Ladies and gentlemen, please allow me to introduce to you: “The New Midge!”
After years of riding with wide, heavy, tread laden tires, Midge has a new look. It’s been quite the process trying to figure out the right replacement tires. In the end, we decided to go with the Schwalbe Marathon Supreme. A smoother, narrower tire that still has a nice Kevlar strip to avoid those nasty flats that happen to other people. The lack of a knobby tread makes a huge difference. We practically glide down the road. After years of sounding like a lumber truck rolling down the hills, it’s nice to be able to hear the birds.
Three weeks have passed since Spring Break in Miami and the riding has been typical for springtime in Iowa. Mostly windy. Some sun, some rain, some clouds, some cold and some not too cold. Saturday was my first destination ride of the year. Matt (Twitter) and I took a trip down to the Millstream Brewery in Amana. The wind cooperated, but it was a bit colder than usual and it even rained a little bit on the way home. Good news though, the Millstream Pilsner was delicious and sitting outside with a beer in Amana, no matter the temperature, is always fun. We missed Jesse, but we did see him drive by on the way home. He honked, but didn’t stop. Hey, Jesse. The rain was cold. Bet your car was warm. You didn’t stop. I’m just saying.
How about we consider this the kickoff to the real bike riding season here in Iowa. Raise your glass a year of many memorable rides.