In September of 2011 we moved into our new House.
By that December, encouraged by the spacious garage I now owned, I had already accumulated a number of bicycles in various states of entropy. The intent, as with all good things, was to obtain broke bikes for cheap, fix them and sell them. Riding them in the interim was the chief perk. This past weekend, (March 2013), I have completed the first full restoration.
I have been trading, buying, and selling bikes, but none that I parted with had been restored by any great deal. The Sportsman was different. I took every nut, bolt, and washer off this bike and thoroughly cleaned, greased and reassembled. This is a photographic account of that process:
After First Rinse
Dissembling the Wheels
The Sturmey Archer 3-speed Internal Gear Hub
Hub Partially Reassembled
Hub Ball Ring Assembled
Hub Mechanism on Axel and Hub Housing
I am sure this will mean more to me than to the rest of you, and this may seem like a strange way to break a rather long silence, but I view it as a rather significant milestone:
I finally finished the Ryanverse series by Tom Clancy!………(with caveat)
As explained in previous posts, I have been making my way through the lengthy saga for several years now and since I began the series there had been no new novels, until 2010. In the past two years Clancy, with assistance from other writers, has published three additional novels, two of which extend the Ryanverse universe. I have made the decision that since these novels are not “pure” Clancy that I will consider my accomplishment complete.
Of course I plan to read the additional novels, but with the vast myriad of books and genres available I find it more difficult to restrict myself to this narrow focus.
The Ryanverse Novels, by Tom Clancy
Thank you Tom Clancy, it was a memorable experience!
By popular demand, I present to you the “Before” photos of our new home!
The wife and I have many, MANY, great projects planned for this house and property. Most of which we plan to endure ourselves. We have been in the process of attempting to begin a joint blogging project in which we document and share our progress as we tackle the challenges of moving into our first home and maintaining a nearly 100 year old structure. This, coupled with the enormous amount of work involved in moving into a house and settling all our belongings has been a major cause for delay with updates. Hopefully, this new model of progress updates will encourage us to post much more frequently with greater content!
The front door.
Living Room on the Right, Stairs to the Left, Kitchen Straight up the middle.
The Living Room
The Wood Stove (and Regis before we removed his radar dish)
View from the Front Porch, accessible only through the Living Room
The Kitchen and the largest complication with the house, this is the ONLY counter space.
The high shelves are fairly useless, even I, at 6’2″ need a step stool to reach.
The Dinning end of the combined Kitchen / Dinning Room
The “Work bench,” obviously this is woefully insufficient for the projects we have planned, a planned expansion into the entire garage is in order.
The Second Floor
There will be many more photos to follow, and look out for an announcement of the new blog!