A New Surly Pugsley Lands In Lviv, Ukraine

28 Jul

A few weeks ago I mentioned that William Salefski, an American citizen working in Ukraine, saw the article about the Surly Necromancer Pugsley that Zion Cyclery custom-built for me and he decided to wanted one tricked out the same way. He visited Zion, Illinois in early July to pick up his bike and then shipped it to Lviv, Ukraine. Last week he sent me a note to let me know that his bike made it safely to Ukaine and I asked his permission to share a few photos with you.

William Salefski in front of The Lviv Opera House (lviv, Ukraine)

William Salefski in front of The Lviv Opera House (lviv, Ukraine)

Look at the smile on his face! I’ve seen a lot of cyclists with their new bikes—some people have a grin, triathletes usually have a look of pain, but a new owner of Fat Bike always has an ear-to-ear smile on their face!

A Beautiful New Surly Pugs

A Beautiful New Surly Pugs

In his note to me Willaim said, “The roads in Lviv are mostly made of cobbles, and the Pug eats them up. Half a bar tire pressure. There is also some road repairs being done, and the Pug rolls right over the sand. The winter snow will not be a problem.” (By the way, half a bar of tire pressure is equal to about 7.5 psi)

The Cobblestones In Lviv, Ukraine

The Cobblestones In Lviv, Ukraine

Look at those cobblestones! These beautiful cobblestone roads survived both Soviet and Nazi occupation during WWII and they remind of roads in the Paris-Roubaix race (my second favorite bike race in France).

Another Happy Fat Bike Owner!

Another Happy Fat Bike Owner!

In William’s second note to me he said, “Well, the smile from the first ride was the sheer fun of riding a bike that is unlike any bike I’ve ridden before. Having ridden bikes with 30+ pounds of pressure, the Pug feels like riding on a cloud. Over here, it’s even more pleasant since the big tires just eat up the cobbles in the city center. I can ride the Pug faster than my normal commute bike, a Swobo Dixon with Marathon Plus tires, on the cobbled streets. I like it better than my full-suspension MTB on the cobbles. However, ‘nimble’ is not the word to describe its handling. But I really enjoy the different handling. It reminds me of my FJ40: not the fastest or most agile means of transport, but it will roll over anything. I can’t wait to get some snow on the ground to try it out.”


Tags: , , , , ,

16 responses to “A New Surly Pugsley Lands In Lviv, Ukraine

  1. philkratz

    July 28, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Very cool I would love to have one of those bikes! Have fun!

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      July 28, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      Fat Bikes will give you more fun smiles per mile than any other type of bike!

  2. Luther Pratt

    July 28, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Great article! Enjoyed reading it. Awesome bike.

    Sent from my iPhone

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      July 28, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      Thank you! And you really need to get one of these bikes for yourself!

  3. taplatt

    July 28, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    L’viv is certainly filled with those gorgeous, cobblestoned streets especially around the central square. Glad to see another post on Ukraine.

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      July 28, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      I’d love to take my bikes to Lviv just to ride over the cobblestones!

  4. Jason Pearlman

    July 28, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    That bike looks like too much fun to ride (though you’re never really having fun on cobblestones unless you’re hammering them on an old Italian steel frame!)

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      July 28, 2013 at 11:10 PM

      The Pugs does have a steel frame so you get the “steel feel” along with balloon tires! This bike the Humvee of bicycles!

  5. Joboo

    July 29, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Ahhh the FatBike smile!!
    7 years and I haven’t lost mine yet!!
    Best bike investment I’ve ever made!! Sold my two road bikes, and the FS MTB has been hanging in the garage ever since!! :)
    Yes it’s heavy, and steel, but to handle the stuff no other bike would, with ease; the FatBike’s the ticket!!
    I’ve always looked at as such…. Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…… And pedaling a FatBike (whatever flavor) makes one stronger in spades!!!
    Good of you William!!
    Many happy smile filled miles to come for you Sir!!
    Pedal On!!

  6. MikeW

    July 29, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Again, the power of images, used so well along with your reviews. Sound, strong stuff. Cheers to more successes!

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      July 29, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      Thank you! William supplied the photos and it is really easy to write about a Pugsley (my favorite bike on earth).

  7. isaac976

    July 29, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    wow you guys got me googling for surly’s now. I can’t afford another bike for now.. Argh..

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      July 29, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      You don’t really need to eat do you? Look on Craig’s List and see of someone has one for sale in your area (used ones don’t stay on the list for very long).

  8. timfromwales

    July 30, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    If only I had the space…. I must get one of these.

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      July 30, 2013 at 8:46 AM

      You could always get rid of the kitchen table — a new Pugs in the kitchen would really brighten up the room!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Vanguard Blog

Insights and opinions from Vanguard leaders


This and that from a Brit abroad who is learning to ride a bike from London to Paris and raise money for Anthony Nolan to find a cure for blood cancer. Please support Team Wheels&Heels


...finding perfection in imperfection daily.


Where Sports and Life Intersect


'The Triathlon Project'

candore et labore

A Blog about any Thoughts in my Head: Politics, Writing, Life

ragtime cyclist

cycling, pro cycling, and the bits inbetween

Braman's Wanderings

Around the World, or just in my thoughts.

Hearing Elmo

Living with Hearing Loss and Invisible Disability

Ferrell's Travel Blog

Commenting on biblical studies, archaeology, travel and photography


Steve Wolfgang's view of the world from suburban Chicago -- or wherever he may be on any given day

captain of the back seat

off on a tandem-touring adventure

It's A Marathon AND A Sprint

And a 10K and a 200 Mile Bike Ride and an Obstacle Race and Anything Else We Find!


Eyes ten degrees above the horizon


Cycling and Hiking the worlds most amazing places

tiare explores

grow where you are planted.

An Amateur Outside

if my ancestors could chase antelope until they died of exhaustion, so can i

fatbeardedandtattooedcyclist's Blog

A great site

the drunken cyclist

I have three passions: wine, cycling, travel, family, and math.


Cycling and weightlifting, mostly

Long Distance Cycling Cleveland

We host a series of long distance preparation rides each weekend from February - June in the Cleveland, Ohio area


copyright 2013 - no reuse without permission ( see for fiction and fantasy )

My Wifely Adventures

Living for Christ, learning to be a wife, and enjoying the journey.

Jasmine's Vision

Seeing Pain Through New Eyes

Kerrie Is Running

Started with the C25k and now we're here!

Naturally Fit...& Well

Strengthen body......mind......spirit

Intentional Twenties

Fitness. Food. Finance.


healthy tasty food that I love to make and eat and share

Molly's Journey to the West

A Filmmaker, Writer, and Outdoor Enthusiast Experiencing the World


A site about science, running and health.


Diabetes, Cancer Survivor, Cycling, Photographer, Exercise, College Parent, High School Parents, Teenage girls, Twins, Boy Scout Leader, Life

Travel Tales of Life

Traveler. Adventurer. Storyteller.

A Rendezvous with Sneakers

Biking, Swimming, and Running Through Life


KITESURFING, CYCLING, SUP: ramblings, idiocy and not much more

Fatbike Brigade

Exploring the world on fatbikes

A Sierra Fatty

A Dyslexic Journalism journal about downhill, fatbike, cyclocross, dual slalom, snowbike, adventure, bikepacking, xc, dh, enduro, ridebikeswithfriends, paddleboard, snowboard, ski, cross-country ski

Adventure before Avarice

Andrew Bain: travel writer, author, adventurer, photographer, blah, blah




What happens when a medical doctor becomes a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom

Tinkerbell adventures

A home for my hiking and cycling adventures

Adventures with Jen Cook

Self-appointed television critic, pop-culture diva and foodie.

Scott Silverii, PhD

Using Minds, Not Force

Fat Girl to Ironman

My five year journey to awesomeness...

Corrie Anne

A girl without freckles is like a night without stars.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,270 other followers

%d bloggers like this: