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The Pugsley @ Wrightsville Beach - sand has met its match

(updated: Apr 3, 2012)

This is an update to my earlier post. After Tropical Storm Cristobal cleared out I got my chance to test the new bike on the beach. I already knew its sand performance was going to great but would it handle a 30lb trailer and two boys, one 70lbs and the other 30lbs? That's a minimum 130lb load being pulled through sand.

Meet the Pugsley: Wrightsville Beach will never be the same.
Surly Pugsley

I parked (sorry, I don't live close enough to Wrightsville to bike. Actually, I should say the car-only infrastructure does not permit me to ride my bike there safely) at the south end of the island, unfolded and hooked up the trailer, loaded it up with kids and beach bag and stuff, and was off.

Nothing stops this thing. I could go anywhere I wanted. The hardest part was the entrance where some of the loosest foot trafficked sand was. I went around the end where people were fishing, then all the way to the pier and back.

People stared. They gawked. They smiled. They made comments to each other. I stopped at one point and a guy came up and said nice Pugsley. He knows someone from D.C. that has one.

I did put larger tires on the trailer, which helped.
Surly Pugsley

After I parked I detached the trailer from the bike and rode around a little while the kids chased me. I even did some small sand drops at an erosion line, and sprayed sand by skidding my rear tire. Will I be kicked off the beach if I make motorcycle noises? The powers that be just might get confused.

"Hey, you kids get away from my bike!"
Surly Pugsley

The first time I rode this bike I loved it. This time was no different. Seriously, I couldn't stop smiling. It's nice to be able to park anywhere and just ride to where you want to be. You can pick the best spot out.

If you'd like to try it let me know. I'm planning on taking it to the beach again next weekend. I'd like to play around with various tire pressures to see how much of a difference it makes. You can really go low with these wheels, like 5psi.

As for the ride from Ft. Fisher Rec Area to Bald Head, how does the weekend of Aug 9 - 10 sound?

Surly Pugsley


Filed Under: Ride Reports > North Carolina > Wilmington


1. Mike said...

Duuuuuuuuuuuuude, I would love to try that thing! I'm foaming at the mouth right now...

Jul 21, 2008 @ 10:55 AM

2. Ben said...

What do you do about the rust that will ensue because of the excessive salt? (That is if you rode in the water)

Jul 21, 2008 @ 12:19 PM

3. drew said...

or anywere close to the water.. that would be my only concern. I'd like to build one up for surf fishing. Also.. thought of a kickstand or anything of that sort yet.. to keep it out of the sand?

Jul 24, 2008 @ 2:55 PM

4. SBA said...

I just rinse it off good and spray it with some silicone spray, especially around the bb area. I treated the frame with PB Blaster before building it up.

If it still rusts, it rusts. This is what I got it for.

Jul 24, 2008 @ 7:00 PM

5. stephensquirrels said...

Pugsley at BC? I went riding this morning and swore I saw some huge Pugsley tracks in a few spots out there. Kind of like seeing BigFoot's footprint. If this is the case, how did she ride? Agility? Bump absorption? We all want to know.

Jul 25, 2008 @ 9:38 AM

6. SBA said...

See earlier post.

Jul 25, 2008 @ 9:43 AM


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