It's All About the Bike by Robert Penn

It's All About the Bike

By Robert Penn

  • Release Date: 2010-07-29
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors
Score: 4
From 38 Ratings
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The bicycle is one of mankind's greatest inventions - and the most popular form of transport in history. Robert Penn has ridden one most days of his adult life. In his late 20s, he pedalled 40,000 kilometres around the world. Yet, like cyclists everywhere, the utilitarian bikes he currently owns don't even hint at this devotion. Robert needs a new bike, a bespoke machine that reflects how he feels when he's riding it - like an ordinary man touching the gods.

It's All About the Bike is the story of a journey to design and build a dream bike. En route, Robert explores the culture, science and history of the bicycle. From Stoke-on-Trent, where an artisan hand builds his frame, to California, home of the mountain bike, where Robert tracks down the perfect wheels, via Portland, Milan and Coventry, birthplace of the modern bicycle, this is the narrative of our love affair with cycling. It's a tale of perfect components - parts that set the standard in reliability, craftsmanship and beauty. It tells how the bicycle has changed the course of human history, from the invention of the 'people's nag' to its role in the emancipation of women, and from the engineering marvel of the tangent-spoked wheel to the enduring allure of the Tour de France. It's the story of why we ride, and why this simple machine remains central to life today.


  • it is okay but needed pichaa

    By MWmatthew00
    there should have been more pictures i gues ?!
  • It's All About The Bike

    By ma69rk0
    A fantastic read from the moment you pick it up ( or in my case download it.! ). A real insight into 1 man's dream to build his perfect bike to his dream spec. Reading about the history of the bike through this book is an eye opener for someone like me who uses a bike for work everyday. I now know the history of the bike. The way Rob describes the moment his bike was fully assembled he sounds like a proud father seeing his 1st child born. To anyone with an interest in cycling I'd advise you to buy this book....
  • A Must Have!

    By KDR152
    Being a semi-avid cyclist and just buying an iPad helped in the decision to buy this book. So far it is an interesting insight into the mind of an obsessional man! Great detail and fact litter the pages and mirror personal views. Coupled with the fact that I identify with the frame building chapter, as I have a hand built Rourkey frame hanging on the wall and live close to Rourkes, this is a must have for anyone who has a bike shaped itch to scratch!
  • It's all about the bike

    By robbyrobrob
    If you live for bikes, this book will get you out again on the trail immediately. If you don't ride, you soon will after reading what is an enthralling journey to building the ideal bike.
  • Enjoyable Read

    By Milosant
    Superb book well worth a read if you are interested in bikes
  • Loved it

    By thehimbo
    I would have liked to have seen more pictures but as an avid cyclist it was a thoroughly enjoyable read.
  • Intriguing journey through bike history

    By random-movie-goer
    An absorbing journey describing one man's quest to put together his dream bike. Along the way some fascinating insights into the history of the bicycle in all it's various forms, and related technology. Plenty of food for thought when choosing your next bike or changing your current one...
  • Must read...

    By Matthewcon
    Quite simply the best book about bikes you can read. Whether you are a bike nut, an engineer, a social historian or just like to read about a journey and a dream you should read this.