It's All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels  by Robert  Penn
(Particular Books/Penguin, 2010)

It's All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels

by Robert Penn

The bicycle saves my life every day.

If you’ve ever experienced a moment of awe or freedom on a bicycle; 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 forehead ; if you’ve ever wondered, sweeping bird-like down a long hill on a bicycle, if the world was standing still; if you have ever, just once, sat on a bicycle with a singing heart and felt like an ordinary man touching the gods, then we share something fundamental. We know it’s all about the bike.


It is difficult not to be swept along by Penn's enthusiasm... He writes with authority, humour and refreshing candour.”
- Charles Starmer-Smith, Sunday Telegraph
Artfully, Penn turns his quest for new hardware... into a worldwide spin around cycling and its culture.”
- William Fotheringham, Guardian Review.
Strikingly presented, miscellaneous celebration of the bicycle.”
- Editor's Pick, The Bookseller
Unmissable read for anyone whose pursuit of happiness is driven by a fresh breeze, a comfy saddle and the power of the pedal. ”
- Daily Record
A book as brilliant as the invention it celebrates. A wonderful read. ”
- Nick Crane
He writes with a Bill-Brysonesque facility for concentrating a lot of information and research into an easy-to-read and surprisingly compelling tale. Best of all... his account enriches your enjoyment of a ride. ”
- Sunday Times
Gem of a book.”
- The Economist