R.I.P. Richard Ballantine

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R.I.P. Richard Ballantine

Postby blkmcs » Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:43 pm

Too old to live, too slow to die.
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Re: R.I.P. Richard Ballantine

Postby ausrandoman » Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:10 pm

RIP. His book got me started and taught me enough bike maintenance to undertake remote area tours so I owe him a lot of knowledge and enjoyment.
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Re: R.I.P. Richard Ballantine

Postby Pax » Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:29 pm

Sad to hear that bit of news

An old battered, dog eared, grease covered 34 year old copy of his book sits beside much newer "Zinn" books in my workshop.

Loved reading that book all those years ago and many times since.
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Re: R.I.P. Richard Ballantine

Postby grantw » Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:43 pm

Oh no, I loved his books. Very sad.
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Re: R.I.P. Richard Ballantine

Postby RobertFrith » Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:55 pm

72! So young! A very sad day. He did more for cycling than any racer IMO. Richard's Bicycle Book was the only book about bikes that I had for about 30 years. His passion and interest still leap off the page. His focus on day to day use still managed to inspire. His wonderful suggestion, to those who didn't think exercise improved thinking, to ride around the block and reconsider will always be with me. And of course, the famous "other" use for a bicycle pump... a colourful idea, I wonder if he actually ever put it into practice?
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Re: R.I.P. Richard Ballantine

Postby pacra » Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:13 pm

Still have his book,somewhat battered, 30 years on.
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Re: R.I.P. Richard Ballantine

Postby il padrone » Sun Jun 16, 2013 3:24 am

Oh no! Sad to hear. Richard Ballantine's book did more to get me organised in cycle commuting, touring and general mechanical 'have-a-go' awareness than any other publication or person ever did.

Never forgot his rather disturbing piece on how to deal with dogs.... to the ultimate, due to his US experiences :shock:
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