Tuula And Hannah Try A Different Kind Of Happy Meal On Their Tour Of U.S..
23 Apr 2013 | Posted by GUEST | Categories: Friends, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling
Coast to Coast. Tuula with the bikes in Florida.
Sustenance and Saddle Sense – Why a Brooks is like a well balanced meal.
By Tuula Rebhahn
Every Brooks saddle owner has had this experience. You pull up in front of the store, school or work and some non-cyclist approaches you to gawk at your saddle. It’s sleek, they say, but where’s the padding? You couldn’t pay me to sit on that thing!
On our tour through the southern United States, my partner Hannah and I have these interactions frequently. But the odd looks we receive outside the grocery store are nothing compared to those we receive inside. Passing on the fried chicken, ramen noodles and “sports” drinks, we stock up on eggs, prunes and salad greens, then refuse the plastic bag at the checkout line. We know we’re marking ourselves as weirdos – but hey, we already did that when we walked in with spandex and metal in our shoes.
A Young Man Heads South
7 Mar 2013 | Posted by GUEST | Categories: Correspondence, Friends, Travel & Adventure Cycling
The bike is heavy and the pace is quick—driven by expressions of excited freedom and adventure. Months of anticipation and enthusiastic strategy is finally deployed into the unknown. A saturating realization of what I have just embarked on imbues every thought and translates into explosions of pedal cycles. The Southern Tier of the United States is stoically awaiting my progressive arrival. The only obligations I possess are finding the strength to complete this voyage and experiencing the wondrous phenomena which are literally in front of me.
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.
The Chamferer Murray Slowly Approaches Pensionable Age, But Is Staying Put.
3 May 2012 | Posted by GUEST | Categories: Events, Stories
Eric Murray receiving his birthday bottle of bubbly from Works Office Manager Steven Green.
“Building a Brooks is both famously and justifiably labour intensive. Before reaching a seat post (your seat post), during the various stages of its construction at Smethwick, the composite parts of a saddle bearing our name will typically pass through a dozen separate pairs of expert hands and eyes.
The successful coordination of these different stages of production, culminating in an end result worthy of the Brooks nameplate, is absolutely reliant on the expertise of veteran steelworkers, riveters, cutters, soakers, pressers, packers and polishers.
So earlier this spring, a short ceremony was held at the Brooks works to recognize the enormous and lasting contributions of Maria Thomas, Barbara Lawrence, Eric Murray, Stephen Bell, Mohamud Hirey and Malgorzata Krawczyk to our story…”
By Brooks Works Office Manager Steven Green.
Friday 24 February saw a day of celebration at the Brooks factory in Smethwick. Two happy events were being acknowledged.
Roving photojournalist Liz Seabrook took a look for Brooks
27 Mar 2012 | Posted by GUEST | Categories: Events, Friends, Style & Fashion
There’s no paint job quite like a Pegoretti paint job
Over the weekend hoards of cyclists hungry to see beautiful handmade bikes headed to Bristol for Bespoked 2012. Saturday alone saw a massive 2,500 rammed into Brunel’s Old Station all grappling to pick the brains of the 80 exhibitors.
Bespoked is a festival unlike any other in the cycling world. It is a place where companies – no matter how well established – come together with a shared passion for the handmade, keeping production close to hand and bespoke perfection.
24 Oct 2011 | Posted by GUEST | Categories: Events, Friends, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Stories
An incomparable vista. Riding the twisting, gravelly tracks of Chianti at L’Eroica. (Photo Dustin Nordhus, Cicli Berlinetta)
The dust has quite literally begun to settle once again in northern Italy, where a few weeks back Gaiole played host to a couple of thousand cyclists set on recreating the feel of a bike race entirely devoid of Carbon Fibre, Synthetic Isotonic Potions, System Pedals, or any other development conceived over the past thirty years to make a ride last less long.
Of course we’re talking about L’Eroica, and Brooks was once again a proud sponsor of the event. Shortly before this year’s instalment we managed to get in touch with our good friend Mark Reber, who was making the trip over from the United States. He kindly agreed to collect some of his impressions of the weekend and commit them to paper for us, while taking many fine photographs (MR), some of which are interspersed below with those of his friend Rodger Lynch (RL) and Dustin Nordhus (DN). Now read on…
21 Oct 2011 | Posted by GUEST | Categories: Correspondence, Curiosities, Friends, Heritage, Stories
Inflation in 1920′s Germany would have made this a Six Million Mark Bicycle.
A bike restoration project is one of those happy undertakings in which those involved frequently wish they’d never started, yet secretly hope will never end. In this regard we have some good news, and also some bad news reaching us this morning from Hamburg, Germany, where Nico Thomas and his two sons have recently applied the final revitalizing touches to a machine first ridden over 80 years ago.
14 Oct 2011 | Posted by GUEST | Categories: Friends, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Uncategorized
(editor’s note: the following is the charming diary of five young people from Birmingham who approached us to support their charity ride from Birmingham to Berlin to raise money for Cancer Research UK. A video of this adventure is soon to follow.)
DAY ONE – BIRMINGHAM TO LONDON