Pistaminati The Rules

Dave Noakes introduces us to the Pistaminati...

29 Mar 2015  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Urban Cycling

The Cambium-clad bikes of Red Hook Crit contenders Team Desgenà

The world is constantly changing, everything is evolving, new technology is created, old trends fade and new emerge. Track bicycles have been around for years and whilst the materials, construction processes and designs have evolved the essence has remained the same. The track bike has a humble and firm place in the bicycle hall of fame and as cyclists it is our duty to keep some of this heritage alive.

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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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Chased Around the World by Dogs

Tim Moss tells us cycling around the world is not what you expect

16 Mar 2015  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Travel & Adventure Cycling
Life rarely brings what you expect of it. And cycling around the world is no different. How could it be?

From our desks in London, how could we have imagined the places we’d see and the people we’d meet?

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The Winning Formula

Juliet Elliott gives you the secret to training success this cycling season

24 Feb 2015  |  Posted by Juliet Elliott  |  Categories: Bicycles, Friends, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling, Stories

Every year I get the urge to start racing. I have a little go, I enter the odd race, and I usually do ok. Then disaster strikes – I start training and it all goes wrong.

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A Little Yonkers Goes A Long Way

Guest blogger Bike Snob NYC clings to his sanity in winter

17 Feb 2015  |  Posted by Bike Snob NYC  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories

I refuse to ride inside.  Spinning away on a trainer while watching TV?  Please.  When I ride a bike I do it outside, when I watch TV I do it on the couch with a beer.

If you’re going to do something, do it right.

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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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From London to Belfast, via The Rest of The World

Kevin Downey joins the blog to recount his epic journey

27 Jan 2015  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Travel & Adventure Cycling

After returning from a 59 day tour of mainland Europe, I never envisioned taking on the world on two wheels.  But 13 months and 2,000 miles later, I found myself in Istanbul, Turkey far from my home in Ireland once again.  With the right support behind me I continued on through 41 countries, covering 30,000 miles on bicycle, and 20,000 by boat.   Relying on the kindness of strangers, I lived for two and a half years on the finer things in life, while raising over £5,000 pounds for Depaul Ireland, a charity tackling homelessness on the Emerald Isle.

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Adventures in the Egyptian Sinai

The Brooks Blog welcomes Julian Wong to recount one of his adventures

20 Jan 2015  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Travel & Adventure Cycling

In the spring of 2013 I set off from California carrying my father’s ashes to his hometown in China.  By the end of the year I had cycled across the United States, flown to Norway from Florida and cycled Scandinavia, the Baltics, Central Europe and most of the Balkans. It was early 2014 when I decided to escape the winter doldrums of Europe and fly to the warm and exotic land of Egypt.

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Like Water For Metaphor

Guest Blogger Bike Snob NYC's Day-After-New-Year's-Day Ride

5 Jan 2015  |  Posted by Bike Snob NYC  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Friends, Stories

It is traditional for cyclists to partake in a New Year’s Day ride, which is precisely why I leave the roads to the wobbly legions making good on their resolutions and sweating out their hangovers.

Instead, I skip the ride and take a walk on the beach, where I ask mighty Neptune to provide me with a sign of what to expect in the coming year.  Last year his portent came in the form of hot dogs, while this year he presented me with this disembodied fish head.

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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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