This Space for Rent

Dec 31, 2014

Pre-alpine glow

Last Mount Hood of the year

Mount Hood at ~4pm today.

Dec 29, 2014

No more threaded forks

A threadless fork for the xtracycle, #1

Tonight I pulled the threaded fork off the Trek and replaced it with one of the threaded-but-barely-long-enough-to-be-cut-down-and-make-threadless forks I had lying around in the basement. And that means all of my bicycle clutter now has threadless stems (The Murray Baja Experience! and Silas’s Shiromoto are still threaded, but they aren’t my bikes so they don’t count!) and the majority (4 of 6) are mutated as G-d Himself Intended™.

Dec 28, 2014

Racing the Coast Starlight

The Coast Starlight overtakes me

Not very successfully – the UP has increased the speed limit on the line segment from Brooklyn Yard to the Steel Bridge, and trains come through here at 40-50mph now.

Dec 27, 2014

Photo of the day

The Ghost Bridge from the west

Actually three photos of the day, glued together with Hugin to make a panorama of the day.

Dec 26, 2014

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite stocking

The stockings have been emptied, so now they make for a cozy place to nap

Dec 25, 2014

It’s that time of year

_____mas tree

And a joyous non-denominational secular winter celebration to you!

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Dec 24, 2014

New bridge day

A panoramic view of the new toonerville bridge (over the north yard throat of Brooklyn Yard)

As part of the construction of the portland-milwaukie light rail line, the old creaky bridge over Brooklyn Yard was torn down to be replaced at a later date. Well, it’s apparently that later date and the steel for the new bridge (from Rhine St instead of from Lafayette St) was put up either yesterday or today.

I’m sure it will also be rickety sooner or later, but hopefully not in my lifetime.

Dec 22, 2014


Out shopping

Picking up some socks before going out for a short ride.

Dec 20, 2014


Mavis helps with the giftwrapping

Mavis helps with the giftwrapping

Dec 19, 2014

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Keeping cool

Dust Mite chills out in the ‘fridge.

Dec 18, 2014

Pretty chrome – too bad I have to sand it all off

A tight squeeze

I’m swapping the threaded fork on my xtracycle with a threadless one, and while I’m in the throes of doing this I’m checking the fit for 35mm tires (I’m worried that Resist will stop selling Nomads, because if they do that I’ll have to pull them off every bicycle to save them for the midlifecrisismobile) + fenders.

I can’t do it with caliper brakes, so I’ve got to braze canti posts onto the fork so I can use V-brakes instead. And before I do that I’ve got to sand all of the chrome off the parts of the fork I’m going to be brazing things onto (I’m not a great fan of toxic metal poisoning; it’s one of my great character flaws.) And then when I’m done I’m going to paint the fork red to match the rest of the trek (including the nice red mutant stem that’s been kicking around waiting for a red bicycle that needs a stem) and that will be the end of the chrome.

Dec 17, 2014

Gloomy winter day

Looking west towards downtown Portland

Well, really late fall day if you’re going to be picky, but in any case it was gloomy and rainy enough to blur out most of downtown Portland.

Dec 15, 2014

Out on the line

In the middle of the Impassable Wilderness

It didn’t rain today, so I took the born-again Trek up into the Impassable Wilderness under the logic of since it wasn’t raining I wouldn’t get as much debris slathered all over the bike.

It had been a while since I’d last transited any part of Leif Erikson Drive, so it was a slower haul than I’m used to. Oh, the horror – I had to spend more time in the woods.

Dec 14, 2014

Railroad picture of the day

The 700 steams around the curve south of the Ross Island Sand & Gravel yard

A sunny, if somewhat cold, day for the Holiday Express.

Dec 12, 2014

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite Machine

Dust Mite dispenser?

Dec 11, 2014

Public art

Trolley Trail Totem Pole, #1

A tiny welcome pole on the (newly opened stretch of the) Trolley Trail between River Road & Park Ave.

Dec 08, 2014


Red-Blue, the working Eng!, and the nose of the RSD-5

Red-Blue sails over the ORHF’s shop yard as I head north on Water Ave.

Dec 07, 2014

Stratovolcano picture of the day

Mount Hood from Amisigger Road

Mount Hood from Amisigger Road, made artistically dramatic via a bit of photo retouching.

Dec 06, 2014

Time to modify a bunch of my permanents

Newly opened trolley trail, #1

The section of the Trolley Trail that climbs the Boring Lava just south of Milwaukie has been finished, so I’m going to need to reroute a bunch of my loops so they use it instead of climbing Wren + River Road. (Though I may be modifying some of them to use Oatfield Road, because that’s much more climby than either River Road or the Trolley Trail.)

Dec 05, 2014

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

The lineup

Dust Mite helps me clean up some old freehubs so I can sell them.

Dec 02, 2014

Everything & the Coast Starlight

Everything & the Coast Starlight

A southbound Coast Starlight sails under the new 99e bridge.

Dec 01, 2014

Out on the line

Ahearne & SW-1

Stopping on McBrod Ave to say hi to the working Eng!