It's All About the Bike

It's All About the Bike

The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels

Book - 2010
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Penguin Putnam
Robert Penn's It's All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels is a paean to the humble bike; it's the story of why we ride, and why this simple machine holds the power to transport us all. Robert Penn has ridden a bike most days of his life. He rides to get to work, to bathe in air and sunshine, to stay sane and to feel free. This is the story of his love affair with cycling and the journey to build his dream bike; a freewheeling pilgrimage taking him from Californian mountain bike inventors to British artisan frame builders, and from perfect components to the path of true happiness. 'A gem of a book ... a joy'
Economist 'Infectious, exhilarating, highly engaging'
Independent 'Be swept along by Penn's enthusiasm, humour and refreshing candour'
Sunday Telegraph 'Enriches your enjoyment of a ride'
Sunday Times 'As a depiction of a world you might vote for, Penn's does not sound bad at all'
Observer Robert Penn writes for the Financial Times, Observer and Condé Nast Traveller, as well as a host of cycling publications. He is the author of The Wrong Kind of Snow. Robert lives in the Black Mountains, South Wales with his wife and three children and commutes to work across a heather moor on a mountain bike.

Tells the story of a journey to design and build a dream bike. From Stoke-on-Trent, where an artisan hand builds his frame, to California, home of the mountain bike, where the author tracks down the perfect wheels, via Portland, Milan and Coventry, birthplace of the modern bicycle, this narrative is about our love affair with cycling.

Publisher: London : Particular, c2010
ISBN: 9781846142628
Branch Call Number: 629.2272 PEN
Characteristics: 199 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm.


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Oct 22, 2011

Very much for the gear geek and bicycle history buff. This said, I really enjoyed the sub-theme of celebrating lovingly hand-crafted durable tools in the age of cheap disposable Wal-Mart junk. The book is a nice addition to the renaissance of bike culture that we're witnessing.


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Apr 09, 2016

"When I see an adult on bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race." pg.184

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