The Fat is Out of the Bag

Guest Blogger Bike Snob NYC battles the snow

2 Feb 2016  |  Posted by Bike Snob NYC  |  Categories: Bicycles, Events, Friends, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling

New York City.  The Capital of the World.  A great financial and cultural dynamo hub illuminating the rest of America and beyond.  Birthplace of the skyscraper, hip hip, and the “New York minute,” which is just a regular minute with extra cheese.

When it comes to cycling, however, one could argue our heyday is well behind us.  Madison Square Garden was a Mecca of six-day racing…like a hundred years ago.  New York City’s bike messengers were once iconic…though the style’s been appropriated worldwide, and “Quicksilver” to “Premium Rush” represents a precipitous decline.  Alas, we used to set the pace, but now it comes to “bike culture” we’re playing catch-up.

Consider the whole fat bike thing.  They’ve been riding fat bikes for years out there in “Fargo” country, but New York City’s first-ever fat bike race wasn’t until January 23rd, 2016 in Cunningham Park, Queens:

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A Life in the Year

Long thought unsurpassable, 2015 saw two exceptional mile-eaters take on cycling's Year Record. Jack Thurston looks back at how the oldest and toughest record in cycling was finally broken.

25 Jan 2016  |  Posted by Jack Thurston  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling

In Ancient Greek mythology, Zeus punishes Sisyphus for his avarice and cunning by condemning him to repeat forever the same meaningless task of pushing a boulder up a mountain, only to see it roll down again. The notion of punishment by arduous, never-ending and ultimately meaningless toil is not confined to Ancient Greece. In traditional Chinese folklore a miscreant named Wu Gang faces the divine punishment of forever chopping down a self-regenerating osmanthus tree that grows on the moon. The cycling equivalent of these mythical tortures is the Year Record. The thought of getting on a bike, riding for more than twelve hours only to get up the next day and do it all again, and again and again for a whole year makes me shudder. I’d rather fly to the moon with my felling axe.

Sisyphus by Titian

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Chased by Dogs – The Transcontinental 2015

Camille McMillan brings us a tardy piece of reportage

20 Jan 2016  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Monthly highlights, Travel & Adventure Cycling

Just before the start of the Transcontinental, Austrian, Walter Reiterer, In his printed Lederhosen

For a time bike racing had lost its shine for me. I was beginning to resent the bicycle and in particular bike racing. The gloss of the Tour de France, the hyperbole of the spring Classics, Super teams with P.R banality, with brand guidelines, overkill!  

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My top rides of 2015

Juliet drops by to deliver her highlights of 2015

6 Jan 2016  |  Posted by Juliet Elliott  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling

Like many people, at this time of year I find myself reflecting on what’s gone before, looking back over the past twelve months and reflecting on the moments I’ve particularly enjoyed. As I’m one hell of a lucky lady, there have been a whole load of fun times in 2015, so in no particular order, here are my rides of the year.

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Cold Turkey

Guest Blogger Bike Snob NYC Gets Outsprinted As Usual

2 Dec 2015  |  Posted by Bike Snob NYC  |  Categories: Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling

Down here in Canada’s air mattress we have a holiday called “Thanksgiving.”  Basically, it commemorates how the religious fanatics who are our idealogical forebears were starving and generally failing at life, and so the Native Americans helped us by sharing their harvest.  In return, we gave them smallpox:

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Bring on the Night

Jack provides some top tips for heading out into the night

26 Nov 2015  |  Posted by Jack Thurston  |  Categories: Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Travel & Adventure Cycling

Mid November is the time of year when we face up to the undeniable fact that winter has arrived. More than that, winter has no plans to go away anytime soon. In fact, it’s going to get a whole lot worse before it gets better. The freezing temperatures and the bad weather are hard enough, but the lack of daylight is the really big downer (quite literally, for sufferers of Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD as it’s appropriately known). There’s no getting away from the fact that if you ride your bike through winter, you’ll be spending a lot of time riding in the dark.


Night lights

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Cycle Revolution at the Design Museum in London

We find out more about a special cycling exhibition

17 Nov 2015  |  Posted by Oliver  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Events, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling

We here at Brooks England are proud to be taking part in a new exhibition that is taking part at the Design Museum in London. Cycle Revolution celebrates the diversity of contemporary cycling in Britain from every day commuting to Olympic level competition and looks at where design and innovation may take the riders of the future.

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Gorge yourself on junk miles

Juliet takes a moment to reassess those winter rides

6 Nov 2015  |  Posted by Juliet Elliott  |  Categories: Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Travel & Adventure Cycling

Over the last couple of months I’ve picked up a few cycling magazines down at the shops, several of which contain winter training plans, advice for getting fitter and answers to some commonly asked questions such as ‘why aren’t I getting faster?’ In many cases the wisdom dispensed includes the line ‘ditch the junk miles,’ which got me thinking, just what are these terrible junk miles I keep hearing of, and should I be worried? Are they addictive and pleasurable yet somewhat shameful and bad for my health, the cycling equivalent of gorging on cola, quarter-pounders, pizza and hot dogs? Should I be careful I don’t become hooked?

In case you haven’t heard of junk miles, the term is generally used to refer to any time you spend on the bike that is not purposeful, so miles that are neither a recovery ride, a high intensity ride, nor an endurance ride or similar would be deemed junk, and either not worthy of your time, or down right bad for you if progression is what you’re after.

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PANNIER.CC launch a Bursary Scheme for Travellers

We talk to Pannier founder, Stefan, to hear more about the site and their Cycle Tour Bursary for travelling cyclists...

30 Oct 2015  |  Posted by Oliver  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Travel & Adventure Cycling

Pannier Cycle Tour Bursary

We here at Brooks are keen to promote the joys of cycle travel, whether that is a short trip to the supermarket or a 12 month trek across the globe.  As such, it was an easy decision for us to sponsor the Pannier Spring 2016 Tour Bursary.  In our latest blog we find out more.

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Sprengisandsleið – A Trip Across Iceland

Tom Donhou recounts a special trip to test his latest creation

22 Oct 2015  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Travel & Adventure Cycling

How do you start to plan a trip…? There’s always a flash moment, that spark that gets you thinking, it could be a picture you’ve seen, someone reminding you of a place you’ve always wanted to visit, a particular road you’ve heard tales from… Sometimes that spark can fizzle out pretty quick, other times it can rage! Whatever happens, there’s nothing quite like the excitement you get deep down in your gut when that idea hits, just keep the momentum going and before you know it, you’re touching down in some far off place, brimming to get on your bike and see what the road offers up.

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