(It's All About the Bike The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels) PDF KINDLE æ Robert Penn
Bicycles and bicycle parts he also writes about the industrial and cultural history of the bike With a good ditor and half the length this would have been worth four stars With good illustrations and caption it could The Medicine Man even have been five stars 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 seems like an activity that is bestxperienced directly rather than vicariously but I thoroughly Maverick Christmas 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 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 Europeffectively around the worldand then he Millionaires Dont Count (Harlequin Mini 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 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 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 cyclingxperiences 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 Liberating Paris expects his bike to last 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 ownxperience 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 The Lost Queen (Faerie Path, 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 look upon as they whirl along so swiftly and gracefully operated by some practiced hand But did youver try to ride one It seems an To Dwell in Darkness (Duncan Kincaid Gemma James, easy thing to sit on the little carpeted seat put your feet upon the treadles and astonishverybody by your speed but just try it And don t invite your lady friends to witness that first performance To Dwell in Darkness (Duncan Kincaid Gemma James, 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 machinexhibits 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 asier 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 nd 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 lb Both men didn t get out of bed 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 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 mee. Bike as a starting point for illuminating The Serpent of Venice excursions into the rich history of cycling Just like a long ride on a lovely day It's All About the Bike is pure joynriching Marrying Winterborne (The Ravenels, exhilarating and unforgettableRobert Penn has worked as a lawyer waiter contractor DJ photographer and journalist and biked tovery 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 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 Kiss of Surrender (Deadly Angels, express what it means to me I would draw some lines connecting two circles and say that biking was a fun way to get from 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 fascinating when you pay attention Reading this book was like finding myself at a party andavesdropping on a handful of people telling a really The Weirdstone of Brisingamen engaging story I didn t know what they were talking about but I wanted into the group and their conversation The analogy holds true for all its pros and cons pros in that the book welcomes you into itsxplanations in a not condescending way cons where it almost assumes you may know than you do and doesn t xplain nough or in a simplified Rain (Paper Gods, enough manner I would have loved diagrams and a glossary maybeven some mapsThat being said it s still worth a read for biking culture newbies like me The author integrates history including interesting development alongside its sibling the automobile many familiar names you once thought started with cars actually began in biking philosophies behind craft community development of the machine itself including geometry and relationships to the human body fascinating with soulfulness xpressed 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 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 me 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 This is a delightfully ntertaining riff on one of the greatest inventions of humankind the bicycle Cheap The Replacement Wife elegantfficient 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 mancipation of women the mobilisation of the working class the xpansion 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 The Bluebird Bet (Welcome to Tall Pines energy scarcity obesity and burnout Robert Penn relied on a simple andndearing 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 Hot-Blooded Italians every day If you vever Mlynowski Teen Thriller experienced a moment of awe or freedom on a bicycle if you vever 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 Reggie effort on your forehead if you vever wondered swooping down bird like down a long hill if the world was standing still if you have Switchback 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 This book is for a bike junkie 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 oflegant simplicity and ultimate Marrying Marcus (Virgin Brides, 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 are little known boutiue businesses All reflect a 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 Lanc 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 reallynjoy 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 Belonging (Temptation, 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 stylexistHere 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 his first and only bespoke bicycle This is the story and the back story of the parts that make a wholeBut first Penn tells us what riding a 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 air and sunshine to go shopping to If Im Found (If I Run escape when the world is brea. Robert Penn has saddled up nearlyvery 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.
King my balls to savour the physical and CaddyGirls emotional fellowship of riding with friends to travel to stay sane to skip bathtime with my kids for fun 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 andmotional reasons with one unifying thing the bicycle page 11I can relatePenn organizes his work by building his dream bike Start with the frame add the steering drive train wheels and saddle viola we have a bicycle Along the way we learn bits of the history of Assignment each component a little about the men yes all thearly 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 Philosophy of Religion employed by men and womenPenn s writing is so smooth andngaging that I have no complaints at all He won t make you scratch your head in confusion over some arcane piece of No Respect euipment In fact I found myself saying Who knew bearings could be so interestingIf you or someone you know likes to ride has an interest in history andnjoys a pleasant read I can t recommend this work The Spirituality Revolution enough Enjoy Somehow Robert Penn was able to convince his publisher to pay for a custom made highnd 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 Comptia Cysa+ Cybersecurity Analyst Certification Bundle (Exam Cs0-001) enthusiasts like myself The prose isn t memorable but I d still recommend it to anyone who nods knowingly at the following descriptionThe bicycle saves my lifevery day If you ve Economies and Cultures everxperienced a moment of awe or freedom on a bicycle if you ve Designing with Web Standards 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 offfort on your forehead if you ve Sadies Surrender (Oyster Harbor, ever wondered swooping bird like down a long hill on a bicycle if the world was standing still if you havever just once sat on a bicycle with a singing heart and felt like an ordinary human touching the gods then we share something fundamental 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 Structure Of The Nucleus 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 gearstc 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 xplores the best in class for ach part Roorke frames Rolls Royce hubs campagnolo drivetrain sapim spokes dt swill rims and so onWhile sourcing ach 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 ndurance 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 Passage Through Crisis 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 industryvolved This is a must read for any cyclist out there and I had thoroughly Science, Technology and Culture 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 This is definitely one of my favorite books I ve read this year I loved howach 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 The Road to Einsteins Relativity 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 Butven so I really did thoroughly Black Boy enjoy this book andverything I learned It has Nighttime Sweethearts encouraged me to get bike books Enjoyable paean to the bicycle and craftsmanship Penn tells the story of his uest to build himself the perfect racing bike Whilexplaining how his bespoke bike is made by the best manufacturers and craftsmen of. Urney but this book is than the story of his hunt for two wheel perfection En route Penn brilliantly Maternity Bride (Silhouette Desire 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 Itxplains 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 Safe in My Arms enthusiastic and charming tour guide Penn usesach component of the.