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Pugsleys at Lea Island, Masonboro Island

(updated: Apr 5, 2012)

For around here, it doesn't get much better than a Pugsley on sand. Last week Ed, Michael and I rode Lea Island, an uninhabited island nestled between Figure 8 Island and Topsail. Lea island turned out to be smaller than it looked, about 3 - 4 miles or so long. But it was still fun to ride because it was fairly wide and flat at low tide.

On Sunday morning, we rode Masonboro, another uninhabited island, is more like 10 miles long and a good ride, but we couldn't help stopping constantly to pick up the numerous great shells along the way, until we had so many we couldn't carry anymore. There were also some nice sand rollers to get air off of and a cool log ride at the southern end, which I cleaned while people fishing in boats near the shore looked on.

Riding on the beach has another benefit in that if you get hot you can just jump in the water to cool off. Other people had the same idea on Sunday, riding Masonboro on their beach cruisers, kids and all. I guess they prefer not being run over either.

Anyway, thought I'd share a few pics.

On the way to Lea Island. Figure 8 bridge in background.
Surly Pugsleys on boat

Unloading and anchoring at Lea.

Surly Pugsley

Cycling desert.
Surly Pugsley

A rare pic of SBA.
Surly Pugsley

Surly Pugsley

Surly Pugsley

Getting dark earlier. We'll need to try a beach night ride sometime.
Surly Pugsley

Masonboro Island.

What are you looking at?

Filed Under: Ride Reports > North Carolina > Wilmington


1. Greg Jones said...

Hey what is the best way to get out to Masonboro? I found a water taxi but its like 20 bucks, any other suggestions?

Sep 1, 2009 @ 10:04 PM

2. Erik said...

Masonboro Island is part of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve System in North Carolina. No bridges or roads. Either you do the taxi or find a friend with a boat. I kayak over there all the time so as to enjoy the beach without all the people. Still haven\'t found a way to stap my bike to my kayak though... Great pictures - looks like fun...

Sep 2, 2009 @ 6:37 AM

3. ZACK said...

looks like a good time

Sep 2, 2009 @ 1:36 PM

4. Randy said...

Its spelled Lea Island. There is also a great dropoff to free dive, and super clear water.

Sep 2, 2009 @ 10:05 PM

5. Sir Glide Bikes said...

Now if someone could figure out a way to do a triathlon from island to island, that would be worth doing. Maybe we could use kayaks bikes and run. Just a thought. Anyway its the best summer riding in Wilmington and you don't need a Pugs my Specialized CrossTrail with Schwalbe Big Apples works great and the best part is it can ridden on the road or lite trails with just a air adjustment. I run 40-60 on the road 25-30 on trails and 10-20 on beach sand. Just make sure you rinse and lube right away. I often ride from my house to Wrightsville let out some air ride the beach and re air up to go home. Any 29er will work fine

Sep 3, 2009 @ 6:04 AM

6. Randy said...

I know some guys who were doing that "triathlon" 10 years ago. Its an inlet, you just swim across.

I just don't really want to see hoards of power boat weekend warriors and their bikes on Lea. Man up, swim over there and run.

So see, someone figured it out.

Sep 3, 2009 @ 1:19 PM

7. Sir Glide Bikes said...

Randy when you figure out how to swim with your bike let me know.

Sep 4, 2009 @ 4:18 PM

8. Randy said...


A: A pugsley will float, just to let you know.

B: In what form of triathlon do people swim with their bike?

Sep 4, 2009 @ 5:50 PM

9. Benedict said...

Where did you buy your pugsley from? They're so cool!

Sep 25, 2009 @ 2:56 PM


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