It's All about the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels

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Particular Books, 2010 - Bicycles - 199 pages
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Robert Penn's It's All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels is a paean to the humble bike; it's the story of why we ride, and why this simple machine holds the power to transport us all. Robert Penn has ridden a bike most days of his life. He rides to get to work, to bathe in air and sunshine, to stay sane and to feel free. This is the story of his love affair with cycling and the journey to build his dream bike; a freewheeling pilgrimage taking him from Californian mountain bike inventors to British artisan frame builders, and from perfect components to the path of true happiness. 'A gem of a book ... a joy'
Economist 'Infectious, exhilarating, highly engaging'
Independent 'Be swept along by Penn's enthusiasm, humour and refreshing candour'
Sunday Telegraph 'Enriches your enjoyment of a ride'
Sunday Times 'As a depiction of a world you might vote for, Penn's does not sound bad at all'
Observer Robert Penn writes for the Financial Times, Observer and Conde Nast Traveller, as well as a host of cycling publications. He is the author of The Wrong Kind of Snow. Robert lives in the Black Mountains, South Wales with his wife and three children and commutes to work across a heather moor on a mountain bike.

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User Review  - Booktacular - LibraryThing

This is a fascinating book for anyone interested in the history of the bicycle OR the current state of the bicycle (spoiler: it's not that different today)! I am a light-to-moderate cycling enthusiast ... Read full review

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User Review  - sonyagreen - LibraryThing

As an avid cyclist and former bike mechanic, I enjoyed the read. It didn't blow me away, but I enjoyed the ... ride. I wouldn't think that a non-cyclist would enjoy it, since it's fairly mechanic and gets into the nerdy-gerdy (the way someone who likes bikes would). Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Robert Penn is an author, journalist and TV presenter. Robert wrote and presented Tales from the Wild Wood, a TV series about British woodlands. He lives in a wooded valley in the Black Mountains, South Wales, with his wife, three children, two spaniels and a collection of axes.

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