The Race Around Ireland

9 Nov 2010  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Events, Sports Cycling

Picture this. It’s the middle of the night, and you’re riding hard along an unfamiliar and hilly country road. Or at least trying to. You think. There’s a nasty gale-force headwind pushing you in every direction bar the one you want to go, and it’s hammering down rain. Or maybe it isn’t.

The thing is, you’re not really able to tell anymore for sure, because the sleep-deprivation is causing you to hallucinate, and has been doing so for days. The saddle sores seem real enough, though.

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Timothy Everest and the John Boultbee Jacket

8 Nov 2010  |  Posted by ANDREA  |  Categories: Saddles, Bags, Etc., Style & Fashion

Tim fitting Simon Crompton of the blog Permanent Style

Timothy Everest fitting Simon Crompton of the blog Permanent Style

“Diversify! Diversify!” is what they’re all saying to us nowadays. Nearly every week, it seems to me, companies with a fine reputation for expertise in some field foist a “new” product bearing their name upon the market. Unfortunately more often than not, these products seem to have little or no concrete relation with that area in which the company is a supposed specialist, nor with the community which recognises this expertise.

Thus I imagine such action must partly stem from a desire to wring as much as possible out of a brand’s strength or attractiveness for so long as it is “hot”. Perhaps this is just a necessary yet slightly melancholy truth for many companies doing business in the world today.

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Proofide – “The Real Thing”

4 Nov 2010  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Saddles, Bags, Etc.

Scrubbing toilets, removing rust, and cleaning car battery terminals- in addition to perking up your Azaleas- are only a few of the many non-conventional uses to which Coca-Cola can be employed. However, the bike-related applications (excepting shoddy repairwork and malicious pranks) of the ‘great national temperance beverage’ have always been a bit flat.

This is by way of saying, that unassumingly squirrelled away in the back of the Brooks catalogue is an equally versatile yet substantially less sugary, and (perhaps unfairly) lesser known product that has been used for just as long as ‘Ice cold sunshine’ in all manner of wonderful, interesting and novel ways.

We’re referring here, of course, to Brooks Proofide, an unguent of arguably near-magical properties when it comes to the maintenance of leather saddles. 

Everyone knows about Proofide, don’t they? Let’s just say “yes”. But what does everyone NOT know about Proofide? So without further delay, it’s..

„John Boultbee Brooks’ Top Ten Non-Patented Proofide Purposes“

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Bregan in Munich

3 Nov 2010  |  Posted by BREGAN  |  Categories: Correspondence, Friends, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Style & Fashion

Photo courtesy of ProCycling (DE)

As part of my ongoing duties for The Greatest Saddle Company in the World, I do a fair amount of traveling in and around Germany.

Last week I found myself in Munich, following a successful attempt to consume six “Maß” beers at Oktoberfest, where if you had been on hand Saturday night in the Augustiner tent, you may have borne witness to a one-armed bandit armwrestling a has-been bike messenger. And if you aren’t my girlfriend, you were rooting for Wolfgang Sacher.   Honestly, I did not discern his absent appendage until after the trouncing.

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Knutsford Great Race 2010

1 Nov 2010  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Curiosities, Events, Heritage, Sports Cycling, Videos

From The Brooks Catalog, 1888

From the Brooks Catalog, 1890 (or 13 Great Races Ago)

Nowadays, if there are at least two noughts in a year, it can mean only one thing- that the Knutsford Great Race is, or to be strictly accurate, has just been, once again upon us!

Conflicted Luddites, Assorted Antipodean Throwbacks, Moustache Cultivators and A Few Who Were There First Time Around convened last month at the town of Knutsford, Cheshire in order that they might avail of the decennial opportunity to ride the fabled Great Race.

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