Stacey Kerrod, Brooks Employee Of The Year!

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.


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Brooks B1866 Offers Handmade Bicycles from Famous Builders

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.


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B1866 Store Opens in London

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.


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Heroic Knights, Fearless Adventurers And Avid Moustache Waxers Are All Warmly Invited.

11 Oct 2013  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Events, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling, Style & Fashion, Travel & Adventure Cycling

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!


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Brooks At The Anjou Vélo Vintage.

25 Jun 2013  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Events, Friends, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling, Style & Fashion

Participants from as far away as Japan and the U.S. gathered in Anjou at the weekend for the third edition of the Vélo Vintage retro biking festival.

The towns of Angers and Saumur split the work between them, with Angers hosting events from Wednesday through to Saturday morning, and Saumur setting up their Vintage Village for the rest of the weekend.


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Brooks Employee Of The Year 2012 – Phillip Webb.

Mr. Webb Is Famous Not As A Clock Watcher, More As A Cartoon Watcher.

20 Feb 2013  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Events, Friends, Heritage

Works Manager Steven Green presents Phil Webb with his Employee of the Year trophy.

Last week at the Smethwick Works, a small ceremony took place to honour our 2012 Brooks Employee of the Year.

Since his initial short spell with us way back in 1971, Phillip Webb has found himself at times elsewhere employed, but like the proverbial bad penny, he always come back. This, of course, is the only tendency which Phil shares with a bad penny. In all other respects he’s an excellent guinea, so to speak. And fortunately, his most recent stint has lasted thus far since 2004.


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Retro Riding in 2013 – The Anjou Vélo Vintage.

First Of Our Occasional Series On Retro Riding Events Planned For The Coming Year.

5 Feb 2013  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Events, Heritage, Style & Fashion, Travel & Adventure Cycling

Excuse our French. A pair of knees at 2011′s Anjou Vélo Vintage. Photo by Edouard Sepulchre.

At the end of last year, we took a run through some of the finer cycling themed calendars available for 2013. If you got your hands on one of them we have a couple of dates for you to circle, or place exclamation marks around with a big black marker.

Actually, these dates are worth circling on any 2013 calendar, regardless of whether it has pictures of bicycles or not.

Nor in fact does the marker have to be black; let us stress again that these dates are worth keeping in mind.


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New Year’s Resolution. Shorter Sentences.

There's No Easy Way To Say This.

21 Dec 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Events, Heritage

Talk about seasonal! If you want a Kara Ginther for Christmas, you’re cutting it very fine.

With 2012 drawing to a close, the team here at Brooks England Social Media Services Inc. has unanimously decided that it would be an act of Gross Unkindness on our part were we to continue, day in, day out, enthralling our subscribers with the sort of compelling images and reading material for which we have become famous, all the way up to Christmas morning and beyond toward New Year’s, given that even a sub-standard-quality Brooks Blog post renders the typical reader unable to constructively focus on, or talk about, anything else until he or she has had a full night’s sleep, said Vicious Circle of post-reading-sleeping-new-post-reading-sleeping being entirely non-conducive to the successful acquisition of presents for family and friends at a time of the year when family and friends are kind of expecting to receive presents in exchange for the ones they have given.


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Matthew Cox And Le Dernier Dimanche

Limited Edition Books Don't Come Much More Limited Than Those With A Print Run Of 99.

18 Dec 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Curiosities, Events, Heritage

The 2014 Tour de France’s Prolog, as well as its first couple of road stages will be taking place somewhere in England, according to reports which reached us last week.

Yorkshire has been definitively chosen as site for the curtain raising time trial, but beyond that, details remain to be fully thrashed out.


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Alex Moulton. 1920-2012.

Iconic British Designer Dies 50 Years After His First Separable Bike Went Into Production.

11 Dec 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Friends, Heritage

Brooks Head Of Marketing Andrea Meneghelli on a visit to the Moulton Works and Estate in 2010.

The sad news has been conveyed by a spokesperson from the Moulton Bicycle Company that inventor of the eponymous and well loved bicycle, Dr. Alex Moulton, passed away peacefully on Sunday last at the age of 92.

Moulton was an expert designer and developer in several fields throughout his long career, but among cyclists he will be best remembered for the iconic two-wheelers which bore his name.


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