On Monday 1st August 2011, Brooks England will close its factory doors again after 145 years in business. We wish to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to you, our loyal customers, whose patronage has kept us going from the height of the Industrial Revolution, onward through two world wars, and up to the contemporary ravages of globalisation.
Most who know Brooks would have been already aware of our track record in collaborating with interesting people and interesting companies on interesting projects. Not to mention our enthusiasm for trawling the older Brooks catalogues for forgotten treasures.
Documentary makers Sven Prince and Jorrit Spoelstra.
There is no better way to get one’s bearings in a city than by cycling around it. Recently two Rotterdam residents have taken this truism and expanded upon it in order to tackle some of the more glaring social questions posed by Early 21st Century Metropolitan Living. And now they intend to make a film, perhaps providing some answers.
Long-haul cycling record attempts tend to be made with a Brooks on top, but this hardly qualifies as news. Most of those signed up for Vin Cox‘s jaunt across the planet in 2012 will have something from Smethwick bolted to their seatposts when setting off from Black Heath next year.
But as they warily ponder what they’re letting themselves in for, Global Bicycle Race entrants might be able to take some measure of solace from an account of a feat of endurance cycling so, well, enduring, that no one has taken a crack at it for over seventy years.
Below is an article from our 1938 Brooks Book, detailing the long distance relationship between Australian Ossie Nicholson and Frenchman René Menzies who in 1937 both attempted the record for highest mileage covered by bike in a single year.
Recently at the international fashion show PREMIUM in Berlin, the organizers of the BERLINER FAHRRAD SCHAU got together some of the busiest labels producing fashionable apparel for cycling for an exhibition entitled “velo couture®“.
Regular visitors to these pages may recall that Brooks was involved in the spring at Fuori Salone, one of the side events to the annual Salone del Mobile design fair in Milan. The Fuori always boasts a wealth of interesting ideas and one of the exhibits from this year seems to have taken on a life of its own.
L’homme n’est pas été blessé très gravement par l’accident.
At Boultbee Towers we have been looking on with dismay at the preponderance of pile-ups in this year’s Tour de France. To find out why our boys seem currently bent on crashing their bicycles at the drop of a hat, we’ve done some homework, and find ourselves this morning in a position to advance a theory or two.
For those of us who are sold on the advantages of wearing short pants for cycling, finding a proper knee sock to cover your legs can often be a hassle, or practically impossible. Particularly if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary.
Thank goodness we at Brooks take our sock-wearing seriously. Here are a few of our favorites.
Barcelona played host a couple of weekends ago to the European Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships. Geneva’s L’Equipe came away with the title. Again. We would say “Bien joué, gentlemen” if we wished to sound pretentious.
There was a time, not very long ago, when a visit to a bike shop rarely evoked a discussion of interior design. But thankfully for the cycling industry professionals who grace (or darken?) hundreds of such doorsteps each year, a change in the workplace is underway and can be witnessed at many of the finest Brooks Dealers of Excellence.