Grant Petersen is one of the great souls in the world of bicycles. He's been called a retro-grouch but I've never actually found him to be grouchy. The retro label fits better but in an industry obsessed with faster, better, lighter and newer, a considered consideration of the notion that some old values might still have value is a welcome perspective. For years, at Bridgestone and more recently at Rivendell, Grant Petersen has provided that consideration and put products out into the world that he finds to be "simple, practical and proven."
And now Grant has expressed some of his thoughts and philosophies in a book called Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike. The book isn't out yet but I've been a fan of Grant's writing and work for years so I'm anxiously awaiting the book's May 8th publication date. Until then, this brief except published in the Atlantic gives a good hint of what's to come.
Keep 'em rolling,
Kent "Mountain Turtle" Peterson
Issaquah WA USA