Courtesy Grant Petersen Workman Publishing Company
Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike
By Grant Petersen
Workman Publishing Company, 2012, 256 pages
$13.95 USD, $16.95 CAD
Review by David Niddrie
Grant Petersen, the founder of Rivendell Bicycle Works, has delivered his first collection of bicycle wisdom in the form of Just Ride. Billed as a “radically practical guide to riding your bike,” this tall pocket-sized book will surely give riders from the seasoned pro to the beginning pedaler something to think about. The overall theme of this book is this: Bicycle racing has had an unfortunate influence on everyday cyclists in attitude, gear and expectations, and that’s something Petersen would like to undo.
Petersen isn’t one to make statements for show or shock; his are well-thought-out missives from years of experience both as a former racer and now as a comfortable “unracer” (his term). He does almost everything on his bike – a steel-framed ride with the handlebars higher than the saddle and equipped with a basket/ bag for carrying stuff – and his time in the industry and on the saddle has given him quite a few moments of clarity. His arguments use common sense and critical thinking to dispel the myths that have had undue influence on cycling culture.