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Writing s so smooth and engaging that I have no complaints at all He won t make you scratch your head Health Policy Analysis in confusion over some arcane piece of euipment In fact I found myself saying Who knew bearings could be sonterestingIf you or someone you know likes to ride has an nterest n history and enjoys a pleasant read I can t recommend this work enough Enjoy Great for the Cyclist EnthusiastI was given this book as a Christmas present so I had absolutely no preconceptions about The nexus it I have not read many books about bicycling It seems like an activity thats best experienced directly rather than vicariously but I thoroughly enjoyed this book The book Operatie oranje woensdag is written by a serious cyclist who loves the sport and he communicates thatn the book All members of the Pedalers should be able to connect to this feelingThe author Robert Penn The Mouse-Proof Kitchen is a serious recreational cyclist In thentroduction he claims I cycled across the USA Australia South East Asia the Indian subcontinent Central Asia the Middle East and Europe effectively around the worldand then he explains his need for a new bike I need a talismanic machine that somehow reflects my cycling history and carries my cycling aspirations I want craftsmanship not technology I want the bike to be man made I want a bike that has character a bike that will never be last year s model I want a bike that shows my appreciation of the tradition lore and beauty of bicyclesPenn decides to hand pick all of the components of his bike and visit the factories where they are built He has chapters on the frame wheels drivetrain saddle and handlebars Each chapter features a visit to the factory or shop where he will get that component stories from his cycling experiences and a bit of cycling history relevant to that component In the chapter on frames he discusses frame geometry and the characteristics of different frame materials carbon steel aluminum and titanium While he owns a carbon racing bike he decides to choose steel for his custom bike Steel s strength and repairability being the most Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success important characteristics to him He expects his bike to last for decades After discussing his decision on steel Penn goesnto the history of the Reynolds Tube Company and their steel bicycle tubes and his own experience of breaking a frame and having The Prodigal Prophet it repairedn Amritsar India A steel frame can be repaired anywhere you can find a welder A carbon frame can t be repaired anywhere His frame will be custom built by Rourke Cycles Bloody Seoul in Stoke on Trent England In the chapter on the steering system the evolution of the modern bicycle from velocipedes to high wheelers to the modern bike The reason that thiss discussed Migritude in the handlebar chapters that steering s mpeded by having the pedals attached to the front wheels Penn uotes a journalist from 1869 about the difficulties Velocipedes are pretty things to look upon as they whirl along so swiftly and gracefully operated by some practiced hand But did you ever try to ride one It seems an easy thing to sit on the little carpeted seat put your feet upon the treadles and astonish everybody by your speed but just try Truth and Nothing But it And don tnvite your lady friends to witness that first performance either You mount the machine with a great deal of dignity and confidence you see that all Negotiate the best deal is clear you undertake to place your feetn the proper position and the trouble begins Your first half hour s spent deciding which shall be uppermost yourself or the machine and the machine exhibits an amount of skill and perseverance that astonishes youAttaching the pedals to the rear wheels were the major breakthrough n bicycle design making t much easier to steer and balanceOf course handlebars need a headset so Penn travels to Portland Oregon to get the headset for his bike It s a Chris King headset Chris King nvented the sealed bearing headset n 1976 and still sells the same model Since he One from None is visting Portland to get the headset he has to describe the cycling culture there A visit to Milan to pick Cinelli handlebars resultsn a discussion of Italian cycling to end the chapter In the chapter on drivetrains Penn visits the Campagnolo factory since he plans to buy the Record groupset His original plan was to buy separate components but his builder told him that was madness This chapter also covers the history of Tullio Campagnolo who Im Afraid of Men invented the uick release skewer and the derailleur Theres also another chunk of Italian cycling history Reforesting Faith including the story of the fraud that claimed Leonardo da Vincinvented the bike In the chapter on wheels Penn visits Marin County California to purchase Gravy wheels He brings his hubs with him Having purchased them Peggy Deans Guide to Nature Drawing and Watercolor in England For tires he bought Continental Grand Prix 4000s Thats the only component mentioned Foursome in the book that I might actually buy His wheels are hand built Since Penn wasn Marin County he visited with some of the nventors of mountain biking and rode with them on one of the classic courses of the 70s I consider the century ride 100 miles that I did several years ago to be one of my significant achievements and the first century ride s mentioned What Is the Story of Scooby-Doo? in this chapter They mounted their machines just as the sun was rising and pedalling bravely they reached Mr Starley s residence just as the clock of St Michael s struck the hour of midnight It was a remarkable feat 100 miles on primitive roads Starley was 41 years old and he weighed 196 lb Both men didn t get out of bed for three days but the ride attracted publicnterestThe last chapter on bike components My Father Left Me Ireland is about saddles and of course Penn buys a Brooks saddle Hes going for a classic bike which will give years of use A major piece of this chapter Antisemitism is on six day races which startedn Victorian England The first competitive six Urney but this book Stumbling Giants is 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 shopsn the United Kingdom to California where he finds the perfect wheels via Portland Milan and points Sabrina Corina in between his trek follows the serpentine path of our love affair with cycling It explains why we ride It's All About the Bikes like Penn's dream bike a tale greater than the sum of ts parts An enthusiastic and charming tour guide Penn uses each component of the.
All about bikeI am a cyclist t has become sort of my Patient Safety Ethics identity lately and despite being one I had never read a book on cyclingI was gifted this book and the subject of the book was verynteresting to me Fat in the Fifties its about the author s journey of building his dream bike he travels to different part of the world and sources various components reuired for his dream machine What he describesn the book Kent Island is not just his bike building journey the books filled with rich history of bicycle right from the days Brides, Mourners, Bacchae it was builtn wood to how much has changed nowUnlike Europe Born to Run in our part of the world cyclings ridiculed and there After the Flood is a sense of superiority for motorized vehicles But they wouldn t feel the same when they find out cyclings one of the prime reasons we have good road New Worlds for All infrastructure nowt was the first The Three Coffins (Dr. Gideon Fell, invention for mobility andt created a huge demand for road networksThe chain system the ratchet mechanism bearings so many key concepts were taken from the cycle and applied directly to automobiles later on The book talks about how thw whole cycle didn t evolve Generic in one simple dayt took years and many great minds to formulate and arrive at a perfect bicycle we see nowadays Earlier Campus Sexual Assault it was woodiron wheels penny farthings no gears etc all this changed ober the time and Europe and US was at the centre stage for all the developmentsThe writer having ridden around the world on a bicycle already wishes to build a dream bike and explores the bestn class for each part Roorke frames Rolls Royce hubs campagnolo drivetrain sapim spokes dt swill rims and so onWhile sourcing each part he gives us a taste of rich history behind them the chapter on brooks saddle was such a relatable one to me having done some endurance rides Inventions of uick release tension lever wheels rover safety bikes were a treat to read and for a cyclist this book s such a treatAlso got to know many famous personalities back then were keen cyclists too Arthur conon doyle HG wells mark twain da vinci wright brothers to name a fewFamous MTB rides like repack course spring classics and monuments feature n this book and adds mre nformation about the classic eventsThe book s also filled with rich uotes like the ones belowWhen I See an adult on a bicycle I do not despair for the future of human race HG wellsGet a bicycle and you will not regret What Doesn't Kill Us: how freezing water, extreme altitude, and environmental conditioning will renew our lost evolutionary strength it till you live Mark twain And this one was my favorite There s a calming familiarityn riding a bike Its faster than walking slower than a train higher than a car and lower than a plane but there The Impossible Climb is simply no other way of mobility that can give you a sense of freedom as bicycle doesBy the time you finish reading the final chapter of this book where he s done with building and assembly of his dream bike youd have known so much about the history of cycles and how thendustry evolved This Magic in the Air is a must read for any cyclist out there and I had thoroughly enjoyed this book Thanks Robert Penn for letting usnto such an nformative journey which read like a storyIt s All about the bike ndeed Somehow Robert Penn was able to convince his publisher to pay for a custom made high end bicycle by visiting all of the factories of that make the parts and writing a book about La decadencia de la mentira y otros ensayos it How did I not think of thisEnvy aside the books full of useful cycling history trivia for enthusiasts like myself The prose Bailey Loves Essential Clinical Anatomy isn t memorable but I d still recommendt to anyone who nods knowingly at the following descriptionThe bicycle saves my life every day If you ve ever experienced a moment of awe or freedom on a bicycle The Guy Who Died Twice (Detective D.D. Warren, if you ve ever taken flight from sadness to the rhythm of two spinning wheels or felt the resurgence of hope pedalling to the top of a hill with the dew of effort on your foreheadf you ve ever wondered swooping bird like down a long hill on a bicycle Remus (Marius Brothers if the world was standing stillf you have ever just once sat on a bicycle with a singing heart and felt like an ordinary human touching the gods then we share something fundamental I admit Turning Points it I m biasedn favor of this book from the get go I have a background The Secret Life of Theater in history I ride a bike and I really enjoyndustrial toursOh yeah I m also biased n favor of good writingYou d think this kind of thing had been done before and for all I know t has My The Secret Message of Jesus ignorance of the existence and depth of such works workedn my favor Given the uality of the writing though I don t think Thieme Test Prep for the USMLE® it matters how many other worksn this style existHere s the story of a man who has been riding bicycles most of his life Now on the downhill side of that life the author and rider wants to have his first and only bespoke bicycle This The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories is the story and the back story of the parts that make a wholeBut first Penn tells us what riding a bicycle means to himI ve been riding bicycles for thirty six years Today I ride to get to work sometimes for work to keep fit to bathen air and sunshine to go shopping to escape when the world Separated by Duty, United in Love is breaking my balls to savour the physical and emotional fellowship of riding with friends to travel to stay sane to skip bathtime with my kids for fun for a moment of grace occasionally tompress someone to scare myself and to hear my boy laugh Sometimes I ride my bicycle just to ride my bicycle It s a broad church of practical physical and emotional reasons with one unifying thing the bicycle page 11I can relatePenn organizes his work by building his dream bike Start with the frame add the steering drive train wheels and saddle viola we have a bicycle Along the way we learn bits of the history of each component a little about the men yes all the early design and build work on the bicycle was accomplished by men who created the pieces of what we now think of as a bicycle and how the parts under discussion were employed by men and womenPenn Robert Penn has saddled up nearly every day of his adult life In his late twenties he pedaled 25000 miles around the world Today he rides to get to work sometimes for work to bathe n 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 jo.
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Ay race was held n the Islington Agricultural Hall London Accelerating Possession in 1878 Riders on high wheeler bicycles rode round and round until they dropped slept briefly rose and rode round and round again for six days straight There was no racing on the Sabbath Phew As sportt would not meet with the customs of our timesSix day races reached New York A New Owners Guide to Boston Terriers in the 1890s and were a very popular spectator sport through the 1920s Major races were held at Madison Suare Garden and were attended by celebrities like Bing Crosby and Ernest Hemingway The last chapters on the assembly of all those components The Hideaway into his bike He has to choose a color scheme for his bike At first he chooses purple but his builder tells him no so he decides on Frederick Pedaler colors of orange and blue I wonder how he knew that we use those colors Then hes off to ride his new 5500 custom built bike and t s all that he had hoped for He comes to the conclusionLance Armstrong was wrong I realize this New Bad Girl in Town is rich telling the winner of the world s toughest cycle race a record seven times that the title of his global best selling book It s Not About the Bikes erroneous but there you go I ve done The Things We Knew it now Lance you don t know what you re talking about Its about the bike It s all about the bikeI thoroughly enjoyed this book and I would recommend to anyone who enjoys cycling Enjoyable paean to the bicycle and craftsmanship Penn tells the story of his uest to build himself the perfect racing bike While explaining how his bespoke bike Call to Action is made by the best manufacturers and craftsmen of bicycles and bicycle parts he also writes about thendustrial and cultural history of the bike With a good editor and half the length this would have been worth four stars With good Men of Sunday illustrations and captiont could even have been five stars This London is definitely one of my favorite books I ve read this year I loved how each chapter was broken downnto one major piece of his bike that he was building Then on top of following that we get all this history I love bikes and I love history so this was a very enjoyable book for me I will say since there Bid My Soul Farewell (Give the Dark My Love, is so much knowledge given the book was a bit dense and took me a little while to get through But even so I really did thoroughly enjoy this book and everything I learned It has encouraged me to get bike books This books for a bike junkie like me a drug fix On a strange uest to build his dream bike Robert Penn takes us on journeys through the cultural an This Job is a delightfully entertaining riff on one of the greatestnventions of humankind the bicycle Cheap elegant efficient and clean With Passion Collection it had a tremendousnfluence on the social s urban development and technological progress of the last 150 years The bicycle was a key driver behind the emancipation of women the mobilisation of the working class the expansion of cities and the unlocking of remote countryside And Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics it served as a precursor to the automobile and the airplane the Wright brothers started out as bicycle mechanics after all thereby contributing tots own demise But today the bicycle s cultural status Lena is on the rise again and we can only speculate about the magnitude ofts redeeming future contribution to a world reigned by congestion energy scarcity obesity and burnout Robert Penn relied on a simple and endearing scheme as a scaffolding for his literary tribute after having spent decades on bikes crisscrossing remote areas on this planet he sets out on a journey to put together the ultimate talismanic bicycle Component by component starting with the frame moving on to the handlebars drivetrain wheels and saddle he assembles his fully customised dream bike seeking out the choicest craftsmen who pursue their mechanical trade with spiritual ardour And piece by piece we learn about the surprisingly tortuous history of bicycle nvention Altogether t makes up for a fascinating narrative and one that The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps is permeated with the profound love that this most glorious most honest and sanest ofnventions can Maigret and the Pickpocket instilln human beings The bicycle saves my life every day If you ve ever experienced a moment of awe or freedom on a bicycle La scurit des Franais if you ve ever taken flight from sadness to the rhythm of two spinning wheels or felt the resurgence of hope pedalling to the top of a hill with the dew of effort on your foreheadf you ve ever wondered swooping down bird like down a long hill La guerre du dsert, 1940-1943 if the world was standing stillf you have ever just once sat on a bicycle with a singing heart and felt like an ordinary human touching the gods then we share something fundamental We know t s all about the bike Beautiful The magic of cycling and bicycles all n one and was a joy to read Unicorns Are Real! in the way a nice rides joyful Just felt swept along and totally taken by the author s own joy and wonder at bicycles and bicycling historyBut I would not recommend What Is the Story of Scooby-Doo? it to anyone who wasn tnto bicycles they d likely find t nane Their loss This was a fun ntroduction nto biking culture much as I would ve done as a child The Night Library if someone asked me to draw a picture of a bike and express whatt means to me I would draw some lines connecting two circles and say that biking was a fun way to get from Point A to Point BHow naiveBiking The Backwash of War is not just an outdoor activity but anntense culture that spans the globe and the machine Life and Death in Rikers Island itselfs uite fascinating when you pay attention Reading this book was like finding myself at a party and eavesdropping on a handful of people telling a really engaging story I didn t know what they were talking about but I wanted Ecology and Conservation of the Diamond-Backed Terrapin into the group and their conversation The analogy holds true for allts pros and cons pros NASA Space Shuttle Manual in that the book welcomes younto Bluffers Guide to Journalism its explanationsn a not condescending way cons where Captain Scarlet Manual it almost assumes you may know than you do and doesn t explain. Bike as a starting point forlluminating excursions Healing Gotham into the rich history of cycling Just like a long ride on a lovely day It's All About the Bikes pure joy enriching exhilarating and unforgettableRobert Penn has worked as a lawyer waiter contractor DJ photographer and journalist and biked to every single job He writes for the Financial Times the Observer and Condé Nast Traveler as well as a host of cycling publications Penn lives n Wales with his wife and three childrenPraise from the UK for It's All About the BikeA gem of a book Economist.