Jack Thurston compiles some top tips for photography on the move
19 Mar 2015 | Posted by Jack Thurston | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Travel & Adventure Cycling
“Photography as a fad is well-nigh on its last legs, thanks principally to the bicycle craze.”
So wrote the great Alfred Stieglitz, one of the pioneers of photography, back in 1893. He was wrong of course. Both these novel technologies of the late nineteenth century are still very much with us. And more than that, they seem to go hand in hand.
Throughout that decade cyclists were earlier adopters of Kodak’s new ‘hand camera’. Kodak boss George Eastman himself rode a bike to work and made long sight-seeing cycle tours of Europe. He knew that the last thing cyclists wanted to carry was a hefty tripod and a saddle bag full of heavy glass plates. His company sponsored round-the-world cyclists Thomas Allen and William Sachtleben, who sent back more than 1,200 circular images on 3.5-inch nitrate negatives, a selection of which are currently on display at an exhibition in the Fowler Museum in Los Angeles.
Photographs by Thomas Allen and William Sachtleben
Juliet Elliott gives you the secret to training success this cycling season
24 Feb 2015 | Posted by Juliet Elliott | Categories: Bicycles, Friends, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling, Stories
Every year I get the urge to start racing. I have a little go, I enter the odd race, and I usually do ok. Then disaster strikes – I start training and it all goes wrong.
Guest blogger Bike Snob NYC clings to his sanity in winter
17 Feb 2015 | Posted by Bike Snob NYC | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories
I refuse to ride inside. Spinning away on a trainer while watching TV? Please. When I ride a bike I do it outside, when I watch TV I do it on the couch with a beer.
If you’re going to do something, do it right.
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.
The Brooks Blog welcomes Julian Wong to recount one of his adventures
20 Jan 2015 | Posted by GUEST | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Travel & Adventure Cycling
In the spring of 2013 I set off from California carrying my father’s ashes to his hometown in China. By the end of the year I had cycled across the United States, flown to Norway from Florida and cycled Scandinavia, the Baltics, Central Europe and most of the Balkans. It was early 2014 when I decided to escape the winter doldrums of Europe and fly to the warm and exotic land of Egypt.
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.
Guest Blogger Bike Snob NYC Confronts His Demons
3 Dec 2014 | Posted by Bike Snob NYC | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories, Uncategorized
In the world of cycling, conventional wisdom states:
1) There’s no mountain biking in New York City;
2) Brooks saddles have no place on mountain bikes and only belong on twee touring cycles ridden by people who dress like they’re heading out to hunt pheasant;
3) If velocity is defined as the rate of change of position with respect to time, i.e. v = dx/dt, where v is velocity and x is the displacement vector, then there is a 100% chance that the triathlete will crash.
From deep in the gloom of November, Jack Thurston looks back over the year's most memorable rides
26 Nov 2014 | Posted by Jack Thurston | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling
November murk in the Black Mountains
If there’s a month for armchair cycling it’s November. Emily Dickinson described it as ‘the Norway of the year’, which is a bit hard on Norway. November really is the gloomiest month. Dreary skies above, mud below – and not much in between. As an embalmer removes the blood from a corpse, the landscape is drained of its autumn colour. Spring seems inconceivable and we’ve not yet reached the frost-spangled glamour of midwinter. November promises little and delivers less. Even professional bike racers – men and women whose job it is to ride their bikes – take the month off.
We are proud to support Movember in changing the face of men's health
24 Nov 2014 | Posted by Oliver | Categories: Art & Design, Events, Friends, Monthly highlights, Saddles, Bags, Etc.
Brooks has teamed up with Movember to raise awareness for Men’s Health this November. We have come together to create a limited edition one off saddle and to celebrate we are throwing a party at our London store, B1866, this coming Thursday.
This month Juliet questions her own sanity
20 Nov 2014 | Posted by Juliet Elliott | Categories: Bicycles, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling, Stories
Sometimes I wonder what on earth I’m doing. It’s cold, I’m tired and I need some time to relax and simply do nothing. But totally exhausted from a full week of work, I find myself pulling on lycra rather lounging in bed with a cup of tea.