R.I.P., Garrett Lai

Sad news: Garrett Lai, one of the cycling journos, has gone west.

Garrett was running Bicycle Guide back when I was a minor cog in the VeloMachine, and from time to time we’d bump into each other, exchange compliments, usually at Interbike.

I can’t claim to have known him well, but I knew for sure that he was a top-shelf scribe with a finely honed personal style. And his curiosity, enthusiasm, and expertise were not limited to the bike world.

Once or twice we talked about doing some work together, but this never came to pass, more’s the pity.

Patrick Brady, who did know Garrett well, has a remembrance at his new operation, The Cycling Independent.

Peace to Garrett, and to those who knew and loved him. He left us far too soon.

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6 Responses to “R.I.P., Garrett Lai”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    I was wondering why Pat Brady was making himself scarce over at RKP.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeah, Padraig, Robot, and Mike Cushionbury decided to change things up a tad. Looks like they’ve made some arrangement with my friend Diane “The Outspoken Cyclist” Jenks, the queen of cycling podcasters. Should be interesting.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Maybe you ought to chime in over there. Not trying to be a brown nose, but you write really well.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          Thanks, Hoss. I’ve had a little practice, and sometimes it pays off.

          But Padraig has said he wants to find some new voices, and I think that’s wise. I started mouthing off in the two-wheeled world in 1989, when I was 35. So I’ve been at it for 31 years. It’s been fun, and I made a living, kinda, sorta, but it’s time for some other folks to have their say. I got mine; I don’t want to be greedy.

          There must be a metric shit-ton of talented people out there who just need someone to say, “OK, show me what you got.”

  2. khal spencer Says:

    This looks interesting.

  3. khal spencer Says:

    Jeziz. Only 54 years young and the guy checks out. That’s sad.

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