Posts Tagged ‘Surly’

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!


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.

Wow, I’ve been whining about mud and balmy temps. We finally got a little snow. Maybe two or three inches. Just enough to start having fun on a Pug.

After sitting in traffic for an hour to get home, I headed out as fast as I could to get my 4-inch tires floating. I saw a few dudes rocking cross bikes. Suckers! They were cutting through it, I was floating!

I stuck to mostly the walking paths in Frick Park. Tooled down Braddock’s Trail and connected to the quasi single track along Nine MIle run to head out to the slags. I made figure 8s and sweet S’s in the gravel lot outside of the slags and spun down and then up to Summerset. I even explored the marsh lands around Nine Mile Run.

I headed back into the park proper and climbed Riverview to the top and circled the dog park and then dropped down the Bench Trail for a little more single track action. Total control. Pugsley was devouring it all. I headed to the Nature Center Trail. I avoided the wooden bridges as Pugsley has slow reactions. I kept it high and dry with a shit-eating grin plastered to my face dropping down to the Tranquil trail and riding along the creek looking up at the awesome purple winter sky.

I soaked it in until my toes got a numb. It’s gonna warm up later this week.

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.

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.


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