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.
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.
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.
Heroic Knights, Fearless Adventurers And Avid Moustache Waxers Are All Warmly Invited.
Autumn in Northern Italy is a famously fine combination of season and location for taking magical (and we don’t use the word lightly) spins. Now imagine we were somehow able to cast a spell, and transport an entire peloton 40, 50, 60… even 100 years into the past, and they all fetched up in Anghiari, say. If they didn’t want to confuse and frighten the locals, they’d all obviously need a Brooks on top of a steel framed bike, for starters. And preferably a woollen jersey, right? If you have no plans next weekend, pay attention…
The roads of the Tiber Valley and the surrounding hills, built by the Romans and by the Etruscans before them, have witnessed the passage of many intrepid travellers over the centuries. Brave soldiers on their way to and from great battles, courageous knights on heroic quests, adventurers seeking out new lands and stoic pilgrims on their way to pay homage in some far off destination – they have all passed by. Now it is the time for yet another band of heroes! So get out your old bicycle, pull on your woollen jersey and wax your moustache – it is time for the Intrepid Cyclists to make their mark in history!
21st Bike Messenger World Championships Pass Off With Precision and Parties.
New and successfully defending champions were celebrated on the podium in an array of disciplines last month, as around 400 couriers met in Switzerland to take part in the annual Cycle Messenger World Championships.
Special Edition Saddle Commemrorates 21st CMWC
Perhaps no other breed of cyclist puts down as many high pressure, start-stop miles as the group of men and women you see snaking through traffic with a radio and a rucksack in any world city where time matters.
In recognition, Brooks announces a design collaboration with PEdALED, the Japanese cycle clothing company, to support and commemorate the 21st annual Cycle Messenger World Championships held this year from 30 July – 4 Aug in Lausanne, Switzerland.
For this collaboration Brooks presents the Red Team Pro CMWC Lausanne, limited to 300 pieces and bearing the debossed CMWC event logo, and a special CMWC Limited Edition Shoe. has been designed by PEdALED, available now.
Participants from as far away as Japan and the U.S. gathered in Anjou at the weekend for the third edition of the Vélo Vintage retro biking festival.
The towns of Angers and Saumur split the work between them, with Angers hosting events from Wednesday through to Saturday morning, and Saumur setting up their Vintage Village for the rest of the weekend.
Another Icon Of West Midlands Engineering Has A New Bike Out.
The Morgan Motor Company is the last of the old band of independent British car makers still in existence. Famous in the earlier part of the 20th century for their distinctive three-wheelers, Morgan are still based in Malvern in the West Midlands, just down the road from our Smethwick works.
Helsinki Bike Makers In Berlin Until The End Of May.
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.
Dashing Bicycle Show Pitches Metaphorical Tent In Third Metaphorical Field.
Only three years in business and already rated by many the finest bike shop in the American capital, Washington’s Bicycle Space is set later next month to be third port-of-call on the gin-soaked magical mystery tour that is our Brooks Dashing Bicycle Show.
And as if the prospect of free booze in such salubrious surroundings wasn’t sufficient inducement, on the opening night of 20th April, guests will be joined by the prominent American blog- and bookwriter Eben Weiss, who has kindly agreed to bring along a few advance copies of his latest offering, Bike Snob Abroad.
First Of Our Occasional Series On Retro Riding Events Planned For The Coming Year.
Excuse our French. A pair of knees at 2011′s Anjou Vélo Vintage. Photo by Edouard Sepulchre.
At the end of last year, we took a run through some of the finer cycling themed calendars available for 2013. If you got your hands on one of them we have a couple of dates for you to circle, or place exclamation marks around with a big black marker.
Actually, these dates are worth circling on any 2013 calendar, regardless of whether it has pictures of bicycles or not.
Nor in fact does the marker have to be black; let us stress again that these dates are worth keeping in mind.