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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (458 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Penn Narrator: Jonathan Cowley Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781452676395
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[His] adrenalin charged enthusiasm…delivers a good ride…The social history is snappy and his almost religious quest for ultimate craftsmanship is full of wit.”

    Financial Times

  • If you don't long for your own bike at the end of this book, you will at least never look at one the same way again. Kirkus
  • “With his deep British accent, Jonathan Cowley conveys the enthusiasm of the author as well as the pride of the craftsman.”

    AudioFile

  • “If you don’t long for your own bike at the end of this book, you will at least never look at one the same way again.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marco Latini | 2/10/2014

    " Bellissimo percorso della scelta delle parti della bici della vita attraverso la storia della bicicletta e alcune considerazioni sul piacere del pedalare in ogni forma. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlie | 2/4/2014

    " If you're a bike nerd of any kind, you'll love this. Penn visits the makers of every component (and the frame) as he gets his own bespoke bike made for him. Also, lots of bike history and trivia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/25/2014

    " What a pleasant surprise this book was! Thought it would be a dull, dry story about a bloke and his cycling stories, but it was funny and full of historical information...and the writers cycling stories were brilliant! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Ragsdale | 1/16/2014

    " Thoroughly enjoyable! Everything you ever wanted to know about bikes and more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 1/9/2014

    " Great book. Avid cyclist writes about his journey of building the perfect handmade bike. the people and companies that make them and the history of each component. And his own personal stories woven in. Fast and good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirk | 1/3/2014

    " Nice little book about building the ultimate bike that presents a short history of the bike along the way. Good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 1/3/2014

    " An enjoyable read. Robert Penn's enthusiasm and love for cycling shines through every page of the book. Where was a picture of the bike? Recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 12/30/2013

    " Great quick read about the history of the bicycle and one man's quest to assemble the perfect custom bicycle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew Bain | 11/15/2013

    " Great book, combining interesting history of the bicycle with industrial history of Britain & Italy. A bit geeky, with lots of data, but enough personal journalism to make it highly readable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adina | 11/13/2013

    " The history and sociology of the bike were interesting but the technical parts about bike components left me in the dust. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 9/22/2013

    " Marc bought this and loved it - it was a little to geekey bike-tech for me in some places, but still interesting. Great shout-out to the Portland bike scene! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nelly Shand | 9/20/2013

    " Super wee read, enjoyed historical detail and the technical details on bike build and choice....... Being a cyclist I hours probably have known more of this than I did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reed | 8/22/2013

    " Terrific book for those passionate about their bikes or the "velo culture." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 7/30/2013

    " If you love bicycles and want to understand the history of each component this is a great and quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 R. Sinnema | 6/18/2013

    " Cyclist assembles bespoke bike, with lots of history "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 4/16/2013

    " Very fun book about the history of bike and passion Robert Penn has for bikes. I thought he did a good job of balancing both parts in the book. As a side bonus, I better understand Scott's love for bikes and my comments sound much more intelligent when he's talking about his crank set and rims. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abbie | 1/25/2013

    " Wow! Filled with interesting facts and inspiring events. A good read for anyone who rides. I love this sort of book that teaches history & philosophy through a discrete lens "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 12/27/2012

    " Fun for bike nerds; maybe others, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 11/1/2012

    " This is a wonderfully enjoyable book for anyone who has bicycles near and dear to their heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie B-W | 4/6/2012

    " I learned so much about bikes reading about the author's quest for the perfect bicycle for him. It was quick to read and really interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaime | 3/28/2012

    " How can I incorporate my bike more into my day? Reading about bikes, biking to work, dreaming about bikes...this book helps. I don't pretend to understand all the references, or even all the parts listed, but one day I will. This book brings me a little closer to that day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 3/25/2012

    " The author brings the reader alongside of his journey (literally) to have his dream bike made. Throughout this journey, the author provides detailed insight into the history of what we know as a bicycle while also sharing anecdotal references to previous riding experiences. "

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