RIP Richard Ballantine
As others have said, was instrumental in my formative years. Mates and I would often quote the book to each other, our favourite being the cartoon of “Rushing the rise”.
If I remember correctly, the technique for dealing with the dog was to hold the frame-fit pump out horizontally in the hope the dog would bite it. When it did, lift dog into the air and apply boot to knacker-area! Thankfully I never had to use it!Posted 4 years agophinbobSubscriberrichmarsSubscriber
Missed this until the orbit in today’s Telegraph.
As mentioned above, in the days before the internet, Richard’s Bicycle Book was where I learnt about bikes. It’s still in my bookcase, greasy, oily marks showing how much I used it.
Edit:Posted 4 years ago
Funeral tomorrow with a bicycle drawn hearse.kcrMember
If I remember correctly, the technique for dealing with the dog was to hold the frame-fit pump out horizontally in the hope the dog would bite it. When it did, lift dog into the air and apply boot to knacker-area! Thankfully I never had to use it!
… and if all else fails, ram your first down it’s throat until it chokes and dies.Posted 4 years ago
An iconic book for a generation of cyclists. Still have an oil stained copy from ’79!petrieboyMember
Quite spooky – I used to read “the ultimate bicycle book” over and over as a teenager in the 90’s (before the internet so a keen youths insatiable appetite to consume information on a given subject was tricky)
My copy has long since vanished (probably loaned out and never returned) but it entered my mind last weekend and I got straight onto amazon to buy a (used) copy which arrived yesterday!
Posted 4 years agobencooperMember
Several of his books are on the bookshelf at the shop – it was the exploded Windcheetah in the Ultimate Bicycle Book that first got me interested in recumbents.
I only briefly met him in person a couple of times, but I’m sure he’d be amused that his most memorable bit of writing was about the best technique to kick a dog in the nackers 😉Posted 4 years agopeggletMember
deeply honoured to attend Richards funeral today. he indeed clocked out on a human powered hearse. good Jewish shindig afterwards! big thanks to Richard for lending me one of his batch of six TomRitchey mountainbikes beginning of ’83. the start of my life long atb love. big hugs to sherry and his children……..Posted 4 years agoEdric 64Member
Richards Bicycle Book was my first cycling book in 1978 when I was 14 it soon became dogeared and covered in grease and the gear ratio chart was well thumbed and had various ratios circled as I pondered which gears to use on my Suntour ultra 6 and then 7 speed block.Posted 4 years ago
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