Well, this morning I did my first ride on my freshly built, from new and used parts, Inbred. Talk about a great bike! Even with the fork at 130mm, 10 over the manufacturers recommendation and about 30 over what Inbred riders recommend, it felt amazing. One thing is for sure, it is a completely different beast from the Komodo I had. It is also nice to be riding on a frame that was made for single speeding rather than using a chain tensioner to convert.
I do, however, have some issues that need to be fixed. The day after I switched my brake lines to run moto style I noticed my rear brake is leaking at the lever. I took a gamble at not replacing the olives and this one didn't take. I already have some ordered though and will take care of that when they get here. Back brake is a little weak but I'm guessing it will tighten up when I re-bleed it. I'm depend more on my front brake anyway.
The fork I have on the bike is an old/new "take off" that I bought on eBay. I am more than happy with the way the fork rides and feels but I seem to have some excess fluid build up on my stanchions. I am guessing, correct me if I'm wrong, that since the fork sat for a while some of the seals, mainly the main seals, went bad. Even though I like the way the bike rides, as is, I still plan to shorten up the fork travel a bit. I'll take care of the seals and do a total seal kit when I do that.
I stuck mostly to the rolling flats today as this was my first time out in 5-6 months. I'm currently geared at 32/20 till I get back to where I was before. I did do a couple of the steep climbs that are out there at FINS. On one of them I wedged my front tire into a couple rocks, out of breath and not focusing, and went over the bars. I was able to land on my feet but the bike took a hard hit. The right seat stay slammed right into a large rock on the edge of the trail. It put a nice dent in it and left a bunch of scratches running down the tube. Oh well I guess. I'd probably be more upset if it was a brand new frame but it is used. Besides, it adds character.
Overall, it was a great ride. I only did 8 miles and was on the trail for about an hour. Next time I'm gonna shoot for 10 or more and probably focus a little more on climbing after a few more rides.
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