Eroica Britannia 2015 – The Interview

We catch up with the guys to find out what has changed for the Second Edition

1 Jun 2015  |  Posted by Oliver  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling

With Eroica Britannia rapidly approaching, we decided it was a fitting time to catch up with Tim, one of the organisers, and find out what is new for 2015 and what to expect for the weekend.  From what he told us it seems we are in for one fantastic weekend and a very enjoyable fathers’ day. 

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Once More Over the Top

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.

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Big Guv’nor, Little Guv’nor?

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.

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Sven Cycles of Weymouth. A Breath of Fresh Air

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.  

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My Top Rides Of 2014

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.

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Traditional British Manufacturing

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.

 

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The Latest Additions to the John Boultbee Collection

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.
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L’Eroica 2014 Gallery #2

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.

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Sometimes the best rides are the most delicious ones

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?”

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Scatto Italiano – Made to be Unique

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.

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