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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Behind (Handle)Bars.

Brazilian Prison Pilots "Steep Ascent In Big Gear To Freedom" Biking Scheme.

27 Aug 2013  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Curiosities, Stories


We’re assured that the man holding the gun isn’t there to encourage faster rates of cadence.

A prison in Brazil has a bicycling project up and running to tackle the twin challenges of overcrowding and useful rehabilitation. It has nothing to do with sending GPS tracked inmates on circumnavigation world record attempts.

The governor of Santa Rita do Sapucai’s correctional facility in the southeastern province of Minas Gerais has joined forces with the town’s thriving tech community to channel prisoner energies literally away from the Dark Side.

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Guten Tag! Möchten Sie Cambiumfahrer(in) Werden?

Wir Haben Bald Unseren Neuen Sattel Fertig, Und Suchen Leute, Die Den Testen Wollen.

30 Apr 2013  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Correspondence, Curiosities, Friends, Saddles, Bags, Etc.

Im deutschsprachigen Raum sind Brooks Sättel bekanntlich sehr beliebt. In der Schweiz, in Österreich, in Deutschland selbst und natürlich auch in Ecken von Pennsylvania, scheint es nach unseren Zahlen so zu sein, daß kaum ein anderer Sattelhersteller in jenen Territorien überhaupt versucht, Geschäft zu machen.

Das macht uns natürlich sehr froh.

Wir können nicht genau sagen, ob es rein an unserer sättlerischen Exzellenz liegt, oder an dem guten Geschmack von unseren Kund(inn)en. Wahrscheinlich hat’s aber mit beiden zu tun.

Jedenfalls, haben wir einen neuen Sattel in der sogenannten “Pipeline”. Cambium heißt er, und soll ab Mitte Juni zu kaufen sein. Vielleicht haben Sie schon was darüber gehört?

Bis Juni wollen wir aber 100 Leute aus aller Welt finden, die für uns den Cambium vorher probefahren, und ihre Eindrücke und Erfahrungen dann mitteilen.

Wir haben zur Zeit eine kurze Umfrage auf die Brooks Homepage. Und zwar nicht nur in English.

Alle, die gern in unsere engere Auswahl kommen möchten, sind herzlich eingeladen, diese komplett auszufüllen und an uns hinzuschicken.

Sie erfahren spätestens irgendwann im Mai, ob Sie von uns einen Cambium bekommen. Wenn nicht, kriegen Sie sowieso als Trost einen Rabattcode, was ihre sämtlichen Brooks Einkäufe in unserem Online Shop 10% billiger macht.

Also viel Spass, viel Glück und einen schönen Tag noch.

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Rabbit Dropping – The Brooks “Peter” & “Flopsy”.

While Stocks Last, We Bring New Meaning To The Term "Saddle Of Rabbit".

1 Apr 2013  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Curiosities, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Urban Cycling


Very little rabbit was wasted in the construction of our Easter Edition Brooks Peter P13‘s.

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.

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The 1934 Oppy End-To-End Tribute Ride.

Scott, Craig And Gavin's 1934 Oppy LeJog Recreation Attempt Continues.

20 Mar 2013  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Sports Cycling, Stories


Sir Hubert Opperman getting the knots in. Photo bicyclehistory.com.au

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…

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Bicycled Bike.

New Bike To Be Made Using Materials From Scrapped Cars.

25 Feb 2013  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Curiosities

A Spanish advertising agency is overseeing a new project to produce bicycles built largely out of materials scavenged from scrapped Barreiros, Kapis and SEATs.

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Matthew Cox And Le Dernier Dimanche

Limited Edition Books Don't Come Much More Limited Than Those With A Print Run Of 99.

18 Dec 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Curiosities, Events, Heritage

The 2014 Tour de France’s Prolog, as well as its first couple of road stages will be taking place somewhere in England, according to reports which reached us last week.

Yorkshire has been definitively chosen as site for the curtain raising time trial, but beyond that, details remain to be fully thrashed out.

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Kickstarting, Crowdfunding, Etc.

Handwritten 'Thank You' Notes Now Considered Legal Tender.

12 Nov 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Art & Design, Curiosities


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.

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The Brooks Fantasy Urban Cyclocross™ Open.

We May Attempt To Make Dreams Come True If We Get A Good Enough Scenario

5 Oct 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Curiosities, Events, Urban Cycling


Mayhem governs the LeMans style start of a typical Urban Cyclocross™ race.

We have spoken recently of the ingenious invention that is Urban Cyclocross™.

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.

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