Bilenky Cycle Works.

Legendary Philadelphia Builder to Visit B1866

29 Jul 2014  |  Posted by Tim Gunn  |  Categories: Bicycles, Events, Friends
Stephen Bilenky - Master Frame Builder.

Stephen Bilenky - Master Frame Builder.

Stephen Bilenky has been designing and building beautifully constructed bicycles since 1983. Located in an old warehouse in North Philadelphia; the Bilenky Cycle Works is a workshop full to the brim of over thirty years of bicycle frame building history. They build anything from cargo bikes to racing lightweights, cyclocross bikes, recumbents and tandems, mountain bikes, simple commuter bikes and anything else they or a customer can dream up. Innovative too; they were the first to build a tandem, with S&S couplers allowing it to pack down into two small flight boxes and in the late nineties they started producing the revolutionary ‘Viewpoint’; a semi recumbent tandem that allowed teams with differing abilities and strengths to take to the road for the first time.

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The Brompton World Championships 2014

Brooks England heads to Goodwood to witness the BWC

29 Jul 2014  |  Posted by Oliver  |  Categories: Bicycles, Events, Friends, Sports Cycling

Brooks England had the pleasure of sponsoring this year’s Brompton World Championships.  The 2014 edition of the race took place at Goodwood in West Sussex on Sunday 27th July.  As always there was an eclectic selection of outfits and customised Bromptons, many of course equipped with Brooks saddles and accessories.

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Land’s End to John O’Groats Video

874-mile journey for charity a test of endurance

28 Jul 2014  |  Posted by BREGAN  |  Categories: Events, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Videos

Back in 2012, former Brooks colleague Andrew Hunter and his friend Adam Ferguson rode the famous Land’s End to John O’Groats route to benefit charity. We tagged along to show a glimpse of their adventure.

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ARTCRANK at B1866 & PEdAL ED

Brooks teams up with the world's leading bicycle poster show.

25 Jul 2014  |  Posted by Oliver  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Events, Stories, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling

Brooks has teamed up with PEdAL ED to celebrate five years ARTCRANK UK, the world’s leading bicycle poster show. On Thursday 31st July we will  host a retrospective of ARTCRANK in our B1866 store

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The London Tweed Run 2014

Tweed Run was back in London last month. We sent Liz Seabrook out with her camera.

17 Jun 2014  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Events, Heritage, Stories, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling

Over the past four or five years there’s been a well documented global surge in the number of non-competitive group rides requiring participants to dress up like extras from Downton Abbey. In fact, there’s hardly a country that hasn’t now hosted some sort of Tweed-themed day out on bikes.

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L’Eroica Britannia – The Interview

Inspiration, organisation, and not enough time!

5 Jun 2014  |  Posted by Oliver  |  Categories: Events, Friends, Heritage

The long and winding road

With L’Eroica Britannia right around the corner we wanted to find out more about what has been going on behind the scenes to get the event organised. So we got together with one of the organisers, Tim Hubbard, to have a chat about his experiences over the last year. Without further ado, we present L’Eroica Britannia – The Interview.

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Invites Are Going Out For A Special Event At B1866.

Knowledge is Power, and Steven Green is Imparting Some at our Flagship this Month.

14 May 2014  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Correspondence, Events, Friends, Saddles, Bags, Etc.

Maintained correctly, our leather saddles famously tend to outlive many, even most, of the bicycle frames with which they get paired. And it’s probably true to say that nobody on the planet is better equipped than Brooks works manager Steven Green to outline the various Do’s and Dont’s pertaining to their care.

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2012 Dirty Kanza 200

Paul Errington became first Brit to race the 200-mile Gravel Race

8 May 2014  |  Posted by BREGAN  |  Categories: Bicycles, Events, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling

photos courtesy Eric Benjamin

Being a small and busy company sometimes can lead to things falling through the cracks. My latest lapse of attention was a blog post kindly submitted by Paul Errington two years ago about his trip to the world’s premier “gravel grinder” event, the Dirty Kanza 200Better late than never, here is Paul’s story:

The Dirty Kanza 200 is a little over a 200-mile race over the rolling gravel roads of the Flint Hills, Kansas, with no easy mile given to riders covering the sun baked ground on a variety of off road machines.

Is Kansas flat? Certainly not.

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#WCR #CarboLoad #UpEarly #RideBikeLots

By its very nature the WCR is a race full of variables. But everybody's still turning their cranks.

25 Apr 2014  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Events, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling


Lee Fancourt continues the proud WCR tradition of pointing and smirking at naughty words.

We’re more than six weeks in to the World Cycle Race and its three remaining riders Breifne Earley, Prasad Erande and Lee Fancourt are in three very distinct racing positions. And we’re not talking about stem length or saddle setback.

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Latest News From The World Cycle Race!

Lee Fancourt's Removal From G.C. Blows Title Race Wide Open.

4 Apr 2014  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Events, Sports Cycling, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling


Decisions, decisions. Breifne fancied a kebab, but Boxty was insistent on some Moussaka.

We still have three riders on the road, but only two of them, Breifne Earley and Prasad Erande, are now still in contention for the title. The World Cycle Race’s organizers published a statement at the weekend announcing with regret that Lee Fancourt‘s circumnavigation attempt could no longer be counted within their General Classification list.

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