Looking for the Perfect Ride

From deep in the gloom of November, Jack Thurston looks back over the year's most memorable rides

26 Nov 2014  |  Posted by Jack Thurston  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling

November murk in the Black Mountains

If there’s a month for armchair cycling it’s November. Emily Dickinson described it as ‘the Norway of the year’, which is a bit hard on Norway. November really is the gloomiest month. Dreary skies above, mud below – and not much in between. As an embalmer removes the blood from a corpse, the landscape is drained of its autumn colour. Spring seems inconceivable and we’ve not yet reached the frost-spangled glamour of midwinter. November promises little and delivers less. Even professional bike racers – men and women whose job it is to ride their bikes – take the month off.

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Drafting Le Corbusier

Four Architects and Designers from New York City cycle through Le Corbusier’s Architecture

7 Nov 2014  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Travel & Adventure Cycling

We arrived in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the last day of our voyage, earlier than expected. With both excitement and melancholy, we rode up and down the town’s steep streets gathering cheeses, saucisson, champagne, bread, and cornichons for the birthday celebration.

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The Next Crazy Venture Beneath The Skies

Jack Thurston joins the Brooks Blog to share his love of The Transcontinental Race

27 Oct 2014  |  Posted by Jack Thurston  |  Categories: Events, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling

Cycle sport loves its history. There’s a romance to the historic races that date back to the time when bicycles really were the fastest things on the roads, races that have been contested by the greats of the sport in every generation. But how are new races born, new legends made?

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L’Eroica 2014 Gallery

Brooks England head to Tuscany

7 Oct 2014  |  Posted by Oliver  |  Categories: Bicycles, Events, Friends, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling

As proud sponsors of L’Eroica, every year we arrive in Tuscany with a team to tackle the challenging ride and the 2014 edition of L’Eroica was no different.

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Games For Cyclists – The Lucky Cap

Juliet Elliott recounts her most recent Lucky Cap Ride

26 Sep 2014  |  Posted by Juliet Elliott  |  Categories: Bicycles, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling

Do you always stick to the same few routes on your ride, never turning down that road you always pass? Are you stuck in a routine of same old, same old, all out of love for your own backyard?

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It Takes Two

Juliet Elliott joins the Brooks Blog to recount touring tales

26 Aug 2014  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Friends, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Travel & Adventure Cycling

Two wheels, two bags apiece. Add a pair of chopsticks and two people and you’re rocking. Keep it light, keep it modest; if it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t go and if you haven’t got it, you won’t need it.

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Land’s End to John O’Groats Video

874-mile journey for charity a test of endurance

28 Jul 2014  |  Posted by BREGAN  |  Categories: Events, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Videos

Back in 2012, former Brooks colleague Andrew Hunter and his friend Adam Ferguson rode the famous Land’s End to John O’Groats route to benefit charity. We tagged along to show a glimpse of their adventure.

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The Legacy of Kilimanjaro.

The Stanforth Kibo. A blast from the past.

1 Jul 2014  |  Posted by Tim Gunn  |  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 June Issue Of Bicycle Traveler Is Out!

The original downloadable touring magazine.

13 Jun 2014  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Travel & Adventure Cycling


From Dennis Koomen in Kyrgyzstan.

Grace Johnson and Paul Jeurissen are both well known among the touring fraternity, having been at the forefront of adventure cycling photography for many years. In the autumn of 2011 they worked together to publish their first issue of Bicycle Traveler.

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2012 Dirty Kanza 200

Paul Errington became first Brit to race the 200-mile Gravel Race

8 May 2014  |  Posted by BREGAN  |  Categories: Bicycles, Events, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling

photos courtesy Eric Benjamin

Being a small and busy company sometimes can lead to things falling through the cracks. My latest lapse of attention was a blog post kindly submitted by Paul Errington two years ago about his trip to the world’s premier “gravel grinder” event, the Dirty Kanza 200Better late than never, here is Paul’s story:

The Dirty Kanza 200 is a little over a 200-mile race over the rolling gravel roads of the Flint Hills, Kansas, with no easy mile given to riders covering the sun baked ground on a variety of off road machines.

Is Kansas flat? Certainly not.

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