I just got back from a week Fat Biking the Tasmanian Trail. Here is a selection of photos. I didn't take a dedicated camera so these shots are from my Galaxy Note 4.
This video has been around for a while, but I just came across it again and always find it inspiring.
I rarely leave a bike stock after purchase. Whether it's as simple as replacing the seat, or upgrading the cheap components which manufacturers consistently seem to sneak in with off the shelf bikes.
I recently purchased a second hand Surly Pugsley which was a sweet deal given that it had almost never been ridden. I have always loved the utility and style of Surly bikes, but never found the excuse to add one to my stable. The deal was to good to refuse and the temptation of finally owning a fat bike to much to resist!
The stock running gear on the Pugsley is of reasonable quantity so I didn't feel the need to upgrade anything in that respect. It does come with a 3 x 10 drivetrain and Microshifters. I like simplicity in my bikes and have always had a disliking for front derailluers. My Niner MCR hardtail has a 1 x 10 setup and many of my other bikes are single speed. I don't really plan on riding the Pugsley in snow, so there was no need for the Microshift SL-T10 shifters which are alpine glove friendly. Time for a new 1 x 10 setup!
I love the recent innovation in the drop stop front chainrings, which means you don't have to run a chain guide. Nothing looks nicer on a bike than a clean drivetrain so I purchased a Wolf Tooth Components Drop-Stop Chainring. The Pugsley came with Shimano running gear. I favour SRAM for my mountain bikes so I took the opportunity to switch over to an X9 derailluer and a 11 x 36 chainring. Even though weight loss was not my main driver I thought it would be an interesting exercise to do a weight comparison as a part of the change over.
|Stock Part (3x9)||Weight||Replacement Part (1x10)||Weight|
|Stock triple chainring with bolts||342g||Wolf Tooth Components 104 BCD 32T Chainring with Truvativ bolts||64g|
|Shimano Deore 9 speed Derailluer||306g||SRAM X9 10 speed Derailluer||252g|
|Shimano 9 speed HG-61 cassette||346g||SRAM 10 speed PG-1070 Cassette||368g|
|SRAM PC-1071 Chain||314g||SRAM PC-1091 Chain||266g|
|Microshift SL-T10 Shifters (Front and Rear)||166g||SRAM X0 10 Speed Rear Trigger Shifter||114g|
|Shimano SLX Front Derailluer||208g||None||-|
My criteria for a commuting bike is simple.
1. Low Maintenance - as it is generally the bike you ride everyday.
2. Fun to ride - as it is generally the bike you ride everyday.
3. Not too fancy - you don't want something that is going to tempt the thieves.
I have been using the same bike for commuting to and from work for the last 15 years, so I thought it was high time for a change!
My Cannondale F700 is still looking good and a great fun bike to commute on everyday. It has been though a number of incarnations from the original 8 speed grip shift mountain bike to it's current single speed with slicks variation.
Amazingly the original headshock suspension system is still going strong with almost zero maintenance over the last 15 years.
Late one night while nursing my daughter with an ear ache I was browsing bikeexchange.com.au and could not pass up a 2013 Kona Unit on sale.
After some modifications it is now ready to take over the reigns as my day to day commuter.
Some other future improvements include some tubeless rims as the stock hoops are just way too heavy.
Iceland has been on my list of top cycling destinations for the longest time. Here's a nice video which should show you why! As a bonus it also has some great skateboarding at the start.