It's All about the Bike : The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels
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.Robert Penn has worked as a lawyer, waiter, contractor, DJ, photographer, and journalist-and biked to every single job. He writes for the "Financial Times," the "Observer," and Conde Nast "Traveler," as well as a host of cycling publications. Penn lives in Wales with his wife and three children.Praise from the UK for "It's All About the Bike" "[A] gem of a book." -"Economist"
- Hardback | 199 pages
- 147.32 x 215.9 x 22.86mm | 294.83g
- 26 Apr 2011
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- New York, NY, United States
- black & white illustrations
"Robert Penn has assembled a splendid patchwork quilt of bicycle history, arcane workshops, and fascinating people into a passionate journey in search of his dream machine. After reading him, you'll never look at a bicycle the same way again and will enjoy riding yours even more. And you'll probably start your own velocopedal quest for perfection into the bargain. A simply lovely excursion not into bicyclists, but into BICYCLES. You must read this before you watch the Tour de France!"--Brian Fagan, Author of "Elixir" and "The Great Warming, a"nd an avid recreational cyclist with a Penn-like steel framed bike."Robert Penn relates his quixotic quest to procure the perfect bicycle with authority and humor, infusing his fluent narrative with thoughtful and provocative digressions that invoke technology, ergonomics, history, and social ideals. He richly deserves his $5,000 'dream machine.'"--David V. Herlihy, author of "Bicycle: A History" and "The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an Ameri
About Robert Penn
Robert Penn has worked as a lawyer, waiter, contractor, DJ, photographer, and journalist-and biked to every single job. He writes for the "Financial Times," the "Observer," and Conde Nast "Traveler," as well as a host of cycling publications. Penn lives in Wales with his wife and three children.