Si Taylor from Two Makers talks us through his unique Randonneur chair
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.
The Stanforth Kibo. A blast from the past.
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.
A match Made in England, but living the dream in California.
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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Brooks Cycling Club Members In Black Cab, Mexican-Style Stand-Off
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.
A Gander At What Our Community Is Capable Of When Asked To Wax Lyrical.
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.”
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.
Lung Powered Theatrics Abound On Berlin Stage For Comedic Eco-Play.
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.
He had no sooner arrived before he was gone.
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!
Yes We Said "Fat", Not "Fast". It's The New Cyclocross, Probably.
This isn’t, strictly speaking, a Fatbike, but we won’t let that get in the way.
Of course you’ve heard of Fatbikes.
We Were On Board For The Launch Of A New Craft Beer Brewed For Cyclists.
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.