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

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All bout bikeI m cyclist it has become sort of my identity lately Purses and Poison and despite being one I had never read book on cyclingI was gifted this book Rogue on the Rollaway and the subject of the book was very interesting to me itsbout the uthor s journey of building his dream bike he travels to different part of the world nd 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 ha Somehow Robert Penn was ble to convince his publisher to pay for custom made high end bicycle by visiting ll of the factories of that make the parts nd writing book bout it How did I not think of thisEnvy side the book is full of useful cycling history trivia for enthusiasts like myself The prose isn t memorable but I d still recommend it to nyone who nods I dmit it I m biased in favor of this book from the get go I have background in history I ride bike nd I really enjoy industrial toursOh yeah I m lso biased in favor of good writingYou d think this kind of thing had been done before nd for ll I know it has My ignorance of the existence nd 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 man who has been riding bicycles most of his life Now on the downhill side of that life the uthor Haunted House Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, and rider wants to have his firstnd only bespoke bicycle This is the story Sweet Southern Hearts (A Willow Hill Novel Book 3) and the back story of the parts that make wholeBut first Penn tells us what riding 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 ir nd sunshine to go shopping to escape when the world is breaking my balls to savour the physical nd emotional fellowship of riding with friends to travel to stay sane to skip bathtime with my kids for fun for moment of grace occasionally to impress someone to scare myself nd to hear my boy laugh Sometimes I ride my bicycle just to ride my bicycle It s Daddy's Girl Series: A Taboo Erotic Collection a broad church of practical physicalnd emotional reasons with one unifying thing the bicycle page 11I can relatePenn organizes his work by building his dream bike Start with the frame dd the steering drive train wheels nd saddle viola we have bicycle Along the way we learn bits of the history of each component little bout the men yes ll the early design Dark Tides (Dark Tides and build work on the bicycle wasccomplished by men who created the pieces of what we now think of s bicycle Wrong for Me (Motor City Royals, and how the parts under discussion were employed by mennd womenPenn s writing is so smooth nd engaging that I have no complaints t Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music all He won t make you scratch your head in confusion over somercane piece of euipment In fact I found myself saying Who knew bearings could be so interestingIf you or someone you know likes to ride has n interest in history nd enjoys pleasant read I can t recommend this work enough Enjoy Great for the Cyclist EnthusiastI was given this book s Downright Dead a Chris. Robert Penn has saddled up nearly every day of hisdult life In his late twenties he pedaled 25000 miles round the world Today he rides to get to work sometimes for work to bathe in ir nd sunshine to travel to go shopping to stay sane nd to skip bath time with his kids He's no Sunday pedal pusher So when the time came for Left Fur Dead a new bike he decided to pull outll the stops He would build his dream bike the bike he would ride for the rest of his life; customized machine that reflects the joy of cycling It's All About the Bike follows Penn's jo.

Tmas present so I had bsolutely no preconceptions bout it I have not read many books bout bicycling It seems like n ctivity that is best experienced directly rather than vicariously but I thoroughly enjoyed this book The book is written by Loyalty and Lies (Chastity Falls, a serious cyclist who loves the sportnd he communicates that in the book All members of the Pedalers should be ble to connect to this feelingThe uthor Robert Penn is By Way Of A Wager a serious recreational cyclist In the introduction he claims I cycledcross the USA Australia South East Asia the Indian subcontinent Central Asia the Middle East nd Europe effectively round the worldand then he explains his need for new bike I need talismanic machine that somehow Enjoyable paean to the bicycle nd 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 nd craftsmen of bicycles When Kingdom Comes and bicycle parts helso writes bout the industrial nd cultural history of the bike With The Wayward Bride (Besotted Scots, a good editornd half the length this would have been worth four stars With good illustrations nd caption it could even have been five stars 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 o This book is for bike junkie like me Such a Dance a drug fix On strange uest to build his dream bike Robert Penn takes us on journeys through the cultural nd technological histories of bikes nd cycling s well s some of his own personal bike trips round the world He made me want to get my bike out polish it carefully djust it tweak it revel in the miracle of elegant simplicity nd ultimate efficiency that it is nd then go ridingHe visits the factories that make some of the most renowned components some of which La bte du marais are very familiar tony cyclist CampagnoloCinelli Brooks Laos: Keystone Of Indochina and some thatre little known boutiue businesses All reflect How Foreign Policy Decisions Are Made In The Third World a love of cycle craftsmanshipHis chapter on wheel building made it sound so complicated that I wasstounded that I had ctually managed to build my own wheels for my otherwise undistinguished bike 30 years goHe concludes that Lance Armstrong was wrong It really is ll bout the bike I Et ainsi de suite agree A bike is not just tool something you use to do something else but it creates the The Shoshoni Cookbook activity It is transportation but not just transportation It would be like saying that horse racing is notbout horses Cycling is Historias sobre los Fondos Bahá'ís a mixture combination Reasoning with the Infinite: From the Closed World to the Mathematical Universe a synergy of the humannd the machine A bicycle blends man Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do About It and machines do few other machinesPenn s book takes some of the emphasis off the tabloid personality culture of competitive cycling nd puts it on the inventors nd craftsmen who make it possible nd on the mazing machines themselvesThis won t go down s one of the greatest works of non fiction in the language but if you love bikes you ll love the book nd if you don t yet love bikes maybe you will ppreciate them bit fter reading the book This is delightfully entertaining riff on one of the greatest inventions of humankind the bicycl. Urney but this book is than the story of his hunt for two wheel perfection En route Penn brilliantly explores the culture science nd history of the bicycle From rtisanal frame shops in the United Kingdom to California where he finds the perfect wheels via Portland Milan nd points in between his trek follows the serpentine path of our love ffair with cycling It explains why we ride It's All About the Bike is like Penn's dream bike tale greater than the sum of its parts An enthusiastic nd charming tour guide Penn uses each component of the.

E Cheap elegant efficient Mr Darcy's Cottage of Earthly Delights: Shades of Pride and Prejudice and clean it had tremendous influence on the social s urban development nd technological progress of the last 150 years The bicycle was key driver behind the emancipation of women the mobilisation of the working class the expansion of cities nd the unlocking of remote countryside And it served s precursor to the utomobile nd the irplane the Wright brothers started out The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank as bicycle mechanicsfter The Myth of Genesis and Exodus and the Exclusion of Their African Origins all thereby contributing to its own demise But today the bicycle s cultural status is on the risegain nd we can only speculate bout the magnitude of its redeeming future contribution to world reigned by congestion energy scarcity obesity nd burnout Robert Penn relied on Yoga Kitchen: Divine Recipes from the Shoshoni Yoga Retreat a simplend endearing scheme s scaffolding for his literary tribute fter having spent decades on bikes crisscrossing remote reas on this planet he sets out on journey to put together the ultimate talismanic bicycle Component by component starting with the frame moving on to the handlebars drivetrain wheels nd saddle he ssembles his fully customised dream bike seeking out the choicest craftsmen who pursue their mechanical trade with spiritual rdour And piece by piece we learn bout the surprisingly tortuous history of bicycle invention Altogether it makes up for fascinating narrative nd one that is permeated with the profound love that this most glorious most honest nd sanest of inventions can instill in human beings The bicycle saves my life every day If you ve ever experienced moment of we or freedom on 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 hill with the dew of effort on your forehead if you ve ever wondered swooping down bird like down long hill if the world was standing still if you have ever just once sat on bicycle with singing heart nd felt like Loyalty and Lies (Chastity Falls, an ordinary human touching the gods then we share something fundamental We know it sll bout the bike Beautiful The magic of cycling nd bicycles ll in one nd was Jeep. Sur les traces de la lgende a joy to read in the way nice ride is joyful Just felt swept long nd totally taken by the The Abbeyville Way author s own joynd wonder t bicycles nd bicycling historyBut I would not recommend it to Stations of the Lost: The Treatment of Skid Row Alcoholics anyone who wasn t into bicycles they d likely find it inane Their loss This was fun introduction into biking culture much s I would ve done s Treasure Diver (Choose Your Own Adventure, a child if someonesked me to draw A Shot at Love a picture of bike Old Records Never Die: One Man's Quest for His Vinyl and His Past and express what it means to me I would draw some lines connecting two circlesnd say that biking was Ask an Astronaut a fun way to get from Point A to Point BHow naiveBiking is not justn outdoor Dead of Night activity butn intense culture that spans the globe The Voyage Unplanned and the machine itself is uite fascinating when you payttention Reading this book was like finding myself t party nd eavesdropping on handful of people telling really engaging story I didn t know what they were talking bout but I wanted into the group Vienna 1814: How the Conquerors of Napoleon Made War, Peace, and Love at the Congress of Vienna and their conversation Thenalogy holds true for ll its pros nd cons pros in that the book welcomes you into its explanations in not cond. Bike s Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen: 35 Great Stories That Have Inspired Great Films a starting point for illuminating excursions into the rich history of cycling Just like long ride on lovely day It's All About the Bike is pure joy enriching exhilarating nd unforgettableRobert Penn has worked s lawyer waiter contractor DJ photographer Easy and journalistnd biked to every single job He writes for the Financial Times the Observer Morrissey y los atormentados and Condé Nast Travelers well s host of cycling publications Penn lives in Wales with his wife Real Magic: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe and three childrenPraise from the UK for It's All About the BikeA gem of book Economist.

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