Back to the Future

Camille McMillan reveals the inspiration for the Demi-Porkeur

1 Jul 2015  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Friends, Monthly highlights

In 1957 Roland Barthes published  ’Mythologies’ , a collection of essays .. the best known is “The New Citroën” the ”Goddess”.

The Citroën DS 19 replaced the Citroën Traction Avant, the Citroën Traction Avant was old fashioned… pre World War 2 tech and styling.  The DS according to Barthes was perfection.

The DS was perfection of Modernism, the high watermark of French design and ethos. World War 2 was in the history books along with the old aesthetics of the La Belle Époque ”Beautiful Era” and Art Nouvos.  The Citroën DS was the future manifest in an object.

French style, aesthetics engineering was at its height… for me it was a high point for French’e'ness, French bicycles and bicycles in general.

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Eroica Britannia 2015 Gallery

Liz Seabrook took the road to capture the event

25 Jun 2015  |  Posted by Oliver  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Friends, Monthly highlights

This weekend saw the 2nd Edition of Eroica Britannia in Bakewell, Derbyshire.  The 2014 Edition was a huge success and it is fair to say 2015 built on these foundations.  There was a large vintage fair with live entertainment, best dressed contests, fantastic food and drink, and of course the ride itself. 

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“Someday a real rain will come…”

Guest Blogger Bike Snob NYC Heads Out Under Cover Of Wetness

9 Jun 2015  |  Posted by Bike Snob NYC  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling

This past April I took delivery of a brand new saddle:

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Britain Is Brilliant!

Juliet flies the flag for these fair isles

4 Jun 2015  |  Posted by Juliet Elliott  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling

I love to explore and the pace of cycling makes it ideal for those seeking pleasure from their region. As I see it, walking is too slow, running doesn’t take you far enough and cars are too fast and too far removed.

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Eroica Britannia 2015 – The Interview

We catch up with the guys to find out what has changed for the Second Edition

1 Jun 2015  |  Posted by Oliver  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling

With Eroica Britannia rapidly approaching, we decided it was a fitting time to catch up with Tim, one of the organisers, and find out what is new for 2015 and what to expect for the weekend.  From what he told us it seems we are in for one fantastic weekend and a very enjoyable fathers’ day. 

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Lands End to John O’Groats in 45 hours and 11 minutes

Dominic Irvine explains what it takes to break a 49 year old record

22 May 2015  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Travel & Adventure Cycling

At 3:41am on Thursday 7th May 2015, the rear wheel of our tandem passed over the drain that marked the end point at John O’Groats 45 hours and 11 minutes and 842 miles after leaving Lands End. In so doing, we had broken the 49 year old End to End record that had stood since Swinden and Withers rode the route in 1966 in a time of 50 hours 14 minutes and 25 seconds.

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Rowan Frameworks Interview

The Bespoked Best Newcomer tell us how he learnt his trade

15 May 2015  |  Posted by jim holland  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Friends, Monthly highlights

Another newcomer that caught our eye (and many others!) at this years Bespoked was Timmy Rowan of Rowan Frameworks. Astonishingly he picked up both best Best Newcomer & Best in Show, which was fairly unprecedented! A staunch Brooks supporter…His bikes are a stark contrast from the recent trend of monster tubed speed machines and have a wealth of small touches and unusual uses of mixed materials. Who knows what’s in store for Rowan Frameworks…but they are certainly off to a good start! We swapped a few questions and answers to learn a bit more about the finer points…

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Multi-Modal Memories

Guest Blogger Bike Snob NYC Time-Trials Into The Past

12 May 2015  |  Posted by Bike Snob NYC  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling

There are all sorts of reasons to go for a ride.  Sometimes you want to explore, and to mark the world with your tires like your bike is a cat and the road is someone’s pant leg.  Sometimes you want to challenge yourself on that big climb–or, even more pathetically, to challenge complete strangers via some social networking app like Strava.  And sometimes you just wanna get naked.

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Once More Over the Top

Jack Thurston retraces one of the classic pass-storming routes of the inter-war years

6 May 2015  |  Posted by Jack Thurston  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Heritage, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling

The West Arms, Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog

The centennial commemorations of the First World War remind us of the origins of the phrase ‘over the top’, now widely used to describe anything extreme or outrageous. The stuttering newsreel shots show young men clambering out of their trenches (‘over the top’) and walking briskly into machine gun fire, barbed wire and almost certain death. With the war not yet a year over, using such a charged phrase ‘over the top’ to describe a bike ride must have been a very deliberate act and that is exactly what Walter MacGregor Robinson did in his celebrated account of a ride across the Berwyn range in north Wales, published in Cycling in May 1919.

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Hartley Cycles in Her Own Words

Juliet Chats To Award Winning Female Frame Builder Caren Hartley

30 Apr 2015  |  Posted by Juliet Elliott  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Stories

In my previous post for the Brooks blog, I chatted to photographer Camille Macmillan and new frame builder Caren Hartley about the intriguing sounding steel machine the latter was hand-crafting for the former, something the pair had nicknamed the ‘Demi-Porkeur.’

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