I have recently read a delightful book called “It’s All about the Bike” by Robert Penn. It’s a slim, illustrated volume which takes us through Robert’s quest to acquire his dream bike interwoven with the history of the bicycle and snippets from his own experiences on the bike.
There are several things that struck me about the book. First and foremost, I thought it was a great idea to write a book about the process of assembling a dream bike from the best, bespoke parts because it’s all tax-deductible. It’s part of the research for the book. You can tell I’m an accountant. Secondly, I love reading about the social and economic history of cycling. Lastly, there are passages in the book which really sing to me. Such as this one:-
“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, swooping bid-like down a long hill on a bicycle, if the world was just 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.”
That’s exactly how I feel, thanks Robert for penning (pun intended) it so eloquently.