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.
As discerning fans of the odd pint will attest, comparing a multinational brewing giant and an independent craft brewer in terms of end product can be rather like examining the difference between a poured plastic perch and a Brooks saddle. So it was with interest that we learned recently of a microbrewery in the First County that was planning an ale for cyclists.
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.
Earlier this year we drew your attention to a young man by the name of Julian Wong. Following the death and subsequent cremation of his father, Julian hit upon the fine idea of returning “Baba” to his place of birth in southern China. So in the summer, he duly packed the ashes, swung a leg over his B17 and set off.
As Unni put it, “Shouldn’t you be going fast across a weak bridge?”
We wrote last month about Unni Karunakara, who until September this year was International Head of the humanitarian medical aid organization Médecins Sans Frontières. Mr. Karunakara is enjoying all his recently gained free time by making a fundraising bike tour through India and attempting to raise public awareness of MSF along the way.
Putting down hard daily centuries like nobody’s business since early October, he kindly managed to get back to us this week with answers to a few questions we had for him as he set off.
We’re assured that the man holding the gun isn’t there to encourage faster rates of cadence.
A prison in Brazil has a bicycling project up and running to tackle the twin challenges of overcrowding and useful rehabilitation. It has nothing to do with sending GPS tracked inmates on circumnavigation world record attempts.
The governor of Santa Rita do Sapucai’s correctional facility in the southeastern province of Minas Gerais has joined forces with the town’s thriving tech community to channel prisoner energies literally away from the Dark Side.
We introduced readers earlier this year to Bunyan Velo, a new quarterly magazine exploring what can be conjured when people pack a pen and pad, or camera with them on a spin, whether it’s to the corner shop or the other side of the world.
Issue Two is now available, and in it you can learn about the unique charms of winter touring in Alaska, and how to make Forgotten Fire Soup.
There are also at least half a dozen photos in here deserving of extensive individual attention.
Like the souls of those who contribute articles to it, Bunyan Velo is essentially free, but those who wish to see a third edition are nonetheless welcome to make a small donation towards its running costs.
Achim and Aline got in touch earlier this year. Resident in the German capital, the two were keen to take an edge off the traditionally long Berlin winter by spending a chunk of it touring Cuba. A fine idea, we thought, and as riders of two already well broken-in Brooks saddles, they seemed to require little from us but our best wishes.
Until, of course, it hit us that they’d need portable storage space for all their clothes, equipment and sundries.