Camille McMillan reveals the inspiration for the Demi-Porkeur
1 Jul 2015 | Posted by GUEST | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Friends, Monthly highlights
In 1957 Roland Barthes published ’Mythologies’ , a collection of essays .. the best known is “The New Citroën” the ”Goddess”.
The Citroën DS 19 replaced the Citroën Traction Avant, the Citroën Traction Avant was old fashioned… pre World War 2 tech and styling. The DS according to Barthes was perfection.
The DS was perfection of Modernism, the high watermark of French design and ethos. World War 2 was in the history books along with the old aesthetics of the La Belle Époque ”Beautiful Era” and Art Nouvos. The Citroën DS was the future manifest in an object.
French style, aesthetics engineering was at its height… for me it was a high point for French’e'ness, French bicycles and bicycles in general.
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!
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:
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.
Guest Blogger Bike Snob NYC's Day-After-New-Year's-Day Ride
5 Jan 2015 | Posted by Bike Snob NYC | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Friends, Stories
It is traditional for cyclists to partake in a New Year’s Day ride, which is precisely why I leave the roads to the wobbly legions making good on their resolutions and sweating out their hangovers.
Instead, I skip the ride and take a walk on the beach, where I ask mighty Neptune to provide me with a sign of what to expect in the coming year. Last year his portent came in the form of hot dogs, while this year he presented me with this disembodied fish head.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.