Quick Update on Landlording

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From the May Passive Income update, I had quite a list:

Fix the collapsed gate – A year ago, I paid my handyman to fix it. He made it sounded like it’s super complicated to removed all the bracket and put new one in. He put a brace over it, and call it good. Now the brackets top and bottom was spitted in half. Boy, oh boy!!

So, I gave Mr.W the honey-do list, and he wasn’t happy. heheheh LOL 🙂 But we got it done. Brand new bracket (after I thoroughly interrogated the HomeDepot guy on the whole process. LOL 🙂 And a couple of youtube video.

Toilet water tank leaked – This one was supposed to be an easy fix. Right? Get the kit, take out the old bolt, put new one in. But nawwww!! The bolt was completely oxidized. It was so rusted that the nut was glued on to the bolt. 30 minutes later, and still in the odd position. I had Mr.W came to rescue me. Another 30 minutes later, he said “why don’t you youtube it?”

There, the guy on youtube was holding his “saw-yaw” on his 1 minute video. LOL. Yes! I get to use my saw jaw for the first time. Well, I didn’t know how to put on a new blade. So, I took the whole thing to Lowes, had a guy put it in. Took it home. Sawed for 1 minute. Voila! the bolt came off, the tank wasn’t broken. And I was able to put on the bolt. But it was still a 2.5 hours ordeal counting 2 trips to Lowes.

Fix the Dryer – My tenant texted me that was dryer wasn’t starting. I was thinking it was a starter button. Mr.W is mad that I didn’t spend enough time with him. So I went to Lowes, trying to buy a brand new dryer. But the guy told me I had to buy a brand new electrical wire $30, and brand new dryer vent (I’ve just install new ones). I told him, “No!”. He told me “No!”. So, I went to the unit to check it out. It turned out it was a door sensor. It looked like an easy fix. I just didn’t have the part. I order the part. It didn’t come, but I had an extra dryer in the shop, I took the part out, installed it! Done! and Done!

Install Moulding on the new wall – Well, I was constructing a partition wall to make the unit into a 3-bedroom. It was pretty much done except for moulding and putting some shelves. I’m ordering a bookself from walmart.com for $26 and put it in the closet. I’ll also install the pole for hangers. Then, I can clean the apartment up, and listed.

Option: Since it’s so closed to the bike trail, I can advertise it as an Airbnb – $150-$200/night sleep up to 10 people.

Or just room for rent: $550 (1 bedroom), and $650 the other bedroom, then I get to keep 1 bedroom to store the bikes.

Talking about bikes. We’ve decided on the two bikes.

After trying out different bikes at the bike shop. Mr.W is too strong for us to get the same bike. He’ll get a little heavier bike from Performance Bikes, and I got mine from online at Bike Direct. I guess, Mr.W will have the “lexus” experience of customer services. and I can take my bike there to ask question since we’re buying some accessories from them. win-win situation.

Mr.W’s Bike – 2017 Fuji Jary – 2 x 9 (18 speed), coming at 24 pounds or 10.88kg, disc break

Mrs.W’s Bike – 2017 Motobecane – 3 x 10 (30 speeds), coming at … not yet 🙂 (But assuming less than 20 pounds per advertisement, plus they didn’t have the disc break).

Cost break down:

Mr.W bike $1100+65 taxes, but earning 30% points. So cost came down to $835. But we’d have to use the points for: 2 helmets, 2 bike shorts, maybe 2 bike shirt if we have extra points, as they charge mark-ups.

My bike listed for $999. No taxes.

I bought 2 cheap bottle holders on ebay for $6

Mr.W also upgrade his bar stem, that costs $35.

As of now, we’ve spent: $2105 for 2 bikes. I know it’s a lot for first time road bikes, but I felt like we’ll have these for a long long time. And we do want to make that 52 mile ride from Capital to Capital. It’d be awesome. I’m excited. My bike will come this Friday. So, I’ll be waiting at home for the delivery guy, so I can put that thing together. LOL 🙂

Fuji Jary’s Specs:

Bottom Bracket:FSA sealed-BSA thread
Brakes:Tektro Lyra mechanical disc, 160mm rotors
Cassette:Shimano HG500, 11-34T, 10-speed
Chain:KMC X10EPT, anti-rust w/ MissingLink, 10-speed
Crankset:FSA Omega Adventure, 46/30T
Fork:FC-440 Cross carbon monocoque, Quick release w/ flat-mount disc tabs, tapered steerer
Frame:A6-SL custom-butted alloy, semi-internal cable routing, flat-mount disc & convertible axle dropout
Front Derailleur:Shimano Tiagra, 34.9mm clamp
Grips/Tape:Oval Concepts 300 bar tape, suede
Handlebar:Oval Concepts 325, 6061 alloy, 31.8mm clamp, 125mm drop, 25° flare, 4° sweep
Headset:FSA No. 42, 1 1/8″ – 1 1/2″, integrated cartridge
Levers:Shimano Tiagra STI
Pedals:N/A
Rack Mounts:N/A
Rear Derailleur:Shimano Tiagra GS, 10-speed
Saddle:Oval Concepts X38 with pressure relief zone, cromo rail
Seatpost:Oval Concepts 300, 6061 alloy, 27.2mm diameter
Shifters:Shimano Tiagra STI, 10-speed
Stem:Oval Concepts 313, 3D-forged 6061 stem body, +/-7°
Tires:WTB Riddler, 700 x 37c, 27tpi, wire bead
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Wheelset:WTB SX19, 32/32h, quick release sealed hubs
Rating:5

 

Frame New Semi-Compact Geometry+ CarbonComfortStays, High Modulus CarbonFiber Frame with replaceable derailleur hanger and 2xH2O brazeons UPPER 1-1/8″/LOWER 1.5″ TAPER (48×42/58×52.1mm) L: 47/50/52/54/56/58CM=120/140/165/195/215/225mm
Carbon Fiber Stays with forged road dropout and replaceable derailleur hanger
Fork Aero High Modulus 700C CARBON ( UD WEAVE ) FORK, STEM:ALLOY( 1-1/8″ TO 1.5″ TAPER ) W/O THREAD L:300mm, CROWN:56mm, ALLOY CROWN AND DROPOUT BONDED CARBON BLADE, OFFSET:45mm
Crankset FSA 10 SPEED, Vero Triple 50/39/30 HG C-Ring, ALLOY BLK ANOD. Cranks
Bottom Bracket BB-7420ST Cartridge Seal Oversized Bearings, JIS Square, Chromo Spindle,68mm Shell x 108mm Spindle 
Pedals FREE Clipless Road Pedals: WELLGO RC-713 ALLOY POWDER COAT BLK ROAD PEDAL W/9/16″ CNC CRMO AXLE
Front Derailleur SHIMANO FRONT DERAILLEUR, TIAGRA FOR 10-SPEED, BAND-TYPE 34.9MM
Rear Derailleur SHIMANO REAR DERAILLEUR, RD-4700, TIAGRA, GS 10-SPEED DIRECT ATTACHMENT, COMPATIBLE WITH LOW GEAR 28-34T
Shifters SHIMANO SHIFT/BRAKE LEVER, ST-4700, TIAGRA, 3×10-SPEED
Cassette SHIMANO CASSETTE SPROCKET, CS-HG500-10, 10-SPD, 11-13-15-17-19-21-23-26-30-34
Chain KMC X10SL SUPER LIGHT NARROW CN 1/2″x11/128″x108L .W/HOLLOW PIN , INCLUDING CL559R NP REUSEABLE LINK
Front Hub  Shimano Claris Aluminum Alloy HUB, LOOSE BALL W/RLCA SEMI-ALLOY QR , BLACK
Rear Hub Shimano Claris Aluminum Alloy HUB.LOOSE BALL:130MM W/RLCA SEMI-ALLOY QR 
Spokes STAINLESS 14G(2.0mm) SPOKE W/14mm BRASS NIPPLE
Rims Mavic CXP 32 ALLOY 700C14G  W/CNC , COLOR : BLACK
Tires CONTINENTAL Ultra Sport II (C226 SL) 700x25C ( 25×622 ) BLK TREAD BLK S/W 180TPI x 3 , 110-120PSI , FOLDABLE
Brake Set TEKTRO R312 ALLOY MELT FORGED NEW MECHANICAL DUAL PIVOT CALIPER BRAKE , ED BLACK . Front w/P453 EN PADS, Reach:39-51mm
Brake Levers SHIMANO INTEGRATED WITH ST-4700 STI Triple
Headset FSA NO.42/ACB-A Sealed 1-1/8 ACB Top, 1.5″ ACB Btm (for 46/56mm Head Tubes ) W/TOP CAP W/15 mm Cone Spacer / Standard 15mm top cover (H2166B) ( 28.6×42/52.1×39.78mm) (H:16.3 mm ), BLK
Handlebar Comp Road, 6061 Aluminum – Womens-Proportionate Sizing
(C:26.0) ALLOY W/TUNNEL BUILT IN TYPE B/CENTER:26.0mm 390/410/430mm FOR 47-52/54-56cm/58-60,D/R:138/108 mm
Stem ALLOY(6061) TIOGA-OS ,STEM.EXT:(-7°)90/100/110mm FOR 47-52/54-56/58-60CM,C/S:26.0/28.6x41mm ,SAND BLAST BLK
Tape/Grip Motobecane custom cork wrap
Saddle Motobecane Ultra-WomensComfort
Seat Post 6061 ALLOY SAND BLAST BLK S/POST W/ALLOY ED BLK HEAD , 31.6 X 350MM
Seat Clamp Motobecane Ultralite alloy
Sizes All have 700c wheels Geometry Chart
Colors See Pull Down Menus 

A lot of things have been going on, that’s why I haven’t been able to update as much. But I thought, I’d drop a few lines. Mark these dates as we’re moving forward.

How’s your summer been? Any big renovation plan or entertainment plan?

GA

2 Comments

  1. So much for “passive” income 😉
    Nice bikes, should have fun with that. Have you checked out the site of cheapathlete.com already? Awesome insights and good advice on being frugal with you money on sports “toys”.

    • I went over the website, what he did was cool, park and ride … the bike. more economical. I’d have to say if I get stuck in D.C. traffic on a regular basis, I wouldn’t be a happy person. I’m always a “small town” kind of girl. LOL:)

      Yeah, the bikes are huge upgrades for us. We had the $40 Walmart bikes that we bought used from craigslist. The break are not working properly. They’ve been rubbing off the wheel. The seats were uncomfrotable for Mr.W as the bikes were too short for him, so when we raise the seat, the seat turns at awkward angles.

      I’m so frugal that I didn’t want to upgrade the bikes until I’m sure I’ll use it for a long time. hehehe LOL :). Mr.W has no problem spending the money, but he respects my wishes. heheh… But he couldn’t hold back teasing me by saying, his bike is not meeting the Carbon Emission Standard to be on the road. Poor guy! heheh…

      I’ve been bike shopping for awhile, trying to learn different terms and such. I fixed my bike when I was little, but nowsaday, the gear, the shift, the drive train, the derailleur, seat post, bar handle, the geometry, really???!! REally???!!

      On top of that, there metals – steel vs aluminum vs titanium, VS Carbon …
      Then there the weight. Heck… the the styles, don’t get me started on the wheels.

      There were so many things to get educated on. Mr.W understands that I need the education. hehe so he let me be. hehehe… but poor guy!

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