Jack reveals the objects of his cycling desires...and how he curbs his appetite
22 Jul 2015 | Posted by Jack Thurston | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Travel & Adventure Cycling
The other day, I was idly window-shopping for secondhand bikes on the web. All of a sudden transported to a moment more than twenty years ago, on a dusty country road in the middle of Transylvania. A friend and I were cycle-camping around Romania and we’d stopped to greet the one and only other foreign cyclist we encountered on our entire trip. We began swapping stories about roads and campsites and soon learned that he was on a six month journey across the European continent, from Portugal to Istanbul. I was impressed but what made an even greater impression was his bike.
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.
Jack Thurston goes bike packing in a Wet, Windy Wales
29 Jan 2015 | Posted by Jack Thurston | Categories: Events, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories
When a track becomes a stream
With arrival of an email of a list of a couple of dozen grid references, each the location a ford across a stream or river somewhere in the hills of Mid-Wales, I knew I was in for a cold, wet January weekend. In a moment of ‘let’s blow away the cobwebs and do something different’ I’d entered myself into the Bear Bones Ford Fiesta, an overnight bikepacking event. The challenge was simple: to ride through many fords as possible and to spend a night under the stars.
A unique bicycle visits the B1866 London Store.
16 Dec 2014 | Posted by Tim Gunn | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Curiosities, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling
Savile Row meets Coventry
Across England, are towns and regions which are well known for manufacturing certain types of products and only a short cycle ride from the Brooks Smethwick works for instance, is the famous Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. If you need a sharp fitting suit, then London’s Savile Row is the place to go and for those who attended L’Eroica Britannia last June; will know that Bakewell is remembered for its tarts. Stopping right there, before I get into trouble. I’ll take you back to Savile Row, and while trying not to get confused with tarts and tailor’s, I shall tell you more.
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.
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.
Our Graphic Designer Goes in Search of his Perfect Bicycle
23 Sep 2014 | Posted by jim holland | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Heritage, Saddles, Bags, Etc.
I first came to know Mercian Cycles a long time ago, back when nobody really wore Lycra and everybody took sandwiches. Growing up in the shadow of the Black Country the custom frame was considered as it is now, a luxury item, though they were perhaps a bit more common before the advent of carbon and aluminium. Not to mention that, once you had your frame, that was it, you kept it until you pegged out, components and wheels would be replaced as required, but a custom frame was for life. To a certain extent, that’s still true, not least because often a custom geometry will only really suit the rider it was designed for.
Juliet Elliott joins the Brooks Blog to recount touring tales
26 Aug 2014 | Posted by GUEST | Categories: Friends, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Travel & Adventure Cycling
Two wheels, two bags apiece. Add a pair of chopsticks and two people and you’re rocking. Keep it light, keep it modest; if it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t go and if you haven’t got it, you won’t need it.
Lifting The Lid On Our Newest Saddle
26 Jun 2014 | Posted by Oliver | Categories: Art & Design, Heritage, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Uncategorized
A clutch of Cambium
Here at Brooks England, we could never have predicted the overwhelming reception our new Cambium range has received. Setting out to honour the legacy of our founder J.B.Brooks through an innovative new saddle led us to a series of new manufacturing processes that we wanted to share with you.