Monday, 9 March 2009

welcome to a new blog!


hi and welcome to the first post of my new blog...
basically then i can now waffle on about my hobbies and interests and folk can choose to read on or not...
ok so i really enjoy biking along my countys coastline,hills or woods ,i live in a spectacular corner of scotland (east lothian) and have adapted my cycling to suit the terrain all year round whatever the weather with my latest steed my Surly Pugsley,a what? you say? well feast your eyes on a fatbike...to my knowledge only a few in the UK to date and i think this is the first one in scotland...

developed by small shop manufacturers to explore and race in the artic conditions of alaska and its imfamous iditabike human powered race,run along the iditarod sledgedog race route,well two years ago american bike company surly decided to make a production fat bike affordable and available to everyone and the pugsley was born,surly frameset,65mm `fat marge`rims and 4" `endomorph`tyres are the special bits then regular parts are used,the rims are offset 17mm to allow chainline clearance along with the use of a wider 100mm bottom bracket from the huge tyres, a rear singlespeed hub on the front allows wheels to be interchangeable allowing gearing changing if run singlespeed or in case of a rear mech or internal gearhub mechanical failure,
so...a very simple idea...steel ridged frameset,big cushioning low pressure tyres that can be run as low as 5psi giving a big floating effect footprint allow this bike to go where normal mtb`s would struggle or be extremely hard work to keep moving.
so hopefully i will post rides and pics out on the pugsley around here where no bike has probably cycled successfully before!
i still have a few improvements to do and kit to add to the bike which i will post up on here as well as reports on parts and films out riding over the next few months...




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