A quest to to keep the Italian bicycle flame burning brightly.
10 Oct 2014 | Posted by Tim | 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.
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.
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.
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.
Thomas Callahan tells us about the latest addition to the Horse Cycles stable
7 Aug 2014 | Posted by GUEST | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Friends, Heritage, Urban Cycling
When my friends at Kaufmann Mercantile asked me to design a bike for them, I didn’t hesitate for a moment. Even if you know nothing about the New York based online store, just the name in itself inspires respect and intrigue, both of which the company deserves and fulfills. Not only do they curate some of the best-designed and most durable goods from around the world, they also are sustaining a conscientious culture where the history of materials, the ethics of production, and the resilience of design are paramount.
Brooks teams up with the world's leading bicycle poster show.
25 Jul 2014 | Posted by Oliver | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Events, Stories, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling
Brooks has teamed up with PEdAL ED to celebrate five years ARTCRANK UK, the world’s leading bicycle poster show. On Thursday 31st July we will host a retrospective of ARTCRANK in our B1866 store
The Stanforth Kibo. A blast from the past.
1 Jul 2014 | Posted by Tim | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Friends, Heritage, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling
The Crane's at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Mount Kilimanjaro is not the first place you would think of as an inspiration for bicycle design. However, for Simon Stanforth, it was and here at Brooks base camp, we needed oxygen when we heard about the story behind it. You see, Simon comes from good stock, his father is the former owner of Saracen Cycles and it was in 1985 ,when he heard of how cousins, Nick and Richard Crane climbed Africa’s highest mountain using bicycles.
Lifting The Lid On Our Newest Saddle
26 Jun 2014 | Posted by Oliver | Categories: Art & Design, Heritage, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Uncategorized
A clutch of Cambium
Here at Brooks England, we could never have predicted the overwhelming reception our new Cambium range has received. Setting out to honour the legacy of our founder J.B.Brooks through an innovative new saddle led us to a series of new manufacturing processes that we wanted to share with you.
14 May 2014 | Posted by Tim | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Heritage, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling
Tommy Thien, a Physics student at The University of Texas, got tired of walking the 30 minutes to class every day, so got himself a bicycle. As time progressed, he gained a greater appreciation for the simple piece of machinery that is the bicycle and naturally wanted to fit a Brooks Saddle.
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.