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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 cars...how 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.