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.
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.
Our new range of small leather goods
18 Nov 2014 | Posted by jim holland | Categories: Art & Design, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Style & Fashion
There is no substitute for the look and feel of genuine Brooks Leather. John Boultbee, trademark of Brooks England ltd, has created a new line of small leather goods, made with the same materials and identical handicraft of the famous Brooks Leather Saddles and Bags.
Tino Pohlmann captures the spirit of vintage riding in Tuscany
24 Oct 2014 | Posted by Oliver | Categories: Events, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling, Style & Fashion
Following on from the first gallery we presented from L’Eroica 2014, we felt it only right to share a few more images that convey the majesty of this wonderful event.
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.
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.
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
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.
14 May 2014 | Posted by Tim Gunn | 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.
Italian Parks Pride, Jettisons Prejudice, Names Bike After Character In English Novel.
30 Apr 2014 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Bicycles, Friends, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling
“…truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of 7 bikes must be in want of a wife.”
In and around his native Padua, Ciclico’s Leonardo Macciucca is known among all types of cycling enthusiast for the unique twists that mark out as special each of his individual vintage restoration projects.
Barns, lofts and forgotten garages across the country make up the hunting ground where he uncovers his bicycles, typically seized and rusting under the accumulation of 80 years of inactivity.