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Just Ride: A Refreshing Perspective on Cycling

Just Ride: A Refreshing Perspective on Cycling

30 reviews between Apr 16, 2020 and Aug 25, 2023.

Grant Petersen's book, 'Just Ride', offers a refreshing perspective on cycling by simplifying the bike buying process and advocating for a more relaxed approach to riding. He challenges the racing culture and emphasizes the importance of comfort, durability, and enjoyment over speed and competition. Despite some disagreements with the author's opinions, the book provides practical tips and insights for both beginners and experienced cyclists.

Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Bikes, Equipment, Health, Safety, and Attitude: Petersen,
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30 reviews between Apr 16, 2020 and Aug 25, 2023.

Apr 16, 2020 - Aug 25, 2023
  • BIKING 101

    I found the book an easy read and quite enjoyable. It answered a lot of curiosities i had about bikes. It explained how to buy one that fits and about do's and dont's when using and maintaining your bike.

    Sentiment
    • Positive
    Content
    • Practical Tips and Advice
    Aug 25, 2023
  • Useful and Practical Advice

    An awesome read for all cyclist, particularly the beginner and not so beginner. It leads and counsels the reader as acting as a cyclist advocate in getting a bicycle that will be the perfect fit without falling for the latest trends emanating from speed cyclist.

    Sentiment
    • Positive
    Content
    • Bike Selection
    Aug 15, 2022
  • Fantastic!

    Excellent work to show the world how to love riding for a lifetime rather than punishing your body and wallet trying to mimic pro racers. I'm a runner, and this has been my philosophy which has allowed me to continue enjoying my runs into my mid-50's now. This book has me wanting to go buy a "normal", unracer bike so I can enjoy this sport too.

    Sentiment
    • Positive
    Content
    • Enjoyment of Riding
    Jul 25, 2022
  • Funny but inaccurate

    From the beginning I noticed a lot of subtle inaccuracies. Then got to page 67 about diet. The author clearly has no idea what he's talking about when it comes to diet. No long term non-industry funded research backs up anything he has to say.
    In fact, just the opposite. It's a funny book, but take what is said with a grain of salt.

    Sentiment
    • Negative
    Content
    • Controversial Opinions
    May 18, 2022
  • A great read and resource.

    A great read and resource. Recommended!

    Sentiment
    • Positive
    Content
    • Practical Tips and Advice
    Apr 28, 2022
    • This book changed my life.

      I bought this book a few years ago because I've always been attracted to bikes, but was equally and oppositely repelled by what I saw of bike "culture." With the spandex and special shoes and hunched over posture, it seemed really complicated and uncomfortable to ride a bike. Grant Petersen showed me how simple riding a bike can be, and biking is now a huge and happy part of my life. Just Ride started me on a path to tinkering with my bike so that it's comfortable and efficient to ride. I'm not going to win any races, but I can ride as far as I want without any pain and I can look around and soak up the landscape while I'm rolling along. Thanks, Grant!

      Sentiment
      • Positive
      Content
      • Simplicity and Durability
      Apr 19, 2022
    • There have to be better books about riding a bike…

      There are a lot of good things about this book, but there are way more horrible things that I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone. I like bike riding. I took it up during the COVID pandemic as a way to be with my friends and meet new friends.

      The author writes about unracers and wants everyone to not be influenced by racers. There are some really excellent tips but the bashing and condescending writing about why you shouldn’t look to racers for inspiration is really off putting. There are also sections of the book that get too technical for the average rider. I wish I could extract the positive tips in the book and write a new book with more positivity.

      Sentiment
      • None
      Content
      • Disagreement with Racing Culture
      Apr 15, 2022
    • Dangerous, blatant falsehoods

      While I can agree with the sentiment that not everyone needs to follow racing culture, this book is full of easily disprovable falsehoods such as burning more calories than you take in doesn't actually equate to weight loss. It also features dangerous "tips" such as swerving out near traffic to encourage cars to give you more space. Total bologna.

      Sentiment
      • Negative
      Content
      • Disagreement with Racing Culture
      Apr 08, 2022
    • Love the authors attitude

      I have been living in Mexico for over 10 years with my only form of transport an inexpressive urban bike with fenders and a big seat for my big seat and love the authors practical attitude. I fit his descript on of an unracer. I don't have special clothes to ride, don't 'wash or wax my bike, seldom do maintenance and have a milk crate on the rack for shopping. Love it!

      Sentiment
      • Positive
      Content
      • Enjoyment of Riding
      Feb 28, 2022
    • Author Doesn't Like You Liking Things He Doesn't Like

      The title of this book should be Cycling Things You Shouldn't Enjoy. It's more of an editorial than fact based book. It's mostly just a bunch of complaining about people doing things he doesn't agree with. Why does that upset him so much? I'm glad I got it on an Audible free trial.

      Sentiment
      • Negative
      Content
      • Criticism of the Book
      Feb 13, 2022
    • The Perfect Bike Book for the Recreational Rider

      If you are just getting into, or back into cycling, and you're hoping to experience the childhood joys of tearing around your neighborhood on a bicycle then this is the perfect book for you! It's excruciatingly easy to get IIO (Internet Information Overload) trying to figure out which bike and accessories are best for you and your budget. Grant's book simplifies everything in a palatable and easy-to-understand way. If you aren't planning to be a World-Class Tour De France racer or a mega-mountain climbing fool this book will show you the way. Less expense, less trial and error, and hopefully a lot greater enjoyment a lot quicker. Well worth the read and very well-rounded. Whether you are buying your first bike or your next, buy and read this book first! You'll be glad you did. No magic underwear required.

      Sentiment
      • Positive
      Content
      • Practical Tips and Advice
      Jan 24, 2022
    • There is so much to learn!

      This book was recommended on a YouTube video, and I bought it because I am shopping for a bicycle. Even if you are riding already, this book can teach you a lot. Very simply: what matters and what does not.

      I bought a used copy for cheap, but whatever you pay for this book is paltry in comparison to what you can save by not buying the newest or "the best" that is typically marketed.

      Sentiment
      • Positive
      Content
      • Bike Selection
      Nov 28, 2021
    • Enjoyed the Book

      Certainly don’t agree with everything, but can relate positively to most of what the author has written. I am and always have been a non-racer, and even though I am a fan of professional racing, I cannot for the life of me understand the attitudes of the wannabes. They pass you on trails at 20-25 without the courtesy of a warning. Waving or saying hello is too much of a distraction from their “ training”.
      Much like seat belts, helmets don’t guarantee that you will not be hurt in a crash, but sometimes they do prevent serious injury. That’s enough to keep me in my hard hat.
      Good job on the book .

      Sentiment
      • Positive
      Content
      • Disagreement with Racing Culture
      Oct 17, 2021
    • A Breath of Fresh Air

      After hearing and reading so much misinformation, the common sense in this book let’s me know that I am not alone in my feelings about riding a bike just for fun. Thanks

      Sentiment
      • Positive
      Content
      • Enjoyment of Riding
      Sep 25, 2021
    • Entertaining and grounding

      I just read this for fun as I’m getting into enjoying a good bike ride. It gave me a lot of perspective that preachy YouTubers would disagree with, but it’s nice to have a more relaxed approach to riding bikes—it’s for fun.

      Sentiment
      • Positive
      Content
      • Enjoyment of Riding
      Aug 03, 2021
    • Common sense is not common...

      The author has lived in the bike world, including designing and building high-end bicycles. Yet he advocates for simplicity, durability, and moderation. It is his opinion, and mine, that racing-inspired bikes are the worst choice for most cyclists. Emphasizing weight and speed over comfort, longevity, and versatility will ultimately decrease your enjoyment and alienate friends and family.
      Maybe the author's greatest advice is to enjoy S24O "adventures" . A bike is unique and perfect for short escapees. A little exploration, exercise, quiet and solitude may be the antidote for many of our personal and societal ailments.

      Sentiment
      • Positive
      Content
      • Simplicity and Durability
      Jul 06, 2021
    • Very Good

      Excellent book

      Sentiment
      • Positive
      Content
      • Enjoyment of Riding
      Apr 21, 2021
    • Great exposition on getting the fun of biking back into your life

      Grant's philosophy of biking and bike equipment changed my life what is now quite awhile back. Stumbled on Rivendell looking for Campy-style road pedals when I was looking for ways to deal with joint issues, got one of his early newsletters with the pedals, read it and went from "who does this guy think he is" to "this guy makes a lot of sense". Ended up with a Hilson frame which I rode until I couldn't, loved every minute of it.

      Sentiment
      • Positive
      Content
      • Simplicity and Durability
      Mar 11, 2021
    • Bike books.

      Liked the book. But if you’re looking for next bike book go no further than It’s All About the Bike.

      Sentiment
      • Positive
      Content
      • Bike Selection
      Dec 17, 2020
    • Down home approach

      This book cuts through the hype and arrogance of racing culture. Peterson offers practical, down home information on how to enjoy a wonderful hobby.

      Sentiment
      • Positive
      Content
      • Disagreement with Racing Culture
      Dec 02, 2020
    • A lot of great tips!

      I really enjoyed this book, I wished it was longer! I definitely agree with the main points of the velosophy of the book.
      There are so many useful tips, in this book, on how to simply check various bicycle components, that I have gone back and reread various parts of the book.
      Grant is a great writer: witty, humorous and to the point. I read his Rivendell blog, it’s always an interesting and entertaining read, and I’m now looking to see what other books he has written, to read next.

      Sentiment
      • Positive
      Content
      • Practical Tips and Advice
      Nov 07, 2020
    • The best book about bikes

      Grant Petersen has been designing, building, selling and riding bikes longer than many of us have been alive. He's an ex-racer, so he sees through the racing-improves-the-breed B.S. that the industry loves. His book is is fill of contrarian statements that, upon mature reflection, seem obvious. What's more, he writes well and the book is fun to read, the statements interesting to contemplate and the ideas worthwhile to implement.

      If you buy only one bike book this year, make it this one. And no, I have no personal or business connection with Grant Petersen. But I've been riding as long as he has and appreciate that he points out that much of the bike industry is built on selling inappropriate bikes to people who have little riding experience.

      Sentiment
      • Positive
      Content
      • Simplicity and Durability
      Oct 21, 2020
    • Negative and Dangerous

      It is very rare I get rid of a book I purchase these days, and it is even more rare I choose to pop in the recycling versus donating it. This book has a opinionated (almost toxic) tone to it, but it also is outdated (LEDs these days are way more visible in daylight than reflectors) and advocates dangerous riding. After having the misfortune to visit a pediatric ER which mostly was mostly filled with children and teens who didn’t wear their helmets on bikes/scooters, I did not feel right handing this off to anybody.

      Sentiment
      • Negative
      Content
      • Safety and Health
      Oct 13, 2020
    • This book changed how I think about bike riding

      After reading this book, I am enjoying bike riding more.

      Sentiment
      • Positive
      Content
      • Enjoyment of Riding
      Sep 02, 2020
    • Great Read for someone getting into riding

      When getting into riding, all you see are racer/carbon state of the art bikes wearing cycling tight fitting clothes.

      This book gives you a shift in point of view that unracers need.

      I do disagree with helmet topic. But otherwise, the rest I can agree with.

      Sentiment
      • Positive
      Content
      • Disagreement with Racing Culture
      Aug 15, 2020
    • Some good info but more bad.

      A lot of bad info to sell a book. For example: the section about hydration

      Sentiment
      • Negative
      Content
      • Criticism of the Book
      Aug 13, 2020
    • Lots of Good Bicycle Advice

      They guy gets a little preachy at times but overall enjoyed what he had to say. Riding a bike can be a mindset as well as way of life, nice that the author tries to cut through the posturing and challenges people to question what is real.

      He has some good advice about staying healthy. At 62 I've learned the hard way you can't rely on a bike as your only source of exercise.

      Note to the author, I now have 3 bikes with fenders, one with a trailer and one with an electric motor.

      Just riding.

      Sentiment
      • Positive
      Content
      • Simplicity and Durability
      Jul 25, 2020
    • A 76 yr old unracer who still fantasizes about being a racer

      Petersen helps me with my emotional aspects of aging and riding. I ride both my 35 lb bike steel frame bike with fenders and wide tires and a 2014 Madone. I love all aspects of riding. In times of COVID-19, pushing too hard may make me less able to fight off the virus. Petersen’s approach may actually keep me healthy.

      Sentiment
      • Positive
      Content
      • Safety and Health
      Jul 10, 2020
    • Practical

      Good perspective here. I ride a modern metal road bike in spandex and a single speed mountain bike in street clothes, both are fun in their own way and I tend towards the singlespeed in street clothes unless I’m out riding with “pelotards” to get in a workout 😂. Road racing is too robotic and expensive so this resonates.

      Sentiment
      • Positive
      Content
      • Practical Tips and Advice
      May 11, 2020
    • Just Pass

      "Just Buy" should be the Rivendell slogan. They love to sell this folksy "ride as a kid" stuff as part of their aura but I wouldn't take money to read this after trying to buy one of their bikes, which was professionally sized so well that I had to lean the bike over to stop. You may or may not enjoy the book, but I wouldn't let it steer you to their local bike shop.

      Sentiment
      • Negative
      Content
      • Criticism of the Book
      Apr 16, 2020

Sentiment Analysis

  • Positive(23)
    77%
  • Negative(6)
    20%
  • None(1)
    3%
57 Net Promoter
Score

Popular Topics

  • Enjoyment of Riding(6)
    20%
  • Disagreement with Racing Culture(5)
    17%
  • Practical Tips and Advice(5)
    17%
  • Simplicity and Durability(5)
    17%
  • Bike Selection(3)
    10%
  • Criticism of the Book(3)
    10%
  • Safety and Health(2)
    7%
  • Controversial Opinions(1)
    3%

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  • English(30)
    100%

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