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Ft. Fisher to Bald Head Beach Ride

(updated: Jul 2, 2008)

So thanks to Michael for showing me the Schwalbe Big Apple 29er tires he recently got for his Redline, I picked up a pair from Two Wheeler Dealer and decided to do a beach test at Wrightsville Beach.

I am planning on building a Surly Pugsley with enormous 4.0" tires, but in the meantime, I wanted to see if these tires could go on the sand, especially the looser, deeper stuff. That way, I could have a way to ride in the interim and also have an inexpensive way for others join on a Ft. Fisher to Bald Head ride that I am planning.

That's right, I am going to have a group ride that starts at the Ft. Fisher State Park near the aquarium, and we are going to ride on the beach all the way to Bald Head Island, which as you may have already guessed, is no longer an island since the last hurricane came through.

I'm guessing it's about 6 miles one way on sand to Bald Head, and then we can cruise around the island and have lunch or something. The date is TBD but hopefully it'll happen later this month.

So, did the tires work in the sand? Yes! In the packed sand near the water it was a breeze. In the softer stuff it was more work but it did go. Turning was harder but I could stay in wheel tracks and maintain speed no problem. With regular mtb tires this would have been impossible. I lowered the air pressure to about 15 psi which helped.

If you have 26" wheels you can get the Schwalbe Fat Frank's which are even larger than the 2.35 Big Apple's.

So who in? Let's get a big pack and invade the island. They won't know what to make of us!


The Redline with the Schwalbe Big Apple's

Filed Under: General Entries > North Carolina > Wilmington


1. Fred Ammann said...

Janice and I did this ride about a year ago. Hope to have a headwind on the way out otherwise you will suffer on the way back. Six miles to the Bald Head limits seems about right, longer to the inhabited part of the island.

Jul 2, 2008 @ 8:16 AM

2. Sir Disappears said...

I've wanted to build up a Pugsley every since I saw it for the first time.... They are awesome!

Jul 2, 2008 @ 10:40 AM

3. Mike said...

A pugsley with an Alfine IG hub would be da bomb. Riding a lot in sand and loose stuff with an exposed drivetrain wouldn\'t be as good. There are some youtube videos of a guy with this setup but the videos aren\'t that exciting. There\'s a sweet video of a guy on homemade log rollers with a pugsley.

Jul 2, 2008 @ 11:31 AM

4. eric said...

40 days in the outback on a Pugsley:

Jul 2, 2008 @ 12:30 PM

5. covi said...

dude thats awesome

Jul 2, 2008 @ 1:49 PM

6. michael said...

I'm in if a Sunday a.m. can be arranged.

Jul 2, 2008 @ 5:25 PM

7. michael said...

BTW,I got my Big Apples from Bike Cycles and I love 'em.Fast on the roads too and they have reflective sidewalls as well.

Jul 2, 2008 @ 5:35 PM

8. eric said...

You'd better pull the trigger on any Surly frame you are thinking about getting now because prices are going up. Check it:

Jul 2, 2008 @ 7:15 PM


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