“No matter what or how you ride, read this book and remind yourself just how enjoyable cycling can and should be.”—Eben Weiss, author of The Enlightened Cyclist
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 LegsSuiting Up: The Shoes Ruse; Ponchos—the Ultimate Unracer’s GarmentSafety: #1 Rule—Be Seen; Helmets Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up to BeHealth 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, and a final chapter titled “Velosophy” that includes the essential, memorable thought: Your Bike Is a Toy—Have Fun with It.
Winner Silver Medal 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards
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I couldn't ride unless I was dressed to the hilt! Now I see that it is totally stupid thinking on my part(not to mention inconvenient). I see the error of my ways and want to get on my bike in a pair of regular shorts. And I desperately want a Rivendell!
Thanks for the fantastic book!
Opens up perspective, which should be a goal for EVERYONE with either 2 or 4 wheels
Kind of a quicker read than I expected because the books go in sections that were so easy to follow. Very well organized.
Content-wise, the book definitely (like forewarned) will infuriate the entitled/racer-wanna-be type of cyclist, but the author outlines a way of thinking that the average person wouldn’t consider (sad reality of prideful/selfish human nature).
Hilarious humor to boot.
A fun, quick read. Probably more useful for beginners than those more set in their ways. I'm love bike camping and forest roads, so I'm more on line with opinions than many.
BIKES ARE GREAT