Thursday, 17 April 2014

2015 Surly Pugsley! ; still `Fit for Purpose`



I am glad to see the good old Surly Pugsley available for 2014 on the Surly Bikes website...


With the launch of the new inline Surly Ice Cream Truck (ICT) many folk who are Pugsley fans like myself wondered if the old Pugsley will change to an in line fatbike too. But looks like the old stager is around for another year at least!,

Versatility;
It is still a great bike to ride anywhere and is so versatile with all options available;
135mm rear hub set up allows a regular 8,9,10 speed hub and derailleur, single speed, or Internal hub gear (IGH),
rack mounts,
The 29+ compatible wheel opened a bigger door to the bikes versatility, and also regular 29er tyres can be used on these rims...

Fat loving...
The Pugsley has a huge following of fans, just have a look at `The Amazing Surly Pugsley` page on Facebook.
The original production fatbike still ticks the boxes for many owners, many have no interest to change for anything newer, well except maybe another new Pugsley!.
Things like the lighter Nate Lite rims and Surly`s Nate tyre have been a welcome addition adding to the concept. The frame once it had the top tube dropped has largely remained unchanged...

`Fit for Purpose`
If i was to try and explain my love of this bike it would be that it is `Fit for Purpose`
To some it is a bike they cherish and polish and take care of, to others like myself it is a `tool for the job` to be used and get dirty, inevitably chipped,  covered in coastal salt water and sand, and to enjoy cycling up to 40 miles in a day...
But it is`Fit for Purpose`, it does what is written on the tin and does not need to be replaced by anything until it is worn out...

Here are some things that are fit for purpose for example;

Spear and Jackson hand tools;
UK made with Sheffield steel and with replaceable Ash wood handles...
The No2 Shovel is a classic in my trade and these last for years, these shovels are 15 years old now...
There design has not changed for years. They work, can be repaired with new handles if needed and if you do a lot of manual work say digging for example than you will know that a good Spade makes a big difference...  `Fit for Purpose`..


Record vices;
If your a shed geek then these are a must, i have two in the man cave; a smaller No100,  and No5 (pictured), and a rusty No 3 being used as a door stop outside that i need to soak in Diesel to loosen the threads and clean up...
Again quality made and lasts for years, does what it needs to do fine so not much need to change it;
again something that is `Fit for Purpose`...


Snap On Tools;
I have a few and like the ratchet in the picture it is well made, lovely to use, can be serviced and internal parts replaced and will last for years, no need to change it, as they are tools that are `Fit for Purpose`



Glenfiddich 12 year old Malt Whisky;
Their signiture malt and the pioneer of the single malt Scotch whisky category... enough said...



Westons 8.2% Traditional Cider;
Aged in 200 year old Oak Barrels. Westons cider has been produced for over 130 years. It hits the spot...


Ok you get the drift...
Some things do not need to change if they work fine...

Long live the Pugsley! ;
If the Pugsley was to be dropped after 2015 then i would just buy another frame set and stick it under the bed for when the time comes to use it.
My Pugsleys are 7 and 8 years old and still fine....

How long will steel Pugsley framesets last? ;
Good question!, Raleigh posted their bikes were built to last a hundred years, and many indeed have...

A Pugsley  ridden on the beach may last at least a quarter of this if prepped right, if so then i have another 16 years fun with my two!... lets see...


They still do whats written on the tin, they are still `Fit for Purpose`



The 29+ wheels `KramPug` concept is as i said a great no brainer- two bikes in one...


The Salsa Woodchipper bars/levers, bar end, set up can be lifted off the Karate Monkey 29er, complete with control cables and fitted to the KramPug if i want to-opening up another Pugsley set up!...


New fatbike designs and developments are great. Things move on and newer designs and can be lighter and stronger...
But i also hope things that work fine as they are like the old Pugsley stay the same as they still do the job required for some of us and they continue to remain largely unchanged and available as an option :)



Wednesday, 16 April 2014

April Sunshine and Surly Karate Monkey drop bar 29er update...


A high pressure across SE Scotland has seen a big sky week in East Lothian so far...
Everything is starting to flower and grow, spring has arrived!,
Francis`s sheep have had lambs, sweeet!!! :)



Sunset is 20;17 and the days are growing longer as well as warmer...

Cycling nearly every day as usual, been doing some tweaks to the drop bar bikes,



2013 Genesis Cdf;
My plan has been to spend little money on the Cdf but i worked out a plan to do a few tweaks to improve the bike for my comfort, the stock bars are ok but on the drops off road my hands slip a bit with the bumps and stuff...


And the saddle is not the most comfortable after 50+ miles, but hey for £699 that i paid for the bike i cannot complain!...


I really like the 25.4mm Salsa Bell Lap bars  i originally bought for the Fargo that are now on the drop bar Karate Monkey 29er, riding off road on the drops your hands stay put on the inward curved bar below the lever hood in picture...


I really wanted to get some Salsa Woodchipper bars for the Karate Monkey after reading so many owners positive reviews of these bars for mountain bike type riding on drop bars so ordered a pair last week from Charlie Bike Monger , being oversize 31.8mm i need a stem so bought a cheap £15 On One 70mm 25 degree rise stem from Planet X.
I am fitting the 25.4mm Bell lap bars off the Monkey onto the Genesis Cdf and have a 100mm lenght 25.4mm stem from the Moonlander and a brown Charge saddle spare now i fitted the new Brooks Cambium saddle to the purple Pugsley. The Cdf will also get the brown Charge bar tape and its black tape will go on the Monkey...

Waiting on Cinelli Gel bar pads to arrive before i can wrap the bar tape on the Genesis-everyone is out of stock of them but i will prob just wrap the bars and then fit them once available...


Surly Karate Monkey Drop bar 29er...
But the Monkey is rolling with the Woodchippers and it is ace to ride now off road on the drops!...


Cruised up to work yesterday, the drops make the road riding so much less effort and it was the 44t big ring everywhere on tarmac...


Another high pressure clear sky sunrise...




Big skies over Whitekirk Hill, love it at work on days like this...



Home time and a detour home across Becky`s Strip Byway, bone dry and like concrete!...




Yup the Karate Monkey deft feels better with these drop bars off road. The Bell Lap bars previously fitted will suit the CX style of the Genesis better...


Also the bar end Shimano gear shifters are now out to the side away from leg contact. previously i kept hitting them with the traditional style Bell lap bars...



Ace weeks weather, ace dry trails, and an ace bike!...




This evening the bike lost the rear rack as i have other bikes to take panniers for the shopping , and fitted a crud catcher rear guard. Ready to roll now...


More soon...

Tyre experiment on the SurlyMoonlander Pt 2 of 2


I rode around Tyninghame woods and beach this evening to try out the Surly Moonlander with the On One Floater tyres i fitted after writing some notes on beach riding tyres in  Part 1

Stunning spring day with a bit of heat if out of the cool breeze...



I remember  fellow fatbike owner John Climber saying he found the On One Floater tyres useless on the beach. \i  kind of found this hard to understand as the chunky Surly Nate tyres are ok...

It was nearly high tide so no chance of riding some greasy low tide exposed rocks, but that would not matter as after i tried to ride some dry loose sand through the dunes.
I was running 6 1/2 psi in the rear and 6psi front. I dropped off down the big dune fine if a little bit loose steering (see film below), then when i tried to cycle through the soft dry fluffy sand the front end would wash sideways as soon as i was on an off camber/dune ridge and the rear would not grip-spinning if i pressed too hard on the pedals.
Then onto wet soft sand and again the front washed if i turned, see the pic below...

Could not really understand why, the pressure was low enough...

I reckoned it must be the thicker sidewalls, there is not enough give in them to get that float needed.
And i  always thought the Surly BFL tyres were too squidgy and weird steering!-which the BFL is until you get onto stuff like i had just ridden and that is when those BFL`s start to work...

Here is some film riding the sand, not very good as the bike slid out on the front and the rear would spin on the slightest soft sandy climb but i still had fun as always!...
Song is `Nosebleed Section` bu Hilltop Hoods
click on the cog icon to view in HD



So if there is not enough float with these for sand on 100mm rims then i may as well stick with using them on the 65mm Pugsley wheels which they are not too bad for on the beach are they are fine on trails etc...


Sandy coastal trails;
I also tried them on sandy single track above the  coast, they work not to bad!, still a bit vague and drifty as i honked along some of the secret trail...


This film shows the Floater tyres on some coastal singletrack...
Click on the cog icon to view in HD
Song is `Rooster` by Alice in Chains



I stuck the BFL`s back on once home...

These will stay on until i either buy a new pair of Surly BFL`s and live with the wear on the sidewalls, or maybe buy a pair of Surly Bud tyres both ends, or wait and see if Surly bring out a new sand specific tyre that will also be good for rock crawling. A man in the pub said last weekend there may be something new coming...