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Ittle known boutiue businesses All reflect a love of cycle craftsmanshipHis chapter on wheel building made it sound so complicated that I was astounded that I had actually managed to build my own wheels for my otherwise undistinguished bike 30 years agoHe concludes that Lance Armstrong was wrong It really is all about the bike I agree A bike is not just a tool something you use to do something lse but it creates the activity It is transportation but not just transportation It would be like saying that horse racing is not about horses Cycling is a mixture a combination a synergy of the human and the machine A bicycle blends man and machine as do few other machinesPenn s book takes some of the The Real Witches Kitchen emphasis off the tabloid personality culture of competitive cycling and puts it on the inventors and craftsmen who make it possible and on the amazing machines themselvesThis won t go down as one of the greatest works of non fiction in the language but if you love bikes you ll love the book and if you don t yet love bikes maybe you will appreciate them a bit after reading the book This is a delightfullyntertaining riff on one of the greatest inventions of humankind the bicycle Cheap The Preachers Kid elegantfficient and clean it had a tremendous influence on the social s urban development and technological progress of the last 150 years The bicycle was a key driver behind the mancipation of women the mobilisation of the working class the xpansion of cities and the unlocking of remote countryside And it served as a precursor to the automobile and the airplane the Wright brothers started out as bicycle mechanics after all thereby contributing to its own demise But today the bicycle s cultural status is on the rise again and we can only speculate about the magnitude of its redeeming future contribution to a world reigned by congestion Gangbang Slut energy scarcity obesity and burnout Robert Penn relied on a simple andndearing scheme as a scaffolding for his literary tribute after having spent decades on bikes crisscrossing remote areas on this planet he sets out on a journey to put together the ultimate talismanic bicycle Component by component starting with the frame moving on to the handlebars drivetrain wheels and saddle he assembles his fully customised dream bike seeking out the choicest craftsmen who pursue their mechanical trade with spiritual ardour And piece by piece we learn about the surprisingly tortuous history of bicycle invention Altogether it makes up for a fascinating narrative and one that is permeated with the profound love that this most glorious most honest and sanest of inventions can instill in human beings The bicycle saves my life One Con Glory every day If you vever Defying Shadows (Rising Shadows experienced a moment of awe or freedom on a bicycle if you vever taken flight from sadness to the rhythm of two spinning wheels or felt the resurgence of hope pedalling to the top of a hill with the dew of The Great Orange Leonard Scandal (Tall Tales Series; 4) effort on your forehead if you vever wondered swooping down bird like down a long hill if the world was standing still if you have Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, ever just once sat on a bicycle with a singing heart and felt like an ordinary human touching the gods then we share something fundamental We know it s all about the bike 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 and bicycling historyBut I would not recommend it to anyone who wasn t into bicycles they d likely find it inane Their loss This was a fun introduction into biking culture much as I would ve done as a child if someone asked me to draw a picture of a bike andxpress what it means to me I would draw some lines connecting two circles and say that biking was a fun way to get from Point A to Point BHow naiveBiking is not just an outdoor activity but an intense culture that spans the globe and the machine itself is uite fascinating when you pay attention Reading this book was like finding myself at a party and A Fairly Honourable Defeat eavesdropping on a handful of people telling a reallyngagi. Bike as a starting point for illuminating xcursions into the rich history of cycling Just like a long ride on a lovely day It's All About the Bike is pure joy nriching Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue exhilarating and unforgettableRobert Penn has worked as a lawyer waiter contractor DJ photographer and journalist and biked tovery single job He writes for the Financial Times the Observer and Condé Nast Traveler as well as a host of cycling publications Penn lives in Wales with his wife and three childrenPraise from the UK for It's All About the BikeA gem of a book Economist.

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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 cyclingI was gifted this book and the subject of the book was very interesting to me its about the author s journey of building his dream bike he travels to different part of the world and sources various components reuired for his dream machine What he describes in the book is not just his bike building journey the book is filled with rich history of bicycle right from the days it was built in wood to how much has changed nowUnlike Europe in our part of the world cycling is ridiculed and there is a sense of superiority for motorized vehicles But they wouldn t feel the same when they find out cycling is one of the prime reasons we have good road infrastructure now it was the first invention for mobility and it created a huge demand for road networksThe chain system the ratchet mechanism bearings so many key concepts were taken from the cycle and applied directly to automobiles later on The book talks about how thw whole cycle didn t The Man Without a Face evolve in one simple day it took years and many great minds to formulate and arrive at a perfect bicycle we see nowadays Earlier it was woodiron wheels penny farthings no gearstc all this changed ober the time and Europe and US was at the centre stage for all the developmentsThe writer having ridden around the world on a bicycle already wishes to build a dream bike and xplores the best in class for ach part Roorke frames Rolls Royce hubs campagnolo drivetrain sapim spokes dt swill rims and so onWhile sourcing Gone (Gone, each part he gives us a taste of rich history behind them the chapter on brooks saddle was such a relatable one to me having done somendurance rides Inventions of uick release tension lever wheels rover safety bikes were a treat to read and for a cyclist this book is such a treatAlso got to know many famous personalities back then were keen cyclists too Arthur conon doyle HG wells mark twain da vinci wright brothers to name a fewFamous MTB rides like repack course spring classics and monuments feature in this book and adds mre information about the classic Threads Of The Shroud eventsThe book is also filled with rich uotes like the ones belowWhen I See an adult on a bicycle I do not despair for the future of human race HG wellsGet a bicycle and you will not regret it till you live Mark twain And this one was my favorite There s a calming familiarity in riding a bike Its faster than walking slower than a train higher than a car and lower than a plane but there is simply no other way of mobility that can give you a sense of freedom as bicycle doesBy the time you finish reading the final chapter of this book where he s done with building and assembly of his dream bike youd have known so much about the history of cycles and how the industryvolved This is a must read for any cyclist out there and I had thoroughly All Seated on the Ground enjoyed this book Thanks Robert Penn for letting us into such an informative journey which read like a storyIt s All about the bike indeed Somehow Robert Penn was able to convince his publisher to pay for a custom made highnd bicycle by visiting all of the factories of that make the parts and writing a book about it How did I not think of thisEnvy aside the book is full of useful cycling history trivia for Untitled. enthusiasts like myself The prose isn t memorable but I d still recommend it to anyone who nods knowingly at the following descriptionThe bicycle saves my lifevery day If you ve Wiring everxperienced a moment of awe or freedom on a bicycle if you ve Against All Odds ever taken flight from sadness to the rhythm of two spinning wheels or felt the resurgence of hope pedalling to the top of a hill with the dew offfort on your forehead if you ve Jingling Daddys Bells BDSM Menage ever wondered swooping bird like down a long hill on a bicycle if the world was standing still if you havever just once sat on a bicycle with a singing heart and felt like an ordinary human touching the gods then we share something fundamental I admit it I m biased in favor of this book from the get go I have a background in history. Robert Penn has saddled up nearly very day of his adult life In his late twenties he pedaled 25000 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 jo.

I ride a bike and I really njoy industrial toursOh yeah I m also biased in favor of good writingYou d think this kind of thing had been done before and for all I know it has My ignorance of the Against All Odds existence and depth of such works worked in my favor Given the uality of the writing though I don t think it matters how many other works in this stylexistHere s the story of a man who has been riding bicycles most of his life Now on the downhill side of that life the author and rider wants to have his first and only bespoke bicycle This is the story and the back story of the parts that make a wholeBut first Penn tells us what riding a bicycle means to himI ve been riding bicycles for thirty six years Today I ride to get to work sometimes for work to keep fit to bathe in air and sunshine to go shopping to Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Metabolism escape when the world is breaking my balls to savour the physical andmotional fellowship of riding with friends to travel to stay sane to skip bathtime with my kids for fun for a moment of grace occasionally to impress someone to scare myself and to hear my boy laugh Sometimes I ride my bicycle just to ride my bicycle It s a broad church of practical physical and Treasons, Stratagems, And Spoils emotional reasons with one unifying thing the bicycle page 11I can relatePenn organizes his work by building his dream bike Start with the frame add the steering drive train wheels and saddle viola we have a bicycle Along the way we learn bits of the history ofach component a little about the men yes all the Payment Due early design and build work on the bicycle was accomplished by men who created the pieces of what we now think of as a bicycle and how the parts under discussion weremployed by men and womenPenn s writing is so smooth and Vampireville (Vampire Kisses, engaging that I have no complaints at all He won t make you scratch your head in confusion over some arcane piece ofuipment In fact I found myself saying Who knew bearings could be so interestingIf you or someone you know likes to ride has an interest in history and Pirate of the Pacific (Doc Savage, enjoys a pleasant read I can t recommend this worknough Enjoy 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 is best The Rich and the Profane (Lovejoy, experienced directly rather than vicariously but I thoroughlynjoyed this book The book is written by a serious cyclist who loves the sport and he communicates that in the book All members of the Pedalers should be able to connect to this feelingThe Enjoyable paean to the bicycle and craftsmanship Penn tells the story of his uest to build himself the perfect racing bike While Turbulence explaining how his bespoke bike is made by the best manufacturers and craftsmen of bicycles and bicycle parts he also writes about the industrial and cultural history of the bike With a goodditor and half the length this would have been worth four stars With good illustrations and caption it could Tropical Bioproductivity even have been five stars This is definitely one of my favorite books I ve read this year I loved howach chapter was broken down into one major piece of his bike that he was building Then on top of following that we get all this history I love bikes and I love history so this was a very Elizabeth Ann Seton enjoyable book for me I will say since there is so much knowledge given the book was a bit dense and took me a little while to get through Butven so I really did thoroughly Die Postmoderne Konstellation enjoy this book andverything I learned It has Folk Tales From the Soviet Union encouraged me to get bike books This book is for a bike junkie like me a drug fix On a strange uest to build his dream bike Robert Penn takes us on journeys through the cultural and technological histories of bikes and cycling as well as some of his own personal bike trips around the world He made me want to get my bike out polish it carefully adjust it tweak it revel in the miracle oflegant simplicity and ultimate Ulysses and the Trojan War efficiency that it is and then go ridingHe visits the factories that make some of the most renowned components some of which are very familiar to any cyclist CampagnoloCinelli Brooks and some that are Urney but this book is than the story of his hunt for two wheel perfection En route Penn brilliantlyxplores 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 Tall, Dark Rich 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 Annthusiastic and charming tour guide Penn uses ach component of the.