Readers Rides from Brooks Stories – No.4 – ‘Tired of walking’

14 May 2014  |  Posted by Tim  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Heritage, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling

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.

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2012 Dirty Kanza 200

Paul Errington became first Brit to race the 200-mile Gravel Race

8 May 2014  |  Posted by BREGAN  |  Categories: Bicycles, Events, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling

photos courtesy Eric Benjamin

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 200Better 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.

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Readers Rides from Brooks Stories – No.3 – ‘Made in England’

A match Made in England, but living the dream in California.

6 May 2014  |  Posted by Tim  |  Categories: Bicycles, Curiosities, Friends, Heritage, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling

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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Patrick Siebert’s MIFA

Our Man In Mecklenburg Vorpommern Is Truly Der Resuscitator.

2 May 2014  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Friends, Stories

Readers may recall this photostory of a Diamant rebuild we had from Patrick Siebert a while back. Since last talking to us it seems he’s managed to locate another rust magnet and work his magic on it.

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Darcy – An Anglo-Italian Restoration Job By Ciclico.

Italian Parks Pride, Jettisons Prejudice, Names Bike After Character In English Novel.

30 Apr 2014  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Friends, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling


“…truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of 7 bikes must be in want of a wife.”

In and around his native Padua, Ciclico’s Leonardo Macciucca is known among all types of cycling enthusiast for the unique twists that mark out as special each of his individual vintage restoration projects.

Barns, lofts and forgotten garages across the country make up the hunting ground where he uncovers his bicycles, typically seized and rusting under the accumulation of 80 years of inactivity.

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B(r)ooks – The New Rivendell Catalogue.

Betting Has Been Suspended For This Year's Pulitzer Non-Fiction Prize.

23 Apr 2014  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Friends, Stories

If Grant Petersen is putting something on paper, the chances are it’s worth a read. So at Boultbee Towers, when news filtered through from the U.S. that Rivendell‘s chef d’équipe had a new product catalogue ready, we prepared ourselves to be happy.

And we weren’t disappointed.

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Readers’ Rides from Brooks Stories – No.2 – Leon’s Trek

Leon Steber’s Inspirational Ride from San Francisco to Cozumel in Mexico.

25 Mar 2014  |  Posted by Tim  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling

Now that the World Cycle Race is well a truly on the road; we thought we’d go digging in the Brooks archives for a story about an equally epic ride. After much rummaging, we found not only an epic ride, but an epic photographer in the form of Mr Leon Steber.

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Darren Crisp Titanium at B1866

American/Italian builder to make fittings directly in the Brooks shop.

19 Mar 2014  |  Posted by BREGAN  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles

Darren at work in his Italian studio

The B1866 shop in Seven Dials, London has begun offering handmade frames direct in-house from some of the most respected names in the handmade bicycle world. Dario Pegoretti paid a visit in January and now Darren Crisp is set to arrive on 10 April, performing fittings for lucky customers who will not have to travel to Darren’s Italian studio, but be measured and fitted right in the heart of London.

Appointments will fill up fast,  so read more to learn the latest details.

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Bunyan Velo – Part The Fourth.

Latest Compendium Of Well Expressed Cycling-Based Thought Hits Newsstands.

17 Mar 2014  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling

Running through the pictures and stories gathered together in the quarterly magazine Bunyan Velo is the common thread of two-wheeled, human-powered adventure.

Since launching last year, BV has already attracted plenty of kind words from readers for the breadth of its editorial scope, and for its beautifully composed glimpses of a world seen from behind handlebars.

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Readers’ Rides from Brooks Stories – No.1 – The Tweed Gigolo

Peter Legg's Beautiful James Fothergill Machine

6 Mar 2014  |  Posted by Tim  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories, Style & Fashion

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.

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