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Here's a peek at the front!

I still find it a shame that you can’t buy a set of fenders for a Pugsley. I’ve trolled around the Web to see who’s making some. There are some wooden ones that look like skateboards for $300. Not the solution that I’m looking for. Stylish, yes! Functional, not so much.

I put a little JonnyK ingenuity into play and built up my own pair with a set of Planet Bike Mountain Bike fenders, two 36-inch pieces of 4-inch vinyl cove-base, 26 rivets, and a ton of love. Total cost is like $60 and that includes a rivet gun. Nice to add one to my tool box!

So I used the Planet Bike fenders as the skeleton on which to hang custom-cut pieces of vinyl

In the house! Talk about covering yer arse!

cove base to effectively cover the girth of Pug’s oh-so-sweet 4-inch tires. I made templates out of paper and then transferred them to the vinyl. I then pop riveted the vinyl skins to the Planet Bike skeletons. Pretty easy. Not full wrap-around coverage in the back, but this should keep a lot of the gnar off me. These should be great as this winter has been a season of mush!

I think I might call these guys the “Executioners.” The rivets give it a little S&M flava! On second thought, these fenders look like Darth Vader. Either way, I’m pleased with the results. Check them out!


Hand in Glove…

Posted: January 3, 2012 by jonnykman in FaTech
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The sun does shine out of your behind when you’re sporting these Pearl Izumi Soft Shell Lite gloves.

The temps haven’t plunged much lower than the high 20s so far in Pittsburgh. I’ve sweated my hands off wearing the old Pearl Lobster Claws lately. My old Cannondale lightweight winter gloves finally shit the bed at Hartwood last week, so I picked up these Soft Shell gloves.

They fit perfectly and with precision. My hands are staying warm and dry in the 30 degree temps. I bet they’ll be good down to 20 for me. We’ll see. I really like the full articulation the fit provides. I can almost play a barre chord with these bad boys on.

There’s ample padding in the palms and a terry thumb to wipe the snot off my nose. The reflective strips on the top give a little extra flicker at night. What’s not to like? I have great luck with all kinds of Pearl Izumi products. I have a head band that is 15 years old and still kicking. I bet I’ll get at least two winters out of these guys.

Cleaning up the Shoppe

Posted: January 2, 2012 by jonnykman in FaTech, Under Pressure
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I like wrenching on bikes as much as I like riding them. I’ve turned my basement into pretty much a full-service bike shop. I can’t remember the last time I actually had to take my bike into the LBS for repairs. Fall was super busy and Christmas whipped on by and my “shoppe” has become a bit cluttered. I’m feeling listless and in the “New Year, New Shoppe” spirit so I spent a couple of hours cleaning up.

I have 4 drop bars and 6 mountain riser bars of all brands, material, etc. If you want a free bar, drop me a line. I’m never gonna use them. I also found my BB30 bearing for my road bike! And I also found 16 spokes from building my Rolling Darryls. Man I lose stuff!

My work bench was getting out of control.

I also set up my new compressor and snapped a few tubeless tires into place on my Waltworks. My Spearfish is next in line for a tubeless set up. Nothing beats a $40, 1/3 HP, oil-less compressor from Harbor Freight. I could even start my own airbrushing business with this baby. Who wants a license plate with an 1987 IROC Z Camaro under palm tree at sun set?

This baby was a X-Mas gift from my wife! I'll set up your tubeless tires for beer.

…as well as really great beer, maple syrup, and all the winter-wonder-riding you can shake a stick at!  Happy New Year from the Big North Woods!  Ringing it in in true Frick Park Kid regalia, there was fat bike riding and a libation or two involved.  Mercer, WI is about an hour north of Minocqua and wedged between the Turtle Flambeau Flowage lake(where I was camped out) and Highway 51.  Crisp!, clean winter weather, great trail conditions, and all the frozen lakes you’d ever want to ride over, Mercer is definitely a must-do in the book of “Must-Do’s” in the Fat Bikeism arts.  Real twisty single track, snow-covered dirt roads, xc ski touring trails and the odd snow mobile trail make this place shine.  With such a mixed bag, I was happy to have all three chain rings up front, and the average spread of cogs in the back.  Fluctuating between 5 and 10 psi, depending, I was able to get a leg over just about everything from deep snow to ice and hard pack.  Great local bars tucked way back in the woods make for good night-time haunts that are only accessible by skis, fat bike, or snow mobile.  Pugsley Rentals at local bike shops about an hour away also make it easier to get out and give these trails a whirl.  I’d also like to give a shout out to my friend and local tour guide Adam Bramm.  I hope you “find your bike”.  Mercer, WI, get up there and ride.  You’d be stupid not to.


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.