I would like to get some input here. As I understand it, Grant Peterson used to run Bridgestone's American marketing operation (anyone out there please help me if I'm wrong, including you Grant if you happen to be in the neighborhood) and now owns Rivendell Bicycle Works. He advocates (correct me if I'm wrong, don't want to put words in anyone's mouth) steel frames, clearance for much wider tires than the standard 700cx23, and a larger frame size for a given PBH (pubic bone height) than most. To tell you where I stand, I find his arguments very persuasive and his bikes blow my mind, at least from an aesthetic perspective. But... I read his diatribes about clipless pedals etc. and I'm not so sure.... please check out Lugged steel bicycles, wool clothing, and leather saddles from Rivendell Bicycle Works and tell me what you think.