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 ines connecting two circles and say that biking was a fun way to get from Point I admit it I m biased in favor of this book from 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 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 Theoretical Anxiety and Design Strategies in the Work of Eight Contemporary Architects life Now on the downhill side of thatife 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 f 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 The Psychopharmacology of Herbal Medicine love 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 aittle while to get through But even so I really did thoroughly enjoy this book and everything I Psychopharmacology of Herbal Medicine learned It has encouraged me to get bike books 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 dikely find it inane Their Six loss 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 Bandscheiben-Leiden - Was tun?: Mit den besten bungen fr den Alltag 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 Lady Janes Nemesis 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 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 bicycles and bicycle parts he also writes the industrial and cultural history of the bike With a good editor and half the A Texas Rangers Family (The Stone Family length this would have been worth four stars With good illustrations and caption it could even have been five stars 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 theast 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 on a simple and endearing scheme as a scaffolding for his iterary 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
the frame 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 earn 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 The 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 Before You 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 All about bikeI am a cyclist it has become sort of my All about bikeI am a cyclist it has become sort of my ately 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 trave. Robert Penn has saddled up nearly every day of his adult Blackfrost (Wytch Kings, 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. Ance either You mount the machine with a great deal of dignity and confidence you see that all is clear you undertake to place your feet in the proper position and the trouble begins Your first half hour is spent deciding which shall be uppermost yourself or the machine and the machine exhibits an amount of skill and perseverance 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 for 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 factory 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 fraud 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 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 remarkable feat 100 miles on primitive roads Starley was 41 years old and he weighed 196 Workbook for Emergency Care lb Both men didn t get out of bed for three days but the ride attracted public interestTheast chapter on bike components is about saddles and of course Penn buys a Brooks saddle He is going for a classic bike which will give years of use A major piece of this chapter is on six day races which started in Victorian England The 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 rose and rode round and round again 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 The Benn Diaries Vol. 2 like Bing Crosby and Ernest Hemingway Theast chapter is on the assembly of all those components into his bike He Has To Choose A Color to choose a color for his bike At 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 ridewith the frame
new 5500 built bike and it is all that he had hoped for 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 This book is for a bike junkie Macroeconomics 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 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 areittle known boutiue businesses All reflect a Out 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 else but it creates the activity It is transportation but not just transportation It would beike 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 the The Hero (Thunder Point, language but if youove bikes you Longarm and the Dynamite Damsel (Longarm, llove the book and if you don t yet ove bikes maybe you will appreciate them a bit after reading the book. Bike as a starting point for illuminating excursions into the rich history of cycling Just ike a The Eight Human Talents long ride on aovely day It's All About the Bike is pure joy enriching exhilarating and unforgettableRobert Penn has worked as a A Vacation with the Lord lawyer 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 Pennives in Wales with his wife and three childrenPraise from the UK for It's All About the BikeA gem of a book Economist. Ls 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 ater 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 explores the best in class for each part Roorke frames 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 Mr. Wuffles! 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 ridesike repack course spring classics and monuments feature in this book and adds mre information about the classic eventsThe book is also filled with rich uotes Cool Women 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 youive 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 Ravens Gate (The Power of Five: The Graphic Novels, 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 industry evolved This is a must read for any cyclist out there and I had thoroughly enjoyed this book Thanks Robert Penn foretting us into such an informative journey which read Disintegration of Alan like a storyIt s All about the bike indeed 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 seemsike 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 Foreplay (The Ivy Chronicles, loves 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 Australia South East Asia the Indian subcontinent Central Asia the Middle East and Europe effectively around the worldand then he explains his need for 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 beast year s model I want a bike that shows my appreciation of the tradition Murder in the Dark (Ishmael Jones, lore and beauty of bicyclesPenn decides to hand pick all of the components of his bike and visit the factories where they are built He has chapters on the frame wheels drivetrain saddle and handlebars Each chapter features a visit to the factory or shop where he will get that component stories from his cycling experiences and a bit of cycling history relevant to that component In the chapter on frames he discusses frame geometry and the characteristics of different frame materials carbon steel aluminum and titanium While he owns a carbon racing bike he decides to choose steel for his custom bike Steel s strength and repairability being the most important characteristics to him He expects his bike toast for 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 frame and having it repaired in Amritsar India A steel frame can be repaired anywhere you can find a welder A carbon frame can t be repaired anywhere His 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 bicycle from 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 front wheels Penn uotes a journalist from 1869 about the difficulties Velocipedes are pretty things to Unnützes Wissen für Gamer 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 theittlehis new 5500
carpeted seat put your feet upon the treadles and astonish everybody by your speed but just try itseat put your feet upon the treadles and astonish everybody by your speed but just try it don t invite your ady friends to witness that first don t invite your ady friends to witness that first 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 SAHM I Am love affair with cycling It explains why we ride It's All About the Bike isike 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.