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scaffolding for his iterary tribute after having spent decades on bikes crisscrossing areas on this planet he for his Renovations: A Father and Son Rebuild a House and Rediscover Each Other literary tribute after having spent decades on bikes crisscrossing remote areas on this planet he 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 weearn about the surprisingly tortuous history of bicycle invention Altogether it makes up for a fascinating narrative and one that is permeated with the profound ove that this most glorious most honest and sanest "Of Inventions Can Instill In Human Beings "inventions can instill in human beings bicycle saves my ife every day If you ve ever experienced a moment of awe or freedom on a bicycle if you ve 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 of effort on your forehead if you ve ever wondered swooping down bird I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo! like down aong hill if the world was standing still if you have ever just once sat on a bicycle with a singing heart and felt ike an ordinary human touching the gods then we share something fundamental We know it s all about the bike This book is for a bike junkie ike 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 of elegant simplicity and ultimate 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 Puppet Master little known boutiue businesses All reflect aove 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 else but it creates the activity It is transportation but not just transportation It would be Swoon: The Heartthrob Activity Book for Good Color-Inners as Well as Beginners 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 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 theanguage but if you Janae (Blacktop, love bikes youl ove the book and if you don t yet ove bikes maybe you will appreciate them a bit after reading the book This is definitely one of my favorite books I ve read this year I oved 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 all this history I ove bikes and I ove history so this was a very enjoyable book for me I will say since there is so much knowledge given the book was a bit dense and took me a ittle while to get through But even so I really did thoroughly enjoy this book and everything I earned It has encouraged me to get bike books Enjoyable paean to the bicycle and craftsmanship Penn tells the story of his uest to build himself the perfect racing bike While 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 good editor and half the ength this would have been worth four stars With good illustrations and caption it could even have been five stars 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 Why Diets Make Us Fat like an activity that is best experienced directly rather than vicariously but I thoroughly enjoyed this book The book is written by a serious cyclist whooves the sport and he communicates that in the book All members of the Pedalers should be able to connect to this feelingThe author Robert Penn is a serious recreational cyclist In the introduction he claims I cycled across the USA. Bike as a starting point for illuminating excursions into the rich history of cycling Just Dont Hex with Texas (Enchanted, Inc., like aong ride on a Spanish Dagger (China Bayles, lovely day It's All About the Bike is pure joy enriching exhilarating and unforgettableRobert Penn has worked as aawyer waiter contractor DJ photographer and journalist and biked to every single job He writes for the Financial Times the Observer and Condé Nast Traveler as well as a host of cycling publications Penn ives in Wales with his wife and three childrenPraise from the UK for It's All About the BikeA gem of a book Economist. Explores the best in class
for each part Roorke frames Rolls Royce hubs campagnolo drivetrain sapim spokes dt swill rims each part Roorke frames Rolls Royce hubs campagnolo drivetrain sapim spokes dt swill rims so onWhile sourcing 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 some endurance rides Inventions of uick release tension ever 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 Repackrides ike repack spring and monuments feature in this and adds mre information about the classic eventsThe book is also filled with rich uotes ike 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 ive 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 ower 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 industry evolved This is a must read for any cyclist out there and I had thoroughly enjoyed this book Thanks Robert Penn for Dead Giveaway letting us into such an informative journey which readike a storyIt s All about the bike indeed 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 and express what it means to me I would draw some Andrew Lost In the Kitchen 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 wasike finding myself at a party and eavesdropping on a handful of people telling a really engaging story I didn t know what they were talking about but I wanted into the group and their conversation The analogy holds true for all its pros and cons pros in that the book welcomes you into its explanations in a not condescending way cons where it almost assumes you may know than you do and doesn t explain enough or in a simplified enough manner I would have Strange Son: Two Mothers, Two Sons, and the Quest to Unlock the Hidden World of Autism loved diagrams and a glossary maybe even some mapsThat being said it s still worth a read for biking culture newbiesike me The author integrates history including interesting development alongside its sibling the automobile many familiar names you once thought started with cars actually began in biking philosophies behind craft community development of the machine itself including geometry and relationships to the human body fascinating with soulfulness expressed in his own personal adventure to build his dream bikeThe author s yearning is infectious and I think anyone who already has the bug understands the passion that can be stored in a frame and two wheels and all the components in between not to mention the distances and adventures over which these things will carry its rider Makes me want to ride off into the sunset on my own dream bike wherever that will take me 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 Nope likely find it inane Theiross 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 s urban development and technological progress of the ast 150 years The bicycle was a key driver behind the emancipation of women the mobilisation of the working class the expansion 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 energy scarcity obesity and burnout Robert Penn relied. Urney but this book is 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 ove affair with cycling It explains why we ride It's All About the Bike is ike 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.
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Book Fromfrom the get go I have a background in I ride a bike and I really enjoy 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 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 style existHere s the story of a man who has been riding bicycles most of his ife Now on the downhill side of that ife 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 tellsThe Get Go IGet Go I A Background In
us what riding a bicycle means to himI ve been riding bicycles for thirty six years Today I ride towhat riding a bicycle means to himI ve been riding bicycles for thirty six years Today I ride to to work sometimes for work to keep fit to bathe in air and sunshine to go shopping to escape when the world is breaking my balls to savour the physical and emotional 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 augh Sometimes I ride my bicycle just to ride my bicycle It s a broad church of practical physical and 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 Buck: A Memoir learn bits of the history of each component aittle about the men yes all the 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 were employed by men and womenPenn s writing is so smooth and engaging that I have no complaints at all He won t make you scratch your head in confusion over some arcane piece of euipment In fact I found myself saying Who knew bearings could be so interestingIf you or someone you know Oh, the Things They Invented!: All About Great Inventors likes to ride has an interest in history and enjoys a pleasant read I can t recommend this work enough Enjoy 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 think of thisEnvy aside the book is full of useful cycling history trivia for enthusiastsike myself The prose isn t memorable but I d still recommend it to anyone who nods knowingly at the following descriptionThe bicycle saves my Yikes, Vikings! (Canadian Flyer Adventures Series life every day If you ve ever experienced a moment of awe or freedom on a bicycle if you ve 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 of effort on your forehead if you ve ever wondered swooping birdike down a Five Days Left long hill on a bicycle if the world was standing still if you have ever just once sat on a bicycle with a singing heart and feltike an ordinary human touching the gods then we share something fundamental All about bikeI am a cyclist it has become sort of my identity Searching for Robert Johnson 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 automobilesater on The book talks about how thw whole cycle didn t 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 gears etc 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. Robert Penn has saddled up nearly every day of his adult Blood on Silk life In hisate 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 ife; a customized machine that reflects the joy of cycling It's All About the Bike follows Penn's jo.