And so, the British winter continues apace. As we find ourselves in the middle of laughably named Spring Classics season, the R&D department at Smethwick has come up with a Special Edition to commemorate the first snowbound Easter weekend in living memory in the Midlands.
Scott Dickson will be known to regular readers of the Brooks Blog as one of a trio of Tasmanian tourers who like doing things the hard way. In 2011 they tackled Paris-Brest-Paris on machines which in their overall build largely pre-dated the Second World War.
Since that time we have heard from Scott in regard to their next project. A Land’s End to John O’ Groats ride in 2014, featuring the three once again on period machinery to mark the 80th anniversary of the 1934 LeJog record finishing time set by Sir Hubert Opperman (“Oppy”). We let Scott take up the story…
A new Kickstarter project - “The Flashy” – a lightning-powered recumbent e-bike, with built in crash bars.
As we have noted on these pages before, with the help of Web 2.0 it’s never been easier to get in on the Venture Capitalism game. This holds equally for those who seek investors as much as those seeking to invest.
Online Crowdfunding is based around the entirely reasonable proposition that it’s easier to get ten thousand people to give you a pound each than one person shouldering the entire sum.
Glibly regarded by many as a discipline developed for brief converts from the Locked Cog to Proper Mucky Cyclocross (who as it turned out didn’t really want to spend their entire weekend cold, dirty and/or tired), Urban Cyclocross™ is, like… so hot right now? Lately it is drawing enthusiastic followers, as well as race organizers, at a rate of knots.
Readers may recall that we had a story on the blog earlier this year about three Tasmanians Scott, Craig and Gavin, and their highly entertaining attempt to ride Paris Brest Paris on vintage bicycles from the era of their compatriot Sir Hubert Opperman. It would seem that the experience has left them none the less hungry for heavy mileage on European roads…