From deep in the gloom of November, Jack Thurston looks back over the year's most memorable rides
26 Nov 2014 | Posted by Jack Thurston | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling
November murk in the Black Mountains
If there’s a month for armchair cycling it’s November. Emily Dickinson described it as ‘the Norway of the year’, which is a bit hard on Norway. November really is the gloomiest month. Dreary skies above, mud below – and not much in between. As an embalmer removes the blood from a corpse, the landscape is drained of its autumn colour. Spring seems inconceivable and we’ve not yet reached the frost-spangled glamour of midwinter. November promises little and delivers less. Even professional bike racers – men and women whose job it is to ride their bikes – take the month off.
This month Juliet questions her own sanity
20 Nov 2014 | Posted by Juliet Elliott | Categories: Bicycles, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling, Stories
Sometimes I wonder what on earth I’m doing. It’s cold, I’m tired and I need some time to relax and simply do nothing. But totally exhausted from a full week of work, I find myself pulling on lycra rather lounging in bed with a cup of tea.
Luca from the Brooks sponsored bike polo team joins us to review 2014
10 Nov 2014 | Posted by GUEST | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Monthly highlights, Urban Cycling
Hardcourt bike polo is a growing sport that is constantly changing. Last year I was flattered and excited when Will and Paul asked me if I would join their team, Call Me Daddy, for the upcoming season.
Four Architects and Designers from New York City cycle through Le Corbusier’s Architecture
7 Nov 2014 | Posted by GUEST | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Travel & Adventure Cycling
We arrived in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the last day of our voyage, earlier than expected. With both excitement and melancholy, we rode up and down the town’s steep streets gathering cheeses, saucisson, champagne, bread, and cornichons for the birthday celebration.
21 Oct 2014 | Posted by Juliet Elliott | Categories: Bicycles, Events, Friends, Sports Cycling
I didn’t think I’d be bothered. A summer of illness with less time on the bike than I’d like, an unhealthy diet of booze and pizza not to mention the odd sneaky cigarette… hell no I didn’t want to race Red Hook Crit! And then with plane tickets and time off work and what not, the race just wasn’t on my calendar.
Guest blogger Bike Snob NYC rides L'Eroica
13 Oct 2014 | Posted by Bike Snob NYC | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Sports Cycling, Stories
“So what’s the best ride you’ve ever done?”
A quest to to keep the Italian bicycle flame burning brightly.
10 Oct 2014 | Posted by Tim Gunn | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Heritage, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling
Uniqueness comes in many forms. Take the Brooks B17 saddle for instance. It started out life on a drawing board in the mid 1890’s at the Brooks Works. It uniquely set a standard, and has since formed the backbone to the Brooks saddle collection.
Brooks England head to Tuscany
7 Oct 2014 | Posted by Oliver | Categories: Bicycles, Events, Friends, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling
As proud sponsors of L’Eroica, every year we arrive in Tuscany with a team to tackle the challenging ride and the 2014 edition of L’Eroica was no different.
Juliet Elliott recounts her most recent Lucky Cap Ride
26 Sep 2014 | Posted by Juliet Elliott | Categories: Bicycles, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling
Do you always stick to the same few routes on your ride, never turning down that road you always pass? Are you stuck in a routine of same old, same old, all out of love for your own backyard?
Our Graphic Designer Goes in Search of his Perfect Bicycle
23 Sep 2014 | Posted by jim holland | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Heritage, Saddles, Bags, Etc.
I first came to know Mercian Cycles a long time ago, back when nobody really wore Lycra and everybody took sandwiches. Growing up in the shadow of the Black Country the custom frame was considered as it is now, a luxury item, though they were perhaps a bit more common before the advent of carbon and aluminium. Not to mention that, once you had your frame, that was it, you kept it until you pegged out, components and wheels would be replaced as required, but a custom frame was for life. To a certain extent, that’s still true, not least because often a custom geometry will only really suit the rider it was designed for.