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Publisher Description

“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.

Sports & Outdoors
May 8
Workman Publishing Company
Workman Publishing Co., Inc.

Customer Reviews

joe98200 ,

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.

jeepe99 ,


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!

Coco Puff xo ,

Hard to "unracer" yourself

Thanks Grant Peterson! What a wonderful read! I scored a 7, so I think I'm in recovery. It has taken awhile for me to detox my racer ways. I struggle with a few issues, like clip less on my commuter, but for the most part I'm much more casual about my riding and less manic about miles and time in the saddle. Your book helped me see how the racing mentality has had an influence. I was feeling like a slacker, or like I lost my edge, but frankly reading this book made me realize this is the way it should be. We should all just ride more and love it. That's the point!

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