As the winter came to a close I decided it was time to break out the Ogre for commuting. I love the Panzer it is everything you would want in a bike......except speed. I loved having a rack and panniers on it. It made packing simple. I could take uniform, boots, running shoes, running clothes, lunch, and extra layering for winter stuff. The Surly Ogre was purpose built to accept just about any accessory made for a bike so finding a rack that would fit was not an issue. The issue is that I hate to spend a bunch of money on duplicate items. As a side note, I would have it necessary.
In comes Old Man Mountain. I e-mailed Channing to ask him what the best solution was: to use longer bolts for my Mukluk Sherpa or just by a Cold Springs rack. He could have easily said buy a new one, but he didn't. For $21 he made me a new lower fit kit that had a spacer welded on and sent longer bolts. All I need was to take off the Mukluk fit kit and put on the Ogre specific kit.
|Old Man Mountain Fat Bike Edition|
The lower fit kit had spacers to make up for the fat rear end of the Panzer
Old Man Mountain Sherpa rack for the Mukluk with a fit kit to fit a Surly Ogre with Panniers on
From the side
From the front with panniers
Amazing, it required no manipulation. Maybe a little wider than necessary but hey, it gets the job done. In the fall I will swap fit kits and throw it on the Salsa Mukluk.