Darren Crisp Titanium at B1866

American/Italian builder to make fittings directly in the Brooks shop.

19 Mar 2014  |  Posted by BREGAN  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles

Darren at work in his Italian studio

The B1866 shop in Seven Dials, London has begun offering handmade frames direct in-house from some of the most respected names in the handmade bicycle world. Dario Pegoretti paid a visit in January and now Darren Crisp is set to arrive on 10 April, performing fittings for lucky customers who will not have to travel to Darren’s Italian studio, but be measured and fitted right in the heart of London.

Appointments will fill up fast,  so read more to learn the latest details.

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Readers’ Rides from Brooks Stories – No.1 – The Tweed Gigolo

Peter Legg's Beautiful James Fothergill Machine

6 Mar 2014  |  Posted by Tim  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories, Style & Fashion

In a new series, at Brooks we’ve decided to wade back through our online archives in search of stories from proud Brooks customers about their bicycles. We like to call this Readers’ Rides. Here is the first beauty to be selected from the vaults.

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If “Cycle” Is Two, Then Surely “Cycling” Is Three?

The Haikus Arrive / Thick & Fast As Our Contest / Finds Fans And Favour.

28 Feb 2014  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Art & Design, Correspondence, Events


Footpath Closed Vintage / Cycling Accessories / Try Spicy Noddle? Photo Cycle Love

Inundated. Astounding Quality. Keep Them Coming.

Our Haiku Contest has helped capture a plethora of very special moments among the world’s community of cycling enthusiasts.

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The 2014 Brooks Haiku Contest Is Moving Along Nicely.

A Gander At What Our Community Is Capable Of When Asked To Wax Lyrical.

17 Feb 2014  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities


This one has good biking Haiku moment potential. More here. (Photo Lucas Winzenburg)

“The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets.”
(Christopher Morley)

The dramatic, snake-like hiss of punctured tubes, the vexed question of whether “tyres” is one or two syllables, and lots of people pretending that they go riding when it’s really cold out. You’ve guessed it. It’s Brooks Haiku Contest time again.

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Brooks B1866 Offers Handmade Bicycles from Famous Builders

Dario Pegoretti, Darren Crisp, and Ricky Feather among those taking London appointments

17 Jan 2014  |  Posted by Tim  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Events, Friends, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Style & Fashion

Ricky Feather in his technical and fashionable safety glasses

The B1866 shop in Seven Dials, London will be offering handmade frames direct in-house from some of the most respected names in the handmade bicycle world. Dario Pegoretti, Ricky Feather, and Darren Crisp are already among those signed up to offer personal consultation inside the B1866 premises, meaning customers will not have to travel to the frame-builders’ studios, but be measured and fitted right in the heart of London.

Appointments are filling up fast, read more to learn the latest details, and more information about custom Brooks saddle ordering, also available at B1866.

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Break A Leg! Or Rather, Please Don’t…

Lung Powered Theatrics Abound On Berlin Stage For Comedic Eco-Play.

10 Dec 2013  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Curiosities, Events

Dramatist Duncan Macmillan wrote a play called “Lungs” a couple of years ago. It explores a couple’s dilemma.

In short, they’re giving serious thought to bringing new life into the world, but against the contemporary backdrop of overpopulation and the considerable carbon footprint that each of us, tiny little babies included, ultimately leaves behind, aren’t really sure that this desire can be reconciled with their otherwise unimpeachable eco-credentials.

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B1866 Store Opens in London

16 Nov 2013  |  Posted by ANDREA  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Curiosities, Events, Friends, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories, Style & Fashion, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Uncategorized, Urban Cycling

During the past two months we’ve been working very hard to create what we describe as the Brooks ‘Cathedral’. We are excited to announce the opening of B1866, our first Brooks Store, situated in the heart of London. The shop is not only a showcase of our  product range, but a celebration of the brand’s 150 year history.

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“Stoked… Blown Away… Awesome… Absolute Blinder… You Rock.”

We Gather Knog Are Satisfied With How Their Film Festival Went.

18 Oct 2013  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Events


Sticking to what he knows best, photographer Stefano made a film about taking photographs.

No Ordinary Night was both theme and title of the recent film-festival-slash-filmmaking-contest organized by esteemed bike light people Knog. Brooks was delighted to lend assistance to the venture in the form of prizes.

As we explained here earlier this month, they tasked entrants with making something that could fairly be described as a bike/biking film. The only other non-negotiables being that it had to be under one minute’s length and shot at night time.

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B(r)ooks. The Elite Bicycle.

New Book Goes Behind The Scenes At Some Of The World's Finest Workshops.

17 Oct 2013  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Art & Design, Correspondence


Brown and Fife set the tone early in this unputdownable tale of Saddles, Bar Tape & Bags.

New Book Alert! The Elite Bicycle is a joint effort by photographer Graeme Fife and writer Gerard Brown to capture impressions of engineers, designers and fabricators of some of the world’s finest bike componentry at their various places of work.

It’s a project that took the two all over the globe, and perhaps unsurprisingly in the course of their travels they saw fit to make a stop at Smethwick, Birmingham in order that they get a chapter on fine leather saddles.

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The Knog Film Festival

Still Time To Submit Your 60 Seconds Of LED-Lit Night Riding Mayhem.

27 Sep 2013  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Events


Here’s a fine Brooks-Knog “collabo”. Our Team Pro with now rarely seen mini-Knog on top of a Kinfolk.

Knog will be known to many readers as the company which made its name producing those rather practical little bike lights that come housed inside flexible, handy, brightly coloured rubber shells. In the past few years the company has gone on to make Knog locks, Knog gloves, even Knog bicycle computers.

And now they’re running a Film Festival too.

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