Right, so it’s been a mental week. Cambelt on the Micra failed last weekend, possibly explodificating the engine. I say ‘possibly’ – the Nissan dealership were quoting £500 just to find out what was wrong, and quoted “£5000 – £6000” as the possible full cost of repair – basically a new engine. Given that the car was only seven grand when I bought it five years ago…no thank you. I’ve had nothing but problems with that car, so it got flogged as a non-runner. Au revoir, you honkering pile of French shite!
Alas, this does mean that we’re without a car – hiring temporarily, definitely wanted to get to the Chase this weekend, for obvious reasons! And we’ll also be looking for a new, towbar friendly car.
Although in a way it’s a relief to be shot of the Micra, but it came at a bad time. If we’d known that the car was going to die, we might have spent a bit less on biking products… but on the plus side, I now have my new niche ride!
That’s right! STEEL IS REAL! This, dear reader, is my commuting touring adventure steed – although predictably enough, once it was built up, I thought, “I’d quite like to take that over the Chase”. Speaking of built up…
Fortunately it was actually quite cheap to get running – most of the parts are Mr Toast hand-me-downs, mostly from his Stumpjumper HT. Just need to get a decent saddle on it, and we’ll be sorted! The Inbred fits really well – I was a bit cautious about the size given it’s a 14″ frame, and obviously the last 14″ frame I had was tiny. However, Inbreds are a good bit longer, and according to their site 14″is good for riders of a minimum height of 5ft 2! But yeah – seems to be a perfect fit.
I was initially hoping to get some sort of hideously garish pink monstrosity – I think I might be hitting my midlife crisis. Sadly, although Scandals and 456s are available in pink, it was white or black with the Inbreds. I settled for the white, so he matches the Professor – it’s a lovely pearlescent white as well! Mr Toast said he was quite glad, but he can talk – he has a brown bike. BROWN. We do not speak of it…
Anyhoo, when it came to naming, I wasn’t sure what to call the Inbred. I thought steel – British Steel – Judas Priest. But I couldn’t call him Judas, that’s just asking for trouble, and I’ve had enough of that lately. I did toy with ‘Peter’, in tribute to late Type O Negative frontman Peter Steele, but that might have sounded a bit odd – we know people called Peter…
So, I went with what was, in all honesty, my first thought. He is an Inbred. I shall call him Cletus.
In other news, my Chase Trails membership pack came through today, including parking pass and car sticker. Now, if only I had a car! 😆
The coaster this time round is a good ol’ size, and in a rather attractive blue. It now has pride of place representing Cannock Chase on…THE MAP OF JOY 2010!
Well, I’m off for the evening…MONKEY TOMORROW!