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Where did this Pugsley come from?

This is the first of its kind, perhaps one out of the very first production run of Pugsleys to be belched from the fire unto this earth back in 05'. It was used and abused as a demo for a number of years before Trevor adopted it and brought it home. This bike introduced the masses to the possibility of riding snow and sand where it just wasn't feasible or as fun on any other bike. 

Left side view of a purple Surly Pugsley fat bike on pavement, with a boulder wall and chain link fence above it

Tell Us About This Build.

This particular build came about from the necessity of replacing failing, corroded and decaying old components that were originally hung on the bike. The decision to move to a fixed gear vs. replacing the original 3x8 drivetrain was born of a desire for this bike to function as a go-to winter cruiser, set up for extreme neglect and negative temps. I would mainly be riding this around the neighborhood bars, out to dinner and occasionally haul a small load of firewood or take out. This bike did all that and more for me over the years. Finally switching the old Large Marge rims out for some much lighter Marge Lites was a real game changer. Less weight and nothing to worry about made the bike just feel more mischievous...

Right side, angled close up of zoom in of a fat bike tire, chain and crankset on a purple Surly Pugsley fat bike

Downward angle view of 25 percent of a brake disc on a fat bike rim and tire with the word prototype sitting on rocks

Interesting Rack and Cranks, Trevor. Tell Us More…

The two coolest bits worth mentioning on the bike are definitely the rack and the cranks. The rack was custom made by A-Train Cycles ages ago and was the first A-fit rack solution for the Pugsley's offset nature. Now, of course, the Pug 2.0 has standoffs to mitigate rack fitment but you have to admire the simple elegance of this rack. I definitely overloaded it and crashed it often, but this rack took it all in stride. The crank at first glance is just an original Mr. Whirly crank for 100mm BB, but on closer inspection, you see that the chainring is not of the original modular spider variety and is directly bolted to the Whirly's 58mm BCD hole pattern. This alloy single speed chainring offers clean aesthetics, lateral stiffness and a perfect chainline for Single Speed or fixed hubs. This was a prototype that never came to market due to it being silly expensive (for a chainring).    

Front angle view of left side of purple Surly Pugsley fat bike with a fork carry rack, parked on rocks

Close up of a black Surly crankset with a portion of the chain and rear tire on a purple Pugsley fat bike

Close up of a fat bike wheel hub with free wheel sprocket and chain mounted to a purple Surly Pugsley fat bike

When did you know it was true love??

Myself and some other ne'er do-wells from Minneapolis used to pilgrimage East every year for the Fat Tire Tour of Milwaukee. Thus the "Healing Power of Beer" sticker on the downtube. This was the pinnacle of booze cruising and mayhem back in the day. It was during one of these visits where an old Surly friend, we'll call him "Zitox" to protect his identity, said we really need to check out the shoreline just north of downtown on these bikes, just to see what we can see and see how far we can make it. The all-day ride turned into a crazy mix of riding sand of all consistencies, rock fields, knee-deep water, and kelp rich tide pools. I couldn't get enough of it! We ran out of food, beer and just had the most fun ever. That was when the sleeper awakened within me and I saw that these 4" tired monstrosities really opened up a whole new world of exploration on two wheels.

Close up partial view of the front of a purple Surly Pugsley fat bike top tube and down tube with white/red sticker

Partial front view of a purple Surly Pugsley fat bike head tube, forks, carry rack and fat tire on stones

About $Trevor From Where Ever

Trevor Clayton a.k.a. $Trevor From Where Ever

T$ was born and raised in MPLS, MN. He does not own a car, opting instead for bikes and motorcycles to get around. He has a wide and varied taste in music, and once when he was young he filled a Super Soaker squirt gun with hot coffee and sprayed strangers on the street just for fun. Trevor manages our demo fleet, implements sales initiatives (acting as special concierge to many of our fine dealers) and tours the western reaches of the states in search of high adventure and intrigue.