It's All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels

It's All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels

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Robert Penn has saddled up nearly every day of his adult life. In his late twenties, he pedaled 25,000 miles around the world. Today he rides to get to work, sometimes for work, to bathe in air and sunshine, to travel, to go shopping, to stay sane, and to skip bath time with his kids. He's no Sunday pedal pusher. So when the time came for a new bike, he decided to pull out all the stops. He would build his dream bike, the bike he would ride for the rest of his life; a customized machine that reflects the joy of cycling.

It's All About the Bike follows Penn's journey, but this book is more than the story of his hunt for two-wheel perfection. En route, Penn brilliantly explores the culture, science, and history of the bicycle. From artisanal frame shops in the United Kingdom to California, where he finds the perfect wheels, via Portland, Milan, and points in between, his trek follows the serpentine path of our love affair with cycling. It explains why we ride.

It's All About the Bike is, like Penn's dream bike, a tale greater than the sum of its parts. An enthusiastic and charming tour guide, Penn uses each component of the bike as a starting point for illuminating excursions into the rich history of cycling. Just like a long ride on a lovely day, It's All About the Bike is pure joy- enriching, exhilarating, and unforgettable.

Title:It's All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781608195381
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    It's All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels Reviews

  • John

    This book is, for a bike junkie like me, a drug fix. On a strange quest to build his dream bike, Robert Penn takes us on journeys through the cultural and technological histories of bikes and cycling,...

  • Mike

    Great for the Cyclist EnthusiastI was given this book as a Christmas present, so I had absolutely no preconceptions about it. I have not read many books about bicycling. It seems like an activity that...

  • Ragav

    All about bikeI am a cyclist, it has become sort of my identity lately, and despite being one I had never read a book on cycling.I was gifted this book and the subject of the book was very interesting...

  • Philippe

    This is a delightfully entertaining riff on one of the greatest inventions of humankind: the bicycle. Cheap, elegant, efficient and clean, it had a tremendous influence on the social mores, urban deve...

  • Lily

    Excellent - rich in history & (some downright crazy!) facts & humour & love for the bike. Laughed out loud a fair few times & had a smile on my face throughout. Appreciate my bikes in a whole new way ...

  • Kimmo Sinivuori

    Enjoyable paean to the bicycle and craftsmanship. Penn tells the story of his quest to build himself the perfect racing bike. While explaining how his bespoke bike is made by the best manufacturers an...

  • David Sasaki

    Somehow Robert Penn was able to convince his publisher to pay for a custom made, high-end bicycle by visiting all of the factories of that make the parts and writing a book about it. How did I not thi...

  • JK

    Beautiful. The magic of cycling and bicycles all in one, and was a joy to read in the way a nice ride is joyful. Just felt swept along, and totally taken by the author's own joy and wonder at bicycles...

  • Adrienne

    This is definitely one of my favorite books I've read this year. I loved how each chapter was broken down into one major piece of his bike that he was building. Then on top of following that, we get a...

  • Mark

    I admit it, I'm biased in favor of this book from the get go. I have a background in history, I ride a bike, and I really enjoy industrial tours.Oh, yeah, I'm also biased in favor of good writing!You'...