Elvis Munis Takes the Long Road to Promote African Development

Fifty thousand miles, anyone?

30 Nov 2011  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Friends, Monthly highlights, Travel & Adventure Cycling

Elvis Munis.

More than likely, most world circumnavigations by bike next year will be taking place under the auspices of Vin Cox’s Global Bike Race. Tanzanian naturalist and tour guide Elvis Munis, however, will be taking a somewhat less direct route.

He’ll be putting down around fifty thousand miles over the course of his two-year world tour to raise money for the Conservation Research Center and send ten students to college in his native country.

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Birmingham to Berlin- The Movie!

New film about a bike tour that ticks all the B's.

29 Nov 2011  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Videos

Readers will recall our record breaking attempt a couple of months back to cram more photos into a single post about long distance touring than had ever been crammed before. The fruit of our efforts, was, of course, this veritable behemoth, and the people at Guinness have said they’ll be back on to us before Christmas.

It was, and remains, an honest, engaging, fun and above all lengthy literary and visual document of a “B”-centric bike trip made between Birmingham and Berlin this year by a group of people seeking to raise funds for cancer research.

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Conversations On the Coast.

Talking with craftspeople along the coasts of Britain and Ireland.

28 Nov 2011  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Stories

Nick Hand, pausing to catch a breath on his coastal cycling jaunt.

There’s something about Long Distance Touring that has an attractiveness for increasing numbers of people these days. By switching off the phone, packing up their panniers and seeing where the next road takes them, cyclists can find the time and space to follow their instincts, form their own ideas, and see the the world truly with their own eyes.

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Adeline Adeline, New York New York.

A Brooks Supreme Dealer Of Excellence in Manhattan

24 Nov 2011  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Friends, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling

We can all agree that having one grandmother named Adeline might not be much cause for raised eyebrows. But having two, we can also agree, is surely a six-rivet conversational nugget of the very highest order. And so it came to pass that when Julie Hirschfeld opened a bike shop in 2010, the name over the door bore testament to this bizarre nomenclatural coincidence.

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Condor Cycles, London.

A Brooks Supreme Dealer Of Excellence in London

22 Nov 2011  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Friends

Yes they “can”. Proofide stockist extraordinaire Condor Cycles in London.

Since its inception, only a handful of participants in our Dealers Of Excellence programme worldwide have even come close to attaining the maximum number of “rivets” Brooks can theoretically award to shops which tick a hefty requisite number of bicycling-related boxes.

One such establishment is the globally renowned Condor Cycles in London.

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Cats, Dogs, Etc.

Shelter from the Rain, from the Sun... from Ridicule?

21 Nov 2011  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Curiosities, Urban Cycling

Uberhood is the latest in a long line of attempts to convince cyclists that umbrellas are great.

Over on the Brooks Facebook page in October, we introduced readers to the Drybike, a handlebar attachment of Dutch provenance which allows the user to clamp an umbrella to it, thereby supposedly making a rainy commute, for example, less… well, rainy.

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Cyclocross Is, Clearly, The Sport Of Kings.

10 Nov 2011  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Sports Cycling

Bar Tape matches Bidon. Such attention to detail separates Wheat from Chaff in Cyclocross.
(Photo- Andy Jones for Cycling Weekly)

We had a gratifyingly huge response from readers last week to our mildly whimsical post on the subject of autumn Bicycling Do’s and Don’t's. The downside was that most of the people who made the effort to get in touch took issue with our assertion that Cyclocross was something that should be avoided.

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European Cycle Messenger Championships 2011

9 Nov 2011  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Events, Sports Cycling

ecmc_2011 from Mrmolusco on Vimeo.

Joséphine Reitzel  and Raphaël Pfeiffer, both from Lausanne, Switzerland are this year’s male and female Cycle Messenger Champions of Europe. They won their laurels in July at the 2011 ECMC which took place for the first time in Madrid.

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How to Perform Correct Saddle Fitment

(or how to adjust your seat for you Americans)

8 Nov 2011  |  Posted by Alasdair  |  Categories: Saddles, Bags, Etc.

Stelbel Tandem courtesy Cicli-Berlinetta

In search of a supremely comfortable cycling experience you’ve decided to purchase a new saddle. Eschewing inferior plastic perches you’ve wisely elected to purchase a fine handmade leather saddle by Brooks. Whether by visiting one of the Dealers of Excellence, or after having carefully perused our online shop, you’ve ascertained which category best describes your cycling.

Confident in the knowledge that you’re a competitive bike racer, a long distance tourer or an urban commuter, and after due consideration to matters aesthetic, you’ve selected the saddle most suitable for your needs. Many miles and hours of cycling comfort await once you properly affix your new posterial support to your conveyance in the following manner.

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