Here at Brooks England, we could never have predicted the overwhelming reception our new Cambium range has received. Setting out to honour the legacy of our founder J.B.Brooks through an innovative new saddle led us to a series of new manufacturing processes that we wanted to share with you.
Discover the history and present of Brooks Cycles Bags, starting with a trip through images from the Brooks Archives, to a somewhat epic adventure undertaken to Manchester by factory office manager Steven Green, and finally to our new home B1866 in Covent Garden. Enjoy!
Therefore, inspiration took hold last year as we witnessed the first retro criterium taking place at the Retro Ronde in Oudenaarde, Belgium. And a spectacle it was – a chance to see the riders and really take in the bikes as they cruised around the town center lap after lap.
We thought it was such a great format that we wanted to try and get it going elsewhere, so we approached the organisers of the London Nocturne with the idea and they were on board right away. So now this year there are two events taking place a mere 4 hours and one week apart.
If you would like to participate, spots at both events are limited, so register today!
Lately we have perhaps been in danger of mentioning the name Dario Pegoretti a little too often, but well, let’s be honest, Dario Pegoretti is kind of a big deal.
Dario’s frame building career began in 1975 and he has spent almost 40 years refining and honing his craft. A pioneer of TIG welding, experimenting with this method as early as 1985, Dario’s approach to Bicycle construction has been a significant influence on the way in which modern bicycles are made. All the materials in his frames have been made to his specifications, from the tube sets, to a custom carbon fork and matching Chris King Headset. Dario has built frames for pro riders, including Miguel Indurain, Marco Pantani, Stephen Roche, Claudio Chiappucci, Mario Cipollini, and Andrea Tafi. He began making frames under his own name in 1998, the models he offers today are a culmination of the experience and knowledge gained throughout his lengthy career, these frames are truly among the finest you will find on the market.
During the past two months we’ve been working very hard to create what we describe as the Brooks ‘Cathedral’. We are excited to announce the opening of B1866, our first Brooks Store, situated in the heart of London. The shop is not only a showcase of our product range, but a celebration of the brand’s 150 year history.
As another week for us mere Mortals draws to a close, we have news from the WCR Grand Tour, some of which may be of interest for anybody near London who has been following our riders since they began their race around the World earlier this spring.
Sooner or later every cyclist is likely to experience an unplanned tyre deflation episode. Whether due to a lack of dilligence and subsequent navigation through a patch of broken glass, or even a wanton stab through the sidewall from an irate property owner whose fence you’ve adorned regardless of signs to the contrary, the outcome is equally irksome.
No need to bestride your bike before reinflation has been achieved. Granted, it is possible to ride on a flat tyre, but this is likely to lead to further damage to the bike, and quite possibly even the rider.
Given the unlikelihood of experiencing a puncture outside a friendly bicycle shop during opening hours, you’re going to have to get your hands dirty. Or at least, as dirty as your bicycle wheel. If your steed is a filthy neglected object, your mitts will get just as grimy. A clean bike is easier to repair just as it is more pleasant to ride.
Long Distance Touring by unicycle makes numb hands a thing of the past.
As readers of the Brooks blog must be only too well aware, in about a month now London will be the starting point for perhaps the most ambitious and dramatic cycling event the world has yet seen.
It’s true to say that most individuals attempting to break the world record for Fastest Circumnavigation of the Earth by Bicycle this year will hit the start button of their stopwatches on February 18th somewhere in the English capital.
(editor’s note: the following is the charming diary of five young people from Birmingham who approached us to support their charity ride from Birmingham to Berlin to raise money for Cancer Research UK. A video of this adventure is soon to follow.)
Brooks England is a proud sponsor of the London Tweed Run this coming Saturday. The Tweed Run raises money for Bikes4Africa, a great charity that donates bicycles to children in Africa who would otherwise have to walk for miles every day to school, keeping them from arriving late, exhausted and unable to concentrate.