Outgoing Médecins Sans Frontières Chief Writes To Us From The Road.
5 Nov 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Correspondence, Friends, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling
As Unni put it, “Shouldn’t you be going fast across a weak bridge?”
We wrote last month about Unni Karunakara, who until September this year was International Head of the humanitarian medical aid organization Médecins Sans Frontières. Mr. Karunakara is enjoying all his recently gained free time by making a fundraising bike tour through India and attempting to raise public awareness of MSF along the way.
Putting down hard daily centuries like nobody’s business since early October, he kindly managed to get back to us this week with answers to a few questions we had for him as he set off.
We Have Some Scary Suggestions For Anybody Who's Still In The Dark. Mwahahaha...
31 Oct 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Correspondence, Curiosities, Events, Friends, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling
Now that’s a carved pumpkin. Aerospook? Photo from the San Jose Bike Clinic.
As we all know, if you’re out trick or treating on Halloween night, it’s actually more efficient to walk from door to door than cycle. The time spent locking and unlocking your bike eats ferociously into the time available for the speedy collection from neighbours of monkey nuts, pomegranates and if you’re lucky, the odd mini Mars bar.
So what could we possibly have of bike-related interest on creepy, ghoulish Halloween?
New Book Goes Behind The Scenes At Some Of The World's Finest Workshops.
17 Oct 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Art & Design, Correspondence
Brown and Fife set the tone early in this unputdownable tale of Saddles, Bar Tape & Bags.
New Book Alert! The Elite Bicycle is a joint effort by photographer Graeme Fife and writer Gerard Brown to capture impressions of engineers, designers and fabricators of some of the world’s finest bike componentry at their various places of work.
It’s a project that took the two all over the globe, and perhaps unsurprisingly in the course of their travels they saw fit to make a stop at Smethwick, Birmingham in order that they get a chapter on fine leather saddles.
Insane Amounts Of Interactivity Are Just A Couple Of Clicks Away.
7 Oct 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling
The four corners of the Earth have been thoughtfully scoured by various cycling essayists and photographers to help bring the October issue of Bunyan Velo to fruition.
26 Jul 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling
We introduced readers earlier this year to Bunyan Velo, a new quarterly magazine exploring what can be conjured when people pack a pen and pad, or camera with them on a spin, whether it’s to the corner shop or the other side of the world.
Issue Two is now available, and in it you can learn about the unique charms of winter touring in Alaska, and how to make Forgotten Fire Soup.
There are also at least half a dozen photos in here deserving of extensive individual attention.
Like the souls of those who contribute articles to it, Bunyan Velo is essentially free, but those who wish to see a third edition are nonetheless welcome to make a small donation towards its running costs.
Cigars Smoke And Rum Fumes Cloud The Hunt For A 26
20 Jun 2013 | Posted by GUEST | Categories: Correspondence, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling
Achim and Aline got in touch earlier this year. Resident in the German capital, the two were keen to take an edge off the traditionally long Berlin winter by spending a chunk of it touring Cuba. A fine idea, we thought, and as riders of two already well broken-in Brooks saddles, they seemed to require little from us but our best wishes.
Until, of course, it hit us that they’d need portable storage space for all their clothes, equipment and sundries.
Achim from Berlin takes over the story.
Wir Haben Bald Unseren Neuen Sattel Fertig, Und Suchen Leute, Die Den Testen Wollen.
30 Apr 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Correspondence, Curiosities, Friends, Saddles, Bags, Etc.
Im deutschsprachigen Raum sind Brooks Sättel bekanntlich sehr beliebt. In der Schweiz, in Österreich, in Deutschland selbst und natürlich auch in Ecken von Pennsylvania, scheint es nach unseren Zahlen so zu sein, daß kaum ein anderer Sattelhersteller in jenen Territorien überhaupt versucht, Geschäft zu machen.
Das macht uns natürlich sehr froh.
Wir können nicht genau sagen, ob es rein an unserer sättlerischen Exzellenz liegt, oder an dem guten Geschmack von unseren Kund(inn)en. Wahrscheinlich hat’s aber mit beiden zu tun.
Jedenfalls, haben wir einen neuen Sattel in der sogenannten “Pipeline”. Cambium heißt er, und soll ab Mitte Juni zu kaufen sein. Vielleicht haben Sie schon was darüber gehört?
Bis Juni wollen wir aber 100 Leute aus aller Welt finden, die für uns den Cambium vorher probefahren, und ihre Eindrücke und Erfahrungen dann mitteilen.
Wir haben zur Zeit eine kurze Umfrage auf die Brooks Homepage. Und zwar nicht nur “in English“.
Alle, die gern in unsere engere Auswahl kommen möchten, sind herzlich eingeladen, diese komplett auszufüllen und an uns hinzuschicken.
Sie erfahren spätestens irgendwann im Mai, ob Sie von uns einen Cambium bekommen. Wenn nicht, kriegen Sie sowieso als Trost einen Rabattcode, was ihre sämtlichen Brooks Einkäufe in unserem Online Shop 10% billiger macht.
Also viel Spass, viel Glück und einen schönen Tag noch.
New Chat Feature Allows Us To Answer Your Queries On The Spot!
4 Apr 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Correspondence
Click on the “Need Help?” box to find out if someone from Brooks is manning the online switchboard.
While revamping our website at the beginning of the year, we installed a Live Chat feature. We hope it will enhance your Overall Visitor Experience.
As a supplement to the irreplaceable experience of physically walking around a Dealer Of Excellence, our presence online is slowly becoming an integral part of the way we go about our business, not least for the way in which it helps us to easily, directly and informally talk to people who have bought Brooks in the past, or are considering doing so in the near future.
Scott, Craig And Gavin's 1934 Oppy LeJog Recreation Attempt Continues.
20 Mar 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Sports Cycling, Stories
Sir Hubert Opperman getting the knots in. Photo bicyclehistory.com.au
Scott Dickson will be known to regular readers of the Brooks Blog as one of a trio of Tasmanian tourers who like doing things the hard way. In 2011 they tackled Paris-Brest-Paris on machines which in their overall build largely pre-dated the Second World War.
Since that time we have heard from Scott in regard to their next project. A Land’s End to John O’ Groats ride in 2014, featuring the three once again on period machinery to mark the 80th anniversary of the 1934 LeJog record finishing time set by Sir Hubert Opperman (“Oppy”). We let Scott take up the story…
A Young Man Heads South
7 Mar 2013 | Posted by GUEST | Categories: Correspondence, Friends, Travel & Adventure Cycling
The bike is heavy and the pace is quick—driven by expressions of excited freedom and adventure. Months of anticipation and enthusiastic strategy is finally deployed into the unknown. A saturating realization of what I have just embarked on imbues every thought and translates into explosions of pedal cycles. The Southern Tier of the United States is stoically awaiting my progressive arrival. The only obligations I possess are finding the strength to complete this voyage and experiencing the wondrous phenomena which are literally in front of me.