Just Ride

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

“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.

Baker & Taylor
Questions and debunks over eighty myths to highlight bicycling's inherently enjoyable nature, addressing everything from clothing and accessories to health, fitness, and safety.

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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Oct 23, 2014
  • TheRoadCyclist96 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

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
  • 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
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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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