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Old 11-10-07, 03:38 PM   #1
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Touring on a surly pugsley...

After looking at this photo gallery, the adventurer (sp?) in me wanted to go to the middle of nowhere and RIDE.
http://www.surlybikes.com/photo_Gal/
Has anyone done any long rides on a pugsley or a big dummy for that matter? I think I remember coming across a forum thread where someone had done so, might have been another forum. Anyways, what are you're thoughts?
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You know, I absolutely love the Pugsley for its ugliness and presumed practicality in the conditions it was designed for... but the thought of having to waste all that energy pushing those huge tyres on a touring bike is too daunting to even warrant the brain power. I have enough trouble pushing 1.75" tyres on my current utility MTB riding to and from work.

Central Australia is not a place to be toyed with. It's seriously dangerous country because of the heat, the aridness and the remoteness as much as anything else. If your adventurous desires get the better of you, do some research first, especially on how to manage water supplies.
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This does not look like a trip to take without some serious commitment and prior expertise, but here's the website of the rider those pictures come from:

http://www.wildworks.co.nz/csr/home.php
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That would be a razor edged margin of a thing, between really needing tires that wide, and finding yourself in a situation where the sand was still uncyclable. I've looked at that site periodically and I always wonder how he carried the requisite water.
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Haha, I'm by nooooo means thinking of doing THAT extreme of touring, I'm just saying that seeing someone do something like that makes me want to go out into the wilderness and such. I do agree the wide tires would be a bit of a problem, probably more than good. But I've been thinkin about a big dummy, seems like it would make a great tourer.
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That would be a razor edged margin of a thing, between really needing tires that wide, and finding yourself in a situation where the sand was still uncyclable. I've looked at that site periodically and I always wonder how he carried the requisite water.
I know, I carry about 5L and I don't know where on earth he found the legs for what, 35? across all that sand. I've used a filter similar to that one, so I also amuse myself trying to calculate the large number of hours he spent filtering water at all those wells.
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I'm not so sure it would make a good tourer, unless you need the super-fat tyres. The tyres and rims are not easily available and if you bust a front wheel you'll have to rebuild (I guess you could put a singlespeed MTB wheel there).

Sure, if you're on snow or sand or sensitive terrain it might be the best way to go, but otherwise wouldn't a standard MTB be better?
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