Jack Thurston retraces one of the classic pass-storming routes of the inter-war years
6 May 2015 | Posted by Jack Thurston | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Heritage, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling
The West Arms, Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog
The centennial commemorations of the First World War remind us of the origins of the phrase ‘over the top’, now widely used to describe anything extreme or outrageous. The stuttering newsreel shots show young men clambering out of their trenches (‘over the top’) and walking briskly into machine gun fire, barbed wire and almost certain death. With the war not yet a year over, using such a charged phrase ‘over the top’ to describe a bike ride must have been a very deliberate act and that is exactly what Walter MacGregor Robinson did in his celebrated account of a ride across the Berwyn range in north Wales, published in Cycling in May 1919.
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.
Touring in your fathers footsteps with a modern twist
12 Feb 2015 | Posted by Tim Gunn | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Style & Fashion, Travel & Adventure Cycling
Every once in a while the cycle industry re-invents itself to follow fashions which come and go. Meanwhile, the ancient spirits of quality and style sit on the fence and watch, lending a helping hand to those who allow them through their doors. The recent resurgence in the hand-built British bicycle is a fashion that was once an epidemic. Almost every town had a cycle shop, with an often rudimentary building attached where a skilled craftsman would be building frames for local cyclists.
Juliet Elliott's top rides of 2014
12 Jan 2015 | Posted by Juliet Elliott | Categories: Correspondence, Events, Friends, Heritage, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling
I must be getting old. Just like that, 2014 is over. I remember when I was a kid, the summer holidays lasted forever and Christmas always seemed an eternity away. I always hoped that those who told me ‘school days are the best of your life’ were far off the mark. Endless hours of maths, PE in sub zero temperatures wearing gym knickers and an airtex shirt; how could that be the best life had to offer? PE even made me think I wasn’t ‘sporty,’ but that’s another story for another time. Now I’m free from the horrors of netball, drinking at bus stops and GCSEs, I’m having more fun that ever and life seems to fly by. So they were wrong. I bloody knew it. School sucks and being a grown up rules.
A look into life at our factory in Smethwick
11 Dec 2014 | Posted by Oliver | Categories: Curiosities, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Videos
A short film about our Factory by Blue Monday for the Birmingham Post Business Awards.
Our new range of small leather goods
18 Nov 2014 | Posted by jim holland | Categories: Art & Design, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Style & Fashion
There is no substitute for the look and feel of genuine Brooks Leather. John Boultbee, trademark of Brooks England ltd, has created a new line of small leather goods, made with the same materials and identical handicraft of the famous Brooks Leather Saddles and Bags.
Tino Pohlmann captures the spirit of vintage riding in Tuscany
24 Oct 2014 | Posted by Oliver | Categories: Events, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling, Style & Fashion
Following on from the first gallery we presented from L’Eroica 2014, we felt it only right to share a few more images that convey the majesty of this wonderful event.
Guest blogger Bike Snob NYC rides L'Eroica
13 Oct 2014 | Posted by Bike Snob NYC | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Sports Cycling, Stories
“So what’s the best ride you’ve ever done?”
A quest to to keep the Italian bicycle flame burning brightly.
10 Oct 2014 | Posted by Tim Gunn | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Heritage, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling
Uniqueness comes in many forms. Take the Brooks B17 saddle for instance. It started out life on a drawing board in the mid 1890’s at the Brooks Works. It uniquely set a standard, and has since formed the backbone to the Brooks saddle collection.
Brooks England head to Tuscany
7 Oct 2014 | Posted by Oliver | Categories: Bicycles, Events, Friends, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling
As proud sponsors of L’Eroica, every year we arrive in Tuscany with a team to tackle the challenging ride and the 2014 edition of L’Eroica was no different.