When you visit Tern Bicycles’ website, you quickly find that this folding-bicycle company is focused on urban transportation, you know, hip, streetwise, fashion-forward two-wheeling on asphalt. Big cities, bright lights.
Then you look at the dealer finder and discover your closest official Tern outlet is in Omaha, Nebraska. I don’t know about you, but that makes me think about riding for miles on flat land.
(Which reminds me of Edwin Abbot’s book, Flatland, which doesn’t have anything to do with riding a folding bicycle but does include some useful tips on surviving life in a two-dimensional world. Spoiler: In two dimensions, women are not always what they at first appear to be.)
Of course, not all flat land is paved, and in Illinois, some of it isn’t even flat. Fortunately, 20-inch tires put enough rubber between me and the loose stuff to make pleasant a late December ride on Centerville Road in rural Peoria County.
Update, January 13, 2012: Maybe I missed them before, but the Tern dealer finder now lists two retailers in Illinois: Rapid Transit Cycleshop in Chicago (at two locations) and ThorUSA in Olney. If visiting retailers in physical space, remember it’s a good idea to call ahead to check inventory.