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!
Here’s a fine Brooks-Knog “collabo”. Our Team Pro with now rarely seen mini-Knog on top of a Kinfolk.
Knog will be known to many readers as the company which made its name producing those rather practical little bike lights that come housed inside flexible, handy, brightly coloured rubber shells. In the past few years the company has gone on to make Knog locks, Knog gloves, even Knog bicycle computers.
Since the launch of our new Cambium saddle we’ve been keen to learn how it stands up on (or off-) road. To this end, in May we sent over 100 free Cambium saddles worldwide to a diverse pool of cyclists, whose testimonials can be found in the shop comments section of the Brooks online shop.
We are happy to report that, perhaps unsurprisingly, most of the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
Now, the latest seal of approval comes from the 2013 Eurobike Award jury, who out of 496 products from 30 different countries bestowed upon the Cambium their coveted GOLD Award, given only to 10 products this year.
Women’s circumnavigation world record holder Juliana Buhring en route in the TCR.
Kristof Allegaert continues to force the pace in the Transcontinental Race this week. He has already reached Bulgaria, exceeding most of the mileage-time predictions made in advance of the start, while WCR Grand Tour veteran Richard Dunnett is doggedly trailing him through Serbia in second place.
We introduced readers earlier this year to Bunyan Velo, a new quarterly magazine exploring what can be conjured when people pack a pen and pad, or camera with them on a spin, whether it’s to the corner shop or the other side of the world.
Issue Two is now available, and in it you can learn about the unique charms of winter touring in Alaska, and how to make Forgotten Fire Soup.
There are also at least half a dozen photos in here deserving of extensive individual attention.
Like the souls of those who contribute articles to it, Bunyan Velo is essentially free, but those who wish to see a third edition are nonetheless welcome to make a small donation towards its running costs.
New York’s Bicycle Habitat is the latest, and for the time being, final host of this year’s Brooks Dashing Bicycle Show. Their branch in Manhattan’s SoHo district unveils our collection of fine machinery and cycling sundries this evening, Thursday 25th July, at 6 p.m. local time.
And while the display models from Cooper, Tout Terrain, et al remain in the shop for a fortnight, the free Hendrick’s Gin cocktails will all be gone by close of business today. So get down there.
If, like many other cyclists, you’ve been impatiently checking back to the Brooks Cambium Countdown page, you will have noticed that the numbers on our clock are dwindling fast. So fast, in fact, that later today there’ll be nothing but zeroes left on it.