Vickers Bicycle Company – The Sundown Bike

A unique bicycle visits the B1866 London Store.

16 Dec 2014  |  Posted by Tim Gunn  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Curiosities, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling

 

Savile Row meets Coventry

Across England, are towns and regions which are well known for manufacturing certain types of products and only a short cycle ride from the Brooks Smethwick works for instance, is the famous Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. If you need a sharp fitting suit, then London’s Savile Row is the place to go and for those who attended L’Eroica Britannia last June; will know that Bakewell is remembered for its tarts. Stopping right there, before I get into trouble. I’ll take you back to Savile Row, and while trying not to get confused with tarts and tailor’s, I shall tell you more.

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Traditional British Manufacturing

A look into life at our factory in Smethwick

11 Dec 2014  |  Posted by Oliver  |  Categories: Curiosities, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Videos

 

A short film about our Factory by Blue Monday for the Birmingham Post Business Awards.

 

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Into The Mild

Guest Blogger Bike Snob NYC Confronts His Demons

3 Dec 2014  |  Posted by Bike Snob NYC  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories, Uncategorized

In the world of cycling, conventional wisdom states:

1) There’s no mountain biking in New York City;

2) Brooks saddles have no place on mountain bikes and only belong on twee touring cycles ridden by people who dress like they’re heading out to hunt pheasant;

3) If velocity is defined as the rate of change of position with respect to time, i.e. v = dx/dt, where v is velocity and x is the displacement vector, then there is a 100% chance that the triathlete will crash.

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Drafting Le Corbusier

Four Architects and Designers from New York City cycle through Le Corbusier’s Architecture

7 Nov 2014  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Travel & Adventure Cycling

We arrived in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the last day of our voyage, earlier than expected. With both excitement and melancholy, we rode up and down the town’s steep streets gathering cheeses, saucisson, champagne, bread, and cornichons for the birthday celebration.

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The Printing Bike Project

Nick Hand drops by to tell us about his latest cycling project

8 Sep 2014  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Curiosities, Friends, Stories, Uncategorized

One of the nice things about working amongst a community of designers, engineers and artists is the opportunity of collaboration.

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A Relaxing Randonneur

Si Taylor from Two Makers talks us through his unique Randonneur chair

2 Sep 2014  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Art & Design, Curiosities, Stories, Style & Fashion

The concept for this project was to create a high-end handcrafted rocking chair inspired by, and having the aesthetic of, the ‘golden era’ of classic long-distance racing bicycles manufactured by the master ‘Constructeurs’ of the 1940s.

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The Legacy of Kilimanjaro.

The Stanforth Kibo. A blast from the past.

1 Jul 2014  |  Posted by Tim Gunn  |  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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Readers Rides from Brooks Stories – No.3 – ‘Made in England’

A match Made in England, but living the dream in California.

6 May 2014  |  Posted by Tim Gunn  |  Categories: Bicycles, Curiosities, Friends, Heritage, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling

In the latest edition of reader’s rides from Brooks stories, we found Jeff Anjo of California and his 1984 Holdsworth Mistral touring bicycle, seen here parked gracefully alongside Lake Solano in the hills above San Fransisco, California. Its Brooks Professional saddle left the Brooks Smethwick factory in 1985, the bicycle and saddle met for the first time in 1986.

Made in England, both saddle and bicycle in the years since have taken Jeff on many adventures. But we may have to send round the bicycle style police to get the handlebars clad with Brooks Leather Bar Tape for him.

Visit Brooks Stories for more Reader Rides

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London Traffic Snarled in “Bikes versus Cars” Incident

Brooks Cycling Club Members In Black Cab, Mexican-Style Stand-Off

1 Apr 2014  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Curiosities, Stories, Urban Cycling


Members of the Brooks England Enthusiasts Club (Southwark chapter) at B1866.

Reports of a distinctly ugly nature involving cyclists from the Brooks England Enthusiasts’ Club and a group of taxi drivers have reached us from South London over the weekend. Firstly, Brooks explicitly condemns any and all incidents of cyclist-driver hostility, and we wish to explain the circumstances surrounding this shocking event.

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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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