This Space for Rent

May 31, 2013

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite helps with the dishes

Dust Mite helps in the kitchen.

May 29, 2013

All it needs is a little tune-up!

dead tarckcheck

I was given another free frame. But unlike the GT, this Cross-Check needs a few repairs before I scrounge through the partsbin for components. The reason it needs the repairs is because it was hit by a car, which bent the fork sideways and, as you can see, buckled the top and downtubes right behind the headtube.

So they need to be fixed.

And the way I’m going to fix it is to cut the crumpled part of the top & downtubes, then braze on a new (and longer) headtube and a boom tube that runs from the downtube forward past the head tube, where I’ll braze up a platform for carrying a lot of cargo (or at least more cargo than I can carry on the GT; the Trek will still be my go-to bicycle for major shopping trips.)

The back wheel will probably be 650b, since I’ve got a spare rear wheel and three Col de la Vie tires lying around. The front wheel, on the other hand, will either be 20" or 16", depending on how much of a steertube I can find for a fork. I’m not sure whether to try to build it up with my normal comfortable position (drop bars 9-11cm lower than the saddle) or to fit my mustache or VO milano bars to the thing.


May 28, 2013

Equine confusion

A draft horse watches its owner drive by in a OTV

This draft horse was looking at its owner with a “why are you using that wheely thing when I could be pulling your trailer instead?” expression.

May 24, 2013

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

A cup of mite

A cup of Mite

May 23, 2013

Trolley picture of the day

Blue-Red accelerates past 15th Ave

A not-so-close encounter with a Skoda Astra on the way downtown to return a broken bike lock to REI.

May 22, 2013

All I had was a spare 11-34t cassette

Horrible bike kludge of the day (2)

So rather than putting the mlcm into storage until I can sell another rack or bag (I /do/ have a rack that’s going to be sold, but the buyer has gone incommunicado – and this makes the whole business of trading the rack for some money just a little more difficult) I took the 34t cassette and stuffed it onto the bicycle.

The Sora RD-3400 I’m using claims that the largest cog it can handle is 27t. That appears not to be the case. It also claims that it only has 27 teeth worth of chain wrap. That also appears not to be the case.

It makes the whole business of climbing steep ramps in my big ring a pretty meaningless boast.

May 19, 2013



I’d fallen out of the routine of checking chain stretch on the mlcm. Whoops!

May 17, 2013

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite needs tea badly

Perhaps you could put away your harpoon and have a nice cup of tea?

May 15, 2013

Subtle tweaks


I tweaked the GT a little more by scraping off all of the standard decals (except for the head badge) and applying my other “Gary TURNER” constructeur-style decal. I also pulled the PDW “Magic Flute” minipump, strapped a spare Lezyne road/floor pump to the seattube and replaced the Del Norte stem with a more angled and slightly longer (12cm vs 10cm) Ritchey stem from the pile of random junk in the basement.

May 13, 2013

Bicycle picture of the day

Fixie & Combine

The GT compared to an IH combine.

May 11, 2013

Another day, another fixed-gear 200k

Secret control GT

The GT and I pause to staff a secret control on our way up to Ripplebrook.

May 10, 2013

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Jewell Meadows Dust Mite

Dust Mite’s world.

May 03, 2013

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite hides in my rando bag

Dust Mite wants to ride a 300k with me tomorrow.

May 01, 2013

Reddy Kilowatt was here

Rando junk -- today I found an electric adjustable wrench

When I was out riding the Cuthbert Binns populaire this morning I rode by (then immediately turned around and scooped up) this adjustable wrench. I didn’t get a particularly good look at it when I picked it up (I was riding my Sweet Fixie™ so I had to keep moving to stay under my 4h30 deadline) but when I got home I noticed two buttons on the thing and was amused to see that they opened and closed the jaws of the wrench.