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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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  |  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.

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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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Break A Leg! Or Rather, Please Don’t…

Lung Powered Theatrics Abound On Berlin Stage For Comedic Eco-Play.

10 Dec 2013  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Curiosities, Events

Dramatist Duncan Macmillan wrote a play called “Lungs” a couple of years ago. It explores a couple’s dilemma.

In short, they’re giving serious thought to bringing new life into the world, but against the contemporary backdrop of overpopulation and the considerable carbon footprint that each of us, tiny little babies included, ultimately leaves behind, aren’t really sure that this desire can be reconciled with their otherwise unimpeachable eco-credentials.

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Where is Oliver Parsons?

He had no sooner arrived before he was gone.

4 Dec 2013  |  Posted by Oliver  |  Categories: Curiosities

It was right here, I swear!

Note: Today’s post comes courtesy of our own Oliver Parsons, Brooks’ new Digital Marketing Manager, who arrived to us recently, freshly minted at one of the largest banking houses of the Empire. He is now somewhat dejected – after a very recent loss.

Where is Oliver Parsons?

Oliver Parsons is missing. Taken during dinner. He hasn’t been seen since. Can you help us find him? There is a reward!

Well, I haven’t actually gone missing, but my B17 Special has gone missing. My B17 Special that was artistically engraved (by scissors) with my name, Oliver Parsons. In fact Oliver Parsons the B17 has not gone missing – it has been stolen!

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A Fatbike Surely Deserves A Fatsaddle.

Yes We Said "Fat", Not "Fast". It's The New Cyclocross, Probably.

28 Nov 2013  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Curiosities, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling


This isn’t, strictly speaking, a Fatbike, but we won’t let that get in the way.

Of course you’ve heard of Fatbikes.

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“Swallow” A Few Saddle Blacks!

We Were On Board For The Launch Of A New Craft Beer Brewed For Cyclists.

26 Nov 2013  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Curiosities, Events, Friends, Stories


Whoa! Am I already seeing double?

As discerning fans of the odd pint will attest, comparing a multinational brewing giant and an independent craft brewer in terms of end product can be rather like examining the difference between a poured plastic perch and a Brooks saddle. So it was with interest that we learned recently of a microbrewery in the First County that was planning an ale for cyclists.

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B1866 Store Opens in London

16 Nov 2013  |  Posted by ANDREA  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Curiosities, Events, Friends, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories, Style & Fashion, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Uncategorized, Urban Cycling

During the past two months we’ve been working very hard to create what we describe as the Brooks ‘Cathedral’. We are excited to announce the opening of B1866, our first Brooks Store, situated in the heart of London. The shop is not only a showcase of our  product range, but a celebration of the brand’s 150 year history.

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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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