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 or his dream machine What he describes in the book is not just his bike building journey the book is The Undrowned Child filled with rich history of bicycle rightrom 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 The Summer House for motorized vehicles But they wouldn teel the same when they Before My Heart Stops: A Memoir find out cycling is one of the prime reasons we have good road infrastructure now it was theirst invention The Yankee Club for mobility and it created a huge demandor road networksThe chain system the ratchet mechanism bearings so many key concepts were taken rom the cycle and applied directly to automobiles later on The book talks about how thw whole cycle didn t evolve in one simple day it took years and many great minds to ormulate and arrive at a perfect bicycle we see nowadays Earlier it was woodiron wheels penny The Catholic Home: Celebrations and Traditions for Holidays, Feast Days, and Every Day farthings no gears etc all this changed ober the time and Europe and US was at the centre stageor all the developmentsThe writer having ridden around the world on a bicycle already wishes to build a dream bike and explores the best in class Green Metropolis: The Extraordinary Landscapes of New York City as Nature, History, and Design for each part Roorkerames Rolls Royce hubs campagnolo drivetrain sapim spokes dt swill rims and 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 lever wheels rover safety bikes were a treat to read and The Magic Cake Shop for a cyclist this book is such a treatAlso got to know manyamous personalities back then were keen cyclists too Arthur conon doyle HG wells mark twain da vinci wright brothers to name a ewFamous MTB rides like repack course spring classics and monuments eature in this book and adds mre information about the classic eventsThe book is also illed with rich uotes like the ones belowWhen I See an adult on a bicycle I do not despair or the Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability future of human race HG wellsGet a bicycle and you will not regret it till you live Mark twain And this one was myavorite There s a calming The Curious World of Wine: Facts, Legends, and Lore About the Drink We Love So Much familiarity in riding a bike Itsaster 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 American Hunger: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Washington Post Series freedom as bicycle doesBy the time youinish reading the The Mother Zone 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 reador any cyclist out there and I had thoroughly enjoyed this book Thanks Robert Penn The Void 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 payor a custom made high end bicycle by visiting all of the The Poke Cookbook: The Freshest Way to Eat Fish factories of that make the parts and writing a book about it How did I not think of thisEnvy aside the book isull of useful cycling history trivia or enthusiasts like myself The prose isn t memorable but I d still recommend it to anyone who
knowingly at ollowing descriptionThe bicycle saves My Life Every Day If You Ve life every day If you ve experienced a moment of awe or reedom on a bicycle if you ve ever "Taken Flight From Sadness To The Rhythm Of Two Spinning "flight rom sadness to the rhythm of two spinning or Sicilian Lives felt the resurgence of hope pedalling to the top of a hill with the dew of effort on yourorehead if you ve ever wondered swooping bird like down a 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 Tattoo a Banana: And Other Ways to Turn Anything and Everything Into Art felt like an ordinary human touching the gods then we share somethingundamental I admit it I m biased in Alice Oliver favor of this bookrom the get go I have a background in history I ride a bike and I really enjoy industrial toursOh yeah I m also biased in The Protestant Temperament favor of good writingYou d think this kind of thing had been done before andor all I know it has My ignorance of the existence and depth of such works worked in my That's So '90s Pop!: A Fill-In Activity Book 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 life Now on the downhill side of that life the author and rider wants to have hisirst and only bespoke bicycle This is the story and the back story of the parts that make a wholeBut The Radiant Child first Penn tells us what riding a bicycle means to himI ve been riding bicyclesor thirty six years Today I ride to get to work sometimes The Best American Crime Writing for work to keepit to bathe in air and sunshine to go shopping to escape when the world is breaking my balls to savour the physical and emotional The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data fellowship of riding withriends to travel to stay sane to skip bathtime with my kids or un Tempting Eden 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 emotional reasons with one unifying thing the bicycle page 11I can relatePenn organizes his work by building his dream bike Start with therame add the steering drive train wheels and saddle viola we have a bicycle Along the way we learn bits of the history of each component a little 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 Robert Penn has saddled up nearly every day of his adult life In his late twenties he pedaled 25000 miles around the world Today he rides to get to work sometimes Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, 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 cameor a new bike he decided to pull out all the stops He would build his dream bike the bike he would ride or the rest of his life; a customized machine that reflects the joy of cycling It's All About the Bike ollows Penn's jo.nods knowingly at
Robert Penn µ 2 Free downloadE and rode round and round again Three Times the Love for six days straight There was no racing on the Sabbath Phew As sport it would not meet with the customs of our timesSix day races reached New York in the 1890s and were a very popular spectator sport through the 1920s Major races were held at Madison Suare Garden and were attended by celebrities like Bing Crosby and Ernest Hemingway The last chapter is on the assembly of all those components into his bike He has to choose a color schemeor his bike At The Drowning Man first he chooses purple but his builder tells him no so he decides on Frederick Pedaler colors of orange and blue I wonder how he knew that we use those colors Then he is off to ride his new 5500 custom built bike and it is all that he had hopedor He comes to the conclusionLance Armstrong was wrong I realize this is rich telling the winner of the world s toughest cycle race a record seven times that the title of his global best selling book It s Not About the Bike is erroneous but there you go I ve done it now Lance you don t know what you re talking about It is about the bike It s all about the bikeI thoroughly enjoyed this book and I would recommend to anyone who enjoys cycling 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 length this would have been worth The Bride of Willow Creek four stars With good illustrations and caption it could even have beenive stars This is definitely one of my GREAT INVESTMENT, THE 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 ofollowing that we get all this history I love bikes and I love history so this was a very enjoyable book or 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 But even so I really did thoroughly enjoy this book and everything I learned It has encouraged me to get bike books This book is or a bike junkie like me a drug The Lively Art of Writing 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 theactories that make some of the most renowned components some of which are very amiliar to any cyclist CampagnoloCinelli Brooks and some that are little known boutiue businesses 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 last 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 uture contribution to a world reigned by congestion energy scarcity obesity and burnout Robert Penn relied on a simple andfuture contribution to a world reigned by congestion energy scarcity obesity and burnout Robert Penn relied on a simple and scheme as a scaffolding or his Literary Tribute After Having Spent tribute after having spent on bikes crisscrossing remote 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 elt 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 The Glass Ocean find it inane Their loss This was aun 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 lines connecting two circles and say that biking was a un way to get rom 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 ascinating when you pay attention Reading this book was like inding 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 The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness 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 loved diagrams and a glossary maybe even some mapsThat being said it s still worth a reador biking culture newbies like me The author integrates history including interesting development alongside its sibling the automobile many amiliar names you once thought started with cars actually began in biking philosophies behind craft community development of the Machine Itself Including Geometry And itself including geometry and to the human body ascinating 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 Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I've Learned So Far) 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 Bike as a starting pointor 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 unforgettableRobert Penn has worked as a lawyer waiter contractor DJ photographer and journalist and biked to every single job He writes Serenity Role Playing Game 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 childrenPraiserom the UK or It's All About the BikeA gem of a book Economist. ,
Ake you scratch your head in confusion over some arcane piece of euipment In act I Tressed to Kill (Southern Beauty Shop, found myself saying Who knew bearings could be so interestingIf you or someone you know likes to ride has an interest in history and enjoys a pleasant read I can t recommend this work enough Enjoy Greator 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 experienced directly rather than vicariously but I thoroughly enjoyed 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 Tressed to Kill feelingThe author Robert Penn is a serious recreational cyclist In the introduction he claims I cycled across the USA Australia South East Asia the Indian subcontinent Central Asia the Middle East and Europe effectively around the worldand then he explains his needor a new bike I need a talismanic machine that somehow reflects my cycling history and carries my cycling aspirations I want craftsmanship not technology I want the bike to be man made I want a bike that has character a bike that will never be last year s model I want a bike that shows my appreciation of the tradition lore and beauty of bicyclesPenn decides to hand pick all of the components of his bike and visit the actories where they are built He has chapters on the rame wheels drivetrain saddle and handlebars Each chapter The Dancer Who Flew: A Memoir of Rudolf Nureyev features a visit to theactory or shop where he will get that component stories rom his cycling experiences and a bit of cycling history relevant to that component In the chapter on rames he discusses rame geometry and the characteristics of different rame materials carbon steel aluminum and titanium While he owns a carbon racing bike he decides to choose steel or his custom bike Steel s strength and repairability being the most important characteristics to him He expects his bike to last or decades After discussing his decision on steel Penn goes into the history of the Reynolds Tube Company and their steel bicycle tubes and his own experience of breaking a The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School frame and having it repaired in Amritsar India A steelrame can be repaired anywhere you can ind a welder A carbon rame can t be repaired anywhere His The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School frame will be custom built by Rourke Cycles in Stoke on Trent England In the chapter on the steering system the evolution of the modern bicyclerom velocipedes to high wheelers to the modern bike The reason that this is discussed in the handlebar chapter is that steering is impeded by having the pedals attached to the The Cutting Room: A Novel of Suspense front wheels Penn uotes a journalistrom 1869 about the difficulties Velocipedes are pretty things to look upon as they whirl along so swiftly and gracefully operated by some practiced hand But did you ever try to ride one It seems an easy thing to sit on the little carpeted seat put your eet upon the treadles and astonish everybody by your speed but just try it And don t invite your lady riends to witness that irst performance either You mount the machine with a great deal of dignity and confidence you see that all is clear you undertake to place your eet in the proper position and the trouble begins Your irst half hour is spent deciding which shall be uppermost yourself or the machine and the machine exhibits an amount of skill and shall be uppermost yourself or the machine and
machine exhibits an amount of skill that astonishes youAttaching the pedals to the rear wheels were the major breakthrough in bicycle design making it much easier to steer and balanceOf course handlebars need a headset so Penn travels to Portland Oregon to get the headset or his bike It is a Chris King headset Chris King invented the sealed bearing headset in 1976 and still sells the same model Since he is visting Portland to get the headset he has to describe the cycling culture there A visit to Milan to pick Cinelli handlebars results in a discussion of Italian cycling to end the chapter In the chapter on drivetrains Penn visits the Campagnolo actory since he plans to buy the Record groupset His original plan was to buy separate components but his builder told him that was madness This chapter also covers the history of Tullio Campagnolo who invented the uick release skewer and the derailleur There is also another chunk of Italian cycling history including the story of the raud that claimed Leonardo da Vinci invented the bike In the chapter on wheels Penn visits Marin County California to purchase Gravy wheels He brings his hubs with him Having purchased them in England For tires he bought Continental Grand Prix 4000s That is the only component mentioned in the book that I might actually buy His wheels are hand built Since Penn was in Marin County he visited with some of the inventors of mountain biking and rode with them on one of the classic courses of the 70s I consider the century ride 100 miles that I did several years ago to be one of my significant achievements and the The Cake House first century ride is mentioned in this chapter They mounted their machines just as the sun was rising and pedalling bravely they reached Mr Starley s residence just as the clock of St Michael s struck the hour of midnight It was a remarkableeat 100 miles on primitive roads Starley was 41 years old and he weighed 196 lb Both men didn t get out of bed The Essential Tantra: A Modern Guide to Sacred Sexuality for three days but the ride attracted public interestThe last chapter on bike components is about saddles and of course Penn buys a Brooks saddle He is goingor a classic bikeThe Machine Exhibits An Amount Of Skill
which will give years of use A major piece of this chapter is on six day raceswill give years of use A major piece of this chapter is on six day races started in Victorian England The The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success first competitive six day race was held in the Islington Agricultural Hall London in 1878 Riders on high wheeler bicycles rode round and round until they dropped slept briefly ros. Urney but this book is than the story of his huntor two wheel perfection En route Penn brilliantly explores the culture science and history of the bicycle From artisanal The Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes frame shops in the United Kingdom to California where heinds the perfect wheels via Portland Milan and points in between his trek ollows 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.