Our Prize Machines From The Dashing Bike Show Have Found Homes.
5 Dec 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Events, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories
Our two-wheeled, human-powered, gin-soaked Odyssey, the Dashing Bicycle Show, toured North America over the past twelve months, taking in both coasts, as well as some of the middle bit. And seeing as how North America isn’t just America, we even hit Canada for good measure.
Wherever we unpacked our boxes, we suggested that show visitors take a photo of themselves with their bicycle, and submit it to our Dashing Bike Photo Contest and take a chance at winning one of the fine bicycles we had on display.
Well, the show’s over and the votes are in.
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.
Note To Self. Go To California. Buy Bike, Buy Book, Buy Hatchet.
30 Oct 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Bicycles, Friends, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Style & Fashion, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling
Grant Petersen’s Rivendell Bike Works is a name of renown among aficionados of the hand-built lugged steel frame. We’ve written about Rivendell in the past, and Grant himself has also been an occasional contributor to these pages. So either way, both he and his company should be well known to most Brooks Blog readers.
In 20 years of business Rivendell has placed Brooks saddles on top of some of the most thoughtfully designed, sturdily built and coveted bikes anywhere in the world; a few models went on display together earlier this year in San Francisco when an extremely well received week-long Rivendell pop-up store opened.
Not legal tender, even in BBH.
So it was with interest that we learned recently of the latest fiendishly hatched Rivendell scheme to make paupers of us all with their common-sense, no-pressure style of doing business. Just last week they opened a permanent retail premises in downtown Walnut Creek, California.
It’s called Rivendell Bike Book & Hatchet. Apart from bikes, books and hatchets, you can find all sorts of other useful life-tools like pine tar soap and high quality wool clothing. So if you’re -
(a) a California-based cycling enthusiast,
(b) a California-based book reader,
(c) a California-based chopper of wood,
(d) even just California-based,
(e) curious about becoming one or more of the above,
then we’re sure that a trip to BBH will translate into time well spent. Like its sister company Rivendell Bike Works, BBH is a small independent business that will need to have people coming in through its doors at a fairly steady clip, and ideally going back out through them carrying a hatchet or a book. So hie thee thither.
The Rivendell BBH Grand Opening bash is on November 15th, but if you happen to be in the neighbourhood, feel free to drop by before then.
Dial the number below, and that’s the phone that’ll be getting picked up.
Rivendell Bike Book & Hatchet
1601 North Main Street
Walnut Creek, CA.
Tel. (+1) 925 937 7224
Insane Amounts Of Interactivity Are Just A Couple Of Clicks Away.
7 Oct 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling
The four corners of the Earth have been thoughtfully scoured by various cycling essayists and photographers to help bring the October issue of Bunyan Velo to fruition.
Our New Saddle Scoops An Unprecedented Gold Award For Componentry.
16 Sep 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Bicycles, Events, Saddles, Bags, Etc.
Since the launch of our new Cambium saddle we’ve been keen to learn how it stands up on (or off-) road. To this end, in May we sent over 100 free Cambium saddles worldwide to a diverse pool of cyclists, whose testimonials can be found in the shop comments section of the Brooks online shop.
We are happy to report that, perhaps unsurprisingly, most of the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
Now, the latest seal of approval comes from the 2013 Eurobike Award jury, who out of 496 products from 30 different countries bestowed upon the Cambium their coveted GOLD Award, given only to 10 products this year.
17th Of June Sees A Special Numbered Edition Of The C17 Go On Sale.
17 Jun 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Bicycles, Events, Saddles, Bags, Etc.
If, like many other cyclists, you’ve been impatiently checking back to the Brooks Cambium Countdown page, you will have noticed that the numbers on our clock are dwindling fast. So fast, in fact, that later today there’ll be nothing but zeroes left on it.
What can this mean?
First Of Our Cambium Saddles Winging Their Way To Lucky Testers.
17 May 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Events, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories
We posted the big news here one month ago that Brooks is releasing a new saddle this year.
The Cambium C17‘s top is made of vulcanized natural rubber and a specially treated cotton canvas, and thus represents a rather fresh departure for us.
Helsinki Bike Makers In Berlin Until The End Of May.
6 May 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Bicycles, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling
One of the Dashing Bicycle Show partners currently with us on our tour of North America is Finnland’s Pelago. And while it’s perhaps lazy to draw inferences from broad national stereotypes, it’s none the less tempting to reflect that countless meditative sauna visits and gallons of black coffee must surely have played a leading role in the conception and execution of these sleek, sturdy, understated steel framed bikes.
Wir Haben Bald Unseren Neuen Sattel Fertig, Und Suchen Leute, Die Den Testen Wollen.
30 Apr 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Correspondence, Curiosities, Friends, Saddles, Bags, Etc.
Im deutschsprachigen Raum sind Brooks Sättel bekanntlich sehr beliebt. In der Schweiz, in Österreich, in Deutschland selbst und natürlich auch in Ecken von Pennsylvania, scheint es nach unseren Zahlen so zu sein, daß kaum ein anderer Sattelhersteller in jenen Territorien überhaupt versucht, Geschäft zu machen.
Das macht uns natürlich sehr froh.
Wir können nicht genau sagen, ob es rein an unserer sättlerischen Exzellenz liegt, oder an dem guten Geschmack von unseren Kund(inn)en. Wahrscheinlich hat’s aber mit beiden zu tun.
Jedenfalls, haben wir einen neuen Sattel in der sogenannten “Pipeline”. Cambium heißt er, und soll ab Mitte Juni zu kaufen sein. Vielleicht haben Sie schon was darüber gehört?
Bis Juni wollen wir aber 100 Leute aus aller Welt finden, die für uns den Cambium vorher probefahren, und ihre Eindrücke und Erfahrungen dann mitteilen.
Wir haben zur Zeit eine kurze Umfrage auf die Brooks Homepage. Und zwar nicht nur “in English“.
Alle, die gern in unsere engere Auswahl kommen möchten, sind herzlich eingeladen, diese komplett auszufüllen und an uns hinzuschicken.
Sie erfahren spätestens irgendwann im Mai, ob Sie von uns einen Cambium bekommen. Wenn nicht, kriegen Sie sowieso als Trost einen Rabattcode, was ihre sämtlichen Brooks Einkäufe in unserem Online Shop 10% billiger macht.
Also viel Spass, viel Glück und einen schönen Tag noch.
This Is Big News For 100 Lucky Cyclists. One Of Them Could Be You.
18 Apr 2013 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Events, Friends, Monthly highlights, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories
Stop teasing! A quite unfulfilling glimpse of the new Brooks Cambium.
Readers of the 2013 Brooks Bugle will have had an informational head start on everybody else regarding the imminent release of a new addition to our range of fine bicycle saddles.
The current copy contains an article on our latest model, the Cambium C17. It’s a saddle that represents a fairly unusual departure for us in that its top is not made of leather (cue sharp intake of breath). Rather, it is made from natural rubber and organic cotton, and enhanced by a thin layer of structural textile for added resilience.
It is immediately comfortable and maintenance-free, which might possibly put a dent in our Proofide sales. Even without Proofide, it still offers the longevity for which our products are legendary.
Come on, bit more. I’ll see your two rivets and raise you a bag loop
But a rather interesting piece of extra news began doing the rounds yesterday, which we are happy to officially confirm for our readers today.
Between now and its release date, we are undertaking a worldwide search for 100 lucky people to road test the Brooks Cambium. The group as a whole will naturally consist of cyclists of both sexes, and encompass a full range of cycling activity and body types.
Part of A Return Of The Jedi Speeder Bike? Not quite. All will be revealed…
From the fair-weather, six stone bicycle commuter to the 300 pound daily Centurion, we hope to find our Cambium test pieces bolted to 100 very distinct seatposts.
Those chosen will report back to us with their impressions and experiences, and we’ll publish them in a special section of the Brooks website. Of course, our testers will all get to keep their Cambia in gratitude for their efforts, but would be strongly advised in advance to read our post on saddle theft prevention.
And those who apply unsuccessfully to test our Cambium will have the consolation of receiving a special discount code for our online shop. It will give you 10% off all Brooks purchases you make over the coming twelve months.
At any rate, several notable cycling websites publicized this news yesterday evening, along with a link to the Cambium Tester registration form. If you were one of the applicants who experienced the inconvenience of our server crashing under the weight of subscriptions, please accept our apologies. We are reliably informed that it’s “back up” again.
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has been firing back lots of good pictures from the Red Planet lately.
As we say, we are looking for a diverse pool of riders, not the first hundred who apply, so those who were unable to send their form to us yesterday are at no disadvantage in regard to the decision making process.
That said, we hope to ship out the 100 test pieces as soon as we can, around mid-May. So don’t dally, fill out our questionnaire and cross your fingers.