A Brilliant Way to Enjoy the Summer

We’re springing into summer, and into perfect weather for outdoor activities—we’re already there in Malibu. I’ve been catching some rays (and vitamin D as a result) while hiking, paddle boarding, cycling, and playing Ultimate Frisbee. The key word in that last sentence is “playing”—it’s central to how I stay in shape and enjoy life. But it wasn’t always this way.

As many of you probably know, my love of low level aerobic activity and sport as play developed from a 20 year career as a competitive endurance athlete. I logged tens of thousands of training miles pounding the pavement and hammering the bike, developing all sorts of physical ailments in the process. At the age of 28, I was diagnosed with debilitating osteoarthritis, and eventually succumbed to chronic hip tendonitis and nagging recurrent upper respiratory infections. I continued my pattern of chronic cardio, and subjected my body to dangerous levels of continuous systemic inflammation that suppressed my immune system and elevated oxidative damage to the point where my precious muscle and joint tissue was quite literally being torn apart.

I had no recourse but to ditch the chronic cardio chaos and opt for gentler movement methods. I learned to train like our hunter-gatherer ancestors who clocked in at least 3 to 5 hours a week of low-intensity aerobic work. I built my aerobic capacity slowly and steadily, protected my adrenal health and immune system, and trained my body to derive more energy from fat and less from glucose, and gradually my injuries repaired and my health dramatically improved. All by moving my body more…and more slowly.

Biking is a great low-level activity to incorporate into your day-to-day life now that the weather is improving, and a fun way to burn fat, build and preserve lean muscle, and maintain optimal health—if you do it right. These days it’s not about racing, endurance, or accumulating miles on my bike; it’s about play, enjoyment, and relaxation on the open road.

That’s why I’ve partnered with a new company called Brilliant Bicycle. Brilliant Bicycles are especially designed for the casual rider who wants to commute, ride on weekends, and just generally cruise—not for the endurance athlete looking to break records at high-intensity speeds. They’ve just launched today, so go check them out.

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I’ve been putting my money where my mouth is in regards to the investments I’ve been making, investing in ethical companies whose missions are aligned with my own. Brilliant Bicycles is all about simplicity, so the casual rider can focus on necessities (size, color) instead of technical details they don’t need for their ride and that only make the bike more expensive. Brilliant bikes cut out the middlemen, so there are no outsourced manufacturers, distributors, or retail spaces jacking up the costs. They ship your bike direct to your house. Upon receipt, you can be riding in a matter of minutes. All told you get elegant design at exceptional cost savings with a great experience from the time you order to the time you’re cruising…and that’s a mission I’m thrilled to back. If bicycling is your thing, then I encourage you to learn more about Brilliant Bicycles.

Whether it’s on the bike, on a board, or on your own two feet, I hope you enjoy the great outdoors this season, priming your Primal health system with some fat-activating low-level movement. Stay tuned for today’s regularly scheduled blog post, and Grok on!

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About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. I’ve been wanting to get a bike for years! At first I couldn’t afford one, and now I’m 25 weeks pregnant so afraid of falling off it (I have a history of bike falls so it’s a legitimate concern.) These bikes are beautiful.

    1. There are 3 (and even 4 I think) wheeled bikes that would get rid of the chance of falling…or mostly anyway. Some have you ride lower (which would be even safer since you’re pregnant) and some have the standard bike seating. If you get a 3 wheeled bike, make sure to get one that steers in the front…I’ve tried one that steered the rear wheels and you have about the turning radius of a small car. I don’t have any specific recommendations…we just got one for my 6 year old because she has no sense of balance and thought I would comment.

  2. Thanks for the tip, Mark! I hate my bike, and I’ve tried everything–new seat, all adjustments by various bike stores–bottom line, it’s just an uncomfortable bike, and I find myself opting out of family bike rides. I’ll check out the Brilliant Bicycle!

  3. I love your story. Would you point me in the right direction to the materials you have that would teach me to train my body as you have to burn fat and build tissue and get me healthy again. I am not an athlete. I had to stop gluten and nightshade so because of an intolerance that was making me very ill. Thank you. Lynn

  4. Just ordered one! They had exactly what I have been wanting for an excellent price.

  5. I recently read Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike by Grant Petersen which advocates exactly this type of simple bike for the vast majority of folks, what he calls non-racers. It made loads of sense, there is no way I will ever look at carbon fibre in a bike frame.

    He also wrote ‘Eat Bacon, Don’t Jog: Get Strong. Get Lean. No Bullshit’ which is the best organized and most concise handbook on primal living I have ever seen. He acknowledges that It comes directly from Mark’s Primal Blueprint minus the lengthy scientific background, this is all actionable points. This is an outstanding text resource for anyone new to Primal or Paleo.

  6. Sweet!

    I was just starting the process of looking for a new bike (my old one is over 20 years old, has thousands of miles, weighs in at 38 pounds of steel, and has been taken over by my 15-yr old son!)! I want something reasonably priced – for cruising to the grocery or the library, doing group rides, and maybe having some fun!

    The price looks god, the bikes look great, and I may just be getting my new bike soon!

  7. I wish this had happened a year ago. I bought a bike last fall from Dynamic. Chainless with a sealed gear hub. Instead of a chain it has a drive shaft that’s also sealed. The drive shaft lasts longer than a chain and doesn’t get dirty from the road. Simple to use and light weight.

    But I would have seriously considered this one of it had been available.

  8. Brilliant Bicycle says the 1 speed bike is great in “flat” cities, like Austin? They have apparently never been to the city. There’s a reason Lance Armstrong trained in Austin.

    1. I just saw that. I’ve lived in DC, Chicago and Austin. Austin (even the non-Loop 360 area) is still hillier than anything I saw in Chicago. These do look like great bikes, though!

  9. I got one of these for my birthday! I love it. Came really quickly and was easy for my husband to put together. Super affordable plus they were having a special deal. I love the simplicity of this bike

  10. well the bike line looks nice – and something can be said for simple yet functional!! also- the free shipping with a 14 day money back guarantee – sounds win-win.
    I am still doing the indoor bike as it is more my style – but I love this line – and their colors are great

  11. They are beautiful. I too often wonder why clean, light bikes need to cost a fortune. I live in Canada and would drive the couple hours over the border to get one. I wish there was a version of the Astor without the crossbar. Would love to see a pic or videro of a short women (5’2″) on an Astor.

  12. These are beautiful and perfectly priced! I would love one but unfortunately even the small ones are too big for me. This is the problem I’ve been having with finding bicycles.

  13. I have a little problem. I’m 6’6″ (198 cm) — and even worse than that, I’m long-waisted, with an inseam of only 33″ (54 cm). I’ll never find a bike to fit me – even the indoor ones at the gym are uncomfortable for ~20 minutes riding.

    And I have a big problem — I’m (currently) 360 lb (163 kg).

    Anyone know a bespoke bike designer?

  14. My thought on this post is that it’s great if it gets more people riding, because more riders is always great. But let’s not get so excited about cutting out the middle-man because the middle-man is your local bike shop. You know, the folks you’re going to take your bike to when something isn’t working quite right.

    Terry, there are tons of guys building custom bikes in the US these days. You’re biggest problem is you’ll spend at least $1k on a new frame and fork, but you’ll have a bike made of 4130 chromoly that will last forever and fit you properly. Do a search on US builders and find one that is local to you with a good rep. Heck, call Grant Petersen’s guys (mentioned above aka Rivbike.com) and ask them about sizing and their bikes. I bet they will get you on the right track. Do pursue this. Riding a bike is like flying.


  15. I love cycling. No not all out cycling, but just using the darn thing for transportation. (I have a nishiki hybrid bike and I can cruise 15-20mph pretty effortlessly) I wish I didn’t live so far from work so I could bike their too. Also, I didn’t see it mentioned but you can grab yourself a bike trailer, and haul tons of groceries, kids, and I have even moved a stove on one!