I started reading Robert Penn's "It's All About The Bike", last night. I started it in bed just after 11pm but by the end of the prologue I wanted to get out of bed and go for a cycle. I didn't! The pace of the prologue pulls you along at such a speed that it feels like you are actually out on your bike. It starts with a history of the bike and how it found its place in society and in fact, how it changed society. I found myself smiling as I was reminded just how important the bicycle was and is again today.
As I finished the prologue I suddenly felt that it somehow sounded familiar. Then I remembered that a friend I used to work with (also a cycling fanatic) had mentioned a television programme he had seen one evening about a guy who travels the world finding parts for his dream bike. Of course I wanted to see the programme but my friend could not remember the name of the show. Then I realised the book I was reading was that very same guy who had made the television programme!
A quick search on YouTube later and I had found that someone has uploaded the entire programme! Of course I had to watch it there and then. It's fantastic! If you love cycling, you will absolutely love this programme. In it, the name 'Starley' is mentioned. Earlier this week I had blogged about James Starley. What perfect timing! But as you will read and learn, it was actually his nephew, John Kemp Starley who really perfected the bicycle as we know and love it today.
Do you wanna see the programme? Of course you do! Well here it is. I'm not sure if I am technically allowed to post the link here, but as it's not available on DVD yet and someone else actually did the uploading to the web bit, I'll have to wait and see if I get into trouble :)
So, for your delight and delectation here is the entire programme.
Ride of my Life: The Story of the Bicycle