This Space for Rent

Apr 30, 2015

Stealth bicycle

A wild born-again Trek appears (Oak Island Road turnaround)

Hiding in the grass at the end of (the paved part of) Oak Island Road.

Apr 27, 2015

Picture of the day

A turkey vulture is rudely interrupted during lunch

I interrupt a vulture’s repast.

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Apr 25, 2015

Waste not, want not (magpie edition)

Fork selfie

I painted an old 1" fork (originally threaded, but with a really long steertube, so I cut it down and used it as a threadless fork on the born-again Trek until I bought a used carbon fork from a friend) that I messed up the paint by brazing rack mounts & then using it as a rackbuilding jig. I’m not going to be using it as a jig soon (I bought 10 feet of 8020 extrusion which is going to be built into a sturdier – and more flexible – rack jig) so why not pretty it up in case I need it as a fork on one of of my machines that has a 1" headtube?

Apr 24, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Economy sized goldfish, economy sized dust mite

Dust Mite says hello to his little friends

Apr 21, 2015

Trolley picture of the day

Green/Yellow climbs towards MLK

Just north of the temporary terminal at OMSI.

Apr 18, 2015


The mountainhack and the Perrydale Dragon

Steam traction engine vs bicycle.

Apr 17, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Banana Mite?

Banana boat or spider cosplay?

Apr 16, 2015

Beware of the cat


The savage predator

Apr 12, 2015

Railroad picture of the day

The cab car of a southbound Cascades zips overhead as I cross under the SP's Oregon City viaduct

I raced a southbound Cascades to the 15th St undercrossing (Oregon City, in case you’re wondering) and got there just in time to get a picture of the cab car sailing majestically into the sunset.

Apr 10, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite & Mavis

Dust Mite helps me soothe the savage beast

Apr 09, 2015

Portland weather

Interesting cloud formations

A sunnyish day as a filling between rainy days.

Apr 08, 2015

Trolley picture of the day

A one-car train approaches 17th & Holgate

A test train approaches Holgate & 17th (on the soon-to-be-opened Portland to Oak Grove interurban line).

Apr 07, 2015


Pigs by the side of the rud

A non-wild boar grazes in a field by the Historic Columbia River Highway.

Apr 04, 2015


Cattle and the pump at the junction of Eaden & Springwater

A couple of Holsteins watch as I ride by.

Apr 03, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite on the brain

Dust Mite and Steve

Apr 02, 2015


Oh my g-d Haines Road is gorgeous!

There aren’t that many backroads (that go anywhere) on Larch Mountain, but there are some. Haines Road (the connector between Larch Mountain Road and Alex Barr Road) goes down and up and down and up through some extraordinarily beautiful back canyons.

Apr 01, 2015

Let’s go exploring!

Multomah Falls 100k, via the terrifyingly steep Palmer Mill Road descent

There are quite a few secondary roads up on the mountain between Gresham/Troutdale & Multnomah Falls, and I’ve been planning to explore them for a few years now. So why not take advantage of my first free-route permanent to wander around in the mountains?

I give greater than even odds that I’ll end up walking the bicycle de jour down Palmer Mill Rd (gravel, with up to -20% grades & über-sketchy in sections; I’ve already had one horrible crash on a gravel descent, and if I walk I’ll be able to enjoy the scenery instead of trying to keep the bicycle at subsonic speeds) or bailing out onto Alex Barr instead (steep, but paved and way shorter.)