Mount Kilimanjaro is not the first place you would think of as an inspiration for bicycle design. However, for Simon Stanforth, it was and here at Brooks base camp, we needed oxygen when we heard about the story behind it.You see, Simon comes from good stock, his father is the former owner of Saracen Cycles and it was in 1985 ,when he heard of how cousins, Nick and Richard Crane climbed Africa’s highest mountain using bicycles.
Here at Brooks England, we could never have predicted the overwhelming reception our new Cambium range has received. Setting out to honour the legacy of our founder J.B.Brooks through an innovative new saddle led us to a series of new manufacturing processes that we wanted to share with you.
Over the past four or five years there’s been a well documented global surge in the number of non-competitive group rides requiring participants to dress up like extras from Downton Abbey. In fact, there’s hardly a country that hasn’t now hosted some sort of Tweed-themed day out on bikes.
Discover the history and present of Brooks Cycles Bags, starting with a trip through images from the Brooks Archives, to a somewhat epic adventure undertaken to Manchester by factory office manager Steven Green, and finally to our new home B1866 in Covent Garden. Enjoy!
Grace Johnson and Paul Jeurissen are both well known among the touring fraternity, having been at the forefront of adventure cycling photography for many years. In the autumn of 2011 they worked together to publish their first issue of Bicycle Traveler.
With L’Eroica Britannia right around the corner we wanted to find out more about what has been going on behind the scenes to get the event organised. So we got together with one of the organisers, Tim Hubbard, to have a chat about his experiences over the last year. Without further ado, we present L’Eroica Britannia – The Interview.
Whatever’s in those bottles it’s definitely closer to Ice & Tonic than Isotonic.
What started in 2011 as an eight-man spin around the provinces of Barcelona and Tarragona this year swelled to a field of nearly 250 as Brooks descended upon northern Spain for the fourth edition of La Pedals de Clip, a retro-themed cycle tour of Catalonia.
Therefore, inspiration took hold last year as we witnessed the first retro criterium taking place at the Retro Ronde in Oudenaarde, Belgium. And a spectacle it was – a chance to see the riders and really take in the bikes as they cruised around the town center lap after lap.
We thought it was such a great format that we wanted to try and get it going elsewhere, so we approached the organisers of the London Nocturne with the idea and they were on board right away. So now this year there are two events taking place a mere 4 hours and one week apart.
If you would like to participate, spots at both events are limited, so register today!
Maintained correctly, our leather saddles famously tend to outlive many, even most, of the bicycle frames with which they get paired. And it’s probably true to say that nobody on the planet is better equipped than Brooks works manager Steven Green to outline the various Do’s and Dont’s pertaining to their care.
Tommy Thien, a Physics student at The University of Texas, got tired of walking the 30 minutes to class every day, so got himself a bicycle. As time progressed, he gained a greater appreciation for the simple piece of machinery that is the bicycle and naturally wanted to fit a Brooks Saddle.