Big Dumb Pugsley

29 09 2009
Photo: Mauricio Babilonia on Flickr

Photo: Mauricio Babilonia on Flickr

Although not the first custom longtail fatbike [check out the Chupacabra] this bad boy from Banjo Cycles is the most refined.  I don’t have much in the way of details yet, but thought I’d share these photos for the fat tire freaks out there.





Quiet Disc Brakes

28 09 2009
Photo: Velonews.com

Photo: Velonews.com

From Leonard Zinn’s colum on Velonews.com:

“Swiss trains are always on time, and their brakes don’t squeal when they come into the station, thanks to a special spray technicians apply to their brake pads that smoothes the friction surface with sliding platelets of molybdenum and graphite. Swisstop is sending the stuff over to the USA in large containers and having it canned in Georgia in aerosol cans so you, too, can quiet your bike’s disc brakes.”

If it really works this new spray for disc brakes made by Swiss Stop could be a big hit.  I hate brake squeal and on some bikes nothing I’ve tried got rid of it [and yes I tried every trick in the book!] so I’d be happy to have a can of this in my bike tool box.





Weekdays @ Castle Mtn

25 09 2009
Steep and deep @ Castle Mtn

Steep and deep @ Castle Mtn

I had so much fun at Castle Mountain Resort last year snowboarding [first season back after several years off] that I couldn’t resist the urge to jump on the early bird special they were offering for weekday season passes – $399cdn.  I’ll go a minimum of 10 times so that’s less than $40 per day…hopefully I can kick that up to 15 visits and get the cost per day down to $27.  My goal is to wear out my snowboard and have a blast!

I’m stoked that Sharon is keen on taking snowboard lessons [she's a skier with knee issues].  Once she has some professional lessons it will fun to explore the darkside of snowboarding with her.

I used to dread winter, but with a renewed interest in snowboarding and a Pugsley I’m actually excited for the white stuff…=-)





My new truck…

24 09 2009
My new F-150

My new F-150

My new Ford F-150 showed up weeks early with no warning.  I suspect they had one on the production line already that was similar to what I wanted and just made it mine. That’s cool, but due to the early arrival I didn’t have the money or insurance ready to rock when I got the call.  I couldn’t resist taking it out for a test drive though.  Compared to my current truck it’s a Cadillac.

I need to get a few things done to it next week:

  • brush guard up front
  • running boards
  • commercial cap with built in heavy duty roof rack
  • spray in bed liner

…after that she’ll be ready to roll!

The new truck is huge!

The new truck is huge!





Rohloff Security Tip

23 09 2009
Put the shifter into 14

Put the shifter into 14

I’ve been riding my Rohloff equipped Thorn Nomad around town a fair bit lately.  Often I have to stop at a shop and grab something quickly.  So I leave the bike leaned up against the store window where I can see it. This still leaves the possibility someone jumps on my bike and rides away with it.  You can’t catch up to someone stealing your bike if you are on foot – trust me been there and it’s a bitch watching your bike rolling away on you like that…=-(

One option is to lock it to itself so it can’t be ridden.  That works, but even a simple cable lock is a pain to get out, put through the front wheel and frame – plus you gotta unlock it and take it off the bike.  When all you need to do is run in for 60 seconds to grab some milk that’s too much overhead.

Well I’ve come up with a strategy that’s super easy and much faster than locking your Rohloff bike, but almost as secure for short dashes into a shop.

  1. put the Rohloff in 14th gear [hardest] = 1 second
  2. unscrew thumb screw on external shift box pull off of hub = 5 seconds

Your bike is now in the hardest gear and if some punk gets on it and tries to ride away he’ll get all of 4ft before you deck him.  Nobody who doesn’t have a Rohloff will know what to do and even if they did it would take them a lot longer than an experienced Rohloff owner so you’d have time to notice someone messing with your ride.

If you are the paranoid type you can make this even more secure by rotating the Rohloff shifter back to 1st gear once the external shift box is off.  This way even if somebody manages to reinstall the shift box the shifter will be maxed out and they won’t be able to get it out of 14th gear.

External shift box removed from hub.

External shift box removed from hub.

Don’t worry if I leave my bike for any length of time and/or it’s out of my sight I lock it to something with an uber beefy lock.





Surly Larry Fat Rubber?

22 09 2009
Photo: MTBtires.com

Photo: MTBtires.com

This photo over at MTBR.com and this thread are suggesting this is a new 26 x 3.7″ front tire from Surly called the Larry.  I really like the Surly Endomorphs on my Pugsley, but they do have a bad habit of washing out sideways in soft wet snow or soft sand.  If this tire is confirmed it will hopefully track straighter on the front of my Pugsley due to the long pointy knobs.

Cross your fingers!





New Tikit Seatmast

21 09 2009
Photo: Bike Friday Walter

Photo: Bike Friday Walter

I stole this photo from Walter’s latest Tikit blog post. Jump to Walter’s blog by clicking here.  This new seatmast design will not require any brace.