Monday, January 27, 2014


Yesterday was the first ever Tom's Pro Bike Fat Bike Snow Ride at Chestnut Ridge Park and the surrounding trails.  There was a Surly Pug Ops, a Salsa Mukluk, and a Lynskey Stratus out in the park and a great time was had.

We won’t beat you over the head re-explaining the idea of the Pugsley or fat bike theory. If you’re looking at this bike there’s a good chance you already know what you’re looking at, and if you don’t then check out the Pugsley and Moonlander pages. There’s plenty of info there to get you up to speed.
Pug Ops is a mid-fat fat bike. It shares the same frame as the standard Pugsley, and it has the same non-offset fork. The fork has clearance for 4.8˝ tires on 100mm rims, it’s spaced for 135mm hubs and has cage-mounting bosses on each leg for running either standard bottle cages in a high or low position or a larger gear cage.
IIt isn’t just the wider rims that set it apart though. Where the standard Pugsley sports 3.8” tires on 65mm rims and the Moonlander runs 4.8” tires on 100mm rims, Pug Ops has 3.8˝ Nate tires on 82mm Rolling Darryl rims, increasing the footprint of the 3.8” tire, and thereby its float and traction, while keeping the wheel weight lower than Moonlander. Many of Pug Ops’ parts are nicer. It gets our O.D. crank with 36/22 rings, 120tpi Nate 3.8˝ tires, Shimano LX derailleurs and SLX shifters and 180/160mm front/rear rotors with all black Avid BB7 cable disc brakes. This year it comes in a beautiful olive drab color with matching rims.

Bar mits were found on two bikes and there were platform, egg beaters, and SPD pedals on the bikes.  It was a consensus that for first timers platforms are the way to go because there is a lot of stopping and starting but if you are an experienced mountain biker then being clipped in is good as long as you have shoes that keep your digits warm.  Another topic was staying warm and the key is your feet and your hands.  If you do that well then you are in for a great time - but first you need the bike to get you there.

Stop by the shop and check out our Surly Pugsley and if you want to discuss ordering a Mukluk or Pug Ops then we can look into availability.  The Lynskey's are out for the season so you will have to wait until summer time to get hooked up with the Titanium Fat Bike!

Tentative EVENT SCHEDULE is up at the website. Check out our upcoming 2014 events and pre-plan your schedule!

Tom's Pro Bike Service
3687 Walden Avenue
Lancaster, New York 14086
Phone: (716)651-9995
E-Mail Us: tom@tomsprobike

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