Jack Thurston compiles some top tips for photography on the move
19 Mar 2015 | Posted by Jack Thurston | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Travel & Adventure Cycling
“Photography as a fad is well-nigh on its last legs, thanks principally to the bicycle craze.”
So wrote the great Alfred Stieglitz, one of the pioneers of photography, back in 1893. He was wrong of course. Both these novel technologies of the late nineteenth century are still very much with us. And more than that, they seem to go hand in hand.
Throughout that decade cyclists were earlier adopters of Kodak’s new ‘hand camera’. Kodak boss George Eastman himself rode a bike to work and made long sight-seeing cycle tours of Europe. He knew that the last thing cyclists wanted to carry was a hefty tripod and a saddle bag full of heavy glass plates. His company sponsored round-the-world cyclists Thomas Allen and William Sachtleben, who sent back more than 1,200 circular images on 3.5-inch nitrate negatives, a selection of which are currently on display at an exhibition in the Fowler Museum in Los Angeles.
Photographs by Thomas Allen and William Sachtleben
Tim Moss tells us cycling around the world is not what you expect
16 Mar 2015 | Posted by GUEST | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Travel & Adventure Cycling
Life rarely brings what you expect of it. And cycling around the world is no different. How could it be?
From our desks in London, how could we have imagined the places we’d see and the people we’d meet?
Juliet Elliott gives you the secret to training success this cycling season
24 Feb 2015 | Posted by Juliet Elliott | Categories: Bicycles, Friends, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling, Stories
Every year I get the urge to start racing. I have a little go, I enter the odd race, and I usually do ok. Then disaster strikes – I start training and it all goes wrong.
Guest blogger Bike Snob NYC clings to his sanity in winter
17 Feb 2015 | Posted by Bike Snob NYC | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories
I refuse to ride inside. Spinning away on a trainer while watching TV? Please. When I ride a bike I do it outside, when I watch TV I do it on the couch with a beer.
If you’re going to do something, do it right.
Touring in your fathers footsteps with a modern twist
12 Feb 2015 | Posted by Tim Gunn | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Style & Fashion, Travel & Adventure Cycling
Every once in a while the cycle industry re-invents itself to follow fashions which come and go. Meanwhile, the ancient spirits of quality and style sit on the fence and watch, lending a helping hand to those who allow them through their doors. The recent resurgence in the hand-built British bicycle is a fashion that was once an epidemic. Almost every town had a cycle shop, with an often rudimentary building attached where a skilled craftsman would be building frames for local cyclists.
Angus gives his insight to his weekend in Tábor
9 Feb 2015 | Posted by Angus Edmond | Categories: Correspondence, Events, Friends, Stories
I have mixed feelings after the Worlds. To sum it up, it just ended badly. There were some highlights in there. My manager Pieter giving me an Orval while the paramedic cleaned up my leg was one. Dinner with the boys after was good fun too. But the second half of my race went badly and the fact that I now have trouble walking has most certainly tainted my mood. The time, energy and preparation that you put into a race like this certainly increases the expectations, but of course you need to remember that everyone else in the race will be giving it 110% too.
Jack Thurston goes bike packing in a Wet, Windy Wales
29 Jan 2015 | Posted by Jack Thurston | Categories: Events, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories
When a track becomes a stream
With arrival of an email of a list of a couple of dozen grid references, each the location a ford across a stream or river somewhere in the hills of Mid-Wales, I knew I was in for a cold, wet January weekend. In a moment of ‘let’s blow away the cobwebs and do something different’ I’d entered myself into the Bear Bones Ford Fiesta, an overnight bikepacking event. The challenge was simple: to ride through many fords as possible and to spend a night under the stars.
Kevin Downey joins the blog to recount his epic journey
27 Jan 2015 | Posted by GUEST | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Travel & Adventure Cycling
After returning from a 59 day tour of mainland Europe, I never envisioned taking on the world on two wheels. But 13 months and 2,000 miles later, I found myself in Istanbul, Turkey far from my home in Ireland once again. With the right support behind me I continued on through 41 countries, covering 30,000 miles on bicycle, and 20,000 by boat. Relying on the kindness of strangers, I lived for two and a half years on the finer things in life, while raising over £5,000 pounds for Depaul Ireland, a charity tackling homelessness on the Emerald Isle.
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.
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.