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Old 05-15-15, 10:26 AM
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Would Grant Approve your bike??

Time for some more Grant Peterson fun.

Post your bike and note why Grant would approve or not? (personally I align with a lot of his views but not all)

Grant would approve my once nishiki bike boom turned utility/commuter

Grant thumbs up:
Lugged steel frame, simple friction thumb shifter, fenders, nitto stem and bars, brooks saddle, cork grips, upright riding position, rack and baskets for utility, platform pedals (one side), a bike that is used and shows it (my excuse for the nicks and such on the frame....need to powder coat it in the future)


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spd clip in on the other side of the pedal
cyclometer
rasta bright colored seat bag


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Old 05-15-15, 10:28 AM
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He would possibly approve my Surly Cross Check. All of my Mixtes. I'll post photos later.
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Old 05-15-15, 10:36 AM
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Grant Petersen.

I think he'd approve of my bikes, but I don't really care.

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Old 05-15-15, 10:40 AM
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Maybe, maybe not. Probably yes.
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I'm not sure how Grant Petersen would react to the bikes I have, and I'm not sure how much I'd care about it.

The way I see it, Grant Petersen's pitches were always in line with what most of us have always thought about bikes. He just articulated them through the public relations process. I'd probably have built vintage anyway, given what I know about carbon fiber, even if Grant Petersen had kept his mouth shut.
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My everyday commuter was largely Rivendell inspired. I actually got the idea from the "Poor Man's Rivendell" thread on the commuting forum. I'm not sure I agree with Grant's ideas for all types of riding, but it makes sense for the hour or so a day I spend getting to work and other errand running.

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Wheels: Shimano 600 tricolor/Mavic/Panaracer
Crank: TA Cyclotouriste single with Velo Orange 44t ring
Derailleur: Suntour arX long cage on Shimano 8 speed cassette
Shifter: Suntour barcon
Cockpit: Nashbar mustache/origin 8 threadless stem/Newbaums purple tape
Headset: Ritchey
BB: Shimano UN-55
Fenders: VO hammered
Rack: Blackburn EX-1
Saddle: B-17
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I see Grant as a builder/entrepeneur with whom I share some sensibilities about design and function. Some of his bikes have appeal to me, and others I think are gawd-awful ugly. Rather than being a leader/spokesperson of a movement with which I identify, I view him as a somewhat influential voice who's working hard to try to keep himself relevant and secure his own financial future. Nothing at all wrong with that, but frankly, I value the opinions of my friends here, more than I do his.

p.s. - I like that bike, squirtdad
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Not this again.
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Probably....it's a Sam Hillborne, afterall.


He probably wouldn't approve of my Roadeo though.
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Not this again.
+1. Just do what I did: Sell 9 or 10 of the vintage, wall hangers that you never ride, that duplicate each other 10x. You'll still have 20 or 30 to post pictures of here and debate why your personal preference is THE BEST.

Take that money, buy the Rivendell that you like. Then, you won't feel insecure or inadequate anymore. It worked for me.
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Would Grant approve a "Squirtdad" model Rivendell bike?
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yes, because I ride them all in street shoes and slacks.
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Originally Posted by RJM View Post

He probably wouldn't approve of my Roadeo though.
that's a mighty nice bike, though. Almost like one of the retro roadies with sti's kinda bikes.
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Joining the forum because my list of questions is getting bigger than my bike collection.
This thread makes me laugh. I live in Walnut Creek, and see Grant often. I even invited him to come speak to my "bike history" students about the bike industry a few years back. I greatly value his opinions, even if I shake my head at time.
I've cruised into his shop at various times with an 86 Pinarello Montello and a 64 Bianchi Specialissima -- both beauties, and he hasn't even looked up from his desk. I don't think "vintage" means crap to him if it isn't practical.
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How about asking instead of "Would Grant Approve" maybe ask, "Which bike would you loan him, if Grant was in town and wanted to go for a spin?"

In My case, probably the Peugeot Vagabond. Lugged steel, long and comfy, not particularly light, lots of gearing, wide platform pedals, sizable tires, a front rack and the amenities to quickly add a rear:
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I think he's appreciate these two in my fleet:



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I need to google him first, sorry.
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A better question is would Grant approve of my beeswax candles.
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Just don't offer to loan him any spandex cycling clothes. Dig out those seersucker shirts and cargo shorts!


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How about asking instead of "Would Grant Approve" maybe ask, "Which bike would you loan him, if Grant was in town and wanted to go for a spin?"

In My case, probably the Peugeot Vagabond. Lugged steel, long and comfy, not particularly light, lots of gearing, wide platform pedals, sizable tires, a front rack and the amenities to quickly add a rear:
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I think he would. He probably wouldn't think much of my spandex shorts, though. The sandals are Shimano with SPD cleats and I don't think he'd object to them.

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Just don't offer to loan him any spandex cycling clothes. Dig out those seersucker shirts and cargo shorts!
Well, I wasn't imagining he'd show up nekkid. That's WAAAAY outside of my fantasy world; and in the completely wrong direction.
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Mt first thought was, "who the F cares". My second thought is, "I don't give a F"
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Mt first thought was, "who the F cares". My second thought is, "I don't give a F"
Charming.
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Yeah!!.....Who ever hates like my CF C&V bikes, especially the French ones, can just take a flying F and a big dollop of extra sticky Park grease where the sun don't shine!
Ooops! Too late!..... m I banned now??

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