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“A wonderfully sane, down-to-earth, and frequently funny guide to riding, maintaining, fixing and enjoying your bicycle.”
Dave Eggers, New York Times Book Review

Winner Silver Medal 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards

In the same way that Michael Pollan’s slim bestseller Food Rules brought a gust of common sense to the everyday activity of eating, Just Ride is a revelation. Forget the ultralight, uncomfortable bikes, flashy jerseys, clunky shoes that clip onto tiny pedals, the grinding out of endless miles. Instead, ride like you did when you were a kid—just get on your bike and discover the pure joy of riding it.

A reformed racer who’s commuted by bike every day since 1980, whose writings and opinions appear in major bicycling and outdoor magazines, and whose company, Rivendell Bicycle Works, makes bikes for riders ready to opt out of a culture overrun by racing, Grant Petersen shares a lifetime of unexpected facts, controversial opinions, expert techniques, and his own maverick philosophy. In 87 short, two-to-three page chapters, it covers:

Riding: Count Days, Not Miles; Corner Like Jackie Robinson; Steer with Your Hips, Shift with Your Legs

Suiting Up: The Shoes Ruse; Ponchos—the Ultimate Unracer’s Garment

Safety: #1 Rule—Be Seen; Helmets Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up to Be

Health and Fitness: Why Riding Is Lousy All-Around Exercise; Saddles Don’t Cause Impotence; Drink When You’re Thirsty—Not Before

Also includes chapters on Accessories, Upkeep, and Technicalities as well as a final chapter titled “Velosophy” that includes the essential, memorable thought: Your Bike Is a Toy—Have Fun with It.

Published: Workman eBooks on May 8, 2012
ISBN: 9780761171270
List price: $13.95
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Peterson is very much the ornery, cantankerous, retro grouch, but he has some valid points. Many people who would like to bike are put off by the lycra clad chaingang. I have my share of lycra but have recently bought a steel touring bike and run my errands on it with street shoes and civy clothing. It is important to just ride, to get out there, to use your bike for utilitarian purposes. His line of bikes, Rivendell, are outstanding and I would like to have one, but in the meantime a Surly Long Haul Trucker will do just fine.read more
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Just a short note: Grant Petersen's book JUST RIDE is easy to read and exudes an attitude of love for cycling and cyclists of all kinds. He even makes a point of praising the masses of UNRACERS - those riders who ride for recreation or commute to work (maybe every day). No, he is not against bicycle racing. Along the way he advocates for all kinds of little habits that can be employed by these UNRACERS. Specifically, he says we SHOULD take electrolytes to balance PH but we should avoid sports drinks because these products are weighed down by sugar; he states a rider should use a harder saddle in most cases because the sitting bones on humans do not need extra gel or squishy foam that will only spread out and compress the derriere of riders more than it adds comfort; does not default to calling gloves necessary for most riding (though they do have a place); and says cyclists who really want to get in shape should cross-fit and study other exercises in tandem with their regular miles. Grant Petersen is the founder of Rivendell Bicycle Works, a frame builder and customization company based in California. In JUST RIDE, Petersen tells it like he thinks it is. And he does so with love for riding. Clearly, Petersen wants each rider to enjoy their time pedaling.read more
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I admit I am biased in favor of Peterson's point of view, which is that riding your bike should be fun. This short book is an outline of everything you need to know about buying, riding and maintaining a bicycle, whether you ride it for fun, to commute or, like me, to run errands. It's fun to read, practical and witty. Read the book, buy a bike!read more
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Peterson is very much the ornery, cantankerous, retro grouch, but he has some valid points. Many people who would like to bike are put off by the lycra clad chaingang. I have my share of lycra but have recently bought a steel touring bike and run my errands on it with street shoes and civy clothing. It is important to just ride, to get out there, to use your bike for utilitarian purposes. His line of bikes, Rivendell, are outstanding and I would like to have one, but in the meantime a Surly Long Haul Trucker will do just fine.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Just a short note: Grant Petersen's book JUST RIDE is easy to read and exudes an attitude of love for cycling and cyclists of all kinds. He even makes a point of praising the masses of UNRACERS - those riders who ride for recreation or commute to work (maybe every day). No, he is not against bicycle racing. Along the way he advocates for all kinds of little habits that can be employed by these UNRACERS. Specifically, he says we SHOULD take electrolytes to balance PH but we should avoid sports drinks because these products are weighed down by sugar; he states a rider should use a harder saddle in most cases because the sitting bones on humans do not need extra gel or squishy foam that will only spread out and compress the derriere of riders more than it adds comfort; does not default to calling gloves necessary for most riding (though they do have a place); and says cyclists who really want to get in shape should cross-fit and study other exercises in tandem with their regular miles. Grant Petersen is the founder of Rivendell Bicycle Works, a frame builder and customization company based in California. In JUST RIDE, Petersen tells it like he thinks it is. And he does so with love for riding. Clearly, Petersen wants each rider to enjoy their time pedaling.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I admit I am biased in favor of Peterson's point of view, which is that riding your bike should be fun. This short book is an outline of everything you need to know about buying, riding and maintaining a bicycle, whether you ride it for fun, to commute or, like me, to run errands. It's fun to read, practical and witty. Read the book, buy a bike!
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A realistic look at riding your bike, for us "Unracers." Petersen reminds us that we don't need Lycra, clipless pedals, carbon bikes and long club rides -- just get out and ride. It's a refreshing perspective for those of us who might feel intimidated when we get passed by a line of young guys on skinny-tire bikes. I love the idea -- Just Ride! No ride is too short.
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