Just collected my Telegraph and read the obituary... RB made a huge and significant contribution to cycling and should be in the Hall of Fame.
Richard Ballantine was also instrumental in introducing mountain bikes to the UK. In 1982 he brought two Ritchey's from the States use on a Saharan expedition by Tim Gartside and Peter Murphy in February 1983. London bike shop, F.W. Evans Cycles were asked to equip and prepare these mountain bikes. However Evans were so impressed that they asked Bluemels/Saracen Cycles to produce copies for them. These became the F.W. Evans ATB, Saracen ATB the first British produced mountain bikes in early 1984.
And the magazine and newspaper articles Richard Ballantine and Richard Grant were first to introduce British cyclists to the mountain bike. They also presented the bikes to the cycle trade by exhibiting the US bikes. It is highly likely that this early publicity speeded up the introduction of mountain bikes to the UK. And may well explain why the first Ridgeback mountain bikes to be sold in Britain were available from Errol Drew's Madison Freewheel catalogue and Beta Bikes shops a full year before other foreign imports first arrived.
In February 1983 Richard put a Ritchey on the cover of Bicyce magazine. Probably the first UK mountain bike cover ever! Yes, if justice be done, his story should be in a variety of cycling "Halls of Fame".
9/16" Suntour BMX MP-1000 pedals / 56 tooth TA 6-bolt chainring.(I'm not bothered if the teeth are worn or damaged)