Friday, December 14, 2012

It's winter at the bike shop

All our most cockamamie schemes get hatched, and often implemented in the winter. It's been winter for a week now, and fat bike fever has set in. We've sold a Pugsley or two and we have an order in for a Krampus.
Last week we had several Pugsley variants in all 3 repair stands.

One of them was for Abby, who had an irrepressible and unforgettable grin after testing a fat tire bike at another shop a couple months ago. One thing led to another, and now she has a Neck Romancer, seen here during a ride last week, before we had snow. This is the XS 14" size, which is new this year.

They also go to 24" for you giants.

Meanwhile, I've been riding around on my Pugsley, which is an older version, circa 2007ish, but with modern upgrades including the Moonlander fork, Clown Shoe front wheel, Rolling Darryl rear wheel, and Surly Knard 26x3.8" folding tires front and rear.

It's pretty sweet.

This morning, I went through the woods to get to work.

This is the Clown Shoe rim in action. Those red things are the rim tape bulging through the rim cutouts, which looks cool. You can buy different color rim tape, to suit your tastes.

And the Knard tire on the Clown Shoe. Sorry there's no scale, but the tire is almost exactly 100 mm (4") wide.

I have owned or tried versions of fat tire bikes dating back to the first purple Pugsleys in 2006 or so. I tried fat front mountain bikes, which are "normal" mountain bikes with a Pugsley fork and front wheel. But I have to say that I'm finally starting to understand the tremendous potential of these bikes as all-terrain adventure vehicles. With tires pumped to maximum recommended pressure (15 psi on the Knard!!), they roll plenty fast on pavement. Let the air out until the pressure is around 5 psi, and the tires will smoosh themselves over just about anything you've the legs and skill to ride over. Sand traps become as firm as pavement, as does packed snow. Big beach rocks and gravel? No problem. It's too bad that the early press on these bikes centered on snow races, because they are much more than snow bikes. Every adventurous cyclist should have one.


Anonymous said...

I'm somewhat fascinated by this new trend of bikes developed specifically for riding on snow. They appear to be very heavy - I'm curious about the type of tubing that they use. Do these bike 'plane' very well? I am making an assumption here, but they give the impression that they would be difficult to get in sync with. The tires also appear very heavy duty - my experience with non-supple tires is that they are not very responsive and take some effort to get up to speed. How is their 'road feel'? I see these bikes more and more and am surprised that people have a dedicated bike for snow-only conditions. I was relieved to see the image of the women with her new bike in non-snowy surroundings, but I got the impression that she got the bike for the upcoming snow. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

You mention that you got one order in on a Krampus already, what did the finally cost end up being for the complete and when is the release date?

Tex69 said...

Salesman! I need a new touring rig first!

Jim Thill said...

Disc Trucker with Rohloff is the only way to go.

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Jim Thill said...

Or you could go to Grand Rapids, MI, and rent a bike. Much less stressful.