Not only am I an incompetent fool, but my equipment doesn't work right either, multiplying my own mistakes and stupidities.
First, apparently last night I lost ALL of my ENTIRE bike toolkit on the way home from work. I didn't even notice until about two hours ago, when I needed something from it, of course, so when I went back to see if it was still there, it wasn't. When making a turn I saw something go flying, and thinking it might be something off the bike I pulled over and walked back to look. But since CB2 won't stay upright without something to lean on or something under the cargo pod, I stuck the toolbag under there to hold it up.
I went to see what it was, and it was just a piece of styrofoam blowing around in the wind. So I walked back to the bike, and apparently just rode off without picking up the toolkit. I had no idea I was that stupid until now.
I felt horribly sick as soon as I went to go use the kit today and realized what must have happened, but there is nothing to be done about it now, no matter how much I hate myself for being a complete moron.
You know what? I would still have my tools if I had only gone back and fixed that damned cracked kickstand with the welder, and put it back on the bike, months ago. But no, I didnt' have time, then when I did I used the time for other things I thought were more important. So much for my ability to prioritize.
So, now I have none of the right wrenches for anything bike-related, or even to fix stuff on CrazyBike2 or DGA, as I had no spares for most of what was in that kit. Plus they were my favorite tools of other types, too.
My spoke wrench was also in there, so I can't even rebuild that crappy rear wheel I was going to use on the new bike, meaning I have to figure out some other drivetrain for it.
The only tool I have left was the one that must've fallen out of it into my cargo pod at some point: those little Craftsman adjustable pliers I found a couple of decades ago, which are so worn out that the jaws won't stay in the first position while I squeeze things, and slip to the wider position, making them almost useless for small things I used to use them for all the time.
Even all my spare nuts, bolts, and good hose clamps were in there, as well as all my driver bits for all sorts of wierd screwheads, including some computer-related ones I have never been able to find again (originally gotten when I worked at CompUSA as a tech).
I feel like crying right now, but it won't help anything. I guess I'll eventually find more tools to replace them, as over the years I found those. I sure can't go buying new ones right now. I have some of the sockets but not all, some of the allen wrenches but not all, and I might have a few of the box wrenches like 5/8", but none of the other bike-specific sizes. Or my favorite combination wrenches that were all american made (and some of them older than I am).
This is stupid--I feel like I killed a friend or something.
Next, my welder is a piece of crap, and stutters during almost every weld, so I can't even tack weld something without punching/burning holes in thin tubing (which is all of the stuff I needed to tack). My nicely-fitted fishmouths and whatnot were totally pointless wasted time, as the first attempt to do anything on any of them with the welder resulted in destroying the ends by burning holes in them, so I will have to stuff something (welding wire, probably) down in there to fill the area up so I can melt it all into a solid joint later, once I am not so pissed off at myself and the welder.
SOMETIMES it doesn't stutter. And I can't figure out what the difference in conditions is, as it's not the angle of the handle, cable/hose, etc. Not distance from surface, settings on welder face, temperature, time since I started or finished, etc. It just randomly does it, sometimes as soon as I start, sometimes when I am almost done with a bead, soemtimes in the middle here and there. Just enough to screw up whatever I was trying to do, very thoroughly.
I've tried a fatter-wire cord from it's internal connections out to the wall, different outlets on different circuit breakers, etc. No change. It just sucks. It's not just the feed mechanism, which will stop for an instant then restart with a sudden push, knocking holes in the hot tubing, but also the arc itself stops and starts, so whatever it is is in it's main power entrance or converter, etc.
Maybe if I can calm down enough that I don't just throw the thing all the way over the house into the street if I see it again, I can take it apart again and see if there is anything I can beef up or fix inside it that will stop the stuttering.
So now I'm just gonna sit here for a while, figuring out first what's for dinner, then cook it and eat it, then try to remember what spare tools I might have around here to make a new partial bike toolkit. If I manage to survive all that, I might go deal with the welder. If I fix it, I will probably try to finish the frame.
If I cant' fix the welder, there's no point in even continuing to do anything at all with this frame, and I'll just have to see what I can do to pack as much battery as I can onto CrazyBike2, to use it in the race instead, and hope it doesnt' fall apart on the track (because it is lately feeling different though I cant' find anything wrong with it's frame).
More crappy weld pics:
Then some pics of the frame in it's current crappy state next to CrazyBike2: