Guest Blogger Bike Snob NYC battles the snow
2 Feb 2016 | Posted by Bike Snob NYC | Categories: Bicycles, Events, Friends, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling
New York City. The Capital of the World. A great financial and cultural dynamo hub illuminating the rest of America and beyond. Birthplace of the skyscraper, hip hip, and the “New York minute,” which is just a regular minute with extra cheese.
When it comes to cycling, however, one could argue our heyday is well behind us. Madison Square Garden was a Mecca of six-day racing…like a hundred years ago. New York City’s bike messengers were once iconic…though the style’s been appropriated worldwide, and “Quicksilver” to “Premium Rush” represents a precipitous decline. Alas, we used to set the pace, but now it comes to “bike culture” we’re playing catch-up.
Consider the whole fat bike thing. They’ve been riding fat bikes for years out there in “Fargo” country, but New York City’s first-ever fat bike race wasn’t until January 23rd, 2016 in Cunningham Park, Queens:
Long thought unsurpassable, 2015 saw two exceptional mile-eaters take on cycling's Year Record. Jack Thurston looks back at how the oldest and toughest record in cycling was finally broken.
25 Jan 2016 | Posted by Jack Thurston | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling
In Ancient Greek mythology, Zeus punishes Sisyphus for his avarice and cunning by condemning him to repeat forever the same meaningless task of pushing a boulder up a mountain, only to see it roll down again. The notion of punishment by arduous, never-ending and ultimately meaningless toil is not confined to Ancient Greece. In traditional Chinese folklore a miscreant named Wu Gang faces the divine punishment of forever chopping down a self-regenerating osmanthus tree that grows on the moon. The cycling equivalent of these mythical tortures is the Year Record. The thought of getting on a bike, riding for more than twelve hours only to get up the next day and do it all again, and again and again for a whole year makes me shudder. I’d rather fly to the moon with my felling axe.
Sisyphus by Titian
Camille McMillan brings us a tardy piece of reportage
20 Jan 2016 | Posted by GUEST | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Monthly highlights, Travel & Adventure Cycling
Just before the start of the Transcontinental, Austrian, Walter Reiterer, In his printed Lederhosen
For a time bike racing had lost its shine for me. I was beginning to resent the bicycle and in particular bike racing. The gloss of the Tour de France, the hyperbole of the spring Classics, Super teams with P.R banality, with brand guidelines, overkill!
Juliet drops by to deliver her highlights of 2015
6 Jan 2016 | Posted by Juliet Elliott | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling
Like many people, at this time of year I find myself reflecting on what’s gone before, looking back over the past twelve months and reflecting on the moments I’ve particularly enjoyed. As I’m one hell of a lucky lady, there have been a whole load of fun times in 2015, so in no particular order, here are my rides of the year.
Guest Blogger Bike Snob NYC Goes Shopping
23 Dec 2015 | Posted by Bike Snob NYC | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Monthly highlights, Stories, Urban Cycling
When last we met, my son and I were enjoying a post-Thanksgiving ride just north of the city:
Camille McMillan investigates just what is in a name
15 Dec 2015 | Posted by GUEST | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights
My bicycle is a machine, I know you know that, we all know that, but some to like to forget that. Some refer it to a bicycle as ‘Steed’, some gender them and some name even them!
'Molly Longlegs' by George Stubbs (1762) on display at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Juliet explores the pain of the race
8 Dec 2015 | Posted by Juliet Elliott | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Friends, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling
“I just don’t understand. That’s the pure definition of masochism if it only feels good once it’s over.”
I’m on the phone to my Mum, telling her how I spent my Sunday afternoon and her suspicions that I’m just a little bit barmy have been ramped up a level. The activity we’re discussing is cyclocross and I’m just done explaining how the day’s race was so hard that I nearly puked and cried. “It just sounds horrid,” she continues. “I don’t know why you would do such a thing.” Rewind a few hours and I was asking myself the same thing.
Cyclocross is a form of bike racing that takes place in the winter months on a variety of predominantly natural surfaces, participants racing as many laps as they can of an incredibly slippery, muddy course with obstacles that might mean you have to dismount and carry your bike. Good bike handling skills are essential and unlike road and crit racing, there’s no drafting or hiding behind your opponents for some brief respite; cyclocross is an all-out solo effort that puts you in the red from the minute you begin pedaling. It’s a brutal, roughly hour-long assault on your body and mind, and one that I wasn’t even sure I was up for.
We find out more about a special cycling exhibition
17 Nov 2015 | Posted by Oliver | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Events, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling
We here at Brooks England are proud to be taking part in a new exhibition that is taking part at the Design Museum in London. Cycle Revolution celebrates the diversity of contemporary cycling in Britain from every day commuting to Olympic level competition and looks at where design and innovation may take the riders of the future.
Brooks Sponsored Angus Edmond Brings the 2nd Part of his Report from China
4 Nov 2015 | Posted by Angus Edmond | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Friends
Angus brings us up to date with the second half of his China trip to ride cycle-cross. If you missed part one, read it here
Hainan was a little different. It was a bit warmer and a lot more humid. It had the wonderful feature of the course being 200m from the front door of our resort and in contrast to the last race this one had been built to order. It was regulation width from start to finish, had one of the most interesting flyovers I have ever seen and was fun to ride.
Beautiful track with a stunning backdrop
We talk to Pannier founder, Stefan, to hear more about the site and their Cycle Tour Bursary for travelling cyclists...
30 Oct 2015 | Posted by Oliver | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Travel & Adventure Cycling
We here at Brooks are keen to promote the joys of cycle travel, whether that is a short trip to the supermarket or a 12 month trek across the globe. As such, it was an easy decision for us to sponsor the Pannier Spring 2016 Tour Bursary. In our latest blog we find out more.