Rowan Frameworks Interview

The Bespoked Best Newcomer tell us how he learnt his trade

15 May 2015  |  Posted by jim holland  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Friends, Monthly highlights

Another newcomer that caught our eye (and many others!) at this years Bespoked was Timmy Rowan of Rowan Frameworks. Astonishingly he picked up both best Best Newcomer & Best in Show, which was fairly unprecedented! A staunch Brooks supporter…His bikes are a stark contrast from the recent trend of monster tubed speed machines and have a wealth of small touches and unusual uses of mixed materials. Who knows what’s in store for Rowan Frameworks…but they are certainly off to a good start! We swapped a few questions and answers to learn a bit more about the finer points…

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Multi-Modal Memories

Guest Blogger Bike Snob NYC Time-Trials Into The Past

12 May 2015  |  Posted by Bike Snob NYC  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling

There are all sorts of reasons to go for a ride.  Sometimes you want to explore, and to mark the world with your tires like your bike is a cat and the road is someone’s pant leg.  Sometimes you want to challenge yourself on that big climb–or, even more pathetically, to challenge complete strangers via some social networking app like Strava.  And sometimes you just wanna get naked.

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Once More Over the Top

Jack Thurston retraces one of the classic pass-storming routes of the inter-war years

6 May 2015  |  Posted by Jack Thurston  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Heritage, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling

The West Arms, Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog

The centennial commemorations of the First World War remind us of the origins of the phrase ‘over the top’, now widely used to describe anything extreme or outrageous. The stuttering newsreel shots show young men clambering out of their trenches (‘over the top’) and walking briskly into machine gun fire, barbed wire and almost certain death. With the war not yet a year over, using such a charged phrase ‘over the top’ to describe a bike ride must have been a very deliberate act and that is exactly what Walter MacGregor Robinson did in his celebrated account of a ride across the Berwyn range in north Wales, published in Cycling in May 1919.

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Hartley Cycles in Her Own Words

Juliet Chats To Award Winning Female Frame Builder Caren Hartley

30 Apr 2015  |  Posted by Juliet Elliott  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Stories

In my previous post for the Brooks blog, I chatted to photographer Camille Macmillan and new frame builder Caren Hartley about the intriguing sounding steel machine the latter was hand-crafting for the former, something the pair had nicknamed the ‘Demi-Porkeur.’

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The Tweed Run 2015 Gallery

Our favourite pictures from a day of tweed and picnics

20 Apr 2015  |  Posted by Oliver  |  Categories: Art & Design, Correspondence, Curiosities, Events, Friends, Monthly highlights, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling

This Saturday saw the Tweed Run take place around London.  As with years gone by, we were again a sponsor of this marvellous celebration of cycling.  Here we share our favourite pictures from the day.  Enjoy!

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Bespoked The Interview

We catch up with Bespoked founder Phil Taylor

16 Apr 2015  |  Posted by jim holland  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Friends, Monthly highlights

With Bespoked returning to its spiritual home in Bristol this weekend, we took the opportunity to ask founder Phil a few questions about what inspired the event, and the changes he has seen in handmade bicycles over the last few years. 

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The Beacon Bike

Edward Peppitt explains why he will be visiting many lighthouses

14 Apr 2015  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Travel & Adventure Cycling

 

3,500 mile England & Wales lighthouse coastal cycle ride in aid of Shift MS

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From River to Seashore

Guest Blogger Bike Snob NYC Gets Fried

8 Apr 2015  |  Posted by Bike Snob NYC  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Friends, Monthly highlights, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling

When you’re a responsible (or at least not criminally negligent) adult it can be tough to make time to ride.  That’s why the secret to maintaining a healthy cycling life is sneaking in those rides when you can–which in turn means knowing when to dispense with the formalities.

Sure, it’s nice to wear the special clothes and brew the special coffee and apply the special unguents to your crotch and limbs in preparation for your time in the saddle, but sometimes doing so can be the difference between taking advantage of an open riding window and having the sash come crashing down on your head while you’re still applying your chamois cream.

On a recent afternoon I had just such a window.  Birds were singing, the sun was shining, and a pie was cooling on the windowsill.   I knew I had to get out there while I had the chance.  So I skipped the riding attire, hastily stuffed a vegan man-purse from Rivendell with some essentials, and decided to take a spin out to City Island, which bills itself as the “Seaport of the Bronx.”

Here’s what I packed as I ran out the door:

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Pistaminati The Rules

Dave Noakes introduces us to the Pistaminati...

29 Mar 2015  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Urban Cycling

The Cambium-clad bikes of Red Hook Crit contenders Team Desgenà

The world is constantly changing, everything is evolving, new technology is created, old trends fade and new emerge. Track bicycles have been around for years and whilst the materials, construction processes and designs have evolved the essence has remained the same. The track bike has a humble and firm place in the bicycle hall of fame and as cyclists it is our duty to keep some of this heritage alive.

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Riding through the lens

Jack Thurston compiles some top tips for photography on the move

19 Mar 2015  |  Posted by Jack Thurston  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Travel & Adventure Cycling

“Photography as a fad is well-nigh on its last legs, thanks principally to the bicycle craze.”

So wrote the great Alfred Stieglitz, one of the pioneers of photography, back in 1893. He was wrong of course. Both these novel technologies of the late nineteenth century are still very much with us. And more than that, they seem to go hand in hand.

Throughout that decade cyclists were earlier adopters of Kodak’s new ‘hand camera’. Kodak boss George Eastman himself rode a bike to work and made long sight-seeing cycle tours of Europe. He knew that the last thing cyclists wanted to carry was a hefty tripod and a saddle bag full of heavy glass plates. His company sponsored round-the-world cyclists Thomas Allen and William Sachtleben, who sent back more than 1,200 circular images on 3.5-inch nitrate negatives, a selection of which are currently on display at an exhibition in the Fowler Museum in Los Angeles.

Photographs by Thomas Allen and William Sachtleben

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