Peter Legg's Beautiful James Fothergill Machine
6 Mar 2014 | Posted by Tim | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories, Style & Fashion
In a new series, at Brooks we’ve decided to wade back through our online archives in search of stories from proud Brooks customers about their bicycles. We like to call this Readers’ Rides. Here is the first beauty to be selected from the vaults.
23 Jan 2014 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Correspondence, Friends, Heritage
Steven thoughtfully removed his Chrismas antlers for the serious business of handshake photography.
The 2013 recipient of our annual Brooks Employee Of The Year award was announced at the Smethwick Works just before the Christmas break. Works manager Steven Green has been kind enough to give us an insight into the decision making process that resulted in Stacey Kerrod scooping the prize.
Dario Pegoretti, Darren Crisp, and Ricky Feather among those taking London appointments
17 Jan 2014 | Posted by Tim | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Events, Friends, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Style & Fashion
Ricky Feather in his technical and fashionable safety glasses
The B1866 shop in Seven Dials, London will be offering handmade frames direct in-house from some of the most respected names in the handmade bicycle world. Dario Pegoretti, Ricky Feather, and Darren Crisp are already among those signed up to offer personal consultation inside the B1866 premises, meaning customers will not have to travel to the frame-builders’ studios, but be measured and fitted right in the heart of London.
Appointments are filling up fast, read more to learn the latest details, and more information about custom Brooks saddle ordering, also available at B1866.
We Were On Board For The Launch Of A New Craft Beer Brewed For Cyclists.
26 Nov 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Curiosities, Events, Friends, Stories
Whoa! Am I already seeing double?
As discerning fans of the odd pint will attest, comparing a multinational brewing giant and an independent craft brewer in terms of end product can be rather like examining the difference between a poured plastic perch and a Brooks saddle. So it was with interest that we learned recently of a microbrewery in the First County that was planning an ale for cyclists.
16 Nov 2013 | Posted by ANDREA | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Curiosities, Events, Friends, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories, Style & Fashion, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Uncategorized, Urban Cycling
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.
Outgoing Médecins Sans Frontières Chief Writes To Us From The Road.
5 Nov 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Correspondence, Friends, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling
As Unni put it, “Shouldn’t you be going fast across a weak bridge?”
We wrote last month about Unni Karunakara, who until September this year was International Head of the humanitarian medical aid organization Médecins Sans Frontières. Mr. Karunakara is enjoying all his recently gained free time by making a fundraising bike tour through India and attempting to raise public awareness of MSF along the way.
Putting down hard daily centuries like nobody’s business since early October, he kindly managed to get back to us this week with answers to a few questions we had for him as he set off.
We Have Some Scary Suggestions For Anybody Who's Still In The Dark. Mwahahaha...
31 Oct 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Correspondence, Curiosities, Events, Friends, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling
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?
Note To Self. Go To California. Buy Bike, Buy Book, Buy Hatchet.
30 Oct 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Bicycles, Friends, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Style & Fashion, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling
Grant Petersen’s Rivendell Bike Works is a name of renown among aficionados of the hand-built lugged steel frame. We’ve written about Rivendell in the past, and Grant himself has also been an occasional contributor to these pages. So either way, both he and his company should be well known to most Brooks Blog readers.
Unni Karunakara Cycles India to Raise Awareness for MSF
16 Oct 2013 | Posted by BREGAN | Categories: Friends, Travel & Adventure Cycling
The nice folks at Schindelhauer Bikes present Dr. Karunakara with the bike that will take him 4,000km across India
Srinagar, October 12, 2013 – Outgoing International President of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Dr Unni Karunakara, is taking to the road on a bicycle to travel 5,000 kilometres through ten states beginning in Jammu and Kashmir and ending 100 days later in Kerala to spark a dialogue with the general public, medical students, and healthcare providers on health, healthcare, and humanitarianism. Dr Karunakara will push off and begin his odyssey in Srinagar at the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences at 1:00 pm.
Before leaving, Dr. Karunakara stopped through Berlin where the young men of Schindelhauer had gotten together with Brooks, ABUS, Gates Carbon Drive, Rohloff, SON Schmidt Maschinenbau, and Tubus.
Watch Live Streaming Of The 21st CMWC Main Race Final This Weekend.
1 Aug 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Events, Friends, Sports Cycling, Urban Cycling
Spoke On The Water? The tyre in the sky? Bear with us…
Regular readers will already have gathered from our recent bulletins on the subject that Lausanne, Switzerland is host of this year’s CMWC. Like Montreux, Lausanne happens to be located on the “Lake Geneva Shoreline”.
Couriers from all over the world have been assembling there with their “mobiles” (Messenger slang for bicycle. Just trust us on this.) since early in the week, some of them doubtless with the intention “to make records”. In the Long Skid contest, for example?
There’s even a “Funky Claude… running in and out” in the shape of our good friend the Yakman, Claude Marthaler, who oversaw a screening of his latest film “Bike For Bread” on Wednesday.
There are possibly further parallels to draw between this fine event and a famous Deep Purple song, especially when we consider that the Lausanne organizers crew is partly comprised of various past and current European and World Champions.
Early arrivals to CMWC at Lausanne have been touring the surrounds.
With so much individual talent in one band, creative tensions are sometimes an obstacle to the end goal, but their last collaborative effort, 2007′s SUICMC, was by universal consent a tour de force, a Ten, five stars… so this weekend’s action should be their metaphorical Machine Head.
And you can watch it live. They plan to stream the Main Race Final on Sunday.
Brooks is a proud sponsor of the CMWC at Lausanne, and we’ve joined up with PEdALED to mark the event…