This Space for Rent

Apr 30, 2016


Blue xpac semi-traditional rando bag

A practice bag before I sew a clone of a rivendell shopsack (which will be simple compared to fighting with a rando bag.) I only screwed up a couple of things (like the width of the front pocket lid; it should have been half an inch narrower than this so I could tape around it. As it is it’s going to be fun taping the carcass together without making it look like a complete bodge.)

Apr 29, 2016

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Interurban mite

Beer Mite

Apr 26, 2016

Every bike a cargobike

The kit bike has spoiled me

The kit bike’s rear fender shed a bolt somewhere on saturday’s run of the Perrydale Pancake, so I pulled the born-again Trek out of the basement for the weekly bagel run. After spending several months riding the kit bike & sweet fixie, both with ≥61cm saddle-to-bar distance, the 58cm s2b on the born-again Trek feels /really/ short.

When I bought the trek in ‘89, it had a 7cm quill stem that stood about 4cm above the HT. My mind boggles at the thought.

Apr 23, 2016

Two traction engines

Two traction engines

The kit bike and the Perrydale Dragon.

Apr 22, 2016

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Mite & Mavis

A Dust Mite and a yawning cat

Apr 21, 2016



Doyle McCormack’s ex-Utah RSD-5 switches in the ORHF’s shop yard this afternoon.

Apr 20, 2016

trolley picture of the day

A southbound train curves onto the private ROW along 99e

A southbound train @ 99e & 17th.

Apr 16, 2016

Tradition! (#2)

45 degrees of kit bike

The kit bike at the 45th parallel in Silverton, Oregon on the return leg of my One Big Hill permanent.

Apr 15, 2016

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Bagels & Mite

Dust Mite found a new hiding place.

Apr 13, 2016

One more frame for the road

Front triangle mockup

The front triangle for the 3-speed project bike, mitered (except for @ the bottom bracket, where I still need to notch the ST to fit around the DT) and ready for me to modify my frame jig so it can be used to hold the pieces of a fillet-brazed frame together during fabrication.

Apr 10, 2016

Playing with everybody else’s food

Playing with everybody else's food

A lamb steak cut (needed to check the doneness of the meat) so it looked like a fishhead.

Apr 08, 2016

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

The cupcakes are infested with a Dust Mite

This can’t be proper food prep conditions

Apr 03, 2016


The working Eng! rolls across the EPT-TriMet crossing south of the ORHF shops

EPT 100 crosses over the Milwaukie interurban’s line just south of the ORHF shops in East Portland. This part of town is amazingly cluttered with railroads these days; East Portland Traction, Tri-Met’s Milwaukie interurban, the SP UP line to California, and the Portland Streetcar’s east side loop all tangle together here in a mass of crossings, junctions,and bridges.

Apr 02, 2016


Destiny fulfilled!

Another day, another rando bike parked in front of the Ripplebrook ranger station guard station store (which no longer has wifi? Weird)

Apr 01, 2016

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

X-Pac Mite

Mapcase cosplay?

Impressionist kit bike

Mount Hood from Mount Scott

After using an iphone 5c camera (zoomed +hdr'ed) then postprocessing to make the distant volcano more visible (the volcano I was on – Mount Scott – is striking but it’s one of about 40 similarly-sized vents that are scattered around Multnomah + northern Clackamas counties, so it’s not the same as a 11,000' stratovolcano) and the resulting image is basically the same as if I’d taken a canvas with me and painted what I saw (with the notable exception that an iphone is considerably lighter than paints,brushes,solvents, canvas, and easel.)