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It's All About the Bike - The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels - cover

It's All About the Bike - The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels

Robert Penn

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

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Summary

Robert Penn has saddled up nearly every day of his adult life. In his 
 late twenties, he pedaled 25,000 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 journey, but this book is more 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 
 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 unforgettable.

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