WCR Grand Tour Update the Ninth

Last Week They Were Losing Their Minds, Now They're Losing Their Stuff.

27 Apr 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Events, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling

Kind Strangers dispensing Wine Gums and Free Money have lightened Stephen’s mood no end.

We have remarked once or twice recently on Simon Hutchinson’s comparative quietness, but clarifying news has reached us this week through his girlfriend Nicola. It seems that shortly after the spill he took near Perth earlier in the month, one of his bags went missing. It’s not known whether the bag was removed from the site of his accident, or from the hospital to which he was admitted.

All the good stuff was in there. Passport, banking cards, tracker, the works. Nicola is currently scrambling to have Simon supplied with replacements, while Simon continues to fight the good fight, powering across the Nullarbor Plain as you read this.


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Brooks B17 Select 2012 World Traveller Limited Edition

Brooks marks return of Olympics, WCR Riders, to London with a new saddle.

25 Apr 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Art & Design, Saddles, Bags, Etc.

As most of you will be aware, the 2012 Olympic Games take place this summer in the English capital. And with most of the WCR Grand Tour riders scheduled to be arriving back in London around the same time as the Olympic Torch, we felt that these two special occasions should marked by an appropriate limited edition model.

Behold the Brooks B17 Select World Traveller 2012.


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Thinking Outside The Bus Lane.

Owner of London's Largest Minicab Firm Says His Intention Was To Entertain.

24 Apr 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Stories, Urban Cycling

Tweed Run Stalwart and avid follower of the WCR Grand Tour, John Griffin.

In London, bus lanes which fall under the jurisdiction of the City Of Westminster are also cleared for use by cyclists. This is, broadly speaking, a Good Thing. Buses are big, slow and noisy. You can generally hear or see them coming from the vantage point of your saddle if you’re paying a little attention. And when they’ve passed, you can then continue to luxuriate in the extra space that a bus lane provides for somebody on two human powered wheels, while others sit gridlocked in their cars, blood pressure rocketing.


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WCR Grand Tour Upd8.

Our Fearless Circumnavigators Are Starting To Howl At The Moon.

20 Apr 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Events, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling

Why is this beast bleeding from the mouth? Ask WCR Thrillseeker Niel Coventry Brown…

Ladies! Gentlemen! Say Hi to Kristina Storey! At the start of the month, Kristina packed her bags, hopped on her bike and joined the WCR Grand Tour in search of the Guinness World Record for Fastest Circumnavigation of Any Planet by a Female.

She is already bringing up the average Sanity Quotient of our increasingly loopy Peloton of riders, who find themselves flung to the four corners of the Earth, and combatting the gradual onset of Saddle Fever.


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The Paul Smith Harrods Pop-Up

Knighted Fashion Designer Unveils New Line of Cycling Jerseys.

19 Apr 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Events, Friends

Be-Brooksed display bikes at Harrods this week for Paul Smith’s Pop-Up store.

Readers of the Brooks Blog will be pleased to learn that English fashion designer and keen cyclist Sir Paul Smith has a new project on the go. Fifth floor of world renowned department store, Harrods of Knightsbridge, is the site for a two month Pop-Up displaying his new summer line of cycling jerseys and t-shirts.


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WCR Survivor. Episode Number 7.

Our latest WCR race update finds Riders and their Machines In various states of repair.

13 Apr 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling

Everything’s bigger in Texas. Richard pondering a quick roadside snack, perhaps.

Timewise, any WCR Grand Tour riders who harbour hopes of bettering Alan Bate’s Guinness record will need to consider themselves as nearing the halfway point of their quest this week. Realistically, a couple are still in the running. Mike Hall and Martin Walker could each theoretically make it to London in under 106 days.

Remember, of course, that Mr Bate’s record was a partly supported ride, and all of our racers are going solo. The previous best unsupported mark of 160 days set by Vin Cox is still very much within the grasp of most of our competitors.


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More B(r)ooks. Grant Petersen’s “Just Ride”.

Lugged steel framebuilder lays it all out there for us.

5 Apr 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Correspondence, Monthly highlights, Stories

The new book cropped from www.pushingthepedals.com

For nearly 20 years, American indie Rivendell has not only produced some of the finest lugged steel frames in the world, its chef d’équipe has also published some of the most consistently readable bike-related prose in the English language.

Since 1994, Grant Petersen’s Rivendell Reader has proved to be an inexhaustible mine of information, opinion and rhapsody on the general theme of two human powered wheels and their tangents.

And while The Reader hasn’t quite been replaced by the Rivendell “Blug” (their blog), the online format perhaps offers a flexibility and spontaneity not normally associated with print on paper. Which is kind of good, in a way, but sometimes there’s just no substitute for words on a page.

So now Grant Petersen has written a book.


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Ai Weiwei’s “Bicycles Forever”

Dissident artist's love affair with bike undimmed after detention.

4 Apr 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles

Here on the Blog, we have examined more than once the different ways in which two wheels function as Muse in the creative process. Denoting a clear expression of Human Freedom from the moment of its invention, the bicycle is a deep mine of material and inspiration for artists of nearly every hue.

The Canons of Photography, Painting and Film have of course all been enriched to a degree by Artists’ use of the bike. We only need to think of Graham Watson, Frank Patterson or BMX Bandits to see this. But it is perhaps that most contemporary of Art forms, the Installation, which has seen its practitioners in recent times finding the most novel and interesting ways to engage Beholders by framing, ahem, frames and other bike parts in new contexts.


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French for Saddle.

Collaboration with l'Academie Française yields new nameplate

1 Apr 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Curiosities, Friends, Heritage, Sports Cycling

Magnifique. Our new Breuque Soixante Sept has been well received in tests with French people. photo: Alun Lennon

Regular readers of the Blog will recall that recently we touched on the rising popularity of Cycling in France. Paris now has several Brooks Dealers Of Excellence, and the MyBike show in February had a record numbers of visitors keen to learn about the possibilities offered by  la bicyclette, not just for professionals of the Peloton, but for urban commuters and theme ride enthusiasts as well.

Which has led to a growing interest in Brooks saddles there, a fact borne out favourably in the profit column of our Ledger Book.  Because of this, Brooks is pleased to announce that henceforth, all saddles leaving Smethwick for export to France will no longer bear the name “BROOKS”, but its nearest French equivalent, “BREUQUE”.


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