We catch up with Stefania as she prepares for RHC in London
7 Jul 2015 | Posted by Oliver | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Friends, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling
This weekend sees the Red Hook Criterium arrive in London for the first time. The women’s event will see the Brooks sponsored Dësgenà Team, from Turin, competing. So we decided to catch up with Stefania Baldi from the team to find out what makes her tick.
Liz Seabrook took the road to capture the event
25 Jun 2015 | Posted by Oliver | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Friends, Monthly highlights
This weekend saw the 2nd Edition of Eroica Britannia in Bakewell, Derbyshire. The 2014 Edition was a huge success and it is fair to say 2015 built on these foundations. There was a large vintage fair with live entertainment, best dressed contests, fantastic food and drink, and of course the ride itself.
Juliet heads to Bakewell for the 2nd Edition of this Vintage Ride
23 Jun 2015 | Posted by Juliet Elliott | Categories: Correspondence, Events, Friends, Monthly highlights, Style & Fashion
Being a member of Mid Devon CC – organisers of the legendary Dartmoor Classic sportive – and an ultra keen cyclist, you might wonder why I chose the weekend of the aforementioned race to do a runner from the beautiful county I call home. It’s pretty simple really – I’m just not 100% sold on sportives. As someone who enjoys exploring and doing my own thing, I’m never quite sure that I want to pay money to ride public roads I can ride any time of the year, simply so I can do it at the same time as lots of other people. And I’m not just talking about the Dartmoor Classic because it’s close to home, I feel that way about sportives wherever they are so it takes something a little different to sway my opinion.
The summer solstice is longest day and shortest night of the year. It's revered by ancient cultures all around the world and always a good excuse for a bike adventure
17 Jun 2015 | Posted by Jack Thurston | Categories: Correspondence, Events, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling
Long before the festivals of Christmas, Easter, Hanukkah, Ramadan or Thanksgiving came along human kind measured its progress through the year by observing the sun and the stars. The solstices are the pair of celestial bookends that mark the longest day of summer and the deepest depths of winter. Unlike religious and cultural festivals, which are ultimately products of the human imagination, the solstices are firmly rooted in the reality of our cosmic situation. Sometimes it’s good to remind ourselves that we live on a spherical rock hurtling around a gigantic nuclear explosion, spinning as it goes.
The Sweet Grass at Sunset. Photo (C) Nomadic Lass
The Bespoked Best Newcomer tell us how he learnt his trade
15 May 2015 | Posted by jim holland | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Friends, Monthly highlights
Another newcomer that caught our eye (and many others!) at this years Bespoked was Timmy Rowan of Rowan Frameworks. Astonishingly he picked up both best Best Newcomer & Best in Show, which was fairly unprecedented! A staunch Brooks supporter…His bikes are a stark contrast from the recent trend of monster tubed speed machines and have a wealth of small touches and unusual uses of mixed materials. Who knows what’s in store for Rowan Frameworks…but they are certainly off to a good start! We swapped a few questions and answers to learn a bit more about the finer points…
Brooks England roll out across the Dutch Capital
10 May 2015 | Posted by GUEST | Categories: Events, Friends, Urban Cycling
On March 28, the Brooks distributor for Netherlands culminated their month-long instagram contest featuring our #enjoyeverymile hashtag by putting together an afternoon exploring the beautiful, bleak, and weathered landscapes surrounding Amsterdam. By bike, of course, despite the ever-present rain and wind of that day. The theme of the tour was to connect south Amsterdam parks and green zones into one ride. Peter Gijam of Buzzworks.nl was invaluable in uncovering some great examples of Dutch architecture and scenery and providing us with a course map. With Peter’s help we saw many scenic corners within a stone’s throw of Amsterdam’s city center. Here are some impressions of the ride. Our route began at the Blauwe Theehuis, a modernist pavilion built in 1937 in Amsterdam’s the largest city park first opened in 1865: Vondelpark. Starting with a spin past the Bosbaan, oldest artificial rowing course in the world, we covered some gravel through the Amsterdamse Bos, which is three times the size of New York’s Central Park, the Amsterdam Forest is among the largest city parks in Europe.
Testing the Pashley Guv'nor Twenty-Six on the Tweed run.
24 Apr 2015 | Posted by Tim Gunn | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Events, Friends, Heritage, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling
- Little Guv’nor – Big Guv’nor
While I ride along the serpentine in Hyde Park, the mood is mellowed to the sound of 70’s disco. ‘Ring my bell’ by Anita Ward, plays from a makeshift stereo; crudely strapped to the back of a bicycle in front of me. I glance back, and I’m confronted by a sea of tweed; with faces beaming in the glorious spring sunshine. My stead for the tweed run this year was equally mellow; it was the latest offering from Pashley Cycles in Stratford-upon-Avon.
A small selection of what we enjoyed at the show
23 Apr 2015 | Posted by jim holland | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Events, Monthly highlights
The dust is now slowly starting to settle on Bespoked 2015 and it was great to see the event return to it’s spiritual home of Bristol and the show spread out into two venues, Brunel’s Old Station and Contemporary Art centre Arnolfini. Brunel’s was devoted to bikes and Arnolfini to extra-curricular items like Clothing, Bike Luggage, Art Prints and Publications.
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!
We catch up with Bespoked founder Phil Taylor
16 Apr 2015 | Posted by jim holland | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Friends, Monthly highlights
With Bespoked returning to its spiritual home in Bristol this weekend, we took the opportunity to ask founder Phil a few questions about what inspired the event, and the changes he has seen in handmade bicycles over the last few years.