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Just Ride : A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike
"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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1 . Interesting and Thought Provoking
Posted November 24, 2012 by Paul V , Longmont, ColoradoPetersen's book talks about things that alot of serious cyclists probably think but don't dare say. I am an avid cyclist living in the heart of Racer Town USA (Boulder, CO). I own one of those fancy carbon bikes that he talks trash about. Even though I loved the book, I'm still keeping my beloved road bike. I don't agree with everything he says, but he's validated some of my concerns about the "racing mentality", and he's adefinitely got me thinking about habits that I could modify to get back to enjoying the sport more.
Workman Publishing Company
May 07, 2012
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