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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Brooks Team B1866 Made the Annual Jaunt to Gaiole
21 Oct 2015 | Posted by Oliver | Categories: Events, Monthly highlights, Travel & Adventure Cycling
As a global sponsor of the Eroica series, Brooks is always excited as October approaches as it means our yearly pilgrimage to Gaiole in Chianti is upon us once more and this year was no different.
Julian Sayarer follows in the footsteps of John Boultbee Brooks 150 years on
28 Sep 2015 | Posted by GUEST | Categories: Correspondence, Friends, Travel & Adventure Cycling
That I have a Brooks saddle on my touring bicycle is scarcely worth mentioning. Since the company was taken over and rejuvenated by the current Italian owners in the early 2000s, Brooks’ saddles have been restored as go-to for both touring and commuter cyclists.
Brooks X Axletree take to the road in search of the real Kansas
21 Sep 2015 | Posted by BREGAN | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Friends, Sports Cycling, Travel & Adventure Cycling
l. to r. Paul, Aaron, Dean, and Tony. 4/6 of Team Brooks X Axletree.
I first learned of DK200 from Paul Errington who rode the event in 2012, one of the first foreigners to do so. Paul wrote about his experience on this blog and is now organzing his own UK gravel event in 2016, the Dirty Reiver, which will be held in Northumberland in April. More on that forthcoming.
Jack explains the nuances of watching the Transcontinental
11 Sep 2015 | Posted by Jack Thurston | Categories: Correspondence, Events, Monthly highlights, Travel & Adventure Cycling
The moment it flashed up in my Twitter timeline I knew this photograph of Alexandre Bourgeonnier would be a defining image of this year’s Transcontinental Race.
Emotion at the finish (Photograph by James Robertson)
Juliet heads out to see what Devon can deliver
2 Sep 2015 | Posted by Juliet Elliott | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Friends, Monthly highlights, Travel & Adventure Cycling
Roughly three years ago when I announced my departure from London, people couldn’t have been more surprised. “But you’re so very London, with your fixed gear bike, your tattoos and your job in the media,” they exclaimed. “Just how will you survive without being able to buy pomegranates at 3am and extremely tiny lukewarm coffee for the best part of a fiver?”
Tim Wright joins the Brooks Blog to lift the lid on his epic adventure
4 Aug 2015 | Posted by GUEST | Categories: Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling
‘The Riddle of the Sands’ is one of those classic old adventure books that your dad (or grandad!) probably thrust upon you at an early age, but which you haven’t much thought about since. It tends to sit on the shelf alongside books like ‘The 39 Steps’, ‘King Solomon’s Mines’ and ‘Treasure Island’.