I thought the first week of the Tour de France might be a good time to talk about a book I love, called “Just Ride,” by Grant Peterson:
This book has by itself completely transformed the way I view cycling. In the US, I see a very humorous (but also sad) biking culture: a lot of really old and fat and definitely not elite bike racer types nonetheless ride around on really lightweight (16 lbs!), titanium or carbon fiber, low-slung, delicate racing machines, like this guy, for example
I’m not trying to be mean, but only to ask a question: what convinced this guy to don the Lycra in the first place? I would be very happy to see him riding a bike for his health, but does he need Shimano Ultegra components, clipless pedals, and that unfortunate Lycra suit to ride? Of course he doesn’t.
He’d be much better off riding a bike like this:
But the racing industry has fooled most of my friends into thinking they need clipless pedals and a $4,000 tricked out racing bike. Grant Peterson exposes the myths and helps regular people enjoy biking again.