Archive for December, 2011

A dreary but pretty day on the banks of the Monongahela River

Pugs like puddles! On the way to the Carrie Furnace.

December is going down as one mushy month in Pittsburgh. Luckily, Pugs love the mush, but I’m getting a little bored with it. It’s been two solid months of goosh. When’s the cold snap gonna hit? Ah, I’ll stop my complaining now. Enjoy the pics of White Ops on her way down to the Carrie Furnace.


Nine Mile Run Meets the Monongahela River

Posted: December 29, 2011 by jonnykman in Uncategorized
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Nine Mile Run Meets the Monongahela River

Cold muddy ride ends up at the mouth of Nine Mile Run. Ahh, a mushy December in Pittsburgh.

Tales from “Up Nort”

Posted: December 28, 2011 by frickparkkid in Fat Photos, Uncategorized, Under Pressure

These are from my friend Geoff who’s up in Minnesota and training for the Arrowhead 135:

“I was out this morning and took these around mile forty. The windchill
was about 4 degrees so yes that is a five inch icicle hanging from my
face mask. Sorry to make you jealous Max but I had to share these
images with some other pugsleyphiles.”

Warm Head = Warm Heart

Posted: December 28, 2011 by frickparkkid in Uncategorized

New to the winter line up this year is the Lowe Alpine Mountain GTX Cap.  For longer than I care to remember I’ve been in hot pursuit of that healthy balance between warmth-comfort-function.  This year I think we’ve got a winner, folks.  The GTX Cap combines stupid-smart design with all the fancy knickknacks you’d expect to find in a high-tech piece of equipment. Using a Gore-Tex outer shell with taped seams and combining it with a fleece lining, Lowe Alpine has hit one out of the park with this hat.  Not too bulky, like some winter hats tend to be; this cap fits nicely under any helmet without obstructing fit.  Harboring a S/M/L/XL line up, they fit to size.  With an adjustable strap, a flexible brim, and water proof outer shell, this little Herbert is the ultimate winter cycling cap!  Hipsters and seasoned veterans alike are goonna be happy.  Now here’s the rub.  Lowe Alpine is in the process of being bought out/changing owners, so this particular model is limited.  They will still continue to make great outdoor apparel as usual, I just don’t know if we’ll see this cap again any time soon, so snatch them up! 


You Need At Least 80MM Rims to be Happy

Posted: December 27, 2011 by jonnykman in FaTech
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There, I said it.

I upgraded to 80 mm rims. Rolling Darryls all the way. Sram X9 hub out back and Surly New Single Speed up front. DT spokes, straight gauge. They laced up nice with linseed oil and dished perfectly with the Surly Spacer Tool Thingy.

Why did I do it?:

  • Boredom
  • I believe all of Salsa’s fat bike spin and they dig 80mm rims
  • I’m seeing more stock Pugs and other fat bikes with Large Marge rims on the trail and now I have a complex
  • Bigger is better

Am I happier? Sure!

Happier with a Moonlander? Who Knows, Rolling Darryls will suffice for now.

I had to make a few simple mods to keep the chain from rubbing my even more bulbous tires as Surly warns on its site. It was super easy. I’ll tell ya how later.


Max Got a Pug for X-MAS

Posted: December 27, 2011 by jonnykman in Uncategorized
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I had to keep it a secret from my best friend for like a whole month. Geez. Max is one lucky dude (soon to be contributor to 4 P.S.I.). His wife called me all the way from Madison before Thanksgiving looking for my input on his Pugsley. What’s not to like? Just get it for him. And God bless her, she did! She went with the complete. I pushed her for the Black Ops now Necromancer, but there ain’t no shame in 65mm rims.

I can now say I’ve at least got bigger rims than Max since I just built up my Rolling Darryls. We’ve got matching bikes, but what else would you expect from hetero life partners ;-)?

So Max called me a few days ago to give me the news and I was so glad he finally got the damned thing. I nearly let the cat out of the bag a few times. I was taunting him with pics from last actual snow ride. (See previous post.) So all is right with the world. Max gets a Pugsley. The only problem is that he’s a time zone away and we can’t ride. I’ll be Hans Solo on my “White Ops” Pug.

Where’s the Snow?

Posted: December 27, 2011 by jonnykman in Under Pressure
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Last year at this time, I was floating on the crust like no one’s business. Lots of snow on the ground and swirling in the air. Frick Park didn’t know what hit it. Of course, you can have tons of fun on your Pugsley or fat bike of choice with no snow, but floating on on fresh powder or bumping over crusty ruts makes it all the more satisfying.

Pittsburgh got about an inch of snow a couple of weeks ago. I woke up on a Sunday morning and saw a coating. I was smart and suited up fast. Got two hours of hell raising in throughout the slags at Frick Park before it all started to melt by noon. It’s been raining ever since. I feel like I need a set of Nates to deal with all of the mud and squish. Here are a few shots from the ride.

Like I said, it was just a coating of snow!

The Slags at Frick Park are pretty with a coating of fresh snow.

A commanding view from the 1X1 Torsion bar.