A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
“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.
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
Brought me back to reality
Do you love riding your bike? Well be prepared to love it even more! Do it now.
Great book for those who wants to try commuting by bike
I have been commuting by bike in a high traffic neighbourhood for two years now. Yet I learned much new things from this book. Including fitness tips. Good to know that I am not losing weight because I need to do more cycling :)