Not The Ride I Wanted

I do not think I found what I was looking for. There were office parks for credit card and chemical companies and then the massive homes on smaller lots-- that next year and next decade they will look at and be disgusted by and the children will ask them why they built them. The parents will know but be too embarassed to say. On a dirt road beyond a heavy gate I could just see a house through the trees. I am not sure this was the house I was looking for. I will try for the house again, another way, from another road, from another direction. There were, however, wonderful trees and the roads were fast and a white bicycle rides just a little faster. The clicking of a Sturmey Archer is a music you do not tire of. On each ride there is the remarkable.



At George Madison Millard House

George Madison Millard House at 1689 Lake Avenue,
Highland Park, IL.
Frank Lloyd Wright architect, finished 1906.
Ride 26km (same ride as Adams House)
More pictures from this ride at www.flickr.com/photos/moralinefree

At Mary M W Adams House

Mary M W Adams House at 1923 Lake Avenue, Highland Park, IL.
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, finished 1905.
26km ride (also saw Millard House on this ride).
More pictures from this ride at www.flickr.com/photos/moralinefree

Short Conversation

"I am a doer."
"What is that?"
"I am not a talker," he said.
"What do you do?"
"I am not like you," he answered.
"Then I am a talker?"
He said nothing. He shuffled his papers.
"I am curious. Is that what you mean to say?"
"You can figure it out," he said. He did not look up.
"Why not tell me? So that it is clear?"
But he did not say anything. He would not say anything more.



Ten years ago I found a girl
And put down my bike

What a mistake.


At John O Carr House

I had read the John O Carr House could only sometimes be seen from the street in winter, and then only when the tree cover and brush were cut back. There was very little of the house visible when I went to it. But when you are traveling by bicycle, especially on an old English bicycle that you have carefully reconstructed yourself, there can only be successful trips.

John O Carr House at 1544 Portage Run, Glenview, IL.
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, finished 1950.
19km ride.
More pictures from this ride at http://www.flickr.com/photos/moralinefree/

Man Seeking Woman

If you are not physically beautiful, do not contact me.
If you are unhappy in any way about your life, do not contact me.
If you are looking to marry or have children, do not contact me.
If you are insulted easily, do not contact me.

Copenhagen, tiny apartments, wool, Reach Lift forklifts, Texas gun laws, Mormons, lugged steel bike frames, Lightning Lee Murray, canvas, Dual turntables, girls who speak English as a second language, vocational training, cargo container architecture, le maillot à pois, pre ‘64 Winchester Model 70s, and the longing that comes from not having.

Carbon fiber frames, red heads, bildungphilisters, irony, Islam, financial engineering, digital sound equipment, Fernand Leger, talking about books, Amstel Light, poets, jazz after 1968, and graduate degrees in anything other than science and engineering.

Also note that I am partial to darker complexioned women.


At Ward W Willits House

Ward W Willits House at 1445 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, IL.
Frank Lloyd Wright architect, finished 1901.
24km ride.
More pictures from this ride at http://www.flickr.com/photos/moralinefree/


The issue is always the same: the government or the market.
There is no third solution.
--from Planned Chaos

The essence of the interventionist policy is to take from one group to give to another. It is confiscation and distribution.
--from Human Action

The middle-of-the-road policy is not an economic system that can last. It is a method for the realization of socialism by installments.
--from Planning for Freedom


Raleigh Twenty Completed

Switched out stock Weinmann brake levers for early '70s Raleigh chromed steel levers. Scrapped the idea of a replacement gooseneck stem, as it required shimming to fit the old 23.8mm Raleigh handlebars to a 25.4mm clamp. When the Lemond shim failed I returned to the stock R20 stem. To extend the riding position I flipped the handlebars, now more a moustache set. Mounting the 20 x 1 3/8 fenders required drilling some holes and using the shorter wire fender stays off the peeling-chrome fenders original to the bike. Even with modifications much of the bike remains made by Englishmen from the 1970s--no parts made by zipperheads.


Other Machines

Reach Lift Truck
Drives with a 'Dead Man's Pedal', the above joystick for forward and reverse, with turning done by a wheel one spins with the left hand. Procedure for placing pallets: first approach the pallet until Reach Lift feet are nearly touching, then, with the joystick, extend the forks through the pallet, tilt forks upward to secure the pallet, lift pallet until it is above Reach Lift feet, and retract forks with pallet secured. The reverse procedure is followed when placing a pallet into a bay or overhead. The joystick also has a control for the side to side movement of the forks. Machine is powered by a large battery, nearly the size of the lift body. Lift capacity is around 3000 lbs.


Sturmey Archer Hubs


Work In Progress: Raleigh Twenty

Fenders salvaged off a Raleigh 20 with 451s, so slightly larger than the 406mm I am running. I prefer the slimmer 451 fender to the significantly more bulky 406. Kalloy seat post and Brooks B17.


Other Machines

Fork Lift Truck
First lever raises and lowers the forks. Second tilts forks forwards and back. Third shifts forks from side to side. Machine operates on liquid gas. Load capacity of 3 tons.
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