Staff Review: Just Ride!
Grant Peterson is out to make bicyclists un-racers. In his new book Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike, Peterson contends that people are copying bike racers (a la the Tour de France) and that by focusing on speed, distance, tight racing clothing and many geared bikes they are missing the most important thing about bicycling: having fun!
In 89 short "chapters", Peterson dispels myths like cycling is a great way to lose weight, carbs are the best fuel and a blinking light on the back of your bike will keep you safe.
He also gives some good hints about safety, bike upkeep and riding techniques.
It's almost like the author is the child in The Emperor's New Clothes who is pointing out that what we've been led to believe is important about bicycling is all wrong. I think he's right!
And speaking of children, Peterson tells us that "Kids are the ultimate unracers, and the best models for the rest of us."
So, what are you waiting for? Get out your old, comfortable bike, put on some comfortable clothes, and just ride!