20 August 2008

Just riding — not racing

Posted by todd under: Words from cycling sages .

“I feel most strongly about racing’s influence on bikes and on riding, and the perception of riding among non-riders who might want to start, and somehow, I don’t know how, I want to influence a trend toward just riding. Not putzing around, necessarily, but a kind of riding that’s acceptable to most people, that isn’t redlining your heart rate and keeping it there long, and going faster than comfortable and longer than comfortable. Just riding like kids ride, but as adults; wearing clothes that work but don’t look the racing part.”
— Grant Petersen of Rivendell Bicycles in an interview with Cycloculture

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Don Says:

6 December 2008 at 2:51 am.

That Grant — he’s a hero. Grant affects we non-spandex cyclists in different ways. Because of Grant, I dip into the local thrift store a few times each year in search of an over-sized, seersucker shirt. He’s convinced me that this is the best cycling jersey. I have tested this and agree.
Thanks for featuring his fine quote.

Don

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