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.
Juliet lifts the lid on a very special bespoke machine
2 Apr 2015 | Posted by Juliet Elliott | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Events, Friends, Stories
I first met photographer Camille McMillan at Eroica Britannia last year, where he cut a dashing figure swaggering around in a silk scarf shooting images and taking rides on a motorbike under the Brooks England banner. I was immediately curious about him; he appeared to play by his own set of rules with no pussy-footing about. Certainly as a man, he’s intriguing and enigmatic but believe it or not, I was unaware of his serious pedigree as a photographer and cyclist.
Angus gives his insight to his weekend in Tábor
9 Feb 2015 | Posted by Angus Edmond | Categories: Correspondence, Events, Friends, Stories
I have mixed feelings after the Worlds. To sum it up, it just ended badly. There were some highlights in there. My manager Pieter giving me an Orval while the paramedic cleaned up my leg was one. Dinner with the boys after was good fun too. But the second half of my race went badly and the fact that I now have trouble walking has most certainly tainted my mood. The time, energy and preparation that you put into a race like this certainly increases the expectations, but of course you need to remember that everyone else in the race will be giving it 110% too.
Jack Thurston goes bike packing in a Wet, Windy Wales
29 Jan 2015 | Posted by Jack Thurston | Categories: Events, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories
When a track becomes a stream
With arrival of an email of a list of a couple of dozen grid references, each the location a ford across a stream or river somewhere in the hills of Mid-Wales, I knew I was in for a cold, wet January weekend. In a moment of ‘let’s blow away the cobwebs and do something different’ I’d entered myself into the Bear Bones Ford Fiesta, an overnight bikepacking event. The challenge was simple: to ride through many fords as possible and to spend a night under the stars.