This Space for Rent

Feb 28, 2015

A thing of ???


Is it possible to make an ACP Super Randonnée without going more than 50km away from my front door?

I don’t know if the ACP would accept this (and the approximately 70 controls it will need to enforce the climbs) but this thing packs 10314m of climbing into a 600300m loop without getting further from home than Smoke Ranch Road. It will need a little hardbound book as a brevet card, but I’ll be able to do dozens of secret controls if I can either find volunteers or can stay awake for 50 hours and ride from control to control :-)

Feb 27, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Don't throw out the Dust Mite!

Trashman, spare that Mite!

Feb 26, 2015

Conspicuous consumption

A new wheelset for the midlifecrisismobile

… for values of “conspicuous” that include building a wheelset up from parts that were lying around, some since the late 2000s (the rims are Matrix Titan II – a Trek house brand from ancient times – that were laced into the wheels that came on the Trek 1000 I bought in 1989) and all used bits except for some of the spokes/nipples.

But it will be nice to have the midlifecrisismobile pursued around Oregon & Washington by a flock of angry bees.

(Also note that the low-profile box-section rims + Nomads visually mass much the same way Confreries do on modern 650b rims.)

Feb 25, 2015

Trolley action photo!

iPhone test train

Passing a pmlr test train @ 12th&Clinton.

Feb 24, 2015

Volcano picture of the day

The ob-"Mount Hood from Amisigger Road" photo

A clear-enough day so you can easily see the plume of snow being blown off the summit of Mount Hood.

Feb 23, 2015

First train at Clinton/11th/12th/Milwaukie?

First train at Clinton St station?, #2

A single-car train sits at the southbound platform of the Clinton/12th station.

Feb 22, 2015

Accidentally matchy-matchy

The born-again Trek stands on the sidewalk above Wade Creek

I hadn’t noticed until after yesterday’s loop, but the pink+red of the handlebar bag matches the pink+red of the toolroll+saddle.

Feb 21, 2015

Inadvertent modern art?

Well, this is interestingWell, this is interesting (2)Well, this is interesting (3)

I’m not sure what happened here, but when I was pulling photos off my CBC after riding 100k today I found these three photos. Did the camera fire when I was putting it away, or did I take a picture and then have the camera think about it for just long enough to fire (thrice) as I was putting it back into the bag?

Feb 20, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite & front racks

Inspected by #Mite

Feb 19, 2015

Railroad picture of the day

EPT 100 in the new East Portland yard

Eng!s behind bars (or chainlinks) in the East Portland yard.

Feb 16, 2015

This will be interesting …

Fatbike rando rack, #1

An 9×8 rando rack. For a Salsa Mukluk. I hope the buyer takes his fatbike out on a brevet or three.

Feb 14, 2015

Trolley picture of the day

Orange/Red climbs the bridge towards MLK

An (almost empty) streetcar departs from the temporary OMSI terminal for a run up Grand Ave. This part of the east/west loop is kind of an orphan right now, but it will be routed across the Willamette when the new interurban bridge opens this fall, and that should unbottle traffic flow out of the (woefully lacking in urban essentials like, um, grocery stores) Vancouver-style apartment tower development at the foot of the OHSU aerial tramway.

Feb 13, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite & fatbike rando rack

Dust Mite helps out in the shop.

Feb 12, 2015

~3 hours of work

Another coffee-grinderish rack, #1

Admittedly it’s 3 hours of work spread out over 3 days, but it’s still only 3 hours of work (and 45 minutes of that was building jigs to hold various bits together. The next rack is going to be a rando rack for a fatbike, so I’m gonna need to sit down before I start working and assemble a somewhat more sturdy jig, but I suspect there’s only about 3 hours of work that I need to do on that rack as well.

Gotta set up an e-commerce website so I can start a bags & racks business!


Feb 06, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Mite & Mavis

Cats & Mites

Feb 04, 2015

Not as tempting as it seems

The born-again Trek at the bus stop at the edge of Currinsville

It’s almost as fast to ride home, and it’s a lot cheaper.

Feb 02, 2015

New Code!

After an interval of about 49 months, I went back into postoffice and fixed a long-standing defect in the way I handle mail filters where I passed the mail from: and rcpt to: headers down to milters with the trailing \r\n kept intact.

This had some unexpected problems with milters that took all the headers and attempted to reconstruct the mail message to send down to the part of the code that actually checked to see if it was spam. This had the annoying side effect, for me, of making a small subset of non-spam mail get flagged as spam. So tonight (2-Feb-2015) I went back into the guts of postoffice and fixed (I hope!) that wagon.

So, with the release of version 1.5.8 postoffice is tanned, rested, and ready. (To crash? To function properly? It Works For Me™ – maybe it will for you.)

Finished and delivered

Gunnar with pannier rack

Front pannier racks are way more complicated than front racks. This gives me more incentive to make an adjustable jig out of the 8020 girders I’ve got sitting in the basement.