A Surly Man’s Rag (Surly Anagrams)

There’s a man in this town with a garage full of bikes.  Most of them are steel and many of them are Surlys.  A few– horses of a different color– have names never intended.  A heat gun and a steady hand allow for some anagrammatical tomfoolery.  The Big Donkey is a half-fat longtail that hauls solar panels and firewood into forest lands for hydrology studies.  The Karate Mummy is actually a push bike for a very small boy, who asks if he can put pedals on his bike.  The little guy has got some fancy clipless pedals exhumed from a parts box and he’s inspecting the would-be bottom bracket region.  A bike like this is meant to teach the balancing technique of two wheels; the rider shuffles along the ground as on a velocipede.  “Pedals?  It’s not quite that simple”, the Surly man explains.  Someday.

The Surly man, Nate, first appeared on my doorstep in response to a Craigslist ad for a fatbike tire.  The not so surly Nate rides a Big Donkey to which he has now mounted a 3.7″ Surly Nate tire.

The little black velocipede known as the Karate Mummy has a full complement of Surly decals including the “fatties fit fine” chainstay logo, “SURLY” on both fork blades, and a “Large Marge” sticker on the 12 inch rims.  It looks a lot like daddy’s green 1×1, which is actually a dinglespeed with two cogs and two chainrings.  Perhaps daddy’s rig should be named the 2×2 and the Karate Mummy be renamed the 0x0, for the lack of pedals and gears.  The Surly man might have to invest in a Surly Ogre to get two good zeros (0’s) for the project.

The Surly Man’s Rag is worth a read, where he is known as the Bike wRider.  Most recently, the fat-front Big Donkey teamed with a genuine Big Dummy for some dirt riding and hydrology studies.  My favorite posts feature Little wRider on the black 0x0 velocipede, aka the Karate Mummy.


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