Reviews for Just Ride : A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike
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This piece of awesomeness should become a populist manifesto for bicyclists everywhere. In it, Petersen (founder, Rivendell Bicycle Works, Walnut Creek, CA) makes a pungent (yes, pungent) case for enjoying bicycling, for returning it to its recreational and utile state. Though the book is masked as a list of 89 basic ideas (e.g., use your kickstand, get your quick release right, etc.), it's really a clarion call for riders to "unrace" aka "jettison the influences of racing that make your bike riding worse than fantastic." Spend some time on a bike and you'll see the dudes I see: blowing by-and scaring-little kids, pushing themselves to injury, dropping thousands of ka-ching, and scoffing at those not crushing two hard-core century rides every weekend. Petersen gives us permission to enjoy bike riding again, to ride your bike to pick up the groceries, to fart around. I have four bikes (yes, that's three too many), and I enjoy the hell out of them. But the one bike I really crave isn't the fully pimped $15,000 Pinarello Dogma 2; it's the black fat-tire, three-speed with metal fenders, a basket on the front, and a rack on the back. I sit upright on it, not hunched over in aero position. I pedal it to get to work, to the store, to the beach; it replaces my car, and it is extremely awesome. Smell what Petersen is cooking*. *Except for this funny idea he has that the poncho is the ultimate cycling garment. - Douglas Lord, "Books for Dudes," LJ Reviews 5/3/12 (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.