This Space for Rent

Jul 31, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite & birthday pie

Dust Mite samples my birthday pie

Jul 29, 2015

The GT at night

@ New Seasons

When it’s in the mid-to-high 90s(°F; it was 32.2C when I went out this afternoon, and the temperature was climbing then entire time I was riding around) it’s much more pleasant to do my shopping in the middle of the night.

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Jul 27, 2015

A windy day

The wind blows Multnomah Falls westward

Multnomah Falls doesn’t usually fall off the cliff on a diagonal.

Jul 24, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Upside down rack, upside down mite

Dust Mite checks the wheel clearance under a porteur rack

Jul 21, 2015



It takes me about 3 months to go through a kilogram of marmite, and I’d gone through the last kilogram about a month ago. But fortunately the slow boat from the UK isn’t that slow, so the drought is over (for now.)

Jul 20, 2015

Powell Butte

Heading downhill on a paved path

Heading down towards Powell Ave after climbing Holgate Lane, then detouring up to the summit to get around the Water Bureau’s construction zone for the new underground replacements for the Washington Park and Mount Tabor reservoirs.

Jul 17, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

The infestation

There’s a Dust Mite in our dinner!

Spam messages I never finished reading…

My boyfriend and I have been getting into little arguments which then later escalated. A lot of which are my fault but I never thought I would lose him because we are in love. He told me yesterday that he loves me but is done. That the fights keep hurting him too much.

I can’t believe I hurt him like that and would love nothing more than another chance to prove to him and myself that I will cut out my insecurities that I’ve brought into this relationship. I did all i could to end this fight between us us, didn’t work so i had to seek the help of a spell caster who i met online and promised to help me bring him back into my life in 5 days time. i wasnt really sure about this, but i was really desperate that i had to do all that that the spell caster asked me. it was on the fiftieth day

Nothing like losing track of a sales pitch on the second paragraph. It’s that sort of craftsmanship that makes me want to run out and spend all of my money on mystical flim-flammery.

Jul 14, 2015

Test ride

Every bike a cargobike, every bike a randonneuse

Brevetting in the GT by riding it out to Multnomah Falls. The plastic saddle I put on it? Totally not suited for long-distance riding. Running the tires at 35psi? Totally not suited for comfortable fast riding. Gonna have to fix those before I take this machine out for another permanent.

Jul 13, 2015

The elegant and graceful African wildcat (2)

Buckeley naps

Buckeley naps

The elegant and graceful African wildcat

Mavis reclines elegantly next to the sofa

Mavis naps

Jul 12, 2015

How I spent my weekend

12x12 porteur rack, #1

I got an order for a 12x12 rack on friday, so that’s what I spent my weekend working on (well, that and sleeping, cleaning, and being a sea-slug.)

Jul 10, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite backstop

Dust Mite helps me build a rack.

Jul 06, 2015


Chasing a test train down 17th Ave

My sweet fixie goes down 17th Ave almost as fast as a Tri-Met test train does – since I don’t have to stop at any of the stations to pick up passengers I can catch up to the train when it’s stopped, then ghost through the crossings immediately past the station while the crossing gates are down.

But if I was in the train I’d be enjoying the air conditioning instead of melting in the heat :-(

A clutter of partsbin randonneuses

A clutter of 650b randonneuses, #1

I think the most expensive components on these machines are the saddles (and the only saddle I bought was the el-cheapo plastic skeleton saddle on the GT – the two Berthoud saddles had been bouncing around from bike to bike before I decided to spare my butt and put them onto machines that see regular 100k loops) and my total cost of out pocket for them is, um, around $200 (I creeped ebay for the cheap carpet fiber crankset, handlebars, and seatpost on the born-again Trek, plus I bought some paint & primer for the GT and some paint stripper + steel wool for the mountainhack)?

I don’t know if I’ll keep all of these (unless I store one away as a loaner bike for when bikey relatives come to visit?) but I don’t think my pocketbook would cry bitter tears if one of them was stolen or wrecked.

Jul 03, 2015

Jurassic Park (in miniature)

Skeptical chickens, #1

Two small therapods in a Portland backyard

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Escaping from the heat

Dust Mite is getting sick of this heatwave.

Jul 02, 2015

How low can you go?

Handicapped Mountainhack

I wanted to see how the mountainhack would ride with a longer stem, and the only longer stem (in 1"/26mm sizeway) I had was yet another Mutant. Mutants aren’t flippable (well, they are theoretically flippable, but they look much too phallic that way) so the cost of another 4cm extension is that the handlebars end up about 3cm lower. It’s /almost/ comfortable (the 74° STA means that I tend to slide off the front of the saddle when I’m not pushing myself along at high speed, and lt doesn’t help that when I’m stretched out I’m more front-heavy) and might be doable if I lay back the seattube on child-of-mountainhack to 73-72°, but for right now I kind of miss that 3cm.