It's All About the Bike

The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels
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Audio (5.67 hours)
Product Number: Z100027604
Released: Feb 13, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781452626390
Narrator/s: Jonathan Cowley
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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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.

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Author(s): Robert Penn
Genre: Sports
Original Publish Date: Feb 13, 2012

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Author(s): Robert Penn
Narrator(s): Jonathan Cowley
Genre: Sports
Product Number DD20117
Released: Feb 13, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781452606392
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Author(s): Robert Penn
Product Number EB00636629
Released: Feb 23, 2016
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
ISBN: #9781608195763

Professional reviews

"Some people bike for exercise, or simply pedal from Point A to Point B. Then there are those for whom biking is a way of life--an alternative to cars, an outlet for competition, a way to go everywhere. This book is geared for the latter, and is written with much passion. Fortunately, it's told in the same way. With his deep British accent, Jonathan Cowley conveys the enthusiasm of the author as well as the pride of the craftsman. Cowley's narration expresses the meticulous detail that bicycle makers go to in getting their work done, technical piece by piece. Listeners will hear historical accounts, debates on steel versus other metals, the merits of various saddles, and more. Casual fans: You may not get this. Enthusiasts: Jump on for a great ride. M.B. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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