Just Ride

A Radically Practical Guide to Riding your Bike
Petersen, Grant (eBook - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Just Ride

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Authors: Petersen, Grant
Statement of Responsibility: Grant Petersen ; illustrations by Retsu Takahashi
Title: Just ride
a radically practical guide to riding your bike
[electronic resource]
Publisher: New York, NY : Workman Pub., c2012
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 212 p.) : ill. (some col.).
Notes: On cover: Equipment, health, safety, attitude
Includes index
Subject Headings: Cycling Handbooks, manuals, etc Bicycles Handbooks, manuals, etc SPORTS & RECREATION / Cycling bisacsh
Genre/Form: Electronic books
Topical Term: Cycling
Additional Contributors: Takahashi, Retsu
OverDrive, Inc
Additional Physical Form Entry: Print version: Petersen, Grant. Just ride. New York, NY : Workman Pub., c2012 9780761155584 (DLC) 2012001429 (OCoLC)426815209
ISBN: 9780761171270
Branch Call Number: eNYPL Book
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Apr 19, 2014
  • normf3 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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
  • binational rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 24, 2012
  • jvanhoy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Grant Petersen has it right. Like so many other recreational pursuits, cycling has been taken over by marketing and the belief that we all need the best, sleekest, top-end equipment. Everyone should strive to be an elite cyclist. But most of us just need to go from place to place, and maybe we want some exercise. Petersen strips all the other noise away.


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Apr 19, 2014
  • normf3 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

normf3 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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Apr 19, 2014
  • normf3 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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
  • normf3 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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


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