I am, in fact more than happy to revisit this review, I noticed the other day that the price has come down to a sensible (below a paper copy) cost and so I bought the kindle edition.
The book not only tells the story of one man's search for and constructiion his dream bike but also the story of so many of the component manufacturers which he sought for the parts to make up the dream bike and it is a heart warming story of excellence through passion, just about all of the people he bought from are great examples of thriving cottage industries - even when the cottage in question is Campagnolo's vast factory - all of which seem to be as keen on making sure the rider is buying the right thing as they are on making a sale. To paraphrase the founder of one company says 'We want to make things of iron and steel and make a fair and honest profit doing so'. If only more manufacturers (and publishers) operated on the same principle. The historical background to the evolution of the various components is nicely done as is the personal history of Mr Penn's cycling life which has informed each of his choices.
A truly enjoyable book with only one real flaw - a lack of photo captions. It is usually obvious by context who the photos are of but a little background on some of the posters and ads would have been very welcome.
Initial review: (I'll be happy to revisit this review once someone revisits the reasoning behind charging more for a cheaper to produce format, that it is more than the hardback is one thing when a hardback edition is all that exists but to charge more than a hardback when both hardback and paperback are available is deplorable. For shame.)