Just Ride

This is a pretty good book - though it's more of a set of short little blog posts combined into a book. It's nice to read the very opinionated thoughts of someone who's been dealing with bicycles for a very long time.

The whole time I was reading this, I felt like this is the type of stuff that my pal Jon G would have said, and in a similar style to the way he would have said it. I look forward to reading Jon's treatises on cycling in the future.

Reading this book made me proud to and convinced me to continue to never wear clipless pedals and cycling shoes (I have toe clips), and having a kickstand on my roadie. I'm an unracer - and to quote the title of one of the little chapters: "Racing ruins the breed".

I also learned how to corner and turn properly - which has been invaluable in my windy descents lately. Finally, I was reminded to not just count miles, because every ride counts ("No ride too short"). Also it makes as much sense to count time spent on the bike, and the amount of elevation gain, and the number of days biked, period. Thanks to my commute, this means my days biked per week stays above 5 during the most of the year in California.

I also learned a new word: Beausage (byoo-sidj). My current bike doesn't have any, but my last laptop certainly does.

It also felt kind of cool that the author is local. Grant Petersen founded and still runs Rivendell Bicycle Works in Walnut Creek, CA.

Paul's book montage

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman's Crusade for Free Software
The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, 20th  Anniversary Edition
Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots
Little Brother
Fat Politics: The Real Story behind America's Obesity Epidemic
Standing Up To the Madness: Ordinary Heroes In Extraordinary Times
Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder
Crashing the Party: Taking on the Corporate Government in an Age of Surrender
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa
ENIAC: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the World's First Computer
Civic Arousal

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