The 2012 Brooks Vacationary Euphemism Contest.

It's Quiet. Too Quiet.

31 Jul 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Events, Friends, Heritage, Monthly highlights

That bike was a pale pink color only two hours ago. Suncream, people!

Of course, at the Brooks Blog we try to stay on top of all the important bike stuff. Purely, you’ll understand, in order that our subscribers can go out into the Conversational World, secure in the knowledge that they won’t be trumped by anybody on Bike Talk. Obscure fashion labels, bespoke frame builders, technological breakthroughs… it’s all here, right?


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The New Wheel

History Major Offers Glimpse Of Possible Future With Solar "Filling Station".

30 Jul 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Friends, Urban Cycling

Photo Michael Firn

The e-bike Crowdfunding project we looked at last week has, we are happy to report, reached its financial targets, so the Faraday Porteur should now soon go into full production, and will likely begin hitting shops early next year.

Also likely is that it will be stocked in at least at one particular Brooks Dealer Of Excellence, The New Wheel in Bernal Heights, San Francisco.


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WCR Grand Tour Update – It’s A Wrap! (Nearly)

Simon Hutchinson's Heroic Return To Give Him Final Podium Spot.

26 Jul 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Events, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling

Simon (right) passing through his home town of Bailieborough on the Irish leg of his trip.

The last few metaphorical pages of the final metaphorical chapter of the biblically proportioned metaphorical book that is the World Cycle Racing Grand Tour are being metaphorically turned as we speak.

What we mean – Ireland’s Simon Hutchinson, the last of the male riders still on the road from the official start in Greenwich five months ago, is fast re-approaching the English capital.


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Brooks on a Faraday.

"Crowdfunding" Project Draws Our Attention With Its Excellent Taste In Saddles.

20 Jul 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Art & Design, Friends, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Urban Cycling

The Faraday Porteur Electric, winner at 2011′s Oregon Manifest design competition.

The two way street that is Benevolent Venture Capitalism has perhaps never been easier to journey upon than it is now. The past few years have seen a proliferation online of various sites where somebody with a business (or recreational) idea can seek investment or financial support to get it off the drawing board.


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Our Select Flyer takes the Acid Test.

Alexandre and Claudia Give Us Their Verdict On Our Organic Line.

16 Jul 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Correspondence, Friends, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Travel & Adventure Cycling

The only rule of Long Distance Touring is – there are no rules.

We have alluded on these pages before to a certain line of our saddles – the Select Range.

Developed and designed specifically for those cyclists in the habit of putting down upwards of a hundred and fifty miles per day over the course of a long distance tour, Select saddles are made with a grade of organic leather that, when broken in, provides unmatched comfort to anybody spending ten or twelve hours in the saddle, day after day… after day.

This fact sprung to mind when we first met Claudia Nägelli and her partner Alexandre last year.


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The 2012 Portland Disaster Relief Trials

Portlanders Plan For The Worst Case Scenario With A Cargo Emergency Drill.

13 Jul 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Events, Stories

The cargo bike community is a broad parish, welcoming even those patently not in possession of a cargo bike.

Regular readers of the Brooks Blog will be aware of our enthusiasm for the notion of getting bulky loads around on a cargo bike. Both here and elsewhere, we have happily welcomed its surge in popularity, and continue to argue the case for relegating the car in its favour when it seems reasonable to do so.

It would seem we are not alone.


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Brooks at the 2012 UK Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships

Our Home City Birmingham Plays Host To Hordes Of Good Natured Mallet Wielders.

12 Jul 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Events, Sports Cycling, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling

We are happy to report this morning that Bike Polo’s ongoing quest to determine the United Kingdom’s goal scoring-est trio on human powered wheels has yielded a definitive answer. For the time being, at least.

This year’s UK Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships took place at the beginning of the month in Birmingham. Matt Cox was there for us, and has provided some pictures, both moving and still, as well as some words.

Now read on…


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WCR Grand Tour Update XIII. The Race Continues.

11 Jul 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Sports Cycling, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling

Dunn and Dusted. Richard completed his WCR circumnavigation in London at the weekend.

Since Mike Hall’s victorious arrival back in London as winner of the WCR Grand Tour, we have continued to follow with interest the exploits of the remaining members of this, the toughest of pelotons in all of Cycling. Our field of racers from the ten original starters had been whittled down to three with Mike’s completion, and we are able to report this morning that the number is now smaller.


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Too Good For Just Our “Unsolicited Testimonials” Section

Scott Ellis is an Ante-Post Favourite for our next Poetry Contest.

10 Jul 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling

Scott’s long since broken in Brooks Professional.

Way back in the mid 1980′s U.S. resident Scott Ellis bought himself a Brooks Professional. He proceeded to spend the following 25 years or so clocking up miles on it in all the usual ways – “Organized group rides, disorganized solo rides, Centuries…” – until recently, when a small crack in the leather began to deepen and spread between two rivets.

And since some time, in fact since the early 20th century, we have been collecting  testimonials from our customers, many hundreds of which can be found here on our website.


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Tackling Paris Brest Paris. On Vintage Bikes…

Intrepid Tasmanian Trio Ride P-B-P on Machines From the 1930's

9 Jul 2012  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Bicycles, Curiosities, Events, Friends, Heritage, Stories

Paris Brest Paris is one of the toughest races, perhaps THE toughest if ridden on antique machinery.

The 1931 Paris-Brest-Paris is remembered as one of the most remarkable, from an era when the event occurred in the professional racing calendar once every ten years. After nearly 750 Miles, 49 hours of continuous racing, and numerous attempts to break away from a field that included Tour de France champions, the young Australian, Hubert Opperman ( Oppy ) won a frantic sprint from four competitors, swooping off the high bank of the Parc de Princess velodrome.


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