Like many of my peers, before I delve too deeply into a new hobby and before I make a major equipment purchase, I let my fingers do the walking and do some online research. When doing that research, there are many different types of results that one obtains. There are the “manufacturer’s comments” type of review, the “no detail other than to say I love/hate this product” type of review, etc. Once in a great while, I’m lucky enough to run across a detailed review that provides adequate information to base a purchase decision on. That’s what I’m hoping to do with RATG…to provide information to my peers, that will help them make better decisions. No punches pulled, no holds barred.
The blog was named Riding Against the Grain because I have Celiac’s disease–basically a very severe allergy to gluten, dairy and oats. When I started the blog, my dietary challenges defined a lot of what I wrote about, and much of my interest was focused on that issue. Over time, I’ve worked to not let that disease define me or my interests, and I’ve worked to become a better cyclist despite the manifestations of that disease. Some of my early posts are, in retrospect, pretty embarrassing. Nonetheless, I leave them up as a reminder to myself of where I’ve come from. Hopefully, you find something here that’s of use. Enjoy the pages.