This Space for Rent

Mar 31, 2015

voici le deluge

Typical Oregon brevet weather

The weather forecast called for showers today. Here’s a particularly enthusiastic specimen.

Mar 29, 2015

Out on the line (2)

Farm buildings, airplane on approach to PDX, distant hazy stratovolcano

I really need to cobble together some sort of superzoom lens for my point-and-shoot CBC so I can get pictures of the local stratovolcanoes w/o having to crop the bejesus out of them.


Out on the line

Gilbert River mountainhack

Rural idyll with partsbin bike.

Mar 27, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Under the microscope


Mar 26, 2015

Out on the line

Cazadero Trail mountainhack

Taking advantage of a warm and sunny March afternoon.

Mar 20, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite Dinner


Mar 16, 2015


The mountainhack at Multnomah Falls

One permanent down, mangled rear triangle and all. I can’t say whether or not this is a fast machine or not (I got 5 hours of sleep the night before this ride, so I was running up hills considerable slower than I want to), but I can push a higher gear up ramps than I do with the midlifecrisismobile or born-again Trek, plus it’s got the same sort of absurdly comfortable ride that the midlifecrisismobile has.

Waterfall picture of the day

Multnomah Falls runneth over

Multnomah Falls a day and a half after a band of torrential rain came through NW Oregon.

Mar 14, 2015

Π day

Pie day

Vintage pie photo from ancient times (2014)

Mar 13, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite listens to some sick beats

Surround Sound Mite

A thing

The mountainhack in rando configuration

Ready for brevetting (and getting the twisted rear triangle cut off and replaced with a new one that I just happen to have the steel lying around for.) Total cost out of pocket? $0, rounding up to the nearest penny.

Mar 09, 2015

Project of the day

A mated tool roll & rando rack for the mountainhack, #3 A mated tool roll & rando rack for the mountainhack, #4 A mated tool roll & rando rack for the mountainhack, #8

I built a custom toolroll for the 9×9 rando rack I put on the Trek Mountainhack so I could put something on the unused real estate at the front of the rack. I had to modify the rack deck by putting a couple of additional slats in between the center rails and the perimeter (I angled them for visual appeal, which would have worked out better if one of them hadn’t have slipped. Oh well, it’s practice!) so I could loop a pair of toestraps under them to fasten the toolroll into place.

This arrangement has the advantage that I don’t have to root around in my rando bag to dig out tools and patchkits, I don’t have to thread a toestrap around the saddle rails (something that gets moderately difficult after 15 hours out on the line), and, of course, it uses the unused real estate that came from my reusing a small porteur rack deck (from the GT’s first rack) for this rando rack.

Mar 07, 2015

Railroad picture of the day

A UP freight sails by on the other side of the freeway

I was looping down to Oregon City this afternoon and I reached Washington St (the part of Washington St that connects to the pedestrian+bike bridge at the foot of 82nd) at about the same time this UP freight did.

So I had to take a picture, even though there was a freeway in the way.

Mar 06, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

A little snack

Stuffed grape leaves, stuffed Dust Mite

Mar 05, 2015

Railroad picture of the day

The working Eng! pushes a reefer into a siding in Portland Traction's industrial park

The Working Eng! switches a reefer into a produce warehouse (the one in the industrial park at the foot of the remaining line; the produce warehouse is the one that’s opposite the Mill End Store.)

Mar 04, 2015

It’s alive! It’s alive!

Trek Mountainhack 820, #6

I had a pair of brifters in my partsbin, so I spent the hour(ish) needed to finish building this thing up as a functional bicycle. The fun thing about mtb geometry is that the frames are longer than an equivalently sized road bike, so this 18" (~46cm) machine has the effective top tube of a much larger machine.

And the 700c fork I’m using is about an inch shorter than the fork the thing was shipped with, so the slack 70.5° HTA stiffens up to a much more roadish 72.{something}°. Time to fit fenders and a rack to this thing and consider whether I should risk taking it out on a brevet.

Mar 02, 2015

Well, I don’t think I’ll need to throw this junk frame out just yet…

Cue ominous tuneless whistling

This Trek 820, if I can graft a new rear triangle onto it, is convertible to 650b (with Confreriés, of course) and I probably won’t need to do anything fancy to it except for repositioning the canti studs I brazed onto the fork.

It’s too small for me, but it’s probably a good size for someone 5-5½ feet tall, if I can find someone willing to be a test subject. I could graft an xtracycle rear triangle onto it and build it up as an mtb 650b xtracycleb! (or a bobtail triangle and use it for cyclocrossbing)

Mar 01, 2015

Testing the upper limit of the Trek’s cargo capacity

A huge pile of groceries to load onto the Trek

A lot of mass, a lot of volume. Not as much mass as the two bags of kitty litter I hauled home from across the river last year, but way more volume than anything else I’ve carried on it.