Friday, January 3, 2014

Everything Is Winterrific! at Cleveland Metroparks, Sunday Jan. 5

If there's one upside to this week's snow storm, it's that there will be perfect conditions for Everything Is Winterrific, the third annual celebration of winter outdoor activities organized by the Cleveland Metroparks!
  • Date: Sunday, January 5, 2014
  • Time: 12:00 - 5:00pm
  • Where: The Chalet, Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Run Reservation, 16200 Valley Parkway, Strongsville, Ohio
  • Cost: FREE
Come and try demonstrations of ice fishing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, and of course, SNOW BIKING!

Century Cycles will be there with the Surly Pugsley and Surly Pug Ops snow bikes that you can test-ride! The Pugsley is the original snow bike that starting to whole winter biking trend, and the Pug Ops ("Ops" is for "Options") is Pugsley's classier big brother. Here's a breakdown of the differences:

Pugsley Pug Ops

Frame Surly Pugsley 4130 Cromoly Surly Pugsley 4130 Cromoly
Fork Surly Moonlander Cromoly Surly Moonlander Cromoly
Color Real Blue Canvas Green
Rims Surly Marge Lite 65mm, Black Surly Holy Rolling Darryl 85mm, matching Canvas Green
Tires Surly Nate 26x3.8" 27tpi * Surly Nate 26x3.8" 120tpi *
Crankset SRAM X5 Fat Bike 36/22-tooth chainrings Surly Offset Double 36/22-tooth chainrings
Shifters Microshift Thumb shifters Shimano SLX Trigger shifters
Front Derailer Shimano SLX Shimano SLX
Rear Derailer Shimano Deore Shimano Deore LX
Rear Cogs Shimano 9-speed 11-32 Shimano 10-speed 11-34
MSRP $1,749.99 $2,149.99
Both bikes feature Avid BB7 Mountain disc brakes and Avid FR-5 brake levers.

So basically, with the Pug Ops, you get a nicer drive train with more gears and nicer shifters. Plus, even though the tires on the two are technically the same size, with the wider Rolling Darryl Rims on the Pug Ops, the tires will sit wider, like a full 4 inches.

* What's the difference between 27tpi and 120tpi? "Tpi" is "threads per inch," and tells how how fine the nylon fibers inside the rubber of the tire are. Think of it like the thread count when you're shopping for bed sheets--the higher the thread count, the softer and more luxurious the sheets will feel. A higher tpi tire will generally be lighter and have a more supple-feeling ride with less rolling resistance.

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