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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Latest News From The World Cycle Race!

Lee Fancourt's Removal From G.C. Blows Title Race Wide Open.

4 Apr 2014  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Events, Sports Cycling, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling


Decisions, decisions. Breifne fancied a kebab, but Boxty was insistent on some Moussaka.

We still have three riders on the road, but only two of them, Breifne Earley and Prasad Erande, are now still in contention for the title. The World Cycle Race’s organizers published a statement at the weekend announcing with regret that Lee Fancourt‘s circumnavigation attempt could no longer be counted within their General Classification list.

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London Traffic Snarled in “Bikes versus Cars” Incident

Brooks Cycling Club Members In Black Cab, Mexican-Style Stand-Off

1 Apr 2014  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Curiosities, Stories, Urban Cycling


Members of the Brooks England Enthusiasts Club (Southwark chapter) at B1866.

Reports of a distinctly ugly nature involving cyclists from the Brooks England Enthusiasts’ Club and a group of taxi drivers have reached us from South London over the weekend. Firstly, Brooks explicitly condemns any and all incidents of cyclist-driver hostility, and we wish to explain the circumstances surrounding this shocking event.

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And Then There Were Three. World Cycle Race Report #3

Everybody's Doing Their Best to Stay Upright. With Mixed Results...

26 Mar 2014  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling

Scenes from the WCR pre-launch at B1866, and its official start at Greenwich a few weeks back.

As well as being a proper cycle race, the World Cycle Race is also famously a journey of self discovery for its participants. Whether tackled with or without a support crew, the challenge of riding 18,000 miles around the world is a huge one. Not least because there’s nobody else there to turn the pedals for you.

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