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Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike (English Edition) par [Petersen, Grant]
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“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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HASH(0x965f6a98) étoiles sur 5 A badly-needed book for these bastardized times. 15 juin 2012
Par C. Nielsen - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I came back to cycling after 20 years off, after a concentrated period of accidents that put me in a car instead. However I overcame my fears only to see that the world of cycling had changed, a lot, and not for the better in my opinion. Strangely enough my previous bike was a Bridgestone, designed by Grant Peterson, only I didn't know it. I even had a well-read old book by Mr. Peterson called "Roads to Ride" which mapped and described every worthy road around the Bay Area at the time (a book available used and still 85% accurate despite al the construction since then).

Upon returning to cycling, I was very happy to learn about Rivendell, and that I had inadvertently already experienced the work of Rivendell in a way. I love the philosophy, which is basically how people rode before everyone wanted to be like Lance or LeMond. The fact is, most of us can't be like Lance or LeMond, but when we try, we often look like idiots and don't enjoy the process.

This book is about having "fun" on a bicycle again. It's aimed at people who think that cycling is all about racing, when it's not. It's about having a bicycle as a vehicle. It's about the bicycle being practical as well as fun. We're practical with our many of us drive 2-seater roadsters as our only car? Not many, as they are very inconvenient. The book approaches bikes in the same way. If jolting around on a carbon racer in full race gear is fun to you, go at it. But for the rest of us, who like touring, commuting, who can't afford multiple bikes, or would love to spend a day on a bike without looking like Captain Spandex from Planet Strava...the book explains how you can go for nice, long, fun, enjoyable rides without the need to develop back pain, tendonitis, swamp-crotch, and forcing innocent people to see the tracings of your private parts while waiting in line at Starbucks. Many of his points had already been proven to me personally. Such as: I do go numb when wearing padded spandex, but I feel fine in regular shorts (and Ive never experienced chafing unless im wearing cotton). I have less pain in my knees when I ride regular pedals instead of click-ins. I can travel long distances faster on a more relaxed bike with wide tires due to no fatigue. Wide tires let me ride rustic old mountain roads filed with cracks and potholes or dirt. So I dove in and read the rest.

My favorite passage from the book is when he describes what a typical road bike would be like if the professionals had to have a single bike for several years, had to do the repairs and maintenance on their own, and stick with that bike. (Funny as racing used to be like that) Would they still be riding ultra-light thinwalled plastic bikes designed on the fringe of failure? Doubtful. So why should we. It's a fantastic point for those of us who aren't worried about shaving off 2 minutes on a 100-mile ride, but don't want to be stuck in a high-maintenance bike plan. For those of us that want to get comfortably home or to the campground after 100 miles, a more durable and proper bike may be required.

Some points I disagree with, but it is a book of musings, so he's entitled to his opinions as we all are. However he backs up his opinions with good reasoning. His views on helmet wear particularly. But that's an ongoing debate that will never end.

I don't own a Rivendell bike. Some reviewers on here seem to think this is a sales pitch book to get people to buy more Rivendells. The bikes they make are not mentioned in the book. Some point out contradictions in the high prices of Rivendell frames, but that is due to the niche that Rivendell has. You just cant make a high-quality lugged steel frame for less.

After re-absorbing the Rivendell philosophy, I fashioned up an old 1971 Raleigh Super Course as a commuter, very similar to the illustration on the cover of this book. Total cost was about $1000, including new wheels (witha dynamo hub), racks, upright handlebars, fenders, a nice big seat bag and a sprung leather saddle. Funny thing is, people think it's my nicest bike. It's the only bike my female friends have an interest in (take note, Captain Spandex). It looks "accessible", and has inspired quite a few peers to get back into cycling again. And, it makes for one ~really~ nice commute, no matter what the weather is like. So this book does work in that sense. And i believe that is Grant Petersons goal, to get more happy people on bikes that they love to ride.
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HASH(0x965f6aec) étoiles sur 5 Best How to Book I've Read on Biking 3 mai 2012
Par Robert Vorce - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This book has more information between its covers than any 200 page how to book I have read. I have been biking for 60+ years and have suspected that the bike retailers and manufactures were hoodwinking me into thinking that I ultimately needed a 15 pound bike if I wanted to be a "serious" cyclist. I thought that one would be better off buying the 25 pound steel bike and spending the $2000 dollars saved on a bit of liposuction. Grant Petersen put all of this into perspective in this magnificent book. He remarks that a bike is the only transportation system that is weighed without it's motor. When you add a 185 pound rider to a 15 pound bike versus a 25 pound bike the resulting saving in total weight is around 5%. You buy the racing bike and give up frame strength and longevity as well as usefulness and adaptability. I probably don't really need thirty three gears either.

Grant has given us a wonderful book with amazing insights that demystify the myths and silly thinking that have been foisted on us by an industry hell bent to send me out on Lance Armstrong's bike to buy groceries. Grant's main goal is to point out what he sees as racings bad influence on bicycles, equipment and attitudes. If you are a non racer you must read this book before visiting another bike shop.
51 internautes sur 56 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Par A. B. Church - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
A few years ago I traveled from my home in Connecticut to Leeds in Yorkshire, meeting up with a group of friends from all over the world to set out on a bicycling tour in which we would make our way up and around the east coast of the UK, pedaling from Newcastle Upon Tyne to Inverness.

Prior to the trip, in emails and discussions, my English friends touted their new touring bikes. I expected to behold a couple high tech Tour de France-looking carbon frame wonders of the modern age, but in fact I was bowled over to discover that my pals had been referring to traditional steel frame touring bikes, much like the classic English racers of my youth, a design I thought to be long gone, relegated to history.

I was so inspired to find out that this timeless approach to bike building still exists that as soon as I arrived back in the US I immediately began searching for information about how I might bring such a bicycle back into my daily life, to enjoy it again as I had during childhood, and as I'd just experienced it in the UK, riding with comfort and command over streets, paths, cobblestones, rail trails, fields and pastures.

My first Google search led me to Grant Petersen, and right away I could see that what Grant knows and thinks about bicycles is exactly what I was after. His thoughts seemed to mirror my vague notions, but with a depth of detail and expertise that reflected a lifetime of professional experience, amounting to practical textbook instructions for how to consider, choose, design and build your own ideal bicycle (or fleet, for which the ideal number is always n+1, in which n=number of bikes on hand, and +1= how many more bikes are needed to complete the fleet!).

Grant's knowledge, as a designer, a builder, and a rider, is truly master level. Now, at last, his many articles and columns have been distilled, collated and published in book form. It's a cool paperback, as thoughtfully designed and executed as his beautiful near-perfect Rivendell Bicycles. (The size and proportion reminds me of a wine buyers handbook, but with stout paper stock that's fit for a mechanic's hands.)

I think "Just Ride" is as important to cycling as Chris MacDougall's book "Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen (Vintage)" is to running, so I'm buying a dozen copies to send to my friends.
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HASH(0x965f6cc0) étoiles sur 5 Just Ride Baby! 4 mai 2012
Par VTZack - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I can confidently say that Grant Peterson saved my life.

Don't believe me?

Let me tell you how. I started riding a tiny hand-me-down Trek about 8 years ago. I weighed about 260 lbs and was really out of shape. I rode the tiny Trek everywhere, and found that I really loved riding. I also had an incredible amount of neck and back and shoulder pain during and after my rides. So I went into my LBS (local bike shop) and said I wanted to get a new bike. I was all prepped up to get a new carbon fiber state-of-the-art material superlight racer. LBS guy was like "um dude, you should get a steel bike, that's what we ride here." So I did. I started researching this whole steel bike thing, and came across the Riv site.

I kept riding. On my new, but still too small, 57 cm bike. I am 6'3".

I also started reading. This book is an amalgamation of all the stuff that Grant has written in the past, with some new stuff added. I found out that my bike was probably still too small. That I was still trying to become a racer. These readings helped me understand how bikes work, how I can ride safely, and how I can be a normal temperamental dude when discussing hot button issues like helmets, carbon forks, and riding in traffic. They have been invaluable.

Since I started riding (and, more importantly, KEPT RIDING) I have lost 40 pounds and kept it off, I feel healthy, I have cleared up a liver issue that was potentially fatal, and am just a generally happy and healthy guy. This liver thing was the kicker. I needed to lose the weight to make it work.

I lost the weight by cutting carbs. I learned to cut carbs to lose weight by reading Gary Taubes' excellent book 'Why We Get Fat' which was given to my wife while we were at Rivendell Headquarters riding bikes (I ended up buying the first bike that has ever fit me, what a wonderful feeling it is to have my legs tire before my back, neck , and shoulders). Were it not for that trip, or for the friendly Riv staffer giving my wife the book, which led to me reading it and dropping the weight, who knows what would have happened.

I can say that the approach to riding that Grant lays out in this book has made riding fun, interesting, compelling, and wonderful. It has allowed me to stick with it, riding my bike year round in Vermont because I WANT to, not because I feel like I need to train for centuries or learn tricks on a fixie. I ride a bike that is incredibly comfortable, allows me to see traffic clearly, and is just a total blast. All of this is because of Grant.

If you are getting into riding for the fun of it, you NEED to buy this book. Before you buy a bike. Before you go into your LBS. Before you start reading internet postings. Just buy this, read it, and just ride.
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HASH(0x965f6eac) étoiles sur 5 A Disingenuous Premise 22 mai 2013
Par You Tell Raphael - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I did not find Petersen's writing in "Just Ride" to be as distracting as I find the writing on his Rivendell blog, which basically satirizes itself through a bizarre mix of overly-precious wordplay, preeny affectation, misplaced hostility, and baby talk. Maybe Petersen had a good editor on "Just Ride." I only rolled my eyes three times, but then "Just Ride" is a very quick read.

My problem with the book is its fundamental dishonesty. The book's entire premise is disingenuous, as in Petersen's world there are only two kinds of cyclists: The spandex-unitarded wannabe who demands a $7,000 carbon racer with razor-thin tires, and his evolved, tut-tutting counterpart, the newly-saved Rivendell convert content to invest only, perhaps half or two-thirds that amount of money on a 30ish pound, Taiwanese-made production bike that comes in just one color.

So what happens if you think the above Yin AND Yang cyclists are BOTH certifiable ding-a-lings? Do you still get to be a "fun" and "practical" rider?

And how does a book with the word "Practical" in its title, a book that doubles as a love song to lugged steel, omit even passing reference to the millions of good quality, vintage lugged steel butted chromoly road frames (many originally designed for 27" wheels and often convertible to 700c wheels with wider tires and/or fenders) still available for $100-$300 (or even less) in the used bike market of any city (if you know what to look for)? "Just Ride"'s presumption that a lugged steel bicycle frame for pleasure riding should (and here's the kicker) to the PRACTICAL mind cost thousands of dollars is an even bigger groaner than that unctuous jewelry slogan years ago that shamed young men into spending "X months" of their salary on a diamond engagement ring.

I think Sheldon Brown is a more practical and more fun bicycle expert by miles and I encourage new cyclists to read up on him. In addition to presenting his views with Petersen's passion for cycling but without Petersen's fussy drama, and as an engineer who supported his opinions with FACTS, Sheldon Brown left a wealth of common sense information (and straightforward bike repair instruction--and I say "straightforward" as a female English major who can now repack a cup and cone bottom bracket with the best of them) accessible online that you can use to build a basic education on vintage steel bikes that can give you the skills and confidence to build up your own high quality randonneur once you know that you don't need Rivendell to sell you common sense at boutique prices.

Petersen's opinions on helmets are too irresponsible to address, so I will disregard them as I have done the similarly provocative philosophies of an uncle who once forbade baby gates on the basis that infants SHOULD fall down the stairs the way they did in the rural Polish village of his youth.
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