It Takes Two

Juliet Elliott joins the Brooks Blog to recount touring tales

26 Aug 2014  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Friends, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Travel & Adventure Cycling

Two wheels, two bags apiece. Add a pair of chopsticks and two people and you’re rocking. Keep it light, keep it modest; if it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t go and if you haven’t got it, you won’t need it.

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Horse Cycles x KM City Cruiser

Thomas Callahan tells us about the latest addition to the Horse Cycles stable

7 Aug 2014  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Friends, Heritage, Urban Cycling

When my friends at Kaufmann Mercantile asked me to design a bike for them, I didn’t hesitate for a moment. Even if you know nothing about the New York based online store, just the name in itself inspires respect and intrigue, both of which the company deserves and fulfills. Not only do they curate some of the best-designed and most durable goods from around the world, they also are sustaining a conscientious culture where the history of materials, the ethics of production, and the resilience of design are paramount.

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Bilenky Cycle Works.

Legendary Philadelphia Builder to Visit B1866

29 Jul 2014  |  Posted by Tim  |  Categories: Bicycles, Events, Friends
Stephen Bilenky - Master Frame Builder.

Stephen Bilenky - Master Frame Builder.

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.

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The Brompton World Championships 2014

Brooks England heads to Goodwood to witness the BWC

29 Jul 2014  |  Posted by Oliver  |  Categories: Bicycles, Events, Friends, Sports Cycling

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.

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Land’s End to John O’Groats Video

874-mile journey for charity a test of endurance

28 Jul 2014  |  Posted by BREGAN  |  Categories: Events, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Videos

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.

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ARTCRANK at B1866 & PEdAL ED

Brooks teams up with the world's leading bicycle poster show.

25 Jul 2014  |  Posted by Oliver  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Events, Stories, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling

Brooks has teamed up with PEdAL ED to celebrate five years ARTCRANK UK, the world’s leading bicycle poster show. On Thursday 31st July we will  host a retrospective of ARTCRANK in our B1866 store

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The Legacy of Kilimanjaro.

The Stanforth Kibo. A blast from the past.

1 Jul 2014  |  Posted by Tim  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Friends, Heritage, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling

The Crane's at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

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.

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The Making of The Cambium

Lifting The Lid On Our Newest Saddle

26 Jun 2014  |  Posted by Oliver  |  Categories: Art & Design, Heritage, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Uncategorized

A clutch of Cambium

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.

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The London Tweed Run 2014

Tweed Run was back in London last month. We sent Liz Seabrook out with her camera.

17 Jun 2014  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Events, Heritage, Stories, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling

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.

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Brooks Cycle Bags Heritage

New Video Details Past and Present of Legendary Brooks Bags

16 Jun 2014  |  Posted by BREGAN  |  Categories: Uncategorized

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!

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