Showing the Pugsley some love…

31 01 2013
New and used bling for my Pugs...

New and used bling for my Pugs…

I’m back in Victoria after a lovely trip south of the border. Having ridden my Surly Pugsley a ton in Baja I’ve come to appreciate it more than ever. I figured its many years of loyal service deserved some pay back. So I collected a few new and used parts to install on the bike.

  • Titec H-bar [used to be my Pugs bar and is going back on]
  • Brooks B17 [comfy for long rides]
  • lightly used SRAM 8spd chain
  • Surly Rolling Darryl rims with cut outs

I’ve been through a lot of handlebars and saddles on the Pugsley. I’m going back to the Titec H-bar because it provided the best balance of comfort and control for non-technical riding/touring. I’ve come to the realization that techy MTBing on a rigid bike just isn’t my thing. I’ve got a full suspension bike I enjoy riding technical terrain with much more. My only gripe with the Titec H-bar was the control placement for steep techy terrain. If I take that off the menu the H-bar rocks.

The plastic SDG saddle that’s currently on the Pugs is awesome for short rides of 1hr or 2hrs, but isn’t so comfy for all day rides. I had a spare Brooks B17 so I’ll use that instead.

My Pugsley’s chain is thoroughly trashed after the many weeks of beach use. I found a lightly used 8spd SRAM chain in my spare parts box so I’ll throw it on.

On the wheel front are the only new parts for the Pugs. A set of Surly Rolling Darryl rims with cut outs. My current rims are old skool Large Marges – I think I have the uber heavy DH version. So I’ll be able to drop weight from my wheels and get a wider tire footprint for sand use. This is definitely not an essential upgrade. My old wheels were going strong, but I’ve wanted to check out some of these lighter and wider rims for a while.

Before I mess with my current wheels I’m going to open up the Shimano Alfine 8 IGH. I want to make sure it’s in decent condition after 4yrs of neglect. If it isn’t I’ll use a different IGH – possibly a Rohloff I am not using or I’ll buy another Alfine 8 since they are so cheap and I don’t really need the Rohloff’s wide gear range for my fat biking.

If possible I’ll reuse the old spokes and nipples on the new rims. Who knows I may even get motivated to go tubeless for the maximum pimpage of the Pugs! ;)





Naish TV – French Touch…

30 01 2013




Hans and Danny in Italy…

29 01 2013




Slingshot making their kiteboards in US…

28 01 2013

Slingshot Dialer – made in the USA…

I’m not a made in Canada/USA fanatic. I buy products made in Asia. In some cases there are no domestic choices and in others the Asian products are just too good a value to skip. Having said that I do like supporting companies that are able to build an excellent product in North America.

So I wanted to give Singshot Kiteboarding a shout out for building their boards in Hood River OR from locally sourced materials. I own two of their surfboards and they are great. Not only do they perform well, but they are priced well compared to the other kite specific surfboards in the industry.

Slingshot Misfit…

I’ve been getting my Slingshot gear at Kite Paddle Surf in Bellingham WA. They’ve got great prices on SS kites and boards as well as excellent customer service.





Santa Cruz Bikes 5yr Warranty…

27 01 2013
Click to jump to warranty info page...

Click to jump to warranty info page…

Santa Cruz Bikes has increased their frame warranty to 5yrs from 2yrs on all their bikes and as I understand it this will be applied retroactively to any bikes sold within the last 5yrs. That means my Nomad is back under warranty should anything go wrong until Feb 2014. Sweet! Santa Cruz also has a Lifetime Bearing Warranty and a Lifetime No-Fault Replacement Program to help out owners in situations not covered by their warranty.

All in all it’s a pretty nice post sale support framework which is nice when you drop $5K for a bike and plan to ride it a long time. :)

From the Santa Cruz website here is their warranty info……

Five Year Frame Warranty

Santa Cruz Bicycles will repair or replace at its option any frame it determines to be defective. The warranty will be in effect for five years from the date of sale and applies to the original owner. This warranty does not cover custom finishes.

Lifetime Bearing Warranty 

Santa Cruz Bicycles frame bearings are warranted for life to the original owner of the bike. The return process is simple: send your used bearings back to Santa Cruz Bicycles in an envelope marked “Warranty Bearing Replacement”, and be sure to include your return address. We’ll turn your package around within 48 hours, and cover the shipping back to you. That’s it!

No-Fault Replacement

Santa Cruz Bicycles will make replacement parts available to the original owner at a minimal charge in the event of a crash or other non-warranty situation for the life of the bike.





Cycles Alex Singer

26 01 2013




My North kiteboarding 2013 dream quiver…

25 01 2013

North kiteboarding action…

If money was no object here is what I would ride from the 2013 North line up…

North Neo kite – 4 line w/ 3 struts…

Kites

The Neo is a fun surf/freeride oriented kite that would be great as the core of my kite quiver. The 5m can handle epic winds with the 7m & 10m covering my bases for most days. The Dyno has my back as a dedicated lightwind weapon to prevent any wasted days at beach.

North Select…

Boards

The Select is a killer freeride twin tip for strapped riding. The Whip is a rocket for strapless high wind conditions and the Nugget is great to lightwind days.

I would add a Beachdog skim board to the mix as well.

La Ventana Baja…

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