Editor’s note: The Grapevine column has been in every issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News since our third issue in 1992, when it shared a page with the latest news from Barracuda Bicycle Company. Now called “Through the Grapevine,” it’s evolved over the years from personnel news and gossip to news tidbits, to very much an editorial analysis and commentary column. While Barracuda is long gone, the Grape’, as we call it here, remains in each issue, and will also be available on the website starting now.
The company you keep: My mama used to say that individuals should be judged by the company they keep. Think of that admonition as a dual warning: Be careful of the friends you make and keep a sharp eye on your friends’ friends. Not bad advice, really. With that said, let’s take a peek at the policies and predilections of Tom McClintock, who, it’s fair to say, inhabits the far right wing of the Republican Party and who claims to be a friend of the industry. I find McClintock an interesting politico, particularly so since Ted Stroll, the leader of the Sustainable Trails Coalition, has made …read more