Readers’ Rides from Brooks Stories – No.2 – Leon’s Trek

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.

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Bunyan Velo – Part The Fourth.

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.

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Readers’ Rides from Brooks Stories – No.1 – The Tweed Gigolo

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.

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If “Cycle” Is Two, Then Surely “Cycling” Is Three?

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.

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The 2014 Brooks Haiku Contest Is Moving Along Nicely.

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.”
(Christopher Morley)

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.

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Stacey Kerrod, Brooks Employee Of The Year!

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.

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Unni Karunakara’s Tour Through India For MSF

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.

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Creepy, Ghoulish, Etc. – Halloween On Your Bike? Really? Yes!

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?

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B(r)ooks. The Elite Bicycle.

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.

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Bunyan Velo Is Back With A Third Issue.

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.

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