This Space for Rent

Oct 31, 2017

Temporarily a sweet fixie

Temporary sweet fixie

Feeling Lucky? built up as a temporary fixie so I can do some break-in rides before painting it and sending it out east. (Well, brazing on canti posts, brake & chainstay bridges, and putting in ports for the internal wiring before painting, but that’s a matter of 45 minutes of prep, glue, and cleanup)

Oct 29, 2017

I guess it’s fall now

Fall color (1)

A maple just prior to shedding all of its leaves

Oct 28, 2017

Adaptive reuse

An unfortunate design decision

A new life for a broken fork

I was given a broken Elephant NFE fork (a first-generation one with thin & skinny fork blades; the reaction arm for the disc brake ended right at the lowrider mounts, so an enthusiastic brake application snapped the blade right there) and decided that it would make an ideal candidate for reuse as a rack jig. So I lopped the fork blades off (at a 72.5° angle) just below the rack mountpoints and brazed the thing onto a steel plate.

Now to get some matching brown paint to spray it with, then a piece of felt to glue under the steel plate, and then I’ll have a useful and ornamental shop tool.

Oct 27, 2017

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Mite & stems

Comparing a homemade steel stem to a purchased aluminum stem. The steel stem weighs about the same by distance as the aluminum stem does, but the aluminum stem has the handlebar clamp perpendicular to the stem clamp whilst the steel one does not. Dust Mite makes a worse stem than either of them, of course, because it doesn’t do much in the whole clamping department.

Taking the scenic route back home

Every bike a gravel bike

Taking the long way back to Westmoreland from the Community Cycling Center.

Oct 25, 2017

kludge or clever hack?

Bosses for Paul Racer brakes

I’m building a frame that’s going to be fitted with Paul Racer brakes, but the ones I was given to put on the machine were ones with a backplate for mounting to the brake bridge and/or fork crown. Well, the offending frame is going to have a brake bridge and fork crown, but the holes drilled in those are dedicated to holding the fender in place (rear wheel) and rack in place (front wheel), so I needed to do some tweaking to make things fit.

So, for the front wheel I took a pair of U-brake bosses, and for the rear wheel I took a pair of 13mm offset canti bosses, then chopped the actual bosses off so I was left with the bases & a bit of threaded hole. So I can take the existing brake mounts (which are a pair of unthreaded bosses that are loaded by a bolt and the Paul Racer spring boss), unscrew them from the backplate, and bolt them into these bases. It’s about $7 of bosses, which if it works is a good solution that keeps the brakes in a state where they can be removed and reassembled in the original form if the rider decides they want to use Dia-Compe, MAFAC, or even V- or cantilever brakes instead.

Oct 21, 2017

It’s all over except for the fenders

All finished except for the fenders

And I need to adjust the front rack before I can put the front fender on, so it’s going to stay a fairweather bike for a while longer.

Oct 20, 2017

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Still life with Dust Mite & NFE rack platform

Checking the rail positioning on a 10x8 rack

Oct 17, 2017

(Almost) ready for reassembly


It needs to be drilled for the lighting (NDS chainstay for taillight, fork for the wire run up to the wire junction for headlight + taillight) and I’m waiting on a B&M Seculite from starbike, but other than that it’s almost time to put this bicycle back together and dismantle the front end of the mountainhack for repainting.

Oct 15, 2017

Trolley picture of the day

An Oak Grove-bound train passes through downtown Milwaukie

An Oak Grove-bound train composed of a SD600 and a Type 1 car heads south through downtown Milwaukie yesterday afternoon.

Oct 13, 2017

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Harvest Mite

Still life with dust mite & acorn squash

(not so) old paint

Paint the town green?

Slowly working my way through my unpainted frame bits. Today was the 3-speed/IGH project frame/bike; it’s sitting in the “paint booth” curing for a couple of days, then I’ll put decals & a clearcoat on and reassemble everything, and after that I’ll be able to pull apart the mountainhack’s front end and try to match the pink/green fade that I painted that frame with.

Oct 11, 2017


King Street rainbow(s)

A nice side-effect of the scattered rain in the Portland area this afternoon.

Chinese fender day

Chinese Fender Day

I’d prefer a set of metal 650b-radiused fenders, but they cost money and I had these Planet Bike w/ reflective orange star fenders lying around after I stripped the carcass of the kit bike for parts, so (after a few days riding the mountainhack in the rain) I stuffed them onto the emergency randonneuse this morning so I could ride it instead.

Oct 09, 2017

Trolley picture of the day

An Oak Grove-bound train on the bridge north of Tacoma Street

A Type 1 & a SD600/660 on the bridge just north of Tacoma Street.

Oct 08, 2017

Not actually a railroad station

A convenient mileage post

The play structure that sits approximately where Portland Traction’s Boring station was is painted to look like part of a railroad station, complete with a Portland Traction-alike mileage sign that gives the as-the-railroad-flies distance to the East Portland yard and the passenger terminal at Cazadero

Oct 06, 2017

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Low trail mite

The fork is raked about ½ mite, which gives it about ¼th mite trail (~68mm offset, ~34mm trail).

Oct 05, 2017

We have squirrels in our garage

G-dd-mn squirrels

… and they love the delicious taste of acetylene gas. I need to put together an anti-squirrel cage to put the brazing rig into, but until then the replacement hoses and the torch are being unbolted from the regulators and brought inside after I finish each round of gluing metal pieces together.

Trolley picture of the day

A northbound trolley passes under the Springwater Trail

A northbound train passes under the Springwater Trail bridge south of Tacoma St.


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