Adventures in the Egyptian Sinai

The Brooks Blog welcomes Julian Wong to recount one of his adventures

20 Jan 2015  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Travel & Adventure Cycling

In the spring of 2013 I set off from California carrying my father’s ashes to his hometown in China.  By the end of the year I had cycled across the United States, flown to Norway from Florida and cycled Scandinavia, the Baltics, Central Europe and most of the Balkans. It was early 2014 when I decided to escape the winter doldrums of Europe and fly to the warm and exotic land of Egypt.

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My Top Rides Of 2014

Juliet Elliott's top rides of 2014

12 Jan 2015  |  Posted by Juliet Elliott  |  Categories: Correspondence, Events, Friends, Heritage, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling

I must be getting old. Just like that, 2014 is over. I remember when I was a kid, the summer holidays lasted forever and Christmas always seemed an eternity away. I always hoped that those who told me ‘school days are the best of your life’ were far off the mark. Endless hours of maths, PE in sub zero temperatures wearing gym knickers and an airtex shirt; how could that be the best life had to offer? PE even made me think I wasn’t ‘sporty,’ but that’s another story for another time. Now I’m free from the horrors of netball, drinking at bus stops and GCSEs, I’m having more fun that ever and life seems to fly by.  So they were wrong. I bloody knew it. School sucks and being a grown up rules.

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Like Water For Metaphor

Guest Blogger Bike Snob NYC's Day-After-New-Year's-Day Ride

5 Jan 2015  |  Posted by Bike Snob NYC  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Friends, Stories

It is traditional for cyclists to partake in a New Year’s Day ride, which is precisely why I leave the roads to the wobbly legions making good on their resolutions and sweating out their hangovers.

Instead, I skip the ride and take a walk on the beach, where I ask mighty Neptune to provide me with a sign of what to expect in the coming year.  Last year his portent came in the form of hot dogs, while this year he presented me with this disembodied fish head.

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Ride, Eat, Sleep. Repeat x 365

Jack Thurston visits a man planning to spend 2015 just riding his bike

29 Dec 2014  |  Posted by Jack Thurston  |  Categories: Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling

Steve's bike room - might need a tidy-up

It’s the longest standing record in cycling. Some say it can’t be broken and few have even tried. But on 1 January 2015, a little known British cyclist will begin a year of cycling with the intention of surpassing the 75,065 miles that Tommy Godwin rode way back in 1939.

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Vickers Bicycle Company – The Sundown Bike

A unique bicycle visits the B1866 London Store.

16 Dec 2014  |  Posted by Tim Gunn  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Curiosities, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling

 

Savile Row meets Coventry

Across England, are towns and regions which are well known for manufacturing certain types of products and only a short cycle ride from the Brooks Smethwick works for instance, is the famous Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. If you need a sharp fitting suit, then London’s Savile Row is the place to go and for those who attended L’Eroica Britannia last June; will know that Bakewell is remembered for its tarts. Stopping right there, before I get into trouble. I’ll take you back to Savile Row, and while trying not to get confused with tarts and tailor’s, I shall tell you more.

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Traditional British Manufacturing

A look into life at our factory in Smethwick

11 Dec 2014  |  Posted by Oliver  |  Categories: Curiosities, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Videos

 

A short film about our Factory by Blue Monday for the Birmingham Post Business Awards.

 

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Milton Keynes Madness

Brooks Sponsored Angus Edmond Reports Back on CX in the UK

9 Dec 2014  |  Posted by Angus Edmond  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Friends, Sports Cycling

 

My trip to England for the UCI Cyclocross World Cup in Milton Keynes, started with me leaving my keys at work (a 15km bike ride each way).  But this was ok, because I had a little time up my sleeve and everything was packed and ready to roll. The second hitch came when I took a second look at my boarding pass, and realised I needed to be at the airport 40 minutes earlier than I had thought. This brought on a bout of nausea and caused my hands to shake.  To cap it off the airport bus too was late and this was one flight I did not want to miss.

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Into The Mild

Guest Blogger Bike Snob NYC Confronts His Demons

3 Dec 2014  |  Posted by Bike Snob NYC  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories, Uncategorized

In the world of cycling, conventional wisdom states:

1) There’s no mountain biking in New York City;

2) Brooks saddles have no place on mountain bikes and only belong on twee touring cycles ridden by people who dress like they’re heading out to hunt pheasant;

3) If velocity is defined as the rate of change of position with respect to time, i.e. v = dx/dt, where v is velocity and x is the displacement vector, then there is a 100% chance that the triathlete will crash.

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Brooks Tackles Cyclo-cross

Introducing our Sponsored Rider Angus Edmond

28 Nov 2014  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Friends, Sports Cycling

I have ridden bikes all my life, but it didn’t really become an obsession until I moved to Copenhagen from New Zealand. There are no mountains to climb, no rivers to paddle, so I had to figure out what it was that I could do here. Biking became it.

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Looking for the Perfect Ride

From deep in the gloom of November, Jack Thurston looks back over the year's most memorable rides

26 Nov 2014  |  Posted by Jack Thurston  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling

November murk in the Black Mountains

If there’s a month for armchair cycling it’s November. Emily Dickinson described it as ‘the Norway of the year’, which is a bit hard on Norway. November really is the gloomiest month. Dreary skies above, mud below – and not much in between. As an embalmer removes the blood from a corpse, the landscape is drained of its autumn colour. Spring seems inconceivable and we’ve not yet reached the frost-spangled glamour of midwinter. November promises little and delivers less. Even professional bike racers – men and women whose job it is to ride their bikes – take the month off.

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