Bilenky Cycle Works.

Legendary Philadelphia Builder to Visit B1866

29 Jul 2014  |  Posted by Tim  |  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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The Legacy of Kilimanjaro.

The Stanforth Kibo. A blast from the past.

1 Jul 2014  |  Posted by Tim  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Friends, Heritage, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling

The Crane's at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mount Kilimanjaro is not the first place you would think of as an inspiration for bicycle design.  However, for Simon Stanforth, it was and here at Brooks base camp, we needed oxygen when we heard about the story behind it. You see, Simon comes from good stock, his father is the former owner of Saracen Cycles and it was in 1985 ,when he heard of how cousins, Nick and Richard Crane climbed Africa’s highest mountain using bicycles.

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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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Retro Riding in Catalonia – 2014′s La Pedals de Clip

Brooks was on hand to help out for the ride's fourth installment.

2 Jun 2014  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Friends, Heritage, Sports Cycling

Whatever’s in those bottles it’s definitely closer to Ice & Tonic than Isotonic.

What started in 2011 as an eight-man spin around the provinces of Barcelona and Tarragona this year swelled to a field of nearly 250 as Brooks descended upon northern Spain for the fourth edition of La Pedals de Clip, a retro-themed cycle tour of Catalonia.

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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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Readers Rides from Brooks Stories – No.4 – ‘Tired of walking’

14 May 2014  |  Posted by Tim  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Heritage, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling

Tommy Thien, a Physics student at The University of Texas, got tired of walking the 30 minutes to class every day, so got himself a bicycle. As time progressed, he gained a greater appreciation for the simple piece of machinery that is the bicycle and naturally wanted to fit a Brooks Saddle.

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Readers Rides from Brooks Stories – No.3 – ‘Made in England’

A match Made in England, but living the dream in California.

6 May 2014  |  Posted by Tim  |  Categories: Bicycles, Curiosities, Friends, Heritage, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling

In the latest edition of reader’s rides from Brooks stories, we found Jeff Anjo of California and his 1984 Holdsworth Mistral touring bicycle, seen here parked gracefully alongside Lake Solano in the hills above San Fransisco, California. Its Brooks Professional saddle left the Brooks Smethwick factory in 1985, the bicycle and saddle met for the first time in 1986.

Made in England, both saddle and bicycle in the years since have taken Jeff on many adventures. But we may have to send round the bicycle style police to get the handlebars clad with Brooks Leather Bar Tape for him.

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Patrick Siebert’s MIFA

Our Man In Mecklenburg Vorpommern Is Truly Der Resuscitator.

2 May 2014  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Friends, Stories

Readers may recall this photostory of a Diamant rebuild we had from Patrick Siebert a while back. Since last talking to us it seems he’s managed to locate another rust magnet and work his magic on it.

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Darcy – An Anglo-Italian Restoration Job By Ciclico.

Italian Parks Pride, Jettisons Prejudice, Names Bike After Character In English Novel.

30 Apr 2014  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Friends, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling


“…truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of 7 bikes must be in want of a wife.”

In and around his native Padua, Ciclico’s Leonardo Macciucca is known among all types of cycling enthusiast for the unique twists that mark out as special each of his individual vintage restoration projects.

Barns, lofts and forgotten garages across the country make up the hunting ground where he uncovers his bicycles, typically seized and rusting under the accumulation of 80 years of inactivity.

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