Tuesday, December 7, 2010

New Bike Alert

Big news in Lanville.

I gots me a Surly Pugsley.

It's white with mud and road dirt highlights. It's mostly stock but I had Mongo add twist grip shifters (which completely transformed it for the better) a rack and, as you can see, a frame pack.

My physical condition has not allowed me to thrash it as much as it deserves, but if slow and unsteady wins any races, I'm a winner.

I find it remarkably comfortable and have done a couple of 25 mile days on it. So far it's not drawn blood, but I'm sure it's plotting my downfall even as we speak. The false sense of security that it engenders will surely be my undoing at some point, but for now I'm enjoying life on the hairy edge.

Perhaps the biggest transformation is that it allows, encourages and requires that you look at your environment differently than while riding "normal" bikes. Limitations on where you can ride, or when, are largely gone. Railbeds, narrow trails, big rocks, little rocks, snow, ruts, dirt track or gravel are all fair game.

For sure it's a fun winter bike, but I suspect that my Pugsley and me will have a year-round relationship.


Apertome said...

I'm jealous. It truly looks like a blast!

Doug said...

Excellent news! Doesn't it just put a smile on your face!

Joboo said...

Congrats on the new Pug!!!
As Doug says, smiles all around!! :))

The Pugsley...... Nothing has brought back the joy of biking like my Pugsley has to me!! My other bikes have taken up permment residence in our garage.... coming up on a year now. I think they are all right with that?? Lol

Riding your Pug year round will raise your fitness level more than you know, much faster than you think!! Pushing the 4" tires will make you strong, and when and if you get on your other bikes ;) watch out........... you might wanna invest in wings!! Hee Hee

You are right on the money, it's the take you, go anywhere bike!!

Peace, Joboo