Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Grant Petersen, Then and Now

Here are two nice interviews with one of my favorite people, not just in cycling, but in the world at large: Grant Petersen. We've been friends for 18 years, and back when he ran Bridgestone Cycles USA he offered to sponsor me for some really important, memorable, and otherwise too-expensive-for-me races (Triple Ironman in France and 24 Hours of Canaan in West Virginia in 1993).

The two nicest bikes I own, I bought from him and his Rivendell Bicycle company - one in 1995 and the other this year. Likewise, two of my most favorite and heavily ridden bicycles are my Bridgestone XO-1 and RB-1, which I received as part of my sponsorship back in 1992-1994. All are pictured below (and some day I'll do a full online slideshow for all of them). Thanks for the great "escape vehicles," Grant!

Here is the current interview with Grant from Dirt Rag's website in 2010.

Here is my interview with Grant, published in 1992. (Actually, it's a record of the very first conversation I had with him in person. He gave me a cassette tape of his favorite Bob Dylan tunes, which he'd made for me the night before, in anticipation of my interview.)

Elsewhere on this blog, you can see photos and read about two of the many rides I've made with Grant on and around Mt. Diablo, the mountain in his back yard.
Above: My 1992 Bridgestone XO-1, in just one of its many incarnations. I can't find 26x1.5" knobbie tyres like those Continentals anymore. Anyone out there know of anything similar which is on the market today?
Above: My 1994 Bridgestone RB-1, in just one of its many incarnations, this one mainly featuring Suntour components, another company which is essentially extinct.

Above: My 1994 Rivendell All-Rounder, the first one ever built to sell. As seen during a trip to Moab and Canyonlands National Park.
Above: My 2010 Rivendell Roadeo, as seen at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park during one of our cycling camps.


Dan O said...

Nice bikes. I bought three Bridgestones "back in the day" - as in 1991.

RB-1 that I still own, MB-Zip that I sold not too long ago, and MB-3 that my wife rides.

The new Roadeo - super cool bike.

Jeremy Burlingame said...

For tires, check out the Schwalbe CX Pro 26 x 1.35 knobby.