I’ve swapped my Z4’s onto

I’ve swapped my Z4’s onto the Inbred in preparation for reducing them to 80mm travel. The sort of riding
I do on the Inbred doesn’t really require 100mm forks. The Z1’s have gone onto my geared hardtail. At
somepoint I will replace the frame of the hardtail. Current favourite appears to be a Surly Instigator.
Designed for 100-130mm forks, made of steel, and not too expensive (£325 less whatever discount I can

Went to visit my cousin

Went to visit my cousin a few days ago and we entered a local (to my cousin, not me) mountain bike
race. We were the only two riders on singlespeeds. The course was pretty much flat and a large
proportion was around fields, quite easy really, but still managed to provoke comments along the
line of “you rode a singlespeed around that!”. The new forks worked superbly, the bike
was an absolute blast to ride even if the course left a little to be desired.

Fitted the Z1’s today. The

Fitted the Z1’s today. The handling of the Inbred has gone from being super-quick to a lot more
laid back. Thats one of the downsides of going from slighty too-short rigid forks to 100mm
freeride-style forks. However it should be a lot more useful off-road. It’s only a five minute
job to switch forks so I can put the rigids back on for cruising around.

More bits for the Inbred

More bits for the Inbred have arrived. The bike now has a chaintug and a proper On-One seatclamp
to replace the heavy DMR one. Some new forks (Marzocchi X1 X-Fly) should arrive tomorrow and a
rear disk adaptor is meant to arrive at some point.

Why do computers decide to gang up on me. Within the space of an hour, three disks failed, two
of which were in the same RAID set. Plus the tape drive on the worst affected server decided to
die and all the tapes are unreadable. Fuck.