Just Ride

Just Ride

A Radically Practical Guide to Riding your Bike

eBook - 2012
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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.

Publisher: New York, NY : Workman Pub., c2012.
ISBN: 9780761171270
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 212 p.) : ill. (some col.).
Additional Contributors: Takahashi, Retsu
OverDrive, Inc


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Feb 24, 2015

Very refreshing and timely look at urban cycling, this book provides an antidote to the lycra and clipless shoe culture promoted by dorks and slowing the adoption of the bike as a normal accessible mean of transportation.

Oct 23, 2014

If you are new to the sport of cycling, please avoid this book like the plague. It promotes very unsafe (and sometimes illegal) behavior such as riding without a helmet and swerving wildly into traffic. As a person who has been riding all my life, I can tell you that the author is flat out incorrect about much of what he writes and puts people's safety at risk.There are many books out there that are filled with good advice but this is defintely NOT one of them.

I care for all cyclists. I really do. I care for the 22 year old professional and for the 72 year old recreational rider. I would hate it if any of you got hurt from taking the advice in this book.

Apr 19, 2014

This tall skinny book reads like a tip sheet for bicycling. It is a counterpoint to the current trend of having to dress and ride the same type of bike as a racer on street. Petersen emphasizes having fun on a bike and not forcing oneself to ride for "personal records". He even says the bicycle racing culture is bad for the sport of bicycling. There is nothing wrong with practicing the current racing trends in clothing and riding, but this book gives justification for riding a comfortable bike in street clothes & shoes and not feeling guilty for not being a bicycle geek. A refreshing perspective actually.

Aug 02, 2012

I have been bicycling to get from point A to point B for decades. I do not own a motor vehicle, and never have. This is unequivocally the best book for the non-racing cyclist that I have ever encountered. Most amazing of all, it is written by the owner of a bike store, who explains why most of what bike stores try to sell their customers is unnecessary, and actually discourages people from making bicycling routine for pursuits now done by car. This is basically Dutch-style cycling that he is advocating. The Dutch do not wear helmets, do not wear cycling clothes, do not buy expensive racing-style road bikes, etc., yet they have the highest rate of bicycle ridership and lowest injury rate anywhere in the world. Engagingly written, it is an easy read, and can change lives.


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Apr 19, 2014

normf3 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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Apr 19, 2014

A counterpoint to the current You-need-to-ride-a-carbon-fiber-bike-and-wear-racing-jersey-and-shoes trend in road bicycling.


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Apr 19, 2014

"Racing ruins the breed".
"How to make your family hate riding"


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