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

13 July 2010

Robert Penn’s (BA 1998) latest book It's All About the Bike tells of his journey to design and build his dream bike. En route, he explores the science, history and culture of bicycles.

Robert Penn’s (BA 1989) latest book It's All About the Biketells of his journey to design and build his dream bike. En route, he explores the science, history and culture of bicycles.

From the artisan in Stoke-on-Trent who hand-built his frame to the men who invented mountain biking in California, from Portland to Milan by way of Coventry, birthplace of the modern bicycle, this is the story of our love affair with cycling. Nick Crane described it as a 'book as brilliant as the invention it celebrates. A wonderful read.’

Robert has ridden a bike most days of his adult life, covering over forty countries on five continents. In his late 20s, he pedalled 40,000 kilometres around the world. As a journalist, he writes for the Financial Times, Observer and Condé Nast Traveller, as well as a host of cycling publications.

It's All About the Bike is published by Particular Books/Penguin on 29 July 2010.