Milton Keynes Madness

Brooks Sponsored Angus Edmond Reports Back on CX in the UK

9 Dec 2014  |  Posted by Angus Edmond  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Friends, Sports Cycling

 

My trip to England for the UCI Cyclocross World Cup in Milton Keynes, started with me leaving my keys at work (a 15km bike ride each way).  But this was ok, because I had a little time up my sleeve and everything was packed and ready to roll. The second hitch came when I took a second look at my boarding pass, and realised I needed to be at the airport 40 minutes earlier than I had thought. This brought on a bout of nausea and caused my hands to shake.  To cap it off the airport bus too was late and this was one flight I did not want to miss.

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Into The Mild

Guest Blogger Bike Snob NYC Confronts His Demons

3 Dec 2014  |  Posted by Bike Snob NYC  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories, Uncategorized

In the world of cycling, conventional wisdom states:

1) There’s no mountain biking in New York City;

2) Brooks saddles have no place on mountain bikes and only belong on twee touring cycles ridden by people who dress like they’re heading out to hunt pheasant;

3) If velocity is defined as the rate of change of position with respect to time, i.e. v = dx/dt, where v is velocity and x is the displacement vector, then there is a 100% chance that the triathlete will crash.

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Brooks Tackles Cyclo-cross

Introducing our Sponsored Rider Angus Edmond

28 Nov 2014  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Friends, Sports Cycling

I have ridden bikes all my life, but it didn’t really become an obsession until I moved to Copenhagen from New Zealand. There are no mountains to climb, no rivers to paddle, so I had to figure out what it was that I could do here. Biking became it.

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Looking for the Perfect Ride

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.

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Call Me Daddy – The 2014 World Champions of Bike Polo

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.

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Drafting Le Corbusier

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.

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Sometimes the best rides are the most delicious ones

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?”

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A Trip to Mercian Cycles

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.

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Countdown to L’Eroica!

Guest blogger Bike Snob NYC joins us to document his preparations for Italy

17 Sep 2014  |  Posted by Bike Snob NYC  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Friends, Stories, Uncategorized, Urban Cycling

On October 5th I will undertake the greatest challenge of my cycling career, when I travel to Italy for the 18th edition of L’Eroica.

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The Legacy of Kilimanjaro.

The Stanforth Kibo. A blast from the past.

1 Jul 2014  |  Posted by Tim Gunn  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Friends, Heritage, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling

The Crane's at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mount Kilimanjaro is not the first place you would think of as an inspiration for bicycle design.  However, for Simon Stanforth, it was and here at Brooks base camp, we needed oxygen when we heard about the story behind it. You see, Simon comes from good stock, his father is the former owner of Saracen Cycles and it was in 1985 ,when he heard of how cousins, Nick and Richard Crane climbed Africa’s highest mountain using bicycles.

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