This Space for Rent

Jul 31, 2018


Anchovies please!

Anchovies aren’t vegan :-(

Domestic vermin picture of the day

Mavis relaxes

The other cats were upstairs, so Mavis came out and took over a dining room chair.

Jul 28, 2018

Creeping along in the tropical heat

10x8 rack with crown stay

It’s unpleasantly hot enough outside so that I end up making one pass a day at the torch; I prep a bunch of metal for brazing, then go out to my shop and work with the torch until I start to wilt from heat exhaustion, then come back inside to set up the next batch of things to braze on.

Jul 27, 2018

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite measures

Taking measurements for the fork crown stay on this little batch of racks.

Jul 26, 2018

Making himself at home

Dozing floof

Ozy on the dining room table

Jul 21, 2018

Ancient hardware

An ~33 year old laptop

A IBM Thinkpad 701c, with the collapsing keyboard. A 486dx4 w/ 40mb of memory and a 20gb disk, running Mastodon (Linux 2.0) w/o the X Windows Disaster but just a bunch of virtual ttys like G-d Intended.

At least it would be running if the CMOS battery hadn’t have died about 10 years ago, and if there wasn’t an intermittent error somewhere near the top of memory. As it is I’m now copying the disk to my macboox so I can fire up the system in a virtual machine and see if I can find the disk geometry (so I can coax the thing into booting after I’ve ripped out the dead cmos battery and replaced it with one that actually has some charge to it.)

The subtle cat

The subtle cat

I wonder what Thor wants?

cat nap

Ozy naps

Ozymandias takes over the arm of the loveseat

Jul 20, 2018

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Tubing mite

Dust Mite helps me sort out the mess in the meaningless room.

Jul 19, 2018



Three rack platforms brazed up (modulo the central crossbraces) and now sitting in the bathtub to soak off the excess flux. All of them are for Elephant NFE’s, so all the setup I need to do is configure one jig for brazing on the fork leg & fork crown stays (and then cut the stays, plus light mounts, plus crossbraces.)

Jul 18, 2018

Mavis on the loveseat


With an uncharacteristicly intelligent look on her (obcat:little furry) face

Jul 17, 2018

Ozymandias takes over my chair

Don't lean back!

He didn’t approve of my going out for dinner, and decided to stick close when I got back home.

Jul 15, 2018

Summer bike

Summer Mode

Off with the Schwalbe Ones & fenders, on with a new set of Confreries. I’ll get some aluminum fenders in the fall.

Jul 14, 2018

Seems legit

seems legit

It’s the perfect pairing; tools for rebuilding a bicycle hub and chemicals to flay the skin off your feet.

Jul 13, 2018

Time for some repair work

Still life with mutant and angry bee

A hub that needs axle ends, a stem that needs bolt repairs, and the same old Dust Mite (that does not need any repair.)

Jul 12, 2018


Three NFE rack perimeters

Three racks for Elephant NFEs – an 10x8" blasdel-style perimeter (& the central rail loop thingie), a 12x10.5" porteur-style rectangular one, and an 11x10.5 oh-drat-I-mismeasured-the-width one. And this means that I can finally use the NFE fork jig I fabricated out of a broken NFE v1 fork last fall.

Jul 11, 2018

wide rims, narrow tires, and bumpy gravel; not the best combination for tubeless tires

tubeless tire vs rim

When I went over to Trader Joe’s today, I returned – as is traditional – via a roundabout loop through the highlands of SE Portland, taking in as many of the unimproved roads as I could in the process of the trip. Alas, this did not end up working well for the emergency randonneuse’s remaining tubeless tire – some of the sections of unimproved road were really unimproved, which made the rear tire start to burp, and it didn’t take too much of that before the tire seal just gave up the ghost and fell into a long slow deflation (slow enough so I could ride it, notice when it was getting low, then pump in some air to bring it back up to a reasonable pressure, but not so slow I could make it home w/o having to refill the tire twice.!)

So since it’s summertime I think I’m going to yank off the fenders and put in a pair of Flat Magnets (Pacenti Pari-Motos) and see how they work on this machine. (It’s designed for Hutchinson Confréries, so going from 33mm to 38mm should not be a problem for anything other than brake bridge fender clearance.) Pity it’s not possible to get pink 45mm Planet Bike fenders any more, but as a substitution maybe I can fit a set of V-O Zeppelins into the frame?

Jul 10, 2018

The vegan horror

Vegan pizza

Olive, artichoke, & broccoli on a tomato base.

Jul 09, 2018

The wakeup cat

Ozy says hello

Ozy does the morning check-in

Jul 07, 2018

Bicycle photo of the day

At the secret control

While waiting for randonneurs to arrive at a secret control for my Portland-Ripplebrook-Portland permanent.

Jul 06, 2018

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dryer Mite

Time to do some laundry

Trolley photo of the day

A southbound train pulls into Bybee station

The nose of a southbound train is framed by a stained glass pillar & a bench.

Jul 04, 2018


Milburn 27L (98 years old)

A Milburn 27L from 1920 (serial #2-1818-7) that lives in East Portland. Not an extraordinarily fast EV, but well suited to the metalled roads of that era.

Jul 03, 2018


Increasingly floofy

Ozy’s fur keeps on growing out. He’s starting to regrow the mane he used to have (one of the pictures from the Utah humane society that first had him showed a fairly magnificent mane, all of which got lopped off when they did an aggressive lion cut to deal with his tangled and grubby fur.

He’s huger now, some because he spent the last month and change inhaling all the catfood we would put out, but mainly because of excessive fur.

Fashion victim


Sandals, because (a) my toes have been getting blistered and infected (yuk!) on longer rides, so if something toeless can stop it so much the better, and (b) whythehellnot™ – sandals will better show off some of my more spectacularly femme socks, and if getting old is worth anything it’s worth giving even less of a fuck about what fragile masculinity thinks of me.

Jul 02, 2018

Freshly painted bridge

Freshly repainted Ross Island bridge

The Ross Island bridge looms much more menacingly now that it’s painted dark blue instead of battleship grey.


Obéir c'est trahir, Désobéir c'est servir


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