Yakima Fat Racking…

17 04 2013
Sharon's Pugsley and Yakima rack...

Sharon’s Pugsley and Yakima rack…

Sharon uses a Yakima Hold Up 2″ receiver hitch rack on her car. It’s an older version so not exactly the same as what’s shown on the Yakima site, but looks pretty similar. We had never used it for a fat bike until the Missing Link Tour.

Front wheel...

Front wheel…

The Pugs went into the rack with little difficulty with its 4″ tires. The front wheel was secured normally with the rack’s arm. I added a small bungee to the front wheel so it couldn’t move. It doesn’t sink as deeply into the rack slot as a skinny tire MTB would.

Rear wheel is fat...

Rear wheel is fat…

The rear wheel is too fat to use the rack’s ratchet strap. So I attached it with another bungee cord. It held fine like this for a short-ish drive to Lake Cowichan. For a longer haul or if I was going down some rough roads I would use something more robust to secure the rear wheel.

Krampus Fits Fine...

Krampus Fits Fine…

The Krampus dropped into the rack without any special accommodations.





Memories of Baja 2010…

7 01 2011

Fatty with a flaty...=-(

My last job before I hit the road to Baja was loading my Surly Pugsley. I noticed it had a front flat so I figured might as well fix it in Victoria.

I found 20+ thorns in both tires...

I was surprised to find a lot of thorns in both tires.  They could only have come from Baja last winter.  Some how they survived all year including a fair number of winter rides.

I got 'em all - I hope!

I broke out my mini-pliers and worked my way around each tire pulling all the thorns.

Amazingly I only found two holes in the front...

I used a tub of water to locate the holes.  Amazingly I only found two in the front tube.  At least that was at moderate pressure.  It’s possible there may be some additional pinholes. I patched the two and put the tire back on.  If it’s still holding air when I roll into La Ventana on Sunday I’ll know I got ’em all.  If not time for a six pack and some hunting!

So sad....=-(

As I worked on my Pugsley I couldn’t help, but noticing how rough she looked…=-(  This bike takes a beating and gets almost no maintenance.  So far she hasn’t let me down!