Last week in the Workman offices, Peter Workman had the pleasure of congratulating Becky Anderson, of Anderson’s Book Shop in Naperville, Illinois for winning our Rivendell bike giveaway celebrating Just Ride by Grant Petersen. Ms. Anderson won her choice of a Sam Hillborn or a Betty Foy bicycle from Rivendell Bicycle Works (this fine specimen below is just a placeholder until she gets her shiny new pedals underfoot!).
If any of you book sellers are tuning in just now, please take note: We had so much fun with this promotion (hello, Indie bestseller list!), that we’re doing it AGAIN! Get your orders in, booksellers, and you’ll be entered to win bike number two in our giveaway.
So, that happened last week, then this happened this week:
“Your bible has just been written. Grant Petersen’s Just Ride is a wonderfully sane, down to earth and frequently funny guide to riding, maintaining, fixing and enjoying your bicycle.” -Dave Eggers, New York Times Book Review, July 29
It’s one thing to get reviewed by Dave Eggers, but to be an editor’s choice among such notable folks as Cicero and Nabokov, well, we’re quite tickled.
Welcome to the inaugural Workman “Live by the Book” style guide, wherein we regularly gather images/activities/products inspired by our favorite new titles. Last month was National Bike Month, and because we haven’t quite shaken the urge to ride (hey, spring time = bike time! — why limit our enthusiasm to a single month?), we’re starting with Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike by Grant Petersen. For this new release, a book that celebrates the pure joy of riding (forget the spandex and clip-in pedals), we’re inspired by pretty bike dresses, loose-fitting seersucker button-downs (Grant’s favorite when it comes to “official bike gear”)…
And, if you need further incentive to burn your spandex in favor of seersucker:
New York City seems to be extending its bike celebration into summer with the launch of its first ever bike share program in July. And since “I-dont-own-a-bike” is about to get crossed off your list of excuses, here are some inspiring “why I ride” reasons that Grant Petersen recently shared over at bikeleague.org (including one good reason that most New Yorkers with a car can certainly get behind: “I can park my bike on the sidewalk, or a lawn, or anywhere. I don’t need a parking lot”).
Grant also notes that “a bike fits in places a car doesn’t” — like here, a curious sight I stumbled upon last weekend (an analog bike rally?) — where a couple dozen bikes (and one ride-on tractor) rested where only a few cars would otherwise fit.
When you were a kid, the first day of Spring-like weather probably meant it was time to dust off your bike and take a spin around the neighborhood. But we’ve come a long way from those carefree days. As cycling becomes more popular, especially in big cities, it brings with it some unexpected downsides, many of which Grant Petersen takes on in Just Ride, his book about opting out of racer culture and into enjoying your bike the way you did as a kid. Petersen is the founder and owner of Rivendell Bicycle Works, and a well-known figure in the bike world. His argument? “A lot of the advice you’ve been getting ever since you became a bike rider is flat-out wrong and is actually bad for your health.” Just Ride is against all of the following: helmets, carbohydrates, biking as a way to lose weight, and wearing silly riding outfits. Well, he’s not exactly against those things, but Petersen has some unconventional opinions about them. If you’ve ever ridden in the bicycle lane, rode in a charity race, or watched the Tour de France (or, as Petersen calls it, the BORAF, for Big Old Race Around France), you’ll want to read what he has to say. The book comes out in May, and until then, the Atlantic has an excerpt to tide you over.