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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The 2014 Brooks Haiku Contest Is Moving Along Nicely.

A Gander At What Our Community Is Capable Of When Asked To Wax Lyrical.

17 Feb 2014  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities


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.”
(Christopher Morley)

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.

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Brooks B1866 Offers Handmade Bicycles from Famous Builders

Dario Pegoretti, Darren Crisp, and Ricky Feather among those taking London appointments

17 Jan 2014  |  Posted by Tim  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Events, Friends, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Style & Fashion

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.

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Brooks New Machine.

7 Jan 2014  |  Posted by Tim  |  Categories: Bicycles, Saddles, Bags, Etc.

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.

We call this new machine “Tim”.

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Break A Leg! Or Rather, Please Don’t…

Lung Powered Theatrics Abound On Berlin Stage For Comedic Eco-Play.

10 Dec 2013  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Curiosities, Events

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.

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