Riding through the lens

Jack Thurston compiles some top tips for photography on the move

19 Mar 2015  |  Posted by Jack Thurston  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Travel & Adventure Cycling

“Photography as a fad is well-nigh on its last legs, thanks principally to the bicycle craze.”

So wrote the great Alfred Stieglitz, one of the pioneers of photography, back in 1893. He was wrong of course. Both these novel technologies of the late nineteenth century are still very much with us. And more than that, they seem to go hand in hand.

Throughout that decade cyclists were earlier adopters of Kodak’s new ‘hand camera’. Kodak boss George Eastman himself rode a bike to work and made long sight-seeing cycle tours of Europe. He knew that the last thing cyclists wanted to carry was a hefty tripod and a saddle bag full of heavy glass plates. His company sponsored round-the-world cyclists Thomas Allen and William Sachtleben, who sent back more than 1,200 circular images on 3.5-inch nitrate negatives, a selection of which are currently on display at an exhibition in the Fowler Museum in Los Angeles.

Photographs by Thomas Allen and William Sachtleben

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Sven Cycles of Weymouth. A Breath of Fresh Air

Touring in your fathers footsteps with a modern twist

12 Feb 2015  |  Posted by Tim Gunn  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Style & Fashion, Travel & Adventure Cycling

Every once in a while the cycle industry re-invents itself to follow fashions which come and go. Meanwhile, the ancient spirits of quality and style sit on the fence and watch, lending a helping hand to those who allow them through their doors. The recent resurgence in the hand-built British bicycle is a fashion that was once an epidemic. Almost every town had a cycle shop, with an often rudimentary building attached where a skilled craftsman would be building frames for local cyclists.  

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Vickers Bicycle Company – The Sundown Bike

A unique bicycle visits the B1866 London Store.

16 Dec 2014  |  Posted by Tim Gunn  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Curiosities, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling

 

Savile Row meets Coventry

Across England, are towns and regions which are well known for manufacturing certain types of products and only a short cycle ride from the Brooks Smethwick works for instance, is the famous Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. If you need a sharp fitting suit, then London’s Savile Row is the place to go and for those who attended L’Eroica Britannia last June; will know that Bakewell is remembered for its tarts. Stopping right there, before I get into trouble. I’ll take you back to Savile Row, and while trying not to get confused with tarts and tailor’s, I shall tell you more.

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Brooks x Movember

We are proud to support Movember in changing the face of men's health

24 Nov 2014  |  Posted by Oliver  |  Categories: Art & Design, Events, Friends, Monthly highlights, Saddles, Bags, Etc.

Brooks has teamed up with Movember to raise awareness for Men’s Health this November.  We have come together to create a limited edition one off saddle and to celebrate we are throwing a party at our London store, B1866, this coming Thursday.

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The Latest Additions to the John Boultbee Collection

Our new range of small leather goods

18 Nov 2014  |  Posted by jim holland  |  Categories: Art & Design, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Style & Fashion

There is no substitute for the look and feel of genuine Brooks Leather. John Boultbee, trademark of Brooks England ltd, has created a new line of small leather goods, made with the same materials and identical handicraft of the famous Brooks Leather Saddles and Bags.
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Drafting Le Corbusier

Four Architects and Designers from New York City cycle through Le Corbusier’s Architecture

7 Nov 2014  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Travel & Adventure Cycling

We arrived in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the last day of our voyage, earlier than expected. With both excitement and melancholy, we rode up and down the town’s steep streets gathering cheeses, saucisson, champagne, bread, and cornichons for the birthday celebration.

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Scatto Italiano – Made to be Unique

A quest to to keep the Italian bicycle flame burning brightly.

10 Oct 2014  |  Posted by Tim Gunn  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Heritage, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling

Uniqueness comes in many forms. Take the Brooks B17 saddle for instance. It started out life on a drawing board in the mid 1890’s at the Brooks Works. It uniquely set a standard, and has since formed the backbone to the Brooks saddle collection.

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A Trip to Mercian Cycles

Our Graphic Designer Goes in Search of his Perfect Bicycle

23 Sep 2014  |  Posted by jim holland  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Heritage, Saddles, Bags, Etc.

I first came to know Mercian Cycles a long time ago, back when nobody really wore Lycra and everybody took sandwiches. Growing up in the shadow of the Black Country the custom frame was considered as it is now, a luxury item, though they were perhaps a bit more common before the advent of carbon and aluminium. Not to mention that, once you had your frame, that was it, you kept it until you pegged out, components and wheels would be replaced as required, but a custom frame was for life. To a certain extent, that’s still true, not least because often a custom geometry will only really suit the rider it was designed for.

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The Printing Bike Project

Nick Hand drops by to tell us about his latest cycling project

8 Sep 2014  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Curiosities, Friends, Stories, Uncategorized

One of the nice things about working amongst a community of designers, engineers and artists is the opportunity of collaboration.

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A Relaxing Randonneur

Si Taylor from Two Makers talks us through his unique Randonneur chair

2 Sep 2014  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Art & Design, Curiosities, Stories, Style & Fashion

The concept for this project was to create a high-end handcrafted rocking chair inspired by, and having the aesthetic of, the ‘golden era’ of classic long-distance racing bicycles manufactured by the master ‘Constructeurs’ of the 1940s.

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