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An Intoxicating and Magical Book, 18 Aug. 2010
I could not put down Robert Penn's book, written with a staggering knowledge for the subject, and such passion and infectious enthusiasm. Not only was I totally drawn into Penn's specific quest for building his perfect bike, (though as a painter I would have to plumb for the aesthetic of a Mercian frame!) I also found myself agreeing out loud with the way he used the history of the bicycle and the contemporary scene of bespoke bicycle building as metaphor for a calmer, kinder and wiser world. There is a strong link in this book between the development of a machine and the creation of a more utopian society. And then there's also just the sheer joy of Penn sharing the process of great craftsmanship in the pursuit of perfection, and along the way, through his writing, meeting such strong characters- the sort that are rare now but that I remember from childhood. Utter Bliss.