Kevin Downey joins the blog to recount his epic journey
27 Jan 2015 | Posted by GUEST | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Travel & Adventure Cycling
After returning from a 59 day tour of mainland Europe, I never envisioned taking on the world on two wheels. But 13 months and 2,000 miles later, I found myself in Istanbul, Turkey far from my home in Ireland once again. With the right support behind me I continued on through 41 countries, covering 30,000 miles on bicycle, and 20,000 by boat. Relying on the kindness of strangers, I lived for two and a half years on the finer things in life, while raising over £5,000 pounds for Depaul Ireland, a charity tackling homelessness on the Emerald Isle.
The Brooks Blog welcomes Julian Wong to recount one of his adventures
20 Jan 2015 | Posted by GUEST | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Travel & Adventure Cycling
In the spring of 2013 I set off from California carrying my father’s ashes to his hometown in China. By the end of the year I had cycled across the United States, flown to Norway from Florida and cycled Scandinavia, the Baltics, Central Europe and most of the Balkans. It was early 2014 when I decided to escape the winter doldrums of Europe and fly to the warm and exotic land of Egypt.
Juliet Elliott's top rides of 2014
12 Jan 2015 | Posted by Juliet Elliott | Categories: Correspondence, Events, Friends, Heritage, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling
I must be getting old. Just like that, 2014 is over. I remember when I was a kid, the summer holidays lasted forever and Christmas always seemed an eternity away. I always hoped that those who told me ‘school days are the best of your life’ were far off the mark. Endless hours of maths, PE in sub zero temperatures wearing gym knickers and an airtex shirt; how could that be the best life had to offer? PE even made me think I wasn’t ‘sporty,’ but that’s another story for another time. Now I’m free from the horrors of netball, drinking at bus stops and GCSEs, I’m having more fun that ever and life seems to fly by. So they were wrong. I bloody knew it. School sucks and being a grown up rules.
Guest Blogger Bike Snob NYC's Day-After-New-Year's-Day Ride
5 Jan 2015 | Posted by Bike Snob NYC | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Friends, Stories
It is traditional for cyclists to partake in a New Year’s Day ride, which is precisely why I leave the roads to the wobbly legions making good on their resolutions and sweating out their hangovers.
Instead, I skip the ride and take a walk on the beach, where I ask mighty Neptune to provide me with a sign of what to expect in the coming year. Last year his portent came in the form of hot dogs, while this year he presented me with this disembodied fish head.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.