A Fat Year: Touring on a Surly Pugsley

The following is a guest post from Nicholas Carman, who was mentioned in Josh Tack's column, Fine Tuned in the December/January issue of Adventure CyclistRead more of Nicholas' stories on his blog, gypsybytrade.wordpress.com

As leaves fall, I typically point my wheels south for the winter. Last year, I flew north. I had just wrapped up a full season of touring, including the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR), and boarded a plane to Alaska from New Mexico. Considering what I knew about the requisite equipment for winter bike travel, I purchased a used purple Surly Pugsley from a Craigslist seller in Seattle while visiting friends on a two-week layover. The Pugsley is one of a new breed of all-terrain bikes, called fatbikes, with 4” tires and wide rims. With nothing but my camping equipment and the spare tire included in the sale, I installed my Brooks saddle and pedaled across town at dark, in the rain. 

Touring the Great Divide, Wyoming

Now, reflecting on a full year of fatbiking, I am eager to share the joy and utility of big tires...

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