Rent

Jun 22, 2018

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Mite & bank

A fancy leather pig, the same old dust mite, and a point and shoot camera with a dubious autofocus feature.

Jun 17, 2018

A better paint scheme for a Tri-Met bus

Pride bus

Because

  1. queer, and
  2. it reminds me of the KCS bicentennial paint scheme.

(This bus was painted for today’s Pride parade, and trailed a gratifyingly large collection of Tri-Met employees.)

Jun 15, 2018

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Ozy & Dust Mite

Napping

Jun 14, 2018

Pointless signage?

Not for mailing bicycles

I suspect that even without the helpful signs nobody’s going to try to wedge a bicycle into either of those mail slots: Even the teeniest folding bike isn’t compact enough to fit into a letter-sized opening.

Jun 10, 2018

Different power on a Cascades

The south end of a northbound Cascades

Shoving a northbound Cascades through Milwaukie on a drizzly sunday afternoon.

Jun 08, 2018

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

power failure mite

Still life with Dust Mite and camp lantern (we had a power failure, and it’s about a 6 second exposure to get this photo so everything had to be still to cut down on blur.)

Jun 02, 2018

Passenger Train

Push-pull train

An East Portland Traction push-pull passenger train head north towards downtown Portland & the Espee Union Pacific interchange yard.

Jun 01, 2018

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Thor & Dust Mite play together

Thor & Dust Mite play

May 30, 2018

The Mighty Thor

The perfect killing machine

The perfect floofing machine

May 29, 2018

Wheelbuilding

De-fixing the 3-speed project bike

I pulled the (ailing) S3X hub from the 3-speed project bike and replaced it with a regular freewheeling 3-speed hub. I lose the what-you-see-is-all-you-gettedness of a fixed gear, even one that’s actually 3 (or two+a freewheel) fixed gears, but not having so much of the element of surprise (of “when will the next gear fail and will it maim me when it does so?”) when riding is a good thing.

May 27, 2018

Postmodernist paint or is it Googie?

A brightly painted office building at the east end of the Burnside Bridge

(Aka “modernism & the moon”)

May 25, 2018

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Cocktail Hour

It’s the end of a long week

May 23, 2018

Roses

Roses

The feral rosebush in our front yard is flowering this week

May 22, 2018

Fluffball

Fluffball

Ozymandias’s fur is nowhere near fully grown out, but there is now enough of it that he’s beginning to get into the giant perfect killing marshmallow category again (and as an indoor cat he won’t have nearly as many chances to get it filthy/matted/tangled/burred/etc.)

May 21, 2018

Creeping forward, part by part

gravel®©™℠ fork mockup

The second of the three forks I’ll need for my next three frames. This one is for the gravel®©™℠ frame; large enough to fit a 56mm tire without looking overly clownlike when a 47mm tire is fitted, and with enough headroom to fit a fender without having to mash it up close to the tire.

May 19, 2018

If it fits, it sits

Cozy cat

What other reason could there be to have a dishwashing machine?

May 18, 2018

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Sorting out 3 frames

Dust Mite inspects the tubing (a combination of True Temper, Columbus, and Nova) and lugs I’ve picked out for the front triangles of the next three frames. Now to measure, miter, and braze them together.

May 17, 2018

Cat Shelf

Bookshelf cat

Thor is just the right size to fit into a bookshelf

May 16, 2018

Three frames to build

Three more frames, maybe?

Top to bottom:

  1. 650b gravel®™© frame with clearance for 60mm tires (though the tires I’m using are a pair of WTB Horizons I picked up used.)
  2. 26" smaller-rando frame for the 25" wheelset (26×1.5" tires) I laced up last month.
  3. The long-anticipated xtracycle replacement frame

All of them are going to be paired 73° HTA & STA, with level/levelish(xtracycle) toptubes, and all built with the sort of insanely long TT that I prefer. At least one of them is going to have a seat mast, though I may end up just cutting a traditional seattube very short instead of also fabricating a mast cap for the saddle.

This will, if I get them finished, bring me up to 9 frames I’ve built (the kit bike is dead, and I botched the first attempt at the 3-speed project frame badly enough so I abandoned it after sloppily brazing the chainstays on, but I’ve still got 3 bikes I’m riding and one frame that ended up in North Carolina.)

May 14, 2018

I’m not sure if I trust the hub on this machine

The mysterious 3ixie

The IGH project bike was set aside last fall because the s3x hub had stopped fixieing in the 1:1 gear, but when I pulled it out from my bike mess just this afternoon to rebuild the rear wheel with a more-conventional Sturmey-Archer hub (a SRF3) the hub had learned its lesson and was being a fixed gear once again (but only until I shifted out of the 1:1 gear; if I did that it went back to freewheeling until I backpedaled a little bit and rattled the clutch/shifter rod back into place. So, yay, it’s a functional 3ixie again, but I don’t know for how long and if it’s worth risking taking it out on a brevet (because boy it would be annoying to spin 30 miles back into town if all I had was one of the climbing gears!)

It is really nice to be on a fixed-gear (a.k.a. WYSIAYG) again, even if it’s an adventurebike (where the adventure is wondering if I would make it back home in my 1:1 gear.)

May 12, 2018

Make way for ducklings

Ducks along the Trolley Trail

It’s springtime and the mallards are in bloom along the Trolley Trail.

—30—

Obéir c'est trahir, Désobéir c'est servir
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