The Stanforth Kibo. A blast from the past.
1 Jul 2014 | Posted by Tim | 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.
The original downloadable touring magazine.
13 Jun 2014 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Travel & Adventure Cycling
From Dennis Koomen in Kyrgyzstan.
Grace Johnson and Paul Jeurissen are both well known among the touring fraternity, having been at the forefront of adventure cycling photography for many years. In the autumn of 2011 they worked together to publish their first issue of Bicycle Traveler.
Knowledge is Power, and Steven Green is Imparting Some at our Flagship this Month.
14 May 2014 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Correspondence, Events, Friends, Saddles, Bags, Etc.
Maintained correctly, our leather saddles famously tend to outlive many, even most, of the bicycle frames with which they get paired. And it’s probably true to say that nobody on the planet is better equipped than Brooks works manager Steven Green to outline the various Do’s and Dont’s pertaining to their care.
14 May 2014 | Posted by Tim | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Heritage, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling
Tommy Thien, a Physics student at The University of Texas, got tired of walking the 30 minutes to class every day, so got himself a bicycle. As time progressed, he gained a greater appreciation for the simple piece of machinery that is the bicycle and naturally wanted to fit a Brooks Saddle.
Leon Steber’s Inspirational Ride from San Francisco to Cozumel in Mexico.
25 Mar 2014 | Posted by Tim | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling
Now that the World Cycle Race is well a truly on the road; we thought we’d go digging in the Brooks archives for a story about an equally epic ride. After much rummaging, we found not only an epic ride, but an epic photographer in the form of Mr Leon Steber.
Latest Compendium Of Well Expressed Cycling-Based Thought Hits Newsstands.
17 Mar 2014 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling
Running through the pictures and stories gathered together in the quarterly magazine Bunyan Velo is the common thread of two-wheeled, human-powered adventure.
Since launching last year, BV has already attracted plenty of kind words from readers for the breadth of its editorial scope, and for its beautifully composed glimpses of a world seen from behind handlebars.
Peter Legg's Beautiful James Fothergill Machine
6 Mar 2014 | Posted by Tim | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories, Style & Fashion
In a new series, at Brooks we’ve decided to wade back through our online archives in search of stories from proud Brooks customers about their bicycles. We like to call this Readers’ Rides. Here is the first beauty to be selected from the vaults.
The Haikus Arrive / Thick & Fast As Our Contest / Finds Fans And Favour.
28 Feb 2014 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Art & Design, Correspondence, Events
Footpath Closed Vintage / Cycling Accessories / Try Spicy Noddle? Photo Cycle Love
Inundated. Astounding Quality. Keep Them Coming.
Our Haiku Contest has helped capture a plethora of very special moments among the world’s community of cycling enthusiasts.
A Gander At What Our Community Is Capable Of When Asked To Wax Lyrical.
17 Feb 2014 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities
This one has good biking Haiku moment potential. More here. (Photo Lucas Winzenburg)
“The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets.”
The dramatic, snake-like hiss of punctured tubes, the vexed question of whether “tyres” is one or two syllables, and lots of people pretending that they go riding when it’s really cold out. You’ve guessed it. It’s Brooks Haiku Contest time again.
23 Jan 2014 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Correspondence, Friends, Heritage
Steven thoughtfully removed his Chrismas antlers for the serious business of handshake photography.
The 2013 recipient of our annual Brooks Employee Of The Year award was announced at the Smethwick Works just before the Christmas break. Works manager Steven Green has been kind enough to give us an insight into the decision making process that resulted in Stacey Kerrod scooping the prize.