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Old 12-23-04, 10:04 PM   #1
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Surly Pugsley snowmachine

Anyone ridden the Surly Pugsley on snow? Is it worth the wait til next spring to buy one?
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Old 12-23-04, 10:08 PM   #2
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holy crap! i just looked up that bike on google and found this: http://forum.bikemag.com/photopost/s....php?photo=479

is it supposed to be that ugly?
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Old 12-23-04, 10:20 PM   #3
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ugly? it awesome!
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The front and rear wheels are interchangeable! That takes "flip flop" to a whole new level.
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shiiit yo...sign me up
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snow bikes dominated interbike this year...well, at least, there were way more than i would've expected. cruisers and choppers dominated interbike...but there were still a lot of snow bikes.
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oh man! i almost wish i didnt live in the harsh 50 degree winter jsut so i could ride one!! damn that thing is rad, too bad i have no use for it.... i guess ill jsut have to move....
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The front and rear wheels are interchangeable! That takes "flip flop" to a whole new level.
Uh, no flipping or flopping if you want the disks to work.

I remember reading somewhere about using two rear fixed wheels for touring - 4 gears available. You could do 4fix, 3 fix/1 flop, 2 fix/2flop - seemed like a good idea. I don't remember what kind of bike they were talking about doing it on, though.
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oh man! i almost wish i didnt live in the harsh 50 degree winter jsut so i could ride one!! damn that thing is rad, too bad i have no use for it.... i guess ill jsut have to move....
Big tired bikes are good in sand too. Got any of that?
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Uh, no flipping or flopping if you want the disks to work.

I remember reading somewhere about using two rear fixed wheels for touring - 4 gears available. You could do 4fix, 3 fix/1 flop, 2 fix/2flop - seemed like a good idea. I don't remember what kind of bike they were talking about doing it on, though.
The Rivendell Quickbeam has a flip/flop in the rear, long dropouts and a double chainring up front allowing for four combos. The dropouts are designed to allow for an 8 tooth difference. A bit overkill for me, but surely appealing to a few out there.
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The Rivendell Quickbeam has a flip/flop in the rear, long dropouts and a double chainring up front allowing for four combos. The dropouts are designed to allow for an 8 tooth difference. A bit overkill for me, but surely appealing to a few out there.
This wasn't a double chainring, they were talking about 4 cogs I think. It might have been on the fixed gear mailing list. I'm pretty positive that they were talking about switching front and rear wheels... But who remembers what they read off the net months ago?
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This wasn't a double chainring, they were talking about 4 cogs I think. It might have been on the fixed gear mailing list. I'm pretty positive that they were talking about switching front and rear wheels... But who remembers what they read off the net months ago?
Yeah, I understood you were talking about something more along the lines of the Pugsley, the Riv is just another way of achieving the same combos. For the bike you are talking about you'd need a custom fork spaced for 120mm (is using a track hub). Pretty easy really and you could probably cold set an existing steel fork if anyone wanted to experiment.
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I think you'd end up having to do both if you wanted 4 gears. In order to have enough variation between the gears, you'd have to have super long dropouts or add/remove chain. If you had 2 rings up front, that problem would probably go away...
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I'd be able to blaze my own winter commuting routes with something like that.
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Old 12-25-04, 01:40 PM   #15
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Yes! Sand or snow. I want it because I live between the desert and the snow. It would be great on sand. You still need to follow snowmobile trails offroad though in winter, it's not like it would float thru virgin powder.
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The Pugsley looks like a damn lot of fun, especially on sand. I would expect it to float on sand.

On the other hand, it's a monsterously outsized machine. The frame is supposed to be wicked expensive and the tires promise to be hard to source and more than you want to spend. I'm still feeling pretty good about 26x2.1".
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In general, I'm not a big Surly fan, but that looks great.

What's up with the big weird braze ons on the top tube?
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