WINNING ISN’T EVERYTHING.
Collected by bike enthusiasts. Respected by cycling historians. Coveted by other bike builders. Used by a down-on-his-luck-looking gentleman to ferry goods to and from the thrift store.
Saw this old soldier of a race bike locked up outside the Goodwill a while back and it stopped me in my tracks.
I love Ritchey bikes. Love. Tom Ritchey built this thing to be a serious race machine. At first I was saddened that it had been “reduced” to this. But now I realize that it’s living a more noble life than ever expected.
See, it was built to be raced for a couple seasons, at best, then retired – whatever that means. But not only is it not “retired” but it’s living a second, very important life. It may be more loved and appreciated now than it ever was. From the looks of its owner, I’d say it’s about the most valuable thing he owns – even if it weren’t a Ritchey. I could be wrong. I truly hope I am, but it’s unlikely.
Tom Ritchey may have hand built this thing for racing, but now it has a more noble purpose, perhaps. Now it’s being used for living.