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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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?
The Ladies Bike Polo Tournament Hits Barcelona.
At the Brooks Blog, our enthusiasm for bike polo is famously boundless. Few readers can have forgotten 2011′s (now long since sold out) Limited Edition polo mallet, the “Brooks England”, for example. And elsewhere too in the world of kneepads and small gear ratios, we have demonstrably continued to go beyond the mere call of duty.
We Gather Knog Are Satisfied With How Their Film Festival Went.
Sticking to what he knows best, photographer Stefano made a film about taking photographs.
No Ordinary Night was both theme and title of the recent film-festival-slash-filmmaking-contest organized by esteemed bike light people Knog. Brooks was delighted to lend assistance to the venture in the form of prizes.
As we explained here earlier this month, they tasked entrants with making something that could fairly be described as a bike/biking film. The only other non-negotiables being that it had to be under one minute’s length and shot at night time.
Another L’Eroica has come and gone, and as usual it was filled with its share of special moments for those who made the pilgrimage to Chianti.
Heroic Knights, Fearless Adventurers And Avid Moustache Waxers Are All Warmly Invited.
Autumn in Northern Italy is a famously fine combination of season and location for taking magical (and we don’t use the word lightly) spins. Now imagine we were somehow able to cast a spell, and transport an entire peloton 40, 50, 60… even 100 years into the past, and they all fetched up in Anghiari, say. If they didn’t want to confuse and frighten the locals, they’d all obviously need a Brooks on top of a steel framed bike, for starters. And preferably a woollen jersey, right? If you have no plans next weekend, pay attention…
The roads of the Tiber Valley and the surrounding hills, built by the Romans and by the Etruscans before them, have witnessed the passage of many intrepid travellers over the centuries. Brave soldiers on their way to and from great battles, courageous knights on heroic quests, adventurers seeking out new lands and stoic pilgrims on their way to pay homage in some far off destination – they have all passed by. Now it is the time for yet another band of heroes! So get out your old bicycle, pull on your woollen jersey and wax your moustache – it is time for the Intrepid Cyclists to make their mark in history!
We Catch Up With TCR Organizer Mike Hall To Talk Turkey.
Brooks has nailed its colours to the mast this year in support of a large number of cycling related events. The Cycle Messenger World Championships, the European Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships and L’Eroica are just a few of the celebrations of the Two Wheeled and Human Powered in 2013 that we’ve provided with sponsorship, prizes, and help in the shape of willing bodies on the ground.
But one of the most captivating and rewarding so far has been the first ever installment of the Transcontinental Race, an unsupported competitive ride from London to Istanbul which took place over a fortnight early in August.
Conceived by last year’s WCR Grand Tour winner Mike Hall, it was designed as a race across the European continent that should quickly separate riders both from the metaphorical apron strings and each other. Unsurprising then, that he enlisted the help of renowned apron-string-cutters The Adventurists.
Together they formulated a race which, beyond the obvious, made only a few simple demands of its riders – pick your own route, remember to grab a sandwich at that next petrol station, and get the head down wherever you like, as long as it’s not in the back of a support vehicle.
And say lots of prayers to the Puncture Gods.
Still Time To Submit Your 60 Seconds Of LED-Lit Night Riding Mayhem.
Here’s a fine Brooks-Knog “collabo”. Our Team Pro with now rarely seen mini-Knog on top of a Kinfolk.
Knog will be known to many readers as the company which made its name producing those rather practical little bike lights that come housed inside flexible, handy, brightly coloured rubber shells. In the past few years the company has gone on to make Knog locks, Knog gloves, even Knog bicycle computers.
And now they’re running a Film Festival too.
Our New Saddle Scoops An Unprecedented Gold Award For Componentry.
Since the launch of our new Cambium saddle we’ve been keen to learn how it stands up on (or off-) road. To this end, in May we sent over 100 free Cambium saddles worldwide to a diverse pool of cyclists, whose testimonials can be found in the shop comments section of the Brooks online shop.
We are happy to report that, perhaps unsurprisingly, most of the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
Now, the latest seal of approval comes from the 2013 Eurobike Award jury, who out of 496 products from 30 different countries bestowed upon the Cambium their coveted GOLD Award, given only to 10 products this year.
21st Bike Messenger World Championships Pass Off With Precision and Parties.
New and successfully defending champions were celebrated on the podium in an array of disciplines last month, as around 400 couriers met in Switzerland to take part in the annual Cycle Messenger World Championships.