My top rides of 2015

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.

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“Deck The Halls With Blah Blah Blah Blah, Yadda Yadda Yadda Ya-Ya-Ya…”

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:

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Don’t Call it a Steed it’s a Liberation Machine

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

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When Cross Makes You Cry

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.

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Cycle Revolution at the Design Museum in London

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.

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Racing CX in China Part 2

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

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PANNIER.CC launch a Bursary Scheme for Travellers

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

Pannier Cycle Tour Bursary

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.

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Sprengisandsleið – A Trip Across Iceland

Tom Donhou recounts a special trip to test his latest creation

22 Oct 2015  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Travel & Adventure Cycling

How do you start to plan a trip…? There’s always a flash moment, that spark that gets you thinking, it could be a picture you’ve seen, someone reminding you of a place you’ve always wanted to visit, a particular road you’ve heard tales from… Sometimes that spark can fizzle out pretty quick, other times it can rage! Whatever happens, there’s nothing quite like the excitement you get deep down in your gut when that idea hits, just keep the momentum going and before you know it, you’re touching down in some far off place, brimming to get on your bike and see what the road offers up.

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You Can’t Spell “Brooklyn” Without “Brooks” (Though You Will Be Stuck With A Leftover “S”)

Guest Blogger Bike Snob NYC Revisits The Great Hipster Silk Route

13 Oct 2015  |  Posted by Bike Snob NYC  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories, Urban Cycling

On a recent Friday, as the storm clouds gathered, I slipped on my finest woollen jersey and headed out for a ride–though before going outside I always check myself out in the mirror first:

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Take A Technological Detox

Juliet switches off and finds the purity of cycling

8 Oct 2015  |  Posted by Juliet Elliott  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights

I’m terribly easily distracted. Between sitting down to write this piece and actually typing the first words, I found myself tidying the living room, brushing one of my cats, going to the shop to buy coffee, watering my plants, looking at Facebook and Twitter and replying to all my emails, and all this before I’d even changed out of my pajamas.

I sometimes kid myself that by doing millions of things all at the same time I’m being super efficient, plowing through stuff on my to-do list at lightning speed. The reality is I’m flitting between so many things that I’m never really concentrating on one or truly immersing myself in anything at all; there are so many distractions when working at home that I’m all over the place yet never really anywhere.

Cycling is usually a break from all this faffing – it’s just me and my bike rolling through the countryside; a pure, simple, uncomplicated time to sooth the neural pathways. It’s a time to disconnect from life’s worries, untether from technology and just focus on the here and now, a time to notice the small things. Or at least it used to be.

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