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    Pugsley Green Machine...



    I have a Surly Pugsley rebuild thread going over at the Fat Bike sub-forum.

    Lazy Fat Pugsley Redux!



    I won't bore you with the details, but I thought I would share some shots of the finished product to show how nice a beat up old Surly can be with just a little bit of love.



    Surly Pugsley - a set on Flickr

    Next time I have my old LHT apart I'll get her some new powder coat...
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    The before...



    Yikes!

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    That was rusty. New green color is beautiful.

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    Powder-coating or paint? Very nice, btw!

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    Beautiful!!!

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    Bling bling!

    I guess we'll have to wait a while longer to see the insides of that hub, but that's a testament to it's reliability!

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    Quote Originally Posted by riiz View Post
    Powder-coating or paint? Very nice, btw!
    Thanks - it turned out pretty well. It's a powder coat.
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    Nice job Vik! My old purple pugs has a ways to go before such an extensive overhaul. Guess I need to ride more!

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    Looks nice and clean. Even the rims looks like it's been waxed. I'm thinking of pc'ing my purple Pug but found some rust inside the seat tube. I'll wait to see how that develops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pigtire View Post
    Looks nice and clean. Even the rims looks like it's been waxed. I'm thinking of pc'ing my purple Pug but found some rust inside the seat tube. I'll wait to see how that develops.
    My seat tube was so rusty I had to use a sledge hammer to get the seatpost out. If you've got rust inside the seat tube [as probably every Pug on the planet does] spray in some rustproofing. There are quite a few options available. Every once in a while pull the seat post and respray.

    If you want to powder coat the frame do that first as they need to clean/prep the frame before coating it.
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    So was that all from winter road salt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
    So was that all from winter road salt?


    No the rust was due to a number of factors:

    - hanging off the back of my truck for 3 winter trips to Baja Mexico
    - camping on the beach [ie. throw a frisbee in to the ocean] for 4-5 months
    - riding in saltwater part of the beach that's firm sand as the waves come in and out
    - a week at burning man with corrosive playa dust that corrodes stuff while you watch...
    - 3 Canadian winters with road salt and general wetness
    - being stored outside [under cover] for part of a Canadian west coast winter with 95%+ humidity
    - bike was never previously rust proofed
    - washed ~1 per year



    Bottom line without trying to be an a$$hole it would be hard to treat a steel bike worse. I'm actually amazed how well it cleaned up. Having an IGH really helped keep me rolling despite a near complete lack of maintenance.



    I'm pretty confident with a tiny bit of maintenance every few years my Pugsley frame/fork will last me a decade. Probably longer, but after 10yrs of this nonsense I won't feel bad if I need to buy another one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
    Here, we shut down in the winter rather than salt the roads (which frees up time for biking actually)
    Sounds ideal for a Pugs owner...
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    I'm jealous of you and your bike. My pug has more rust than my other bikes, from beach riding (but not a ton, just a couple weeks over 4 years). Here, we shut down in the winter rather than salt the roads (which frees up time for biking actually)

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    Quote Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
    Here, we shut down in the winter rather than salt the roads (which frees up time for biking actually)
    Sounds ideal for anyone. Do you just stay under a blanket all winter? Must be nice!

    Of course I'm probably misunderstanding but it would be agreeable!

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    Ordered up my new Pugsley bags from Scott at Porcelain Rocket yesterday... Might have to wait a while though Scott is trying to source some fabric to match my Pugs, but Orge Snott Green isn't as easily found as I had hoped...

    The Porcelain Rocket
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    Looks great, Vik, but I must ask -- why would you let such a beautiful bike reach such a state to begin with? Even occasional cleaning and minimal preventative maintenance could have helped you to avoid the worst of it. I mean, letting the seatpost get seized? Come on, man! Hopefully you won't let it happen again.

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    That is really cool!!!! nice job

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattbryant2 View Post
    Looks great, Vik, but I must ask -- why would you let such a beautiful bike reach such a state to begin with? Even occasional cleaning and minimal preventative maintenance could have helped you to avoid the worst of it. I mean, letting the seatpost get seized? Come on, man! Hopefully you won't let it happen again.
    You are right, but my blog's name starts with "Lazy" for a reason...

    I could have taken better care of my Pugs, but I didn't. I'm not sure if I will going forward. I'll let you know in 3yrs...

    In all seriousness part of the reason the bike got so thrashed is my laziness, but two other factors played into it:

    1 - I review stuff so treating the Pugs so poorly means that I can report back a worst case perspective on it.

    2 - I didn't fully realize how bad things were until I started tearing the bike down. It continued to work well for me despite the rust and dirt. My Pugs sees conditions that my other bikes don't even contemplate in their nightmares and it was the first bike I could take beach camping so it snuck up on me.

    Ultimately though my goal is to ride my bikes not to keep them minty fresh for a museum. Mechanically the Pugs was sound and that's what matters to me.

    I enjoyed the strip & re-powder coat process so I don't have much incentive to do anything different really. I'd probably be stoked to get a new colour Pugs in 3-4yrs.
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    The morning after a nocturnal mountain bike mission. The big soft wheels did great on my local trails. Not the fastest rig possible, I monster trucked over everything in my path!...
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