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Pugsley at Wrightsville

(updated: Apr 3, 2012)

Years ago, before I rode bikes, the only reason I got up really early in the morning was because the consequences for not getting up outweighed the habitual torture of getting up. Like, for example, flunking out of school, getting fired, etc. You see, I am a night owl, not a morning person. In fact, it is actually physically painful for me to get up really early, and by really early I mean before 9am. Going to bed earlier doesn't work either. I will simply lie wide awake thinking about pointless stuff like what if there were dragons in real life, would they eat most of us? Or will I develop superpowers someday and which superpower would I want if I could only pick one: invisibility, or the ability to fly? If I happen to fall asleep, an hour later I will wake up and be wide awake until about 3am, with the same queasy result in the morning.

But if I am going for a ride in the morning, for some reason I am able to get up at any god-awful early hour. In fact, I do it every weekend. Four, five, six-o-clock in the morning... no problem. I just get up, and am ready to go ride, no matter the weather -- cold, wet, or pouring rain like last weekend. Not exactly sure what it means, but it may have something to do with enjoying bikes, genetics, or that time I got wasted when I was six (my brother and I thought we were making coffee).

I don't know what I did with my time before I rode bikes. I used to study a lot (lot of good that did me). And I used to skate, but as I got older and my own apartment I realized that skating six miles to work sucks. So I rode the bus. That sucked too, so then I bought the cheapest bike I could find at the local bike shop, and rode that instead, because I had to. I was in my 20's and had no license (long story). So I rode my bike in the gutter on busy roads in Austin back when nobody rode bikes and Austin was very bike unfriendly. It sucked. I got honked at, shit thrown at me (not literally - gross), and a flat pretty much every week. I got so tired of fixing flats I bought one of those solid tires which weighed like more than the entire bike weighed (this was long before Slime, Notubes and all that sealant goop craze). By the way, I know what you're thinking ... Solid tires? No flats. What a great idea! I can assure you, solid tires are way overrated.

Given all that, you'd think that after I got my license I'd never want to ride a bike ever again. Well, not quite. By then I was married and I bought two identical Trek 930 mountain bikes, and that's when I discovered City Park in Austin. And the rest is history.

So, what's my point? Oh yeah, that I got up before sunrise, before work, and rode my Pugsley on Wrightsville. Up until this weekend it's been unseasonably warm, so a beach ride was in order. The only part that sucked was having to get back and get ready for work.

Someday I may find something else that will make me want to get up early rather than having to out of necessity, I just have to keep searching. Maybe it's developing a super lightweight solid tire.

Surly sunrise:
Surly Pugsley

Surly Pugsley

Pugsley tracks...

Two weekends ago...
Surly Pugsley

Pugsley with the Trail-a-bike:
Surly Pugsley with Trail-a-bike

Cameron Strauss' tall bike:


Filed Under: Ride Reports > North Carolina > Wrightsville Beach


1. mike said...

Just curious, but what happens when Cameron stops his bike? Does he just sit still in perfect balance, waiting for his chance to cross the road? Or does he fall over and crack his skull on the curb. Maybe he's been traffic lucky, and has always had the right-of-way so far....

Feb 13, 2012 @ 8:01 AM

2. Chris said...

Nice bike, did you pickup the Pugsley locally, or order it online? Would love to have one to ride around the beach in Topsail.

Feb 28, 2012 @ 6:43 PM

3. SBA said...

I first rode the Pugsley at Interbike the year Surly introduced the bike. It was love at first ride. Now they have the Moonlander, which may be even better for the deeper sand.

But I got mine at Two Wheeler Dealer. I've had it for almost 4 years now, and I tell people they can have my Pugsley when they pry it from my cold dead fingers.

Feb 28, 2012 @ 7:28 PM


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