This Space for Rent

Sep 30, 2017

One machine painted, 1.5 machines to go

Painted & reassembled

The emergency randonneuse is painted (but not yet fendered; I want to get a set of aluminum fenders, but can’t until I sell a few racks or find another beta tester for one of my frames) and now I need to dismantle and paint the IGH project bike, followed by painting the mountainhack’s fork & rack.

Sep 29, 2017

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Mite plates

Garnish with Mite

Sep 23, 2017

Paint the town orange


Painting the emergency randonneuse so it won’t turn into a complete rustbucket during the rainy season.

Sep 22, 2017

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Rake inspection

Checking the alignment of a pair of forks worth of fork blades before trimming them and gluing their respective forks together.

Sep 20, 2017

Dragging out the mountainhack for the rainy season


The emergency randonneuse is being painted, the IGH project bike needs to be painted (and the both of them need fenders), and the born-again Trek needs to get a couple of mountpoints bonded to the fork before I can fender it, so it’s time for the mountainhack to ride to the rescue. Yes, it needs some painting too, but fenders do a pretty good job of keeping road filth off the unpainted fork & patch on the NDS seatstay where I brazed on a second pump peg for the replacement pump.

And lemme tell you it’s really nice having fenders on a day like today, because when I went out to pick up some odds and ends (cable stops, long fork blades so I can do a french-style conduit-bender curve w/o having a noncurved section before the dropouts) for a frame it dumped down rain for the 15 minutes it took me to get from home to Framebuilder’s Supply and the dryest parts of me+the bicycle were the parts that were protected from the rain by the fenders.

Sep 19, 2017

Cat ambulance

The jitney

Taking Buckeley down to the the vet so they could take a look at an infected ear. How he managed to get an ear infection what with being a 100% indoor cat is a mystery, but they shovelled a bunch of antibiotics into the offending ear, so that should knock the infection out.

Sep 15, 2017

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

How about a nice cup of Mite?

Coffee, Tea, or Mite?

And suddenly this pile of tubing & castings is becoming a bicycle frame

Test-fitting the chainstays

Dry-fitting the chainstays so I can figure out how much of them to cut off to tuck the rear wheel as close to the seat tube as is sensible (35mm tire on the rear wheel right now, with about 2½" clearance at the perpendicular junction with the seat tube. I can probably lop off 1¼th" before the fit gets tight enough so that a fender won’t fit.)

Note the generously huge clearance on the kit bike’s fork; I’ve got a Nomad 28 in it right now, and there’s enough room for a Nomad 35 (32mm) and maybe a fender, which isn’t bad for a 650b fork.

Sep 13, 2017

One more frameset


A more conventional frame this time, except for the STA (71°), and as a radical change not for me, but for a beta tester in North Carolina.

Sep 12, 2017

Railroad picture of the day

Meeting a Portland Traction passenger train

Meeting an EPT passenger train whilst on the way home from REI and Office Depot.

Sep 11, 2017

Trolley picture of the day

A southbound train just south of Tacoma Street

A Park Ave-bound train just after leaving Tacoma Street, and just before passing under the Springwater Trail.

Sep 08, 2017

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Mite cages

Three new bottle cages for the IGH project bike or the emergency randonneuse; one Dust Mite as a hitchhiker.

Sep 04, 2017

Fire weather

Smoky sun

Western Oregon is on fire, so the sun is wading through a thick layer of smoke and ash.

Sep 01, 2017

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Framebuilding mite

Starting another frame


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