Ride 4 Red. A Charity Ride In Washington D.C.

Partnership raises over $11,000 to address the HIV/AIDS crisis locally and in Marsabit, Kenya

30 Nov 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Events, Friends


Assembled Ride 4 Red participants at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

Ben Skoda got in touch with us recently about about last month’s Ride 4 Red, a cycling event for charity which takes place annually in the American capital. Funds raised go towards helping HIV related community projects, both locally and on the African continent. We’ll let Ben take up the story…

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Patrick Siebert’s Diamant Rebuild.

Literary Allusions Abound In Fine Tale Of Love, Loss, Redemption.

29 Nov 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Friends, Stories

Patrick Siebert was in touch recently with us from Berlin. He posted to our Facebook page a couple of pictures of his freshly refurbished, vintage Diamant. We were curious to know a little more, and to this end Patrick has kindly supplied some more photos of the work in progress, as well as the full story behind his machine’s rebirth…

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Huckleberry Bikes, San Francisco.

We Take A Look At Our First Port Of Call On The Dashing Bicycle Show.

28 Nov 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Friends, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling


Party at the front, business at the back. Expert tool wielding ability is crucial to Huckleberry’s success.

We mentioned recently how Rivendell’s Grant Petersen has been invited to say a few words at the launch of our upcoming Brooks Dashing Bicycle Tour. With the show’s opening night of 8th December looming ever larger, we look today at its first stop-off, Huckleberry Bikes in San Francisco.

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Brooks On A Scott Hard Nine Chopper.

Scott E-bike Collaboration With FMX Star Has Borne Attractive Fruit.

23 Nov 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles

SCOTT – The H9C Project with Danny Schneider – Part 3 from world of freesports on Vimeo.

Bike company Scott have released the short film above to coincide with the completion of their H9C project.

They became involved this year with autodidact Danny Schneider, founder and chief of Hard Nine Choppers on their mission to put a few stylish, custom twists to an e-bike. The Scott H9C is the fruit of their joint labors.

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Treats In Store At The Brooks Dashing Bicycle Show.

Frame Designer And Author Of Just Ride To Speak At Opening Show In San Francisco.

21 Nov 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Correspondence, Events, Stories


Sound advice, and there’s a book-load more where that came from. Now read on…

We revealed details a few weeks back of the imminent Brooks Dashing Bicycle show.

A collaborative venture involving several American Brooks Dealers of Excellence as well as a handful of carefully chosen names from the bike trade, Dashing Bike begins its gin-soaked tour of the United States on December 8th at Huckleberry Bicycles in San Francisco.

For anyone living nearby in need of further encouragement, we’re happy to report that Grant Petersen of Rivendell has been invited along to say a few words at the opening reception.

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Sneak Peek at the Brooks 21 Multi Tool

New Brooks Multi Tool, Adjustable Spanner, to Aid Roadside Repairs

20 Nov 2012  |  Posted by BREGAN  |  Categories: Monthly highlights, Saddles, Bags, Etc.

Soon to be your stout companion through thick and thin – The Brooks 21 Multi Tool

In the past, browsing through the maintenance department of the Brooks Online Shop was a brief excursion to procure a standard spanner or perhaps a tin of Proofide. Now a stop by this humble section of the website is about to get much more interesting…

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Take A Seat! Brooks At Tate Britain.

Installation Artist Opens Tate Show In Which Leather Saddles Feature Heavily.

15 Nov 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Art & Design


Is that a giant Mustard Colt in the corner? “Mindless Mindless” by Jess Flood Paddock at Tate Britain.

We have looked before at various ways in which Brooks saddles have acted both as frame and muse to an artist’s creative processes.

Jess Flood-Paddock’s new show “Mindless, Mindless” at Tate Britain provides us with the latest example.

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Kickstarting, Crowdfunding, Etc.

Handwritten 'Thank You' Notes Now Considered Legal Tender.

12 Nov 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Art & Design, Curiosities


A new Kickstarter project - “The Flashy” – a lightning-powered recumbent e-bike, with built in crash bars.

As we have noted on these pages before, with the help of Web 2.0 it’s never been easier to get in on the Venture Capitalism game. This holds equally for those who seek investors as much as those seeking to invest.

Online Crowdfunding is based around the entirely reasonable proposition that it’s easier to get ten thousand people to give you a pound each than one person shouldering the entire sum.

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More B(r)ooks.

The World Hour Record, Umpteen Grand Tours and Countless Classics are bound.

7 Nov 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Heritage

Fans of any sport delight in comparing its champions across different eras, or attempting to, at least. Would Dempsey have beaten Tyson? Might Borg have foxed Federer? Perhaps Rees would have been too much for Taylor? It’s a futile exercise, of course, but it fuels Mankind’s eternal quest to answer: Who is Greatest Of All Time?

This is all by way of saying that a package landed on the desk at Boultbee Towers recently, giving us amateur cycling historians cause to once again ponder the conundrum.

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The Pendle Witches Vintage Velo.

A Sportive Ride Through Lancashire On Vintage Steel

6 Nov 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Events, Friends, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling


Photo courtesy of Rick from cyclesportphotos.com

Sean McAdam has been in touch with us recently with photos from this year’s Pendle Witches Vintage Velo ride.  The PWVV is cosy charity sportive through the Lancashire countryside that is held each year, with a hot homemade pie and peas waiting at the finish, washed down with a few pints of real ale.

Registration for 2013 has already opened. We let Sean from Pendle take up the story…

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