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Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike

Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike [Kindle Edition]

Grant Petersen
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8673 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0761155589
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1 edition (15 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074QGFES
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,041 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide to cycling for real humans 8 Jun 2012
By Louse
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This book is great. If you have been or are thinking about taking up cycling but are put off by all the special equipment (shoes, pedals, lycra, etc.) then you should read this book. It offers tips and an alternative outlook for people who want to use a bike for transportation or just for fun, rather than racing. The aim of this book is to help you to see past racing's influence on cycling and become an "unracer". If you are already into cycling but feel that racing and training are sucking the fun out of it, you should read this. Free yourself from "miles" and power meters and sports nutrition and enjoy cycling for the fun of it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just fun! 22 Sep 2012
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At last someone who shares my view on bike riding: that it should be fun. Mr Petersen gives excellent advice and has written a very readable book. There is enough technical information to help you out without drowning you in figures. My only complaint is that it is written in American but that is understandable as Mr Petersen is American. It is packed full of useful information and tips. This is a book for normal people who just want to have fun on their bikes. Fanatics find something else!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Ride, Just read: 14 Oct 2012
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This is a book that needed to be written, and a book that needs to be read. Not everyone wants to go road racing and very few are ever going to reach the standards required by teams in professionally road racing, so stop trying to kid yourself, pick up and read this book and put the fun back into your life and cycling. This book rips open a lot of the myths surrounding today's cycling and puts you gently back on the ground where your brain has known you should be all along. Buy it, read it and start enjoying life again!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, down-to earth advice and information 16 July 2013
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After the first few sections I was neutral about this book. The information about basic matters seemed useful but not revolutionary; the kind of thing that might arguably be better in a magazine article or on someone's blog.

The short section about nutrition contained much that I fundamentally disagree with. Grant Petersen basically argues for a high protein-low carbohydrate diet and even recommends not eating too much fruit or whole-grain cereal. I would have thought that since the book is aimed at ordinary people who aren't just about to do the Tour de France the best advice would be a normal balanced diet. For me this section was out of place, but to be fair things improved hugely from there on.

When discussing the technical aspects of bikes, how and why they are constructed, how to set up the machine to suit you, and so on, the writer is in his element. Contained in these sections is much valuable information that would be difficult to find elsewhere. For me this alone justified the cost of the book and made me forgive what I consider to be some rather dodgy dietary recommendations.

For those who find such things irritating it is worth pointing out that this book is written very much for a North American audience and the style is chatty and informal. Mr Petersen drinks water by the quart and knows the size of his saddle bag in cubic inches. His bike has fenders and he sits on his butt. (However when talking about bike dimensions he works exclusively in metric). This doesn't really detract from the book's value though, as the information and ideas put across are valid anywhere.

All-in-all I am glad I bought this book. It will help you set your bike up correctly, potentially stop you being bamboozled into buying the wrong bike, provide lots of everyday advice and it dispels many of the myths that surround cycling for pleasure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This book gives a refreshing, pragmatic and sensible view of cycling as a: means of transport; a pastime; a way to enjoy life - it does an extremely good job of disassociating cycling from the 'sport' of cycling. This subtle, yet important distinction, helps to replace the guilt that burdens many modern cyclists, with a joy that has been forgotten amongst the hurly-burbled of carbon-this and lightweight-that.

It's a springy read that will provide some sense and balance. Jolly sensible stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a refreshing approach! 8 April 2013
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This book, written by a major US bike shop owner, is as much a surprise as it is a delight to read. On the one hand you would expect a retailer to have a vested interest in promoting the latest fad or fashion. But in a frank and honest way the author points out that the vast bulk of high end technical gizmos, accessories are clothing are pretty much worthless to any cyclist who is not an out-and-out TdF racer. Against expectations he identifies the low end stuff that really is worth doing/having. And I find his arguments difficult to disagree with.

This book rang such a chord with its many honest observations that I ordered a second copy for a friend of mine. He loved it also.

I'm now trying to pluck up the courage to lend it to a another friend who has a serious bout of upgradeitus. He would go so much faster if he cut down on the beer and pies rather than buying the latest hitech wheeze that shaves 5g off his bike.

I seem to recall the book was great value also.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Title says it all 17 Feb 2013
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This book is a breath of fresh air when it comes to a book about using bikes practically.
I am most definately what grant calls an un-racer.
There is a wonderful mix of facts and Grants fine sense of humour when describing some of the not so practical elements of cycling. If you are just starting to ride or have ridden for decades this book is perfect for you (as long as you are not a Lycra lennie or a Tour de bloody Cardiff replica).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars a good book
Taking the pretence out of cycling. A book for the urban casual cyclist. Well written. Worth getting. Enjoy. Xx xx
Published 1 month ago by Pcindigofx
5.0 out of 5 stars ... about cycling again in middle age this book is brilliant. Tells...
If you are worried about starting cycling or as i was about cycling again in middle age this book is brilliant. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Merv Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read - interesting tips, observations and thoughts on what is...
An easy and enjoyable read - fundamentally, cycling is not just about racing, it should be about enjoyment.
Published 2 months ago by Dr David Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book, if you just what to ride for leisure
Published 3 months ago by Mr Charles D Dobins
4.0 out of 5 stars A contrarian view.
Plenty of common sense, and a welcome voice of sanity. One doesn't have to agree with everything he says of course, but lots to think about. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Put the fun back into your cycling
This is a great book that can be read front to back like a conventional book or dipped into as a reference / manual. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stuart Else
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking, utterly pleasant read
Forgive the banality, but this really is a book every cyclist should read. The author certainly choose his subtitle well.
Published 7 months ago by Marque
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Ride
Excellent read...a bit ' tongue in cheek' in places, but thought provoking & back to basic approach to cycling. Should be awarded a literary prize !
Published 10 months ago by brum
1.0 out of 5 stars A real disappointment
I like wool and leather, and consider myself rather "traditionalist" in most things, including my cycling. So I though reading this book would be an inspiration ... Read more
Published 14 months ago by A. Bentell
4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting and fresh perspective
I really enjoyed reading this book. Grant provides a fresh perspective which to be honest has challenged my thinking about cycling. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Spotonhenry
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