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.
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.”
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.
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.
Brooks prides itself in the maintenance of old machines to keep saddles issuing forth from our Smethwick, England factory. But unfortunately, while very good at producing comfortable saddles, these machines lack the capability of handling all aspects of our flourishing business.
So, with great enthusiasm, we have introduced a new machine to raise the customer service experience to the quality and attention to detail one expects from our legendary leather saddles.
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.
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.
Grant Petersen’s Rivendell Bike Works is a name of renown among aficionados of the hand-built lugged steel frame. We’ve written about Rivendell in the past, and Grant himself has also been an occasional contributor to these pages. So either way, both he and his company should be well known to most Brooks Blog readers.
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.
Autumn in Northern Italy is a famously fine combination of season and location for taking magical (and we don’t use the word lightly) spins. Now imagine we were somehow able to cast a spell, and transport an entire peloton 40, 50, 60… even 100 years into the past, and they all fetched up in Anghiari, say. If they didn’t want to confuse and frighten the locals, they’d all obviously need a Brooks on top of a steel framed bike, for starters. And preferably a woollen jersey, right? If you have no plans next weekend, pay attention…
The roads of the Tiber Valley and the surrounding hills, built by the Romans and by the Etruscans before them, have witnessed the passage of many intrepid travellers over the centuries. Brave soldiers on their way to and from great battles, courageous knights on heroic quests, adventurers seeking out new lands and stoic pilgrims on their way to pay homage in some far off destination – they have all passed by. Now it is the time for yet another band of heroes! So get out your old bicycle, pull on your woollen jersey and wax your moustache – it is time for the Intrepid Cyclists to make their mark in history!