The Legacy of Kilimanjaro.

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.

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The June Issue Of Bicycle Traveler Is Out!

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.

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Invites Are Going Out For A Special Event At B1866.

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.

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Readers Rides from Brooks Stories – No.4 – ‘Tired of walking’

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.

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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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