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.
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.