I suppose I should mention that I ran into the man over the weekend! That would be Jobst Brandt, well known Internet pedant on all things bicycling. He literally wrote the book on The Bicycle Wheel.
He was riding an ancient yellow steel 10 speed — yes, a real ten speed bike with only ten speeds with downtube friction shifters. He and his buddy Joachim (another HP old timer) ride Shimano SPD clipless and walked into the Foster’s Freeze in Boulder Creek, California and ordered a couple of root beer floats.
I stupidly asked “Are you Jobst Brandt? I’ve read your stuff on the Internet for almost 20 years now.” He chuckled and said his Internet postings get him in trouble. He then gave me his opinions on polypropylene jerseys (the best; it’s too bad some people end up stinking in them), the Sun Microsystems logo (should have stayed with the old one), bike touring in the Alps (everybody should try it), Sumitomo tractors (it’s not that hard to pronounce, he says) and Swiss cog railroad companies (they should keep the same name instead of confusing everybody with name changes).
It was a delightful visit.