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This review is from: It's All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness On Two Wheels (Hardcover)
I gather this book was related to a television series, though - as I prefer life without television - I did not see the programmes.
I enjoyed the book very much and recommend it to bicycling enthusiasts.
'All About The Bike' interweaves masses of information about the history of the bicycle (and of companies associated with that history) with the writer's quest to assemble a bicycle that would be perfect for his own use. From what he tells us, it is clear that the adventurous Robert Penn is one of the most serious and devoted cyclists you can imagine: he has pedalled his way round the world and been on numerous other cycling expeditions. So he knows his subject.
But he can certainly write, too! It is unusual to find a book about cycling that is so literate. The use of vocabulary is sharp and you are frequently struck by the originality and effectiveness of a simile. Yet the writing has the fluency of good journalism.
And the book has been well edited: I did not notice any typographical errors.
Within the book there are, unfortunately, no colour photographs. (I suppose that helps keep down costs.) But the illustrations, though generally small and black-and-white, are always useful and effective. And the photo of the writer's 'dream bicycle' - appearing on the dust sheet in colour - is a useful point of reference.
The hardback feels luxurious in the hand, too, and is printed on good-quality paper.