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The Surly Pugsley -- fighting the crabon tsunami

(updated: Jan 24, 2013)

Did you notice now that fat bikes are all the rage? They are popping up everywhere, especially up north where it snows. I did a Google image search for Surly Pugsley and my bike was the seventh image result, with more of my pics further below.

Even NPR knows about Fat bikes now:
Welcome To Alaska, Where Winter Is Cold And Bikes Are Fat

I realized the benefit of a Fat bike down here at the shore, given our limited riding opportunities. Now I could ride for miles enjoying car-free beach scenery and not having to worry about getting run’ d over. Just stared at a lot, like a woman.

I think a Pugsley could take on a Prius. Not going to put that theory to the test unless there’s free beer at stake, however.

Anyway, I recently found out that the town of Wrightsville Beach does NOT allow bicycles on the beach. That’s because they consider bicycles to be a vehicle, and no vehicles are allowed on the beach, except for emergency personnel and police, etc. They make no distinction between motorized and non-motorized. So there go my dreams of a fat bike rental and tour business.

I ride Topsail quite a bit. They are performing some beach renourishment there as well, so I got to ride on top of the pipes. Good practice to keep the skills up.

The Surly Pugsley … because you can’t just push crabon around all the time.
Surly Pugsley

Surly Pugsley

Breaking the law, breaking the law
Surly Pugsley

Surly Pugsley

Surly Pugsley

Michael on the Fatback.
Fatback at the beach

Then I did this to it:
Surly Pugsley with aerobars at the beach

So I could do this:
Surly Pugsley with aerobars at the beach

I don't think anyone has ever put aero bars on a fat bike. Why would anyone do that? Well it's flat, windy, and Topsail is one long beach. Do the entire length and back and you've got 50 miles.

So this is kind of lame, but there was no one around to take my photo riding the thing.
Surly Pugsley at the beach

You can ride the pipe a long ways, and look at all the new beach!

Ruh roh, you mean all that taxpayer-funded new beachfront is already eroding away?

Surly Pugsley at the beach

Crabon ... it's what's for dinner.
Surly Pugsley eats crabon


Filed Under: Ride Reports > North Carolina > Wilmington


1. Mike said...

So, it is NOT OK at WB... I knew that it was too good to be true, since it was fun to do (I don't have a fat bike, but free ride tires do, eeeeh, ok.) When I saw more people starting to try riding at WB, I figured it was only a matter of time before the crybabies came out and started wailing about people doing something besides sitting their fat arses on a towel. Did you actually get booted from the sand, or was this an inquiry into the maze of WB regulations?

Jan 27, 2013 @ 7:06 AM

2. SBA said...

One of the WB patrol officers informed us. He was really nice about it. Wasn't going to do anything, but just so we were aware.

Jan 27, 2013 @ 9:09 AM


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