/ Goodbye to Richard's bike book
"Sex," as one interviewer asserted, "had Dr Alex Comfort. Cycling had Richard Ballantine."
RIP, if there's a heaven, I'm sure he'll be cycling around
I still have his book on my shelf it is a classic
> Very sad.
> I still have his book on my shelf it is a classic
Indeed and it is. Worth a read by anyone even remotely interested in two wheeled transport.
Indeed - i was bought a copy as a kid and then got three paper rounds to pay for all tyhe bike bits I needed.
It had pride of place on my desk, next to the Parkers price list and my jar of bike pennies.
He had a strange obsession with Stevenage
Yes, I still have my paperback copy, complete with black, grease stained pages. IIRC there was a short section on defending yourself from, and ultimately killing, a dog!!
It's a great book and definitely quirky. I remember a section stating that drivers of certain cars had small penises. Also somewhere the front a reprint of an article where a cyclist cycles along a bridge parapet.
> It had pride of place on my desk, next to the Parkers price list and my jar of bike pennies.
Likewise, except my cycling equivalent of the Freeman's underwear section was the Freewheel catalogue.
His description of car drivers is no better!
If I look across the kitchen to the bookshelf I can see a copy on the bottom shelf.
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