Grant Petersen is the founder and owner of Rivendell Bicycle Works and writes theRivendell Reader. His writing and opinions have been featured in major bike and outdoor magazines, includingBicycling,Outside, andMen s Journal. He s commuted exclusively by bike since 1980, and lives with his family in Walnut Creek, California.
I have never been a fan of bike racing--it is a dirty sport, everybody juices, and it holds no interest--so until I read Just ride I didn't realize how much the race game influenced my street ride. For the last 20 years or so I have enjoyed biking for the exercise and the fun of going faster than a jog through the open air. I am on my second "better than Sears" bike bought at a bike shop, both well less than $1,000, in other words, just a nice fun-to-ride bike. I'd … more