I'm pretty sure GrahamJohnWallace is the only one who cares about this at all.Joe Breeze
may care about Tom Ritchey's claims to have made a custom built 650b mountain bike in 1977 as this means that Breezer no.1 of 1978 is no longer the first purpose designed and custom built off-road bicycle ever made.Gary Fisher and Charlie Kelly
may care to hear that Tom Ritchey was making mountain bikes long before they asked him to build frames for them. As this implies that the impetus did not come from them.
If Tom Ritchey was building mountain bikes from 1977 onwards? I would say that that is very interesting. The fact that he made 650b mountain bikes from 1981-83/84 is interesting.
But if he is falsely claiming to have made 650b mountain bikes back in 77 for publicity and marketing reasons? Then that is very boring indeed.
I personally am more interested in grey areas of history than topics that are clear cut. And similarly, I am more interested in the events that happened before I got involved in mountain biking than simply being nostalgic about my own experiences. I don't post information in order to specifically please or entertain. What people care or don't care about varies greatly, and this is well beyond my ability to preempt. So I simply expect that people won't read what they don't care about.
I also invented the 69'er, or at least the concept - one day I acquired a puncture and had no means to fix it, so somehow fitted a chopper rear wheel to my Triumph, even going as far as grafting on a Sturmey thumbie. A thing of insane beauty to behold, even if my feet did hit the floor with every pedal stroke...Surely the image this conjurers up alone, is enough to justify this thread.
9/16" Suntour BMX MP-1000 pedals / 56 tooth TA 6-bolt chainring.(I'm not bothered if the teeth are worn or damaged)