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“No matter what or how you ride, read this book and remind yourself just how enjoyable cycling can and should be.” (Eben Weiss, author of The Enlightened Cyclist)

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 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: Number-One 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, and a final chapter titled “Velosophy” that includes the essential, memorable thought: Your Bike Is a Toy - Have Fun with It.

Winner Silver Medal 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards

©2012 Grant Petersen (P)2021 Workman Audio

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  • 14-05-22

Open your mind to a better way to ride

I absolutely loved this book. I have ridden for 34 years but was so tired of racing and all the crap that goes along with that. This opened my mind to experience bicycles in a different way. This book has actually sparked my interest in cycling again.

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  • 18-01-22

Not useful.

That’s 1 credit and around 2 hrs of my life I will never get back.