This Space for Rent

May 03, 2016

The illusion of stability

bagel run antipanda

The kit bike is generally a very stable machine, but if I sit up and ride no-handed about half the time my pedalling resonates and makes the front end shimmy. It’s not a dangerous shimmy – I stop pedalling, the shimmy stops, and then I can pedal again – but it’s amusing how the light tubing × long TT propagates the flexing from the pedals up to the fork.

May 02, 2016

Out climbing

Elk Prairie Road is paved, Family Camp is not

According to signs, this is the southern end of Sawtell Road (at ~2.2k feet; I went right on Elk Prairie Rd and got up to about 2350 feet at the summit before I had to walk down ~1000 feet to the end of the western part of Butte Creek Road – Butte Creek Road connects to Elk Prairie Rd, but theres a 2 mile segment that used to be a quiet path down the side of the ravine containing Butte Creek but which is now a freshly gravelled haul road through a Brand! New! clearcut. Steep descents are fine. Steep descents on fist-sized gravel, even after it’s been compacted by countless logging trucks dragging freshly cut timber up to the ridgeline, are not. So I had a pleasant walk in the middle of my bike ride) even though online maps claim (and, really, who would doubt them just because every map provider shows different routes and names on forest roads) that Family Camp Road is actually Sawtell Road and that it continues south for another 20 miles before looping in a tangle of NF{numbered} roads that connect down to Elkhorn (and, after another 6 miles, to the Opal Creek ancient – and very crowded – wilderness.)

One of these days I need to rope someone into riding with me and then head further south on Family Camp Road, but before I do that I need to get back into shape so that the initial 4 miles of 6% grade at the north end of Sawtell Road is not quite as tiring as it was yesterday (Sawtell Road starts out as a secondary road, so it’s graded to a consistantly steep ramp there; as you get further south the importance of the road decreases and it becomes more of a “paint this road on the hillside”; that part dives into and out of little creek valleys so it’s littered with short sections of what felt like 10+% ramps. Which wouldn’t have been as noticeable if I’d not burned my legs out on that first long ramp!)

Bing maps has street view out this far on Sawtell Road, but what it shows is the Family Camp/Elk Prairie junction in the middle of a mature forest. This is Oregon, so you can guess what happened to that mature forest in the year or so since the Bing cameramobile rolled on through.

And, sadly, I will probably have to redo my Sawtell Road permanent to not drop down to Scotts Mills on Butte Creek Road (at least until I get some satellite imagery that postdates the clearcut along the gravelled part of Butte Creek Road) because even after looking at all of the maps I’ve got I’m still not exactly sure what the arrangement of roads is between 1800asl and 1200asl on that descent. There’s a triple junction in there somewhere that does not appear on the maps (and the lower junction of the two roads does not show up on Bing street view, which is a bit troubling), and I think that’s where Gibboney Road (not sure if an actual name! There’s a Gibboney Lumber Company that operates in that area, and it may just the a convenience name for their haul road) splits off from the not-on-the-maps-but-it-still-exists-because-I-walked-it section of Butte Creek Road. I’m happy to blow my brevet average with a long hike down a steep ramp, but I’m not sure if I can apply enough DANGER, THIS IS REALLY DANGEROUS IF YOU DO SOMETHING STUPID LIKE TRY TO MAKE UP TIME HERE notes to my cuesheet to stop someone from trying to make up that time if it’s the end of a month and they’re trying to keep their 200k run going. Oh well, returning to Maple Grove Road and crossing to Scotts Mills isn’t too much longer, and then people can have the option of sneaking offroute for rural scenic beauty if they ignore the YOU WILL DIE! cue I’ll put in to convince them not to.

Apr 30, 2016


Blue xpac semi-traditional rando bag

A practice bag before I sew a clone of a rivendell shopsack (which will be simple compared to fighting with a rando bag.) I only screwed up a couple of things (like the width of the front pocket lid; it should have been half an inch narrower than this so I could tape around it. As it is it’s going to be fun taping the carcass together without making it look like a complete bodge.)

Apr 29, 2016

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Interurban mite

Beer Mite

Apr 26, 2016

Every bike a cargobike

The kit bike has spoiled me

The kit bike’s rear fender shed a bolt somewhere on saturday’s run of the Perrydale Pancake, so I pulled the born-again Trek out of the basement for the weekly bagel run. After spending several months riding the kit bike & sweet fixie, both with ≥61cm saddle-to-bar distance, the 58cm s2b on the born-again Trek feels /really/ short.

When I bought the trek in ‘89, it had a 7cm quill stem that stood about 4cm above the HT. My mind boggles at the thought.

Apr 23, 2016

Two traction engines

Two traction engines

The kit bike and the Perrydale Dragon.

Apr 22, 2016

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Mite & Mavis

A Dust Mite and a yawning cat

Apr 21, 2016



Doyle McCormack’s ex-Utah RSD-5 switches in the ORHF’s shop yard this afternoon.

Apr 20, 2016

trolley picture of the day

A southbound train curves onto the private ROW along 99e

A southbound train @ 99e & 17th.

Apr 16, 2016

Tradition! (#2)

45 degrees of kit bike

The kit bike at the 45th parallel in Silverton, Oregon on the return leg of my One Big Hill permanent.

Apr 15, 2016

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Bagels & Mite

Dust Mite found a new hiding place.

Apr 13, 2016

One more frame for the road

Front triangle mockup

The front triangle for the 3-speed project bike, mitered (except for @ the bottom bracket, where I still need to notch the ST to fit around the DT) and ready for me to modify my frame jig so it can be used to hold the pieces of a fillet-brazed frame together during fabrication.

Apr 10, 2016

Playing with everybody else’s food

Playing with everybody else's food

A lamb steak cut (needed to check the doneness of the meat) so it looked like a fishhead.

Apr 08, 2016

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

The cupcakes are infested with a Dust Mite

This can’t be proper food prep conditions

Apr 03, 2016


The working Eng! rolls across the EPT-TriMet crossing south of the ORHF shops

EPT 100 crosses over the Milwaukie interurban’s line just south of the ORHF shops in East Portland. This part of town is amazingly cluttered with railroads these days; East Portland Traction, Tri-Met’s Milwaukie interurban, the SP UP line to California, and the Portland Streetcar’s east side loop all tangle together here in a mass of crossings, junctions,and bridges.

Apr 02, 2016


Destiny fulfilled!

Another day, another rando bike parked in front of the Ripplebrook ranger station guard station store (which no longer has wifi? Weird)

Apr 01, 2016

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

X-Pac Mite

Mapcase cosplay?

Impressionist kit bike

Mount Hood from Mount Scott

After using an iphone 5c camera (zoomed +hdr'ed) then postprocessing to make the distant volcano more visible (the volcano I was on – Mount Scott – is striking but it’s one of about 40 similarly-sized vents that are scattered around Multnomah + northern Clackamas counties, so it’s not the same as a 11,000' stratovolcano) and the resulting image is basically the same as if I’d taken a canvas with me and painted what I saw (with the notable exception that an iphone is considerably lighter than paints,brushes,solvents, canvas, and easel.)

Mar 30, 2016

Finally springtime

The RossIsle & the -- doomed to become expensive condo towers? --  Zidell shipyard

It’s sunny and actually warm, yay!

Mar 29, 2016

And now to take it out on a permanent or three

Red xpac bag, #5

I have three rando bags with one experimental feature or another in them, so now I suppose I should take this machine out on the line and see if any of these features turns out to be a horrible misfeature or not.

Mar 27, 2016

Spam of the day

Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2016 15:46:29 PDT
Subject: Learn more about your wife

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Julie’s comment: “I feel betrayed that you have a woman binary file”

Beware of the ducks

The mallard family, #1

A pair of mallards hanging out in front of the Milwaukie Sheri’s.