• 02-13-2006
    Enel
    First ride: Extreme Inbreeding and Mud Content
    I’m posting this for my friend.

    Just had his first ride on either a 29er, or a SS bike. He says he rode 8 miles, and never had to push the bike.

    The photos speak for themselves, but I will give the story of the bike after the photos.










    I built this Inbred up for my best friend who is a little bit challenged when it comes to bike mechanics (you can see why). He has had a few injuries (thumb collateral ligament...needed surgery, Collarbone broken) in the last few months, and was fairly down on his prospects of riding again. He just didn’t want to continue to get injured.

    He is a great technical rider, and excellent athlete, and it bummed me out to think about him giving up a sport we both loved due to a couple of unlucky crashes.

    I realized that his crashes came from a desire to constantly push his limits of speed wise and technically. Riding a dual suspension bike allows you to go fairly fast and when you do go down, it is hard. Additionally, I realized the 26” wheels had a little to do with it as well. I honestly believe 29ers give you an extra margin of safety/communication with the trail before they burn you or break free.

    I did some thinking, and decided he needed an SS bike to handicap him a little top speed wise. I added 29” wheels to try to get a margin of safety and security while improving the ride (plus, they rock). Plus the SS would physically challenge him in a way a gearie wouldn’t. Basically, when he rides, he’s a personality that likes to go all out as fast as possible, and be totally worked at the end of a ride. I think SS fits this nicely and keeps the speeds down a little. Finally, he doesn’t like to work on bikes (I do). The SS allows him to neglect the bike more, and just lube the chain and fill the tires with air.

    I called him (I live in AZ, and he in KY) to float the idea. His response was “Whatever, just pick me a bike, I trust you. Build it up for me, ride it, test it, then ship it to me. I’m shipping my Titus to you today. Ebay it, and use the funds to build up the new bike. Don’t tell me anything about the bike, just build it and ship it to me...Surprise me.” That’s a lot of trust, but I know him, and how he rides, and he knows I can build a good bike.

    Around this time, the 29er Inbred came up for sale. Perfect bike for him. Perfect size and style. Great price for the goods.

    Also, since he lives in Kentucky, the Inbred label seemed even more appropriate.

    Picked it up, had it a month or so to ride and tune (converted me to liking SS riding), and shipped it to KY.

    After only one ride, his comments are that he feels the 29er wheels seem to warn you more when they are in danger of slipping, or starting to slip so you can take action to prevent it. Obviously, this was not an ideal first ride.

    My comments: I have never, ever seen a bike with so much mud that could roll. (He said it could roll on the trail, but once the mud dried for a few hours, it was totally stuck fast.) A testament to the workability of SS and discs in this environment. Also, I think he’s a stud to ride 8 miles in that stuff. Plus his photos had me rolling. I had to share.

    Way to go stud
  • 02-13-2006
    FoShizzle
    dude...those pictures are AWESOME
  • 02-13-2006
    Drevil
    Bwahahahaha! Great post!
  • 02-13-2006
    InnocentCriminal
    Just curious....
    but whereabouts in KY is he from?

    Only reason I ask is because I am a Kentuckian as well. Far north in Florence, just south of Cincinnati, OH.

    This whole area is nothing but slop until late march or mid april. "River muck" or "River slop" kills us riders that live close to the Ohio river.

    Oh yeah, I also ride a 29er SS Inbred. Works well in KY, you are correct.

    ...ic...
  • 02-13-2006
    Enel
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by InnocentCriminal
    whereabouts in KY is he from?

    louavul (Louisville)
  • 02-13-2006
    el-cid
    Yeah, I think after about .5 miles of that cr*p I'd be back in front of the fireplace with a good book and an icy glass of beer. Those are the craziest mud pics I've ever seen. Oh, and a question-how do the Mary bars work upside-down? I've been lusting after a pair but riser bars just won't cut it on my bike.
  • 02-13-2006
    Enel
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by el-cid
    Yeah, I think after about .5 miles of that cr*p I'd be back in front of the fireplace with a good book and an icy glass of beer. Those are the craziest mud pics I've ever seen.

    I hear you. I never want to move back to the midwest. In AZ, if its raining or wet, we usually just whine, and don't ride.

    He's been sort of starved for some bike love if you know what I mean. 3.5 months off the bike, new ride, just had to give it a go. His personality is like that...loves to suffer.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by el-cid
    Oh, and a question-how do the Mary bars work upside-down?

    There have been threads about the upside down mary bars. Seems to work fine. I had to set them up that way to get the saddle to bar distance right for him.
  • 02-13-2006
    InnocentCriminal
    ahhh....
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Enel
    louavul (Louisville)

    Ahhhhhhh, then he too knows of the "River-muck".

    ...ic...
  • 02-13-2006
    Rootberry
    If that guy can pedal through crap like that, he could probably pedal to the moon! The SS 29er doesnt appear to have slowed him down much at all ;)
  • 02-13-2006
    ozlongboarder
    boy, you got a real purdy mouth
  • 02-13-2006
    F5000sl

    That is good stuff.
  • 02-13-2006
    Tobias/Frost
    Is that really mud... Looks like he rode trough a field of cowmines... :)
  • 02-14-2006
    JC2niner
    [QUOTE=el-cid]Yeah, I think after about .5 miles of that cr*p I'd be back in front of the fireplace with a good book and an icy glass of beer.


    My thoughts exactly!!!
  • 02-14-2006
    English Bob
    queezy
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tobias/Frost
    Is that really mud... Looks like he rode trough a field of cowmines... :)

    I can't explain why, but looking at the 'consitancy' of that mud makes me feel slightly sick, yuk!
  • 02-14-2006
    one1spede
    yeah, i'd hate to be the one to upkeep those trails. around Columbus, the trail gurus have been shutting the trails down to riding when they get like that. too hard to repair.

    in any event, i hope he enjoys his new ride!
  • 02-14-2006
    max-a-mill
    those teeth should come with the bike... :D
  • 02-14-2006
    Cloxxki
    He missed a spot.

    Can still see some white.
  • 02-15-2006
    Manatee32
    He may Be Cazy
    In some sick way he is crazy, Thats my bro going thru those KY cowpies and muck... No matter how fast he may have been, he knows his younger Bro in MD is faster and crazier... Looks like we both got the risk taking gene! I will stick to cars and 4x4's he can have the bike.
  • 02-16-2006
    unit
    there seems to be a lot of approval of this thread
    Do most of you really approve of riding on trails in that condition?

    I know we all want to ride, but one guy doing this causes about 50 others to not be able to ride while they repair the trails around here.

    Sorry to be the first to say this, but I see nothing the least bit interresting about the bike with slop on it. Why not show pictures of motorized ATVs covered in mud while destroying our trails (that would be equally interresting to me).

    my 2 cents
  • 02-16-2006
    Tame Ape
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by unit
    Do most of you really approve of riding on trails in that condition?

    I know we all want to ride, but one guy doing this causes about 50 others to not be able to ride while they repair the trails around here.

    Sorry to be the first to say this, but I see nothing the least bit interresting about the bike with slop on it. Why not show pictures of motorized ATVs covered in mud while destroying our trails (that would be equally interresting to me).

    my 2 cents

    Hear hear! Though impressive, if everyone rode the trails when they were that mucky, we'd have no trails. All that dirt should have never left the ground. It was very short sighted of this guy to out in those conditions.

    If I met your friend you with that much muck on his rig coming out of a public use area, I can guarantee you a heated verbal exchange at the least...
  • 02-17-2006
    jmw
    nice story and nice ride but very poor judgement to ride a trail and leave w/ that much of it on the bike....
  • 02-18-2006
    WTB-rider
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Enel
    louavul (Louisville)

    Dude,

    You didn't say you were friends with Billy Bob Thornton :D
  • 02-20-2006
    jonnyoxygen
    I gotta ask the question
    ...and maybe I'm setting myself up to look either cruel or a naive idiot, but are those homeboy's real teeth?
  • 02-23-2006
    Enel
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jonnyoxygen
    ...and maybe I'm setting myself up to look either cruel or a naive idiot, but are those homeboy's real teeth?

    They are known as "Billy Bob Teeth", and are available at joke shops. They even sell pacifiers with them painted on the outside.

    And yes, I think they should just come with the bike.
  • 02-23-2006
    1-track-mind
    Enel
    You really should have saved this whole charade for April 1. The story and the teeth had the same level of authenticity on the first read for me. Bogus.
  • 02-23-2006
    brant
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Enel
    k

    They are known as "Billy Bob Teeth", and are available at joke shops. They even sell pacifiers with them painted on the outside.

    And yes, I think they should just come with the bike.

    Actually Enel, they *were* meant to - we had about 2000 sets and we were going to use them as a head tube badge, but we forgot.

    The billybob teeth were sat in dave's back room, and were the reason the inbred is called the inbred...
  • 02-23-2006
    Dave.
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 1-track-mind
    Enel
    You really should have saved this whole charade for April 1. The story and the teeth had the same level of authenticity on the first read for me. Bogus.

    Gotta agree with 1-track! Look at the mud on the front of the post, the clean sliders on the shock (no dirt ring here) ... and what's up with the consistency of that mud?! Good read though :) Pretty sweet setting up a bike for a friend like that.
  • 02-23-2006
    1-track-mind
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Dave.
    Gotta agree with 1-track! Look at the mud on the front of the post, the clean sliders on the shock (no dirt ring here) ... and what's up with the consistency of that mud?! Good read though :) Pretty sweet setting up a bike for a friend like that.

    When I say bogus, I mean the whole story. I'm guessing the bike was sprayed by a hydroseeder and Enel is a wannabe script writer. Nice cameo appearance by manatee (O brother thou art not)
  • 02-23-2006
    Enel
    The story and mud on the bike are true...every bit.

    The Billy Bob teeth are false.

    The photos are a few hours after the ride, so the mud had dried.

    When my friend sent me the photos, he first sent the mud ones, and I was impressed.

    Then he sent the Billy Bob ones and I just about fell off my chair laughing.

    Hopefully everyone has laughed a bit as well. That's the main reason I posted.

    For entertainment purposes only, think what you want.