I live in a bit of a cultural bubble, in which much just passes me by. So I’d never heard this or seen the video when it was suggested to me by another Karl. It’s uplifting stuff that makes me smile:
But we were talking about the sad news that Richard Ballantine, author of the classic (“million selling”!) Richard’s Bicycle Book died last Wednesday.
My copy of Richard’s Bicycle Book came second hand from Alnwick’s Barter Books, and when I got it home, I found a four-leaf clover pressed between the pages. It’s the 1984 reprint, which has this image on the cover:
Yep. That’s definitely how I remember the late 70s & early 80s. Facial hair was fashionable without being ironic, knitwear that would make Sara Lund pause was everywhere, men wore Clarks shoes, bikes were made out of steel and you fixed your own.
So long, Richard. Enjoy that last long ride.