Fitting racks to a Surly Pugsley can be a pain. The uber wide 135mm front fork and offset drivetrain make fitting normal front and rear racks a challenge, but there are ways to get around this. I figured I’d post a few possible options in one place for easy reference.
Option 1: Old Man Mountain
- OMM racks are very versatile and great racks. These are the racks I use on most of my bikes so it’s no surprise I put them on my Pugsley.
- I used two OMM Cold Springs rear racks. I had to flip around the silver adapter parts [bottom of rack legs] and reattach them to centre the racks correctly. I also had to use a few small washers to get clearance for the lower mounting bolts.
- Have a look at the close up rack photos on my Pugsley Flickr page for mounting details as well as this post about Kurt’s upgrades to my OMM racks.
- You can also see this post about how Doug [MN Bike Commuter Blog] mounted two OMM racks to his Pugsley.
Option 2: Front/Rear Surly Nice Racks
- check out my post on my Bow Cycle Blog discussing mounting front & rear Surly Nice racks on a Pugsley
Option 3: Two Surly Nice Rear Racks
- with a bit of modification you can mount a Surly Nice rear rack on the front of your Pug.
- this reduces weight and makes fitting on the Pugsley fork easier than a front rack.
- check out this post on my Bow Cycle blog for details.
Option 4: Filzer Disc Brake Rear Rack
- Filzer makes a rear rack that is extra wide to clear disc brakes. We picked one up at MEC and mounted it on Kurt’s Pugsley.
- It mounts up reasonably well.
- The rack is decent for a $30 unit, but the way the lower portion of the rack mounts is flawed.
- If you look at the picture below you’ll see how the rack is attached with adapters to get around the disc calipers. This weakens the rack and makes it unsuitable for carrying heavy loads on rough terrain.
- If you only need to carry lighter loads [change of clothes, lunch, etc...] on smooth roads it could be a decent solution for you.
- Kurt is removing this rack and buying two OMM Sherpa rear racks from Bow Cycle for our up coming GDR tour.