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    Default "Its All About The Bike" by Robert Penn

    I just heard an interview with the author.
    Bike-Mad Author Finds 'Happiness On Two Wheels' : NPR

    "I need a talismanic machine that somehow reflects my cycling history and carries my cycling aspirations. I want craftsmanship, not technology; I want the bike to be man-made; I want a bike that has character, a bike that will never be last year's model. I want a bike that shows my appreciation of the tradition, lore and beauty of bicycles."

    Sounds like a salonista, might make a good read.

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    Default Re: "Its All About The Bike" by Robert Penn

    he would fit in here
    no doubt

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    Default Re: "Its All About The Bike" by Robert Penn

    It's a fun, enthusiastic and wonderful book. Mr. Penn obviously loves bikes and his enthusiasm shows throughout the chapters. By coincidence, his choices for his custom bike are almost identical to mine: 953 stainless, welded custom by a small shop. All-carbon fork. Campagnolo components. Round bars. Hand-made wheels instead of machine-made. Chris King headset (ok, this last one is pretty obvious for most custom bikes).

    BBC did a documentary film that parallels the book. It's on You Tube, divided into several parts. Here's the link the first part -


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    Default Re: "Its All About The Bike" by Robert Penn

    Sounds like a pretty cool dude. Nice catch for a good thread!

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    Default Re: "Its All About The Bike" by Robert Penn

    I saw this in the NPR website so I'm glad somebody posted it. Definitely going to read the book and check out the BBC link, too!

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    Default Re: "Its All About The Bike" by Robert Penn

    I ran across it at the library a few weeks ago and picked it up. I really enjoyed it. Of course, I was jealous as hell over his multi-week jaunt across two continents to individually source all of the components of his dream bike, but other than that, good book.

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    Default Re: "Its All About The Bike" by Robert Penn

    I had the pleasure of meeting Rob randomly at the end of the Carrefoure de l'Abre a month ago at the Paris Roubaix Challenge. Great guy with a great perspective on the world. He's been in the states doing a book tour. Just passed through SF last week.

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