It may snow tonight, but Saturday was a great day for a spin out in the country. Centerville to Streitmatter to Blue Ridge to Santa Fe in northern Peoria County. A little gravel here and there, but nothing the Fisher’s tires couldn’t handle.
If I keep treating this machine like it’s my only road bicycle (defined as having more or less full-size wheels and derailleurs), I may upgrade to Compass tires from Compass Bicycles, which offer more flexible, higher-performance casings. For those who aren’t familiar with the Fisher Advance, this is not unlike running Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD07 tires on a 1950s Divco milk truck.
I used to ride Blue Ridge with the bicycle club years ago on the trip to Tanners, the local apple orchard. A bit of a climb to move from the Illinois river valley to the high prairie, but Blue Ridge pays you back on the return with a curving, tree-lined descent.
Today, the view from Tanners parking lot includes tall white wind generators as far to the north as you can see. Any bicyclist can tell you that central Illinois has more than enough wind to make those generators profitable.
Still working out some smaller issues on the Fisher. Need to remove grit from the brake shoes and keep the front fender from rattling where it grazes the sides of the fork. But the biggest issue, easily, is that stupid narrow saddle. Which means I finally rode it far enough to notice how ridiculously inadequate it is.
Back to the parts box.