It's All About the Bike is the story of a journey to design and build a dream bike. En route, Robert Penn explores the culture, science and history of the bicycle. From Stoke-on-Trent, where an artisan hand builds his frame, to California, home of the mountain bike, where Robert tracks down the perfect wheels, via Portland, Milan and Coventry, birthplace of the modern bicycle, this is the narrative of our love affair with cycling.
It’s a tale of perfect components – parts that set the standard in reliability, craftsmanship and beauty. It tells how the bicycle has changed the course of human history, from the invention of the ‘people’s nag’ to its role in the emancipation of women, and from the engineering marvel of the tangent-spoked wheel to the enduring allure of the Tour de France. It’s the story of why we ride, and why this simple machine remains central to life today.
To celebrate the paperback release of It's All About The Bike, we have 10 copies to give away courtesy of the lovely people at Penguin. To be in with a chance of winning, we have a little challenge for you...
Tell us, in no more than 150 words, how cycling has changed your life. Maybe you're new to cycling, or have been riding since you were a child. Maybe you've just started cycling to work and have noticed a difference in your health, or even your wallet. Whatever the story, let us know! The funnier/more moving the story, the better chance you have of bagging a copy of the book!
Closing date for entries is Tuesday 31st May.
Email your entries to: email@example.com or alternatively, submit your entry using the comment box below.
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