Stephen Bilenky has been designing and building beautifully constructed bicycles since 1983. Located in an old warehouse in North Philadelphia; the Bilenky Cycle Works is a workshop full to the brim of over thirty years of bicycle frame building history. They build anything from cargo bikes to racing lightweights, cyclocross bikes, recumbents and tandems, mountain bikes, simple commuter bikes and anything else they or a customer can dream up. Innovative too; they were the first to build a tandem, with S&S couplers allowing it to pack down into two small flight boxes and in the late nineties they started producing the revolutionary ‘Viewpoint’; a semi recumbent tandem that allowed teams with differing abilities and strengths to take to the road for the first time.
Brooks England had the pleasure of sponsoring this year’s Brompton World Championships. The 2014 edition of the race took place at Goodwood in West Sussex on Sunday 27th July. As always there was an eclectic selection of outfits and customised Bromptons, many of course equipped with Brooks saddles and accessories.
Back in 2012, former Brooks colleague Andrew Hunter and his friend Adam Ferguson rode the famous Land’s End to John O’Groats route to benefit charity. We tagged along to show a glimpse of their adventure.
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.