This Space for Rent

Dec 31, 2016


Gravel Grinding(tm)

The last shopping trip of a fairly awful year.

Dec 30, 2016

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite, Dust Mite card

Dust Mite looks at a gift card

Dec 28, 2016

Fork! Fork!

Fork kits

Two fork “kits” from framebuildersupply (I’ve also got two pairs of slotted dropouts – I’d do through-axle because why not? except that I don’t have any through-axle dynohubs – and the various bits and bobs needed to attach rack mounts and either canti or dia-compe brake bosses). One of them (the sloping crown) is going on the 3-speed project bike frame (which is waiting for me to make up a frame jig before I glue on the rear triangle; freehand assembling the front triangle was not quite a complete success in the symmetry department – I need to aggressively face the DS of the BB, then put a spacer ring on the NDS to get the crankset centered) and the other is going onto the replacement frame for my xtracycle (which will mean that the only part of the original Trek 1000 xtracycle will be the aluminum hoops that the xtracycle bags are attached to.)

Dec 27, 2016

Under the bridge

The Portland Spirit sails under the new Sellwood bridge

The Portland Spirit approaches the Sellwood Bridge

Dec 25, 2016

Things have changed

A GG-1 arrives at Harrisburg

No more GG-1s on the ex-PRR electrified district (and, for that matter, I don’t think there are any locomotive-framed electrics left in operation in the western hemisphere unless the two ALL (ex-Sorocabana) Loba (1-C+C-1) are still operating around Sao Paulo) and no more electric freight at all.

Dec 24, 2016

Blurry tree

A tinier than usual tree

Getting the tree decorated at the very last minute (the fascists and their imaginary “war on christmas” makes the holiday much less appealing, but not unappealing enough to not get a tree.)

Dec 23, 2016

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Festive Mite, #2

Dust Mite does some seasonal cosplay

Festive rando bag

9x8x7 green rando bag, #1

A little (9x8.5x7) semi-traditional rando bag that I just finished as practice for the next porteur/rando bag I’m going to build for the kit bike. Green to match the (rainy) season, and it’s going to be mated to the apple green rando rack I’ve got lying around.

Dec 19, 2016

In use

Status:  unasploded

I’m going to have to pull it, soak & clean it, then paint it, but until that day comes there are more snow days to worry about so it’s going to be put through some road testing first.

Dec 18, 2016

Replacement fork

Fork with canti posts, brake bolt hole, rack bosses

The replacement fork for the mountainhack, waiting for me to cut the steertube to length and stick a few coats of fluorescent pink paint onto it.

Dec 17, 2016


Shopping (2)

If I’m going to put studded tires on the mountainhack, it would be a shame to miss out on the snow.

Dec 16, 2016

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Inspecting the fork blades (1)

Dust Mite helps me build a fork

No steam locomotive today, so I’ll have to settle for a diesel

Mountainhack & C44-9W

Compare to last year’s photo.



The mountainhack’s fork, fitted with a wheel and a properly aligned stem. When I was hit by that car it did a pretty good job of reraking half of the fork, don’t you think?

Dec 15, 2016

Raising the dead

Snow bike (3)

It’s been snowing in Portland, and since everything is covered with ice I decided that this is a good time to reassemble the mountainhack and outfit it with a pair of Nokian A10 studded tires that I bought several years ago and never actually used, what with not riding for a year and then getting hit by a car just before last year’s round of snow.

The mountainhack is less mangled than the third-party bikeshop (River City Bicycles) said; the rear triangle is a little askew, but not terribly so (the top of the rear wheel is tilted a tiny bit towards the NDS, which makes the NDS clearance for the A10 less than I’d want, but which can be fixed by manually lining up the wheel and clamping it tightly in place (a better solution would be to file the DS dropout to even the axle)) and the only thing that is bent to the point where I’d want to replace it is the fork, where the NDS leg was bent to the tune of 10mm of rake (fixable, maybe, but I’d be better off just brazing up a new fork which I’ll do when I take off and reposition the front derailer braze-on boss.)

The reassembled version (the A10s are mounted on a couple of el-cheapo Weinmann Zac19 rims laced to noname hubs – it was cheaper to buy the preassembled wheels than it would have been to lace a set up myself) is more or less what it was before I was hit by a car, even though I’ve yet to put a rack onto the thing. And the A10s are nice and clingy on icy roads and sidewalks, so my plan of having a machine I can ride when everything is covered with a layer of ice and/or snow seems to have been a success.

Dec 11, 2016

5500 vs ~¼th HP

GS4 vs randonneuse

A GS-4 is a somewhat more powerful engine than the kit bike is.

Dec 09, 2016

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™


Illuminated Dust Mite.

Dec 08, 2016

Snow day

Snow bike

It snowed (+rained, +freezing rained) today, but that didn’t stop me from riding down to Brooklyn Pharmacy to pick up a couple of prescriptions (slowly riding down; there was a fairly stiff north wind all day, and in the ~30 minutes I was out it cooled the ground down enough so that a layer of ice was starting to develop under the snow on my return trip.)

Dec 04, 2016

Holiday Express 2016

4449 waits to pull the 4pm Holiday Express

I needed to go downtown today to pick up a power supply adapter, so I detoured along the Springwater Trail so I could see the 4449 (and the rest of the Holiday Express).

Dec 02, 2016

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite helps piece together a lightweight purple porteur bag

Dust Mite helps me piece together another porteur/rando bag

Dec 01, 2016

World AIDS Day


Still important, still urgent

The dance of the spambots


A couple of days of the evergreen “From International Company” semi-customized spam


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