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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Gluttons For Punishment.

Intrepid Trio Of Tasmanians Already Planning Their Next Trip To The 1930s.

28 Sep 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Curiosities, Events

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…

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Urban Cyclocross, Anyone?

Very Much Like Cyclocross, But A Little Less... Bucolic?

10 Sep 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Curiosities, Sports Cycling, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling


City folk simply prefer a gritty, unmuddy urban backdrop for their Cyclocross. Photo Damian Talese.

We’ve talked about Cyclocross before, and the notable surge in popularity of cyclocross-specific bicycles in recent times.

Cyclocross has lots going for it, and not just for those in search of an actual pastime, but also for those simply in search of a way to speedily and efficiently drain off their disposable income.

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Wooden It Be Good?

English Leather Saddle Sits Joyously Atop Wooden Italian Bike.

27 Aug 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Friends

It’s generally agreed that the very first machines we can nowadays still recognizably describe as “bikes” were built in the early 1800′s. Two wheeled, human powered… and made almost entirely of wood.

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Brompton World Championships 2012

Home of the Prompt Brompt.

17 Aug 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Curiosities, Events, Sports Cycling

The quadrennial bout of painful withdrawal symptoms, associated with the sudden absence of an orgy of sport in which to wallow when the Olympics finish, will be familiar to many readers.

To this end, we have some good news.

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