By Grant Petersen
Within the similar method that Michael Pollan’s narrow bestseller foodstuff principles introduced a gust of good judgment to the standard job of consuming, simply journey is a revelation. put out of your mind the ultralight, uncomfortable motorcycles, flashy jerseys, clunky sneakers that clip onto tiny pedals, the grinding out of never-ending miles. in its place, journey such as you did should you have been a kid—just get in your motorbike and notice the natural pleasure of driving it. A reformed racer who’s commuted by way of motorbike on a daily basis on the grounds that 1980, whose writings and reviews look in significant bicycling and outside magazines, and whose corporation, Rivendell Bicycle Works, makes motorcycles for riders able to decide out of a tradition overrun through racing, supply Petersen stocks a life of unforeseen evidence, debatable evaluations, specialist ideas, and his personal maverick philosophy. In 87 brief, two-to-three web page chapters, it covers: • driving: count number Days, no longer Miles; nook Like Jackie Robinson; Steer together with your Hips, Shift together with your Legs • Suiting Up: The footwear Ruse; Ponchos—the final Unracer’s Garment • defense: no 1 Rule—Be obvious; Helmets Aren’t All They’re Cracked as much as Be • healthiness and health: Why using Is awful All-Around workout; Saddles Don’t reason Impotence; Drink while You’re Thirsty—Not earlier than additionally comprises chapters on components, maintenance, and Technicalities in addition to a last bankruptcy titled “Velosophy” that comes with the fundamental, memorable concept: Your motorcycle Is a Toy—Have enjoyable with It.
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If you’re between sizes, wear the smaller helmet. It’s slightly less likely to hit something or get caught on something in a tumbling fall. And it’s less visible to you when you’re wearing it, which means it may be easier to forget you have it on (a good thing). Here’s a test: Lie on the floor, shoulders down, with no helmet on. Or stand next to a wall and pretend you’re lying on the floor. Tilt your head down and try to make it bang the floor or wall. It won’t. Now do the same with a helmet on, and it hits.
I get yelled at when I don’t come out full blast in favor of them (see “Helmets aren’t all they’re cracked up to be” for more on that), but at least when you wear a helmet in the woods, keep it simple—think multisport matte gray, like skateboarders wear. They cost less than the long-tailed, designed-in-the-wind-tunnel helmets racers wear. Surprise: fabric doesn’t breathe "Waterproof and breathable” has been rainwear’s Holy Grail, and the quest to find it seemed to end in the early ’80s, with Gore-Tex.
Always use lights at night, because bike paths aren’t lit up, and reflectors won’t work without lights. If you happen to be out at night on the bike path without a light, ring your bell constantly. No bell? Then sing “Hotel Yorba” on a continuous loop, loud enough to warn the unseen. Lone walkers get freaked out when bike riders pass suddenly and silently. Basically, “safety” on the path is about protecting others from you, the predator. If you hit somebody, it’s your fault. You weren’t careful enough.