December 4th 2014
Advertised as ‘Mountain bike’, this 1995 Tassajara was pretty easy to spot hiding among the junk-cluttered small ads. This is the photo from the ad, which described it as a Gerry Fisher (Gary’s brother, perhaps?).
I was the first visitor to view the ad (each ad has a visitor counter) and after a quick chat with the seller I picked it up on my way home from work.
The seller was a very friendly lady called Dana, living on Sydney’s northern beaches. The family was moving back to the Czech Republic – and having a clear out. They’d bought the bike a year earlier, so were unable to tell me anything about its history.
The Tassajara wasn’t anywhere near the top of the 1995 Fisher range, but these old steel-framed bikes are lovely to ride and I’m happy to give it a new lease of life. It’s a decent size frame (my size) and the paint looks to be in good condition. A little restorer and polish should bring it back to life.
The tyres and saddle are later additions, but an easy fix. I have a pair of original fitment amberwall Tioga Psychos (a K and a TT) at home. The wheels aren’t a pair, but I have a pair of period-correct Mavics at home which will suit it nicely. I have a period-correct Gary Fisher saddle too. What are the chances? (Actually, this is my fourth Fisher, so the chances are quite good.) Other than that, all it needs is a really good wash or two.
The hexagonal Gary Fisher branded grips are well worn and I’m unlikely to find another pair, but Bontrager or Gripshift replacements are easy to come by.
So, a 19-year old pillar box red Fisher in my size: I’ll take it!