This Space for Rent

May 31, 2015

Voiding the warranty

At the virtual house just south of Springville Road

I took the mountainhack into the Impassable Wilderness so I could get the ob-virtual house picture. Note the lurking ivy – it’s fortunate that it appears to be asleep these days.

May 30, 2015

The grocery shopping test

Stress-testing the rear triangle by hauling home 70 pounds of soymilk & other groceries

With enough cargo, a BOB Yak is an excellent test of the brazes on the rear triangle of a frame, because it becomes rather enthusiastic about trying to flip the bicycle onto its side. Getting back from Trader Joe’s with 70 pounds of groceries and an intact bicycle certainly counts as a successful load test.


May 29, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Friday Dust Mite Power Outage

There was a power outage at the server farm where gehenna lives, and Dust Mite hovered at the console until it came back just in the nick of time.

May 28, 2015

trolley picture of the day


Traffic @ 17th & McLaughlin

May 25, 2015

Reassembled, at least for now.

I could not resist the temptation

Reassembled so I can take it out and see how durable the new rear triangle is.

May 24, 2015

Idle hands

Finished rear triangle

The bent-roughly-back-into-shape chainstays on the mountainhack were not quite bent back enough to clear the (used) Sugino Ox801d crankset that I put onto it when I wanted to go to a 28/48 wide range double, so after a few populaires where the DS crank went *whiist* *whisst* *whisst* every time I acclerated or climbed a steep ramp I finally snapped, cut them out, and replaced them with uncurved stays. Not as much clearance as the MTB stays (maybe 40mm at the widest) but this is an all Confreries joint and I’ll never put anything wider than a Pari-Moto (36mm) under the thing.

So now to strip all the paint off the thing, paint it again (fluorescent pink/green fade) and start taking it for short loops in the city to see if I can snap the chainstays loose.

May 23, 2015

Improving public art

Sculptural mountainhack, #2

… with a bicycle this time (because I didn’t have Dust Mite along.)

May 22, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite the Sysadmin

Dust Mite helps me reconfigure this old Macbook Air into a minecraft server.

Apple Quality?

Two mac batteries

Modern Macbook batteries apparently explode when they’re put into storage for more than a week. I can almost comprehend that with a Macbook Pro (battery on the right, which managed to separate the keyboard from the case when it ruptured) because that battery is removable, but not with a Macbook Air (battery on the left, which tore the bottom panel off my Macbook Air when it asploded.)

Fortunately Apple Computers are lying liars when it comes to the non-removability of first-gen Macbook Air batteries; once I finished unscrewing the dead battery the Air started up without (much) fuss muss or bother. Not very USEFULLY started up; but it it’s at least useful enough to be converted into a minecraft server (this one also had the pepsi syndrome and has about 20% of the keyboard nonfunctional, so it’s not particularly useful in the laptop department) but it’s better than the Macbook Pro, which won’t boot up at all anymore.

I don’t think I will be buying any of the new “EVERYTHING GLUED INTO THE CASE™” Macbooks.

May 18, 2015

The cat is not impressed

Coped chainstays & African mildcat

Mavis turns a cold shoulder to my framebuilding projects.

May 17, 2015

Rando inaction photo!

The mountainhack just outside of Cartlandia

The Mountainhack (and I) rest a while just north of Cartlandia.

May 15, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Time marches on

Dust Mite models for the logo on my rack building website.

May 14, 2015

World’s flimsiest disc brake mount?

Finally an excuse to use my pile of rainbow brake cable housing

The GT’s rear brake mount is just two posts brazed onto the NDS seatstay and dropout. When I was tweaking the rear brake today (brazing a cable stop onto the seatstay) I grabbed a fistful of cable and drew it taut so I could realign the brake and saw it shimmy back and forth. Ah well, I was planning on cutting a couple of pieces of webbing out of sheetstock so I could tie both mounts together for paranoia’s sake, so it’s not as if that’s going to be any work I wasn’t already planning on doing.


May 13, 2015

Trolley picture of the day

Heading west towards the new trolley bridge

A portland-milwaukie light rail test train heads west from the 12th Ave station.

May 12, 2015


Fluorescent pink rando rack!

I don’t know how well it will fare out in the weather, but it’s certainly enthusastically pink right now.

May 10, 2015

cargo (aka stress-testing a frame repair, #2)

another day, another shopping trip

Another shopping trip, this time with the anti-puncture belt stripped out of the yakwheel.

May 08, 2015


Two counterclockwise cats

The cats doze on the loveseat

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite & the weekly hoverrack

Dust Mite balances on a 9×9 hoverrack.

May 07, 2015

Volcano picture of the day

Mount Hood from Altman Road

Mount Hood looms over nursery fields on Altman Road

May 05, 2015

Cargo (aka stress-testing a frame repair)


Taking the yak out shopping.

May 03, 2015

A thing of something is something something something

pink-green fade

A hypothetical paint scheme for when I’m finished gluing things onto the mountainhack?

May 01, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Inspected by #Mite

Dust Mite does some quality control.


(Almost) everything brazed together

Fixing the wagon that was the bent rear triangle on the mountainhack – I saved the chainstays, but cut the seatstays out and replaced them with new ones (and canti posts positioned for 650b, and a brake bridge with a fender mountpoint.

I’m not going to take this thing out for a long ride in the country just yet; I’ll ride it around town for a while and see if any of the brazes snap during everyday use first. And I’ll strip it down to the frame, paint it in a fluorescent pink/green fade, and then take it for long rides in the country.