|It's All About The Bike: The Pursuit Of Happiness On Two Wheels, by Robert Penn|
Published by Bloomsbury USA, New York
First US Edition 2011
Printed in the USA
First published in the UK by Particular Books in 2010
Robert Penn is a life long cyclist, who in his late twenties pedaled twenty five thousand miles around the world. He has ridden all types of bikes and commutes by bicycle to work each day.
The book is about his quest for the perfect bicycle suits his riding style. One that he will have for the rest of his life.
Penn discusses his preference of frame and components for his dream bike and travels to various company's headquarters to buy the different parts. As he describes his visits to each manufacturer, he also tells the history of the companies and the products they make. Some of the companies he visits are Continental (for tires), Cinelli (for handlebars and stem), Campagnolo (for brakes, gears and drive train) and of course Brooks (for his saddle).
This book is a good read for any one interested in bicycles. The mix of Robert Penn's traveling quest for his perfect bike parts and cycling history make the book both entertaining and educational. I highly recommend this one.