Countdown to L’Eroica!

Guest blogger Bike Snob NYC joins us to document his preparations for Italy

17 Sep 2014  |  Posted by Bike Snob NYC  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Friends, Stories, Uncategorized, Urban Cycling

On October 5th I will undertake the greatest challenge of my cycling career, when I travel to Italy for the 18th edition of L’Eroica.

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The Printing Bike Project

Nick Hand drops by to tell us about his latest cycling project

8 Sep 2014  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Curiosities, Friends, Stories, Uncategorized

One of the nice things about working amongst a community of designers, engineers and artists is the opportunity of collaboration.

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A Relaxing Randonneur

Si Taylor from Two Makers talks us through his unique Randonneur chair

2 Sep 2014  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Art & Design, Curiosities, Stories, Style & Fashion

The concept for this project was to create a high-end handcrafted rocking chair inspired by, and having the aesthetic of, the ‘golden era’ of classic long-distance racing bicycles manufactured by the master ‘Constructeurs’ of the 1940s.

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ARTCRANK at B1866 & PEdAL ED

Brooks teams up with the world's leading bicycle poster show.

25 Jul 2014  |  Posted by Oliver  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Events, Stories, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling

Brooks has teamed up with PEdAL ED to celebrate five years ARTCRANK UK, the world’s leading bicycle poster show. On Thursday 31st July we will  host a retrospective of ARTCRANK in our B1866 store

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The Legacy of Kilimanjaro.

The Stanforth Kibo. A blast from the past.

1 Jul 2014  |  Posted by Tim  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Friends, Heritage, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling

The Crane's at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mount Kilimanjaro is not the first place you would think of as an inspiration for bicycle design.  However, for Simon Stanforth, it was and here at Brooks base camp, we needed oxygen when we heard about the story behind it. You see, Simon comes from good stock, his father is the former owner of Saracen Cycles and it was in 1985 ,when he heard of how cousins, Nick and Richard Crane climbed Africa’s highest mountain using bicycles.

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The London Tweed Run 2014

Tweed Run was back in London last month. We sent Liz Seabrook out with her camera.

17 Jun 2014  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Events, Heritage, Stories, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling

Over the past four or five years there’s been a well documented global surge in the number of non-competitive group rides requiring participants to dress up like extras from Downton Abbey. In fact, there’s hardly a country that hasn’t now hosted some sort of Tweed-themed day out on bikes.

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Readers Rides from Brooks Stories – No.4 – ‘Tired of walking’

14 May 2014  |  Posted by Tim  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Heritage, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling

Tommy Thien, a Physics student at The University of Texas, got tired of walking the 30 minutes to class every day, so got himself a bicycle. As time progressed, he gained a greater appreciation for the simple piece of machinery that is the bicycle and naturally wanted to fit a Brooks Saddle.

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Readers Rides from Brooks Stories – No.3 – ‘Made in England’

A match Made in England, but living the dream in California.

6 May 2014  |  Posted by Tim  |  Categories: Bicycles, Curiosities, Friends, Heritage, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling

In the latest edition of reader’s rides from Brooks stories, we found Jeff Anjo of California and his 1984 Holdsworth Mistral touring bicycle, seen here parked gracefully alongside Lake Solano in the hills above San Fransisco, California. Its Brooks Professional saddle left the Brooks Smethwick factory in 1985, the bicycle and saddle met for the first time in 1986.

Made in England, both saddle and bicycle in the years since have taken Jeff on many adventures. But we may have to send round the bicycle style police to get the handlebars clad with Brooks Leather Bar Tape for him.

Visit Brooks Stories for more Reader Rides

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Patrick Siebert’s MIFA

Our Man In Mecklenburg Vorpommern Is Truly Der Resuscitator.

2 May 2014  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Friends, Stories

Readers may recall this photostory of a Diamant rebuild we had from Patrick Siebert a while back. Since last talking to us it seems he’s managed to locate another rust magnet and work his magic on it.

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B(r)ooks – The New Rivendell Catalogue.

Betting Has Been Suspended For This Year's Pulitzer Non-Fiction Prize.

23 Apr 2014  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Friends, Stories

If Grant Petersen is putting something on paper, the chances are it’s worth a read. So at Boultbee Towers, when news filtered through from the U.S. that Rivendell‘s chef d’équipe had a new product catalogue ready, we prepared ourselves to be happy.

And we weren’t disappointed.

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