New training ride

I’ve started riding a new loop in the evenings. I find it to be a pleasant ride throughout, and a great in city training ride for fixed.
The gist:
Beacon Hill – Follow the ridge all the way
Rainier Beach – Start Heading north
Lake WA Blvd – Follow
Madison Park – Just a little extra loop
Arboretum to Montlake

View the map here

Portland for a movie?

That’s right, last wednesday we drove to portland and back in the same day to watch a movie. Not just any movie, but a collection of short documentaries produced for the international doc challenge 2009.
I was part of a team who made a short named “It’s in the PI”, a short doc about the closing of the PI in seattle. The response to the film was tremendous. The show was sold out, and watching our short on the big screen was really great.
All in all, it was 6 1/2 hours in the car, for 3 hours in PDX. Well worth it.

A Manic Engineer’s Day

1234. 1
Spin rotate thread thread.

cannot read from cd-rom
error mounting .iso

USB stick swap
back and forth back and forth
rsync cp copy?

spin rotate
1234. 1
turn grab place
spin rotate thread thread
every other hole

Taking shape
One step closer
Both progress
with flawed beginnings
hold power
10 seconds

Flip reverse
align again
copy pattern
Over over under
Over over under
Over over under
Valve hole between crossings
Bury the threads

the spokes are laced
the partition scheme changed
not done by far
but done all that’s hard
12 hours past
my bags are packed
I retire home
a drone

This poem is a reflection on two aspects of my day today… Building a wheel, and installing Linux. My thoughts for the day consisted mostly of spoke tension, usb devices, lacing patterns, copying, troubleshooting, and calculating. Really mostly trying to figure out why I couldn’t get the ubuntu installer to install off of a usb stick. Turns out I was using the wrong initrd.gz and vmlinuz versions. Hmm… who woulda guessed?

Pluto is too a planet!!

Declared so by the state of Illinois, every March 13th, for the entire day. So there science, the law says Pluto is a planet, so Pluto is a planet right? I mean it’s law, I have to respect it to the “t” don’t I?

“Still, Brown calls the Illinois resolution “very silly,” noting that such legislation can be dangerous to public understanding of science.”

You know what’s dangerous to the public understanding of science?

Science telling us our whole lives that Pluto is a planet, then one day, in a broad and thorough marketing campaign, declared Pluto is no longer a planet. And you complain about politicians flip flopping?

‘”Go, Illinois!” said planetary scientist Alan Stern, principle investigator for NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto. ‘

I say … “Go Pluto”


For all of you who live in Illinois, that does mean that one day a year it is illegal to believe science. So March 13th, make sure you don’t believe what science is telling you, otherwise, unknowingly, you may break the law by stating that Pluto is indeed… uh … what ever the hell it’s classified as these days?! (technically a dwarf planet btw) forgetting that it’s a planet today. Just today only.

So what are you going to do on March 13th? Take the lame road out and avoid all conversation that has to do with Pluto? Break the law while pointing out the dynamic nature of scientific thought?
I’m going to rejoice the fact that Pluto is a planet, as it rightfully should be, as I contradict myself by blindly believing that Pluto is a planet with no reason to care at all. And I’m going to have fun doing it.

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Asynchronous Internet

Wizzy has made it into the news recently. SciDev did an article recently called “Rural Internet — not online but still connected”. It’s an excellent article, well written, and is realistic in the challenges of providing internet access to rural populations.
Dave Wood, a software engineer for Wizzy Digital was interviewed, and one of my photos was used in Wizzy’s section this feature article.

Read the article here:

Raleigh Rainier

"Some people would call it a bike, I call it art"

Raleigh Rainier

After much hemming and hawing over the little details, I collected the montage of parts that now make up my Raleigh Rainier fixed gear cyclocross bike. Since cross season just ended, I’ve built it for the streets. These bikes are designed to be single speed only cyclocross bikes, but I won a set of gold wheels at the Polka Dot Rocker 2 years ago that are built on fixed only Miche hubs. The wheels are handbuilt by Mobius cycles, using DT Revolution spokes, red annodized alloy nipples, gold Velocity Deep-V rims, and came with red/black striped Michellin Lithion tires.

Raleigh Rainier

I chose a Phil Wood 16t Cog and an Izumi NJS track chain.

Raleigh Rainier

I scored a deal on these Campy Record cranks. They have a 135 BCD which made my chain ring options limited. In order to get a good chainline, I needed a chainring that would clear the chain stay while on the inside of the crank spider. The salsa 42 tooth I used was the largest I could get.

Raleigh Rainier

Soma Hellyer pedals, with the Soma Quad cages and Double Leather straps looked better than any other pedal out.

Raleigh Rainier

Thomson seat post, Salsa Lip Lock seat post clamp, and a Selle Italia SLR gel flow saddle.

Raleigh Rainier

Integrated FSA headset comes with the frame and fork. The stem is custom made for Counterbalance Bicycles (CBB) by David Wilson Industries (DWI). Nitto B117 bars, vintage Dura-Ace brake levers, and Fizik bar tape.

Raleigh Rainier

White KORE cantilever brakes, on the white Easton EC90X carbon fork.

Raleigh Rainier

The rest of the photos can be found in the full gallery here.

The Bike Porn Gallery with the above images, plus many more can be found here:

Seattle Snowscapes

It’s snowing in Seattle. This happens every couple of years, and it’s always fun. On saturday night, I took my first ride in the snow in 2 years. I was out making my rounds, chillin at a party on the side of Phiney Ridge, when I noticed the snow that has been falling all evening is finally starting to stick to the ground, I decide it’s time to head for home.
Sunday morning, I wake up and walk out into the middle of the street. It’s a single sheet of ice as far as I can see. It’s gonna be a long ride to work. I crawl most of the length of capitol hill before getting fed. I can walk at the same speed I’m riding, and I don’t have to worry about cars sliding into me. I reach 23rd, and the roads dry, so I ride the rest of the way into work. The ice has been coming and going ever since.
Some of the most impressive lightning I’ve ever seen hit Seattle hit last night. Along with over 6 inches of snow. I tried to ride to work this morning, but the fresh powder was just covering the sheet of ice underneath. I ended up walking half of it.
I think in part because Seattle gets so little snow, that the city has an exveptional beauty to it when covered in snow. See what I mean.

btw these photos were taken at 2 in the morning saturday night on captiol hill.

New online photo store

I have recently posted some of my currently hanging photographs for sale on is an online market place for all things hand made.

These photos are mounted with black matte behind glass using full archival materials. Check them out, they’d make a great holiday gift!!

Single Speed Cyclo Cross World Championships


Saturday morning. Wake and bake for a dry ride to NW Portland. 3/4 of the way… rain. By the time we show up at Chris King, we are soaked from head to toe. As expected, registration was a smooth and orderly ordeal with everyone falling in a straight single file line quietly without any comotion. Everyone behaved themselves.

For the qualifiers, we take a group ride into Forest Park, and congregate inconspicuously on the fire road awaiting our start time. Most people warm up with energy drinks like Rainier and Pabst.

The time trial is an up hill start, which continues up the fire road, past a no bicycles sign, to the turn into a muddy, single track, switch back, hiking trail descent. Even the best riders ended up sliding off the trail, or wiping out of the flat mud covered rocks and roots. With the morning rains, there was plenty of mud to go around.

The top 101 times continue on to the final race. But don’t worry, if you didn’t make it, you have a last chance alley cat that ends at Vanilla Cycles for the after/pre party. Everyone who raced the alley cat, qualified for the final race. The last man standing after the pub crawl also qualified. He had to show up early in the morning to register though, hehe.

Sunday, Portland International Raceway. The Cross Crusade series is going on all day, and with the good weather, that means over a thousand riders will rip up and destroy the course before we get to touch it. They made a special qualifier for Ryan Trebone to be able to race in the ssxcwc race, which was that he had to race and win the series single speed and the series A race. That’s 3 races back to back. Ouch.

The Hot Crossed Buns are dressed and ready to race.

All 130 something racers line up, side by side in a big grass field for a sprint to a hole shot. The pack takes off into the largest cluster fuck of a start I’ve ever seen, that ended up in most racers walking the first 1/5 of the first lap. The hole shot took you over a barier and straight into the wall of foam which was spuing down on you from overhead. Close your eyes, and hope no one’s in front of you. Out of the foam, down a small drop and into the muddy up hill barriers. At the top of the hill is a spinning mini golf style wind mill which you must dodge, another barrier, and into some off camber muddy descents, turns, and climbs. Back across the finish line into a full 1/4 of the lap of solid mud, including a mud pond.

By the end of the race, I was covered head to toe in mud, I couldn’t see the color of my bike, just mud. I finished 59th out of 138. Craig finished 2nd.

When I left Seattle, I had barely found a ride down to Portland with a couple of guys on craigslist. The whole weekend, I had no idea how I was getting back to Seattle, but I figured it would work itself out. After the race ended, I found a ride for me, and a seperate ride for my bike back to Seattle. And who says you gotta plan shit?

Yes, that is a pony he is riding!