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Book Report: It’s All About The Bike by Robert Penn

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It's All About The Bike - Robert Penn

I’ve always dreamed about having a custom bike built, so somebody suggested that I should read Robert Penn‘s book, It’s All About The BikeThe Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels. As the title would suggest, it’s a book that illustrates one man’s journey to build his ultimate dream bike.

The story of the bike build could have been told in about 50 pages. Instead, Penn fills the pages with a deep and rich history of the bicycle and where each component got it’s start.

Admittedly, being part of the RSS news feed, Facebook, Twitter generation, I first found myself getting impatient and wanting to skip ahead to all the juicy details about the bike. But, as I read through the book, I found myself immersed in a captivating account of the invention of the bicycle and how many of it’s components influenced the development of other things we use today. This amount of detail reminded me of why we still read books. Sometimes, you can’t just enough substantial information in a 140 character Tweet.

I plan to come refer back to this book as a resource for bike knowledge and history.

Overall, I was really impressed with It’s All About The Bike. If you have ever dreamed of having a custom bike built for yourself, you should read this to put things in perspective. My only complaint is that there wasn’t a gallery of glossy pics at the end of the book. After reading about all the choices he made for each part, I was hoping to see what the final build looked like. Thank goodness for the internet.

Written by dickdavid

August 29, 2013 at 8:53 am

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  1. Sounds fascinating. I’m not sure if I’m ready or interested in building my own bike.. but this book sounds like it could get me rolling in that direction.


    August 29, 2013 at 9:48 am

  2. I enjoyed the book for all the same reasons. I certainly enjoy riding, and can do that fine with my “off the shelf” frame. But I’m an engineer and enjoy the thinking/planning/analysis side of it all as well. And since I’m getting older, I’m finding that adding the history dimension is equally satisfying. Great post.


    August 29, 2013 at 11:12 am

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