Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Fatbike update; 2nd Charge Cooker build...



With the old original Pugsley stripped to repaint and restore to the same spec as i bought it 10 years ago, i now had a load of parts ideal to build up the 2nd Charge Cooker Alloy Fatbike frame i bought new massively reduced online. I would use the Shimano Alfine 8 speed Internal gear hub (IGH) presently on the old Pug and would lace a symmetrical front wheel with a Large Marge rim and shod with the chunky Surly Nate tyres,
With the `Big O Manufacturing` full mudguards and the Shimano 8 speed  IGH with no mechs to clog makes set up a great wet weather bike and the bike to use for towing firewood off the coast with the FatBOB Yak trailer i made, you can read about the trailer Here...
Headset, stem bars, grips, brakes indeed the whole cockpit off the old Pug and saddle/seatpost would be used, another cheap but ideal VP 100mm square taper BB spindle (£18 posted from Italy) along with some retro used Suntour cranks for £15 would get the bike rolling...


9Zero7 alloy forks are 20mm longer than the previous Charge steel forks and should slow the steering - ideal for towing heavy loads on the trailer...


BB installed after i drilled a 8mm drain hole in the BB shell...


Stainless Surly chainring and KMC rustproof chain also transferred over...


A broken spoke needed changing and here is where the split tube `Ghetto tubelesss` set up works well, you can deflate and push the tyre bead off the rim and with it the split tube which has semi bonded onto the tyre, move the rim tape or if gaffa tape cut a hole to remove the old nipple and replace without the worry of breaking an air tight rim tape, as your split tube is effectively your rim tape. I think it`s a good set up for non tubeless specific rims and tyres...



Use another spoke threaded in the rear of the spoke nipple to inset it and and avoid dropping it in the dual wall rims...


With Vertical drop outs need an Alfine chain tensioner to keep the chain tensioned.
Using Vertical drop outs i wont have the problem of the wheel moving in the horizonal drop outs when hauling really heavy loads - something that has happened a few times with the Pugsley, more so an issue when you use the supplied 9mm QR spindle with trailer bobbins than these Bobbin nuts on the Alfine hub. I haul way more weight than the BOB Yak trailer is supposed to take!, it`s an amazing trailer with what loads it can burden...



A lovely mid week with high pressure and after work i took the bike for a quick spin and all is well and it rides nice with a taller fork...




Loads of wood washed up on our coast. Apparently Redwood from Norway washed over board in the recent storms.  Destined for Lieth at Edinburgh the East Lothian coast is littered with it.
Need to try salvage some at work for building stuff!...


Ready for working with the FatBOB Trailer to haul firewood off the coast once i sort the rear rack to carry the cordless chainsaw...

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