Thomas Callahan tells us about the latest addition to the Horse Cycles stable
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.
Legendary Philadelphia Builder to Visit B1866
Stephen Bilenky has been designing and building beautifully constructed bicycles since 1983. Located in an old warehouse in North Philadelphia; the Bilenky Cycle Works is a workshop full to the brim of over thirty years of bicycle frame building history. They build anything from cargo bikes to racing lightweights, cyclocross bikes, recumbents and tandems, mountain bikes, simple commuter bikes and anything else they or a customer can dream up. Innovative too; they were the first to build a tandem, with S&S couplers allowing it to pack down into two small flight boxes and in the late nineties they started producing the revolutionary ‘Viewpoint’; a semi recumbent tandem that allowed teams with differing abilities and strengths to take to the road for the first time.
Brooks England heads to Goodwood to witness the BWC
Brooks England had the pleasure of sponsoring this year’s Brompton World Championships. The 2014 edition of the race took place at Goodwood in West Sussex on Sunday 27th July. As always there was an eclectic selection of outfits and customised Bromptons, many of course equipped with Brooks saddles and accessories.
Brooks teams up with the world's leading bicycle poster show.
The Stanforth Kibo. A blast from the past.
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.
The original downloadable touring magazine.
From Dennis Koomen in Kyrgyzstan.
Grace Johnson and Paul Jeurissen are both well known among the touring fraternity, having been at the forefront of adventure cycling photography for many years. In the autumn of 2011 they worked together to publish their first issue of Bicycle Traveler.
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.
Paul Errington became first Brit to race the 200-mile Gravel Race
Being a small and busy company sometimes can lead to things falling through the cracks. My latest lapse of attention was a blog post kindly submitted by Paul Errington two years ago about his trip to the world’s premier “gravel grinder” event, the Dirty Kanza 200. Better late than never, here is Paul’s story:
The Dirty Kanza 200 is a little over a 200-mile race over the rolling gravel roads of the Flint Hills, Kansas, with no easy mile given to riders covering the sun baked ground on a variety of off road machines.
Is Kansas flat? Certainly not.
A match Made in England, but living the dream in California.
In the latest edition of reader’s rides from Brooks stories, we found Jeff Anjo of California and his 1984 Holdsworth Mistral touring bicycle, seen here parked gracefully alongside Lake Solano in the hills above San Fransisco, California. Its Brooks Professional saddle left the Brooks Smethwick factory in 1985, the bicycle and saddle met for the first time in 1986.
Made in England, both saddle and bicycle in the years since have taken Jeff on many adventures. But we may have to send round the bicycle style police to get the handlebars clad with Brooks Leather Bar Tape for him.
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