Rob Penn on Looking for the Perfect Bike

Cyclist, journalist and author Rob Penn travelled the world to put together his perfect bicycle. We talk about how his journey of discovery sheds light on the history of the bicycle and the contribution of bicycle technology to modern life. Rob is speaking at the Hay Literary Festival on 3rd June and is organising a ride there from Cardigan Bay on the west coast of Wales. All are welcome to join.

You can buy his book, It’s All About The Bike from Amazon on the link, below. Any purchases made after following this link will contribute a few pennies to Resonance FM, London’s non-profit community arts radio station.

7 Responses to Rob Penn on Looking for the Perfect Bike

  1. Yoav May 30, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    I enjoyed listening to this show. One question I would have loved for you to ask him was, seeing as he went round the world to collect his components, why didn’t he go the whole hog and build the bike himself, rather than let Brian Rourke do it?

    Also, the geek inside me would have like a full spec of the bike as an appendix to his book.

  2. Tom Baker June 3, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    Thanks for this, I thought this was an excellent interview.

  3. Rob Penn June 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    It’s a lovely idea – building your own bike. But to do it well takes a certain amount of flair for fabrication and a long time. Every frame builder’s first few frames will be dogs.
    Aye,
    Rob

  4. Jack June 9, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    Rob, I wonder if Bella Bathurst built herself a dog? What do you reckon?

  5. John the Monkey June 10, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    Wonderful interview – so much fun to hear people just talking bikes & bits!

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