It's All About the Bike The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels (Free E–pub) º Robert Penn

  • Hardcover
  • 208
  • It's All About the Bike The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels
  • Robert Penn
  • English
  • 24 February 2018
  • 9781608195381

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review It's All About the Bike The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels Robert Penn î 4 Summary Free read Ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook î Robert Penn Bike as a starting point for 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 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 childrenPraise from the UK for It's All About the BikeA gem of a book Economist. 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 of following that we get all this history I love bikes and I 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 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

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review It's All About the Bike The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels Robert Penn î 4 Summary Free read Ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook î Robert Penn 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 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. 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 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 literary 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 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 we learn about the surprisingly tortuous history of bicycle invention Altogether it makes up for a fascinating narrative and one that is permeated with the profound love that this most glorious most honest and sanest of inventions can instill in human beings The bicycle saves my 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 down bird like down a long hill if the world was standing still if you have ever just once sat on a bicycle with a singing heart and felt like an ordinary human touching the gods then we share something fundamental We know it s all about the bike

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review It's All About the Bike The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels Robert Penn î 4 Summary Free read Ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook î Robert Penn 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 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 life; a customized machine that reflects the joy of cycling It's All About the Bike follows Penn's jo. 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 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 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 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 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 rides like 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 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 you live 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 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 for letting us into such an informative journey which read like a storyIt s All about the bike indeed