Lou Rice
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What sort of riding do you do ?
Commuting, Road Cycling, Mountain Biking
Where in Sydney do you live ?
The peaceful non rockthrower Centrelink Powerhouse PenriFF/Browntown AREA
Tell us about your bikes
Cervelo Soloist Carbon with Zipp 808s and Full Dura Ace = My race day bike. Tried to copy Fabian's full aero set up in Milan-San Remo 2008 except that this is with DA crankset and Deda cockpit. I only started racing this year and already it has 7 podium finishes :-)

Cannondale Six13 with Reynolds Assault and Full Ultegra = My double duty training and bad weather race day bike. When the weather is wet or there are dodgy riders I suspect I will be competing with...I use this bike...still too good for me though :-) When its raining, I swap the wheels and use it an all weather bike. Sweet!

Surly PUGSLEY!!!! = My all around mtb / commuter / family ride and bike to work purple monsta! When I saw this on You tube...I disregarded my plan in building another carbon bike and looked for one...Remember the feeling you had with your very first BMX bike jumps? Ride this bike and be a kid again! Suspension forks? Who needs em'??? As comfortable in riding single tracks and trails as it is with a kiddie trailer at the back. Its like getting the high trip without the drugs!!!! :-)

Schwinn Mesa GS = My original commuter. 2007,....overweight..needed to exercise...this bike got me back into cycling...the rest is history.

Steel Europa bike = for the train station ride. I just chain em' and forget em' . Its designed to be ugly and undesirable so as not to attract attention to all the westie centrelink bludgers/dregs/druggies etc etc floating on train stations. Actually rides smooth with the 27in X 34 fat tyre.
About Me:
I used to ride BMX back when I was 12 years old where the hottest athletes were RL Osborne and Stu Thomsen.

2007 = 235lbs for a 5'9" bloke is a recipe for a heart attack...got me an MTB on sale.....Lets just say after two years and 9 bikes (bought, sold, kept 6 as of now)...I am hooked at cycling.

I just started crit racing this 09 winter. Started on E grade and I am now in the stage of going to C due to wins he he he he....points are up...need to go up a grade...

I recently also started MTB trail riding...racing MTBs are not out of the picture. That Santa Cruz Chameleon Hard Tail sure looks good! :-) It might be the 7th bike in my garage!!! :-)

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At 11:13am on August 10, 2009, Richard (Poncho) said…
Hey Lou, Pugsleys are a huge challenge!
They are a quirky build. Nothing wrong or bad about it just specific so a good, enthusiastic mechanic at a dedicated bike shop is required in order to get them built.
I have been campaigning with Surly for several years to build a complete bike ex-factory. Nothing yet scheduled on that front tho.

The price could easily vary depending on the build from about $3,500 to over $5,000.
One Sydney shop with all the qualities to build one would be Cheeky Monkey. Despite the extra effort required they seem to relish building a bike with character!

One other option you might consider is that I am selling mine!

I'm offering it for $1,700 (don't worry it's been completely rebuilt since the submarine photos!)

A brief spec:
Pugsley 18" frame & fork - Purple, Hadley Racing Ti Axle rear hub, Surly 1x1 front, SuperComp spokes, Holzfeller Cranks, Ritchey Pro Bar/Stem, Oury Lock on grips, XT gears, SDG BelAir Saddle

Let me know if this interests you or if you'd like any other info about Pugsleys, I've ridden many hundreds of kilometres on mine, always with a smlie (OK occasionally with a grimace).

Greatest times:
Road Training group ride - overtaking the Bar Coluzzi boys (briefly) at traffic lights!
Dirt Works 100 - overtaking an old rival on an uphill!
Riding in Newtown to the Bicycle Film Festival
At 6:11pm on August 10, 2009, Richard (Poncho) said…
You could visit my warehouse during business hours or another time if that is not possible.

We are at Blacktown
At 6:19pm on August 10, 2009, Richard (Poncho) said…
Can you email me off-list?


Thanks. Richard
At 7:58am on August 27, 2009, Richard (Poncho) said…

Surly Blog has some good info on the Pugsley.

Generally 15 psi is a good off-road pressure. I've run up to 35 on the road.

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