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What We Ride: Steve's Surly Fat Bike

By Jarrad Lokes

Surly Fat Tire BikeRollin’ on 3.7’s

Welcome to the second chapter in our “What We Ride” series; a series featuring our employee’s bikes and the story behind them.

The week, we introduce you to our warehouse manager Steve Gardner and his trusty fat bike.

Name: Steve Gardner

Position at TPC: Shipping Dept. Manager

Bike: Surly Pugsley

Why you ride it:

I built the Pugsley with the intention of bike-packing / exploring the rough trails and jeep roads of Colorado and Utah. The simplicity and reliability of a rigid steel frame coupled with fat tires makes for an extremely capable and comfortable ride. Snow, sand, rocks, roots, and even lonely washboard dirt roads; this bike is stable and comfortable through it all. It only took a couple rides for me to realize that the bike could be so much more than a pack mule to haul my gear into the backcountry. Riding the fatty on familiar trails around Boulder, CO makes for a novel experience that always puts a smile on my face… perhaps the most important thing a bike can do.

When you are not on the bike what are you doing? When I’m not out exploring on the fat bike I can be found hiking, running, and climbing in the mountains around Boulder, playing guitar, riding one of my other bikes, eating huge burritos, and scouring Google Earth satellite images in search of new routes into the mountains.

Surley Pugsley Fat Tire BikeSurly Pugsley Fat Tire Bike
Surly Fat Tire Bike

THE BUILD

Frame: Surly Pugsley, Surly 4130 CroMoly steel.

Fork: Surly Moonlander    

Stem: Ritchey

Handlebar: Jones H-Bar, 700mm

Seatpost: Easton EA-70

Brakes: Avid BB7, G2CS 200mm rotors

Brake Levers: Shimano XT Mechanical

Shifters: Paul Mounted Dura Ace Thumbies

Front Derailleur: Shimano XT

Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT

Cassette: Shimano CS-HG61, 9-speed 11–32t

Crankset: Surly Mr. Whirley

Headset: Cane Creek 40

Rims: Surly Marge Lite, Black

Rack: Surly “Nice Rack” w/ Revelate Designs Frame Bag

Tires: Surly Nate

Saddle: Brooks B17 – Narrow