|Beaten, bruised, and battered. The On One Inbred fork.|
I do know that Craig rode the Inbred on the Guitar Ted Death Ride invitational of 2009, so it must have been right before then that I sold him that bike. He rode it for a while, then he left our shop and went to Ames, and that's when I lost track of the old Inbred up until a couple years or so ago. Craig let me know in a text that his brother was riding the bike then. I told him that I wanted first dibs if it ever came up for sale again. I really liked the ride feel of that bike.
Well, the frame came back to me very unexpectedly last May. (Story here) I was super grateful for that. The thing was that I did not have the original fork, and ironically enough, the carbon fork that I ended up putting on this Inbred was sold to another co-worker just a bit earlier in the year. Analysis paralysis then set in and I ended up stashing the thing down in the Lab until a time that I would have a clearer mind about what to do with the bike.
So, that was that. I occasionally would think of a few ideas for that build, but which fork I would use was always the hang up. Well, that and a head set, which I have, but I always think I need an anodized Chris King or something for a head set, which kind of puts a damper on my build process.
|That's me riding the Inbred at the first DK200: Image by Joel Dyke|
The thing is, the fork has been used to such a degree that the powder coating is gone in several spots. This thing needs a good refinishing. Well, if I have to get the fork powder coated, maybe I should do the whole dang thing. So, more decisions and maybe more delaying. I don't know.....
I am thinking this will end up becoming a single speed again, like it was in the beginning. I may end up putting a drop bar on it, but that isn't a given. At any rate, the bottom line is that now I'll need to do something with the rigid steel fork, at the least, and I may end up doing something completely silly in the interim, like putting a suspension device on it. I happen to have one that would be a good fit, so why not? It would get this up and running faster than it might if I hold up and powder coat this fork or the whole frame.
I do happen to like purple.........