Posts Tagged ‘Fat bike’

There's a tire with 0 PSI!

Cold as all crap outside. A dusting of snow. Time to suit up for a sweet fat bike ride.

After two hours of tearing Frick and its companion slags a new one, I went from 4 PSI to 0 PSI! I’m at the farthest possible distance out from my house. Deep in the slags. No tube or pump. I put  10 ounces of Stans in each tube to keep this shit from happening.

Oh well. I got to reminisce about floating through the moto track around the radio towers and shredding the Irish Trail. Sissy little ruts just melted under my 4 inches of goodness. Lots of playing around on the steeps. So much to think about on my 2-mile walk home through Swissvale.

I patched the tube at home and added more Stans. I guess I gotta carry a tube and pump with me. Luckily the tires slide right off my Rolling Darryls. Way easier than the Large Marges. I think it’s because the Darryls have a lower profile. All’s well that ends well I suppose. Kinda weird my first flat on this bike in more than a year. My last flat was right in front of my house tooling around and I ran over a big-ass screw.

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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.

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.

Jonny K’s Pugsley

Posted: December 26, 2011 by jonnykman in Meet the Girls
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Now ain't she purty!?

Jonny K’s Super Sweet Pugsley. I call her “White Ops.”

All right. So here’s the shake down on my girl. No disrespect o Salsa, Fatback, etc. All awesome bikes, but I had to go with the original…PUGSLEY!

Bought my Pug as a complete last year and have made several modifications to make her more like the Necromancer (Black Ops):

  • Rolling Darryl Rims for more floatation.
  • Spaced out my 11/34 9-speed cassette to 12-34 8 speed to clear them fat rims ‘n tires. (look for my post on converting to 80mm rims. It’s not as big a deal as Surly allows you to believe.)
  • Upgraded to to some sweet Grip Shift twist shifters from my 1998 Cannondale F-2000.
  • King headset of course.
  • WTB Laser Saddle
  • Tuvativ post and stem.
  • Surly 1X1 bar for breaking into liquor stores.

Future upgrades to include:

  • Surly flask holder
  • King BB