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Old 12-24-13, 09:35 AM   #1
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A very productive, constructive and positive mid life crisis:

Very cool story:

http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/...nnector_311661
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Old 12-24-13, 10:18 AM   #2
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Thanks for posting it. Scanned it briefly, as it is a lengthy ride in the Internet era. I'll peruse it when it gets a bit quieter around here.
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Old 12-24-13, 02:45 PM   #3
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Read it through, great article. I like Ritchey stuff, including my 1990 Fuji steel mt. bike that's a copy of the Ritchey P21. I still ride this thing, only now with a suspension fork, which wasn't available back then.

Good to know that TR found a good outlet for his genius.

I also had no clue about the Jobst connection. I well remember JB from when he was a regular contributor on rec.bicycles.tech and assorted other list forums. A cranky engineer if there ever was one, but jeez does he know his stuff. He also used to regularly post what is now known as a blog about his annual cycling sojourns thru the Alps every summer. Always a good read.
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Old 12-25-13, 01:17 PM   #4
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Very enjoyable reading. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
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Fascinating read, best part of the whole project is that it is not a charity that just gives stuff away, but rather makes them pay for it, which engenders a greater respect for the bike and the returns. Having been in Sierra Leone in 2001, I saw much that explained why things did not work, and was involved in a few that did work...If you give a man a fishing rod, teach him how to fish and in return receive the first fish in payment, he will become successful...
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Thanks for posting. I finally got around to reading it. An altruistic man is a better man than me.

Tom Ritchey has to go down as another one of America's cycling pioneers.

I just wish I had one of his earlier road frames. This one goes back to 1973.
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