Mountain bike pioneer Tom Ritchey says he thought all bikes were gravel bikes.
Now that I’ve ridden with David–that’s him in the picture above–over an unfinished portion of the Rock Island Trail Greenway south of Glen Avenue in Peoria Heights, I may have to agree.
My Fisher has smooth, fairly wide 26-inch tires. The tires make it easy for me to pedal over paved, dirt and gravel roads.
David’s Cannondale, on the other hand, is shod with 700 x 25 Specialized All Condition Pro tires pumped up to 120 psi on Mavic Aksium rims. (Thanks for the email, David.)
Which make the rocks on the Greenway’s old railroad bed wider, taller and harder than his tires. Not a lot of protection there for the rims, either.
Yet he pedaled straight through that minefield without bouncing, getting out of the saddle, seeming to worry about his wheels or getting a flat.
If he had dipped his wheels in ink, I would have seen a straight line all the way from where he left Glen.
Through rock. On skinny tires. Who does that?
A guy who works for the Greater Peoria Mass Transit District, that’s who.