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.
Heroic Knights, Fearless Adventurers And Avid Moustache Waxers Are All Warmly Invited.
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!
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.
Mr. Webb Is Famous Not As A Clock Watcher, More As A Cartoon Watcher.
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.
First Of Our Occasional Series On Retro Riding Events Planned For The Coming Year.
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.
There's No Easy Way To Say This.
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.
Limited Edition Books Don't Come Much More Limited Than Those With A Print Run Of 99.
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.
Iconic British Designer Dies 50 Years After His First Separable Bike Went Into Production.
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.
The World Hour Record, Umpteen Grand Tours and Countless Classics are bound.
Fans of any sport delight in comparing its champions across different eras, or attempting to, at least. Would Dempsey have beaten Tyson? Might Borg have foxed Federer? Perhaps Rees would have been too much for Taylor? It’s a futile exercise, of course, but it fuels Mankind’s eternal quest to answer: Who is Greatest Of All Time?
This is all by way of saying that a package landed on the desk at Boultbee Towers recently, giving us amateur cycling historians cause to once again ponder the conundrum.
We Invited Budding Designers From London's RCA To Let Their Imagination Run Wild.
The Brooks Works at Smethwick is well known as a popular port of call with people whose passions revolve around the human powered and two wheeled. Barely a week passes without some writer or photographer or documentary film maker rolling by to absorb the sights, sounds and smells of this icon of British manufacturing and design.
And so it was that Ben Wilson took one of his classes up to see us in Birmingham last year.