Big Guv’nor, Little Guv’nor?

Testing the Pashley Guv'nor Twenty-Six on the Tweed run.

24 Apr 2015  |  Posted by Tim Gunn  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Events, Friends, Heritage, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling

Little Guv’nor – Big Guv’nor

While I ride along the serpentine in Hyde Park, the mood is mellowed to the sound of 70’s disco. ‘Ring my bell’ by Anita Ward, plays from a makeshift stereo; crudely strapped to the back of a bicycle in front of me. I glance back, and I’m confronted by a sea of tweed; with faces beaming in the glorious spring sunshine. My stead for the tweed run this year was equally mellow; it was the latest offering from Pashley Cycles in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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The Tweed Run 2015 Gallery

Our favourite pictures from a day of tweed and picnics

20 Apr 2015  |  Posted by Oliver  |  Categories: Art & Design, Correspondence, Curiosities, Events, Friends, Monthly highlights, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling

This Saturday saw the Tweed Run take place around London.  As with years gone by, we were again a sponsor of this marvellous celebration of cycling.  Here we share our favourite pictures from the day.  Enjoy!

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Sven Cycles of Weymouth. A Breath of Fresh Air

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.  

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Vickers Bicycle Company – The Sundown Bike

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.

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The Latest Additions to the John Boultbee Collection

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.
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L’Eroica 2014 Gallery #2

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.

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Scatto Italiano – Made to be Unique

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.

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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 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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