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RIP Richard Ballantine

Screen shot 2013-06-08 at 7.57.43 AMFrom The Guardian:

Richard Ballantine, who has died aged 72, was one of cycling’s most influential and eloquent advocates, inspiring generations of cyclists. He was instrumental in promoting cyclists’ rights and popularising mountain bikes and recumbent bicycles. Richard’s Bicycle Book, first published in 1972, quickly became the cyclists’ bible, selling more than 1m copies through numerous editions. Its encyclopedic format combined astute practical advice on buying and maintaining bikes with an original, passionate, eco-conscious manifesto for cycling – presciently, in light of the Opec oil embargo of 1973-74.

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  1. MarkJune 14, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Thanks for posting this. Picked up one of his books at a thrift store years ago and read it cover to cover while at UBI. For me was first introduction to what biking could become.

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