This Space for Rent

Nov 21, 2015

Volcano picture of the day

Cyclocross & stratovolcano

Mount Hood looms over a cyclocross race.

Nov 20, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

How about a nice cup of Mite?

Coffee, Tea, or Mite?

Nov 16, 2015

More than halfway done

Bespoke fop sidewalk(tm)

Now it’s time to rip up the brickwork in the driveway and build up the sand bed to clear the HUGE MONSTER TREE ROOT that is snaking up the middle of the driveway.

Nov 15, 2015

Gone shoppin'

Gone shoppin'

After a more-groceries-than-I-expected trip to the Big Big Store.

Nov 13, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Efficiency expert

!יְהִי אוֹר

Thank goodness it’s not concrete

3 (working) hours later

The city condemned our sidewalk (as well as most of the other sidewalks on the block) because tree roots were pushing sections up in the air. But we have (mainly) brick sidewalks, while everyone else has concrete, so I can take up the bricks, level the bedding layer, and relay the sidewalk without spending hundreds/thousands of dollars hiring contractors to cut out the old pavement and pour new stuff in its place (it’s cost me $140 so far – $35 for sand, $100 to have the sand delivered, and $5 for a roll of yellow caution tape that I wrapped around the working area to keep people from tripping and killing themselves until after I’ve finished levelling the thing – and I’ll probably be in for another $50 or so for edging and fill dirt to build up the surrounding yard to the new sidewalk level.)

Oh, and I had to pay the city $60 for permission to repair my own sidewalk. I must admit that I’m kind of baffled that we pay over $5k/year in property taxes and still have to pay to do mandatory sidewalk repairs. I think if I could do it all over again I’d suggest strongly to my younger self to rent in town and buy a summer cottage in the mountains instead.

Nov 12, 2015

I am inordinately pleased with this machine

The kit bike stops at the virtual house on Leif Erikson Drive

It might be stockholm syndrome, but this machine seems to ride faster, more effortlessly, and more comfortably than any of my other bicycles, and it feels like a step down when I need to use a different machine for shopping. It will be a sad day when I strip it down to frame+fork+rack+stem for powdercoating; maybe I’ll punt and use auto paint instead?

Nov 11, 2015

Gone shopping

Climbing the new trolley bridge

I took the scenic route when I went up to Rose City Fabrics & Kobos this afternoon.

he 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

What ever happened to “Never Again” ? RIP, fallen foot soldiers in the endless march to war.

Nov 10, 2015

Project of the day

Flashy semi-traditional rando bag, #1

A semi-traditional rando bag, which I’m going to mate to a 7×9" rando rack and sell as a matched pair.

Nov 06, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Zero-offset mite

Dust Mite checks the fit of a zero-offset seatpost.

Nov 05, 2015

Gravel Grinding™

Gravel Grinding

Taking a little detour on the way back from Trader Joe’s.

Nov 03, 2015

Look what I found!

A giant stack of Lego pieces

This is about (shudder) 80% of the Lego pieces we’ve got in the house. I picked these up while cleaning out the library to convert it into Silas’s new bedroom, and I’m still finding pieces hiding under things after this cleanup.

Oct 31, 2015

Something is happy that it’s halloween

Cheerful pumpkin (hdr)

Smiling out into the torrential downpour



3 pumpkins and a bunch of candy, purchased just before the skies opened up and started dumping rain.

Oct 30, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite tool roll

Dust Mite is almost exactly the same size as a tool roll, but not nearly as useful for fixing flats.



A light load of groceries to weigh down the Yak after taking a load of recyclables to the Big Big Store.

Oct 29, 2015


A pair of SD600s accelerate towards me (and the bridge over the P&W's Lake Oswego branch)

A Park Ave-bound train accelerates out of Tacoma St station (and under the Springwater Trail) towards the bridge over the P&W’s Oswego branch.

Oct 28, 2015



(A pair of reshaped 700c VO Zeppelins)

I scrounged a pair of well-used VO fenders from my bike mess, reshaped them, and put them on this morning after nailing a tarp to the stupid roof. Not the best fit on the rear wheel, but good enough for now (the rear fender is wider than the chainstays are at the fender bridge, so it’s just wedged into place. This is not an optimal situation, so when I eventually get around to buying some new fenders for this thing I’ll make a little riser piece that bolts to the fender bridge, and then the fender will be bolted to it far enough up so that it won’t foul the chainstays. I need to pay for roof supplies first, so I’m stuck with these fenders for the forseeable future – thank goodness they don’t totally suck.)

Now that’s fine craftsmanship for you!

Stupid Stupid house

I went up onto the roof last night to replace the failed fascia, but discovered that it wasn’t just the fascia that was failing when I fell through a rotten spot in the roof. Alas, it was getting late so all I was able to do in the repair department was to rip the hole open back to the rafters, then nail some 1x8 planking in to fill the hole (primarily to keep squirrels out, but also to hopefully keep the rain out until this morning when I could go out and get a slightly less temporary fix.)

Well, it did keep the squirrels out, but it wasn’t so good about the rain. It rained fairly heavily last night and all of that rain came right through the roof and into Silas’s room. So my patch was to first nail a foam sleeping pad over the patch, then run to the hardware store and get a tarp, which I nailed over everything (and for 6 feet uphill on the roof) and then calked the upper edge to cut down on water infiltration (I also took some flashing and nailed it at an acute angle above the tarp to divert rainwater to one side.

Now I’ve got to figure out how to sell a bunch of racks before springtime so I’ll have the ~$5k I need to buy sheet metal roofing + vapo(u)r barrier + plywood and lumber + odds and ends not mentioned here so I can go up there, rip all of the shingles off, and put on a roof that will last until I am safely mouldering in my grave.

Oct 27, 2015

Cargo overload

Parts to repair the rotting roof

I’m repairing our rotting roof (the joys of home ownership; either I do it myself or we spend thousands of dollars having professionals®©™ do it. It’s fortunate that we’re poor because I would hate to pay out that sort of money for something that I can do (modulo falling off the roof and breaking every bone in my body, that is) myself.)

In case you’re wondering, no, the Trek isn’t ridable with this load. But the hardware store is 4 blocks from home and the Trek makes a very good cargo sled when I’m not riding it.