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 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 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.
The rest of the parts for the Inbred arrived today. I finished building it and went for a ride
(to the pub and back) of about 10 miles. Wow is all I can say. This bike is fantastic. It just
looks as you and says “ride me, hard”. You can’t help but want to go faster and faster. I love
it to bits.
Link of the day TV Go Home.
Wheels for the Inbred are apparently being built today which means I should get them early next
Moronic idiot at work decided that they would reset all the file-level permissions on one of
their W2000 servers because they know better than I do. The fuckwit managed to lock the server
out of it’s own pagefile and other useful things. The rogering tosspost doesn’t even understand
what they did wrong. Death is too good for some people.
The Inbred now has brakes and grips.
Started assembling the Inbred today, fitted the headset, forks, bars and stem. There isn’t much
else I can do until the rest of the parts arrive.
New frame and forks arrived today, it’s an On-One
Inbred Forks. Mmmm nice. I’ve got
quite a few bits to go on it, but I’m waiting for chainset/bottom bracket and wheels which should arrive in a week or two.
I can hardly wait.
I’m now off to the pub for a leaving do which will inevitably involve large quantities of lager followed
by an overly hot curry. The keyword for tomorrow will be “hangover”.
Fell of my bike today. My first painful crash in a while. The worst thing about it was that it happened
on a flat bit of road in Homebase carpark. The cause: a snapped chain. The result: skinned knees
and elbow, and a badly bruised thigh. The bike survived with just a damaged grip and broken chain.
The annoying part was that I was on the way to my LBS at the time to get a new chain. Does this
prove that chains are psychic? Did it self-destruct before it could be replaced by a newer model?
Or am I just a crap mechanic? Who knows? Who cares? Can I get a few more question-marks into this
Rode a geared bike today for the first time in ages. Rode for about four hours, the route was partly thwarted by foot and mouth
which ended up adding in some climbing on the road. However the sun shone, and for those few hours, life was sweet.
Still awaiting my new frame and forks. Supposed to be here by now but I’m not surprised by their continued absence.