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.
We Have Some Scary Suggestions For Anybody Who's Still In The Dark. Mwahahaha...
Now that’s a carved pumpkin. Aerospook? Photo from the San Jose Bike Clinic.
As we all know, if you’re out trick or treating on Halloween night, it’s actually more efficient to walk from door to door than cycle. The time spent locking and unlocking your bike eats ferociously into the time available for the speedy collection from neighbours of monkey nuts, pomegranates and if you’re lucky, the odd mini Mars bar.
So what could we possibly have of bike-related interest on creepy, ghoulish Halloween?
Note To Self. Go To California. Buy Bike, Buy Book, Buy Hatchet.
Grant Petersen’s Rivendell Bike Works is a name of renown among aficionados of the hand-built lugged steel frame. We’ve written about Rivendell in the past, and Grant himself has also been an occasional contributor to these pages. So either way, both he and his company should be well known to most Brooks Blog readers.
In 20 years of business Rivendell has placed Brooks saddles on top of some of the most thoughtfully designed, sturdily built and coveted bikes anywhere in the world; a few models went on display together earlier this year in San Francisco when an extremely well received week-long Rivendell pop-up store opened.
So it was with interest that we learned recently of the latest fiendishly hatched Rivendell scheme to make paupers of us all with their common-sense, no-pressure style of doing business. Just last week they opened a permanent retail premises in downtown Walnut Creek, California.
It’s called Rivendell Bike Book & Hatchet. Apart from bikes, books and hatchets, you can find all sorts of other useful life-tools like pine tar soap and high quality wool clothing. So if you’re -
(a) a California-based cycling enthusiast,
(b) a California-based book reader,
(c) a California-based chopper of wood,
(d) even just California-based,
(e) curious about becoming one or more of the above,
then we’re sure that a trip to BBH will translate into time well spent. Like its sister company Rivendell Bike Works, BBH is a small independent business that will need to have people coming in through its doors at a fairly steady clip, and ideally going back out through them carrying a hatchet or a book. So hie thee thither.
The Rivendell BBH Grand Opening bash is on November 15th, but if you happen to be in the neighbourhood, feel free to drop by before then.
The Ladies Bike Polo Tournament Hits Barcelona.
At the Brooks Blog, our enthusiasm for bike polo is famously boundless. Few readers can have forgotten 2011′s (now long since sold out) Limited Edition polo mallet, the “Brooks England”, for example. And elsewhere too in the world of kneepads and small gear ratios, we have demonstrably continued to go beyond the mere call of duty.
New Bike Light Project Draws Required Funding Within Days Of Kickstarter Launch.
Having cut their Crowdfunding teeth last year on Kickstarter with the Gotham Defender, Tivan and Slava of Fortified Bike Alliance have this month unveiled a new project. The Aviator and Afterburner are collectively a set of nigh-on indestructible, anecdotally unstealable lights for cyclists everywhere.
21st Bike Messenger World Championships Pass Off With Precision and Parties.
New and successfully defending champions were celebrated on the podium in an array of disciplines last month, as around 400 couriers met in Switzerland to take part in the annual Cycle Messenger World Championships.
Watch Live Streaming Of The 21st CMWC Main Race Final This Weekend.
Regular readers will already have gathered from our recent bulletins on the subject that Lausanne, Switzerland is host of this year’s CMWC. Like Montreux, Lausanne happens to be located on the “Lake Geneva Shoreline”.
Couriers from all over the world have been assembling there with their “mobiles” (Messenger slang for bicycle. Just trust us on this.) since early in the week, some of them doubtless with the intention “to make records”. In the Long Skid contest, for example?
There’s even a “Funky Claude… running in and out” in the shape of our good friend the Yakman, Claude Marthaler, who oversaw a screening of his latest film “Bike For Bread” on Wednesday.
There are possibly further parallels to draw between this fine event and a famous Deep Purple song, especially when we consider that the Lausanne organizers crew is partly comprised of various past and current European and World Champions.
With so much individual talent in one band, creative tensions are sometimes an obstacle to the end goal, but their last collaborative effort, 2007′s SUICMC, was by universal consent a tour de force, a Ten, five stars… so this weekend’s action should be their metaphorical Machine Head.
And you can watch it live. They plan to stream the Main Race Final on Sunday.
SoHo Branch Of Bicycle Habitat Location For Our Final Stop-Off.
New York’s Bicycle Habitat is the latest, and for the time being, final host of this year’s Brooks Dashing Bicycle Show. Their branch in Manhattan’s SoHo district unveils our collection of fine machinery and cycling sundries this evening, Thursday 25th July, at 6 p.m. local time.
One Of Our Cambium Testers Takes Honours At The "Cargo Bike Meeting", Paris.
Cyclists tend to be a famously tribal bunch. But in a good way, generally speaking. A pair of unacquainted fixed wheel riders stopped at traffic lights, for example, will often cordially compare gear ratios.
And likewise will cargo-bike-riding readers be familiar with the near-unavoidable impulse to nod, wink or wave at other cargo bike riders they encounter while out and about.
Tactical Savagery And Spills Galore Under Sunny, Then Dark, Skies Last Saturday In London.
Photographer Liz Seabrook kindly joined us at Smithfield Market in London over the weekend for the I.G. Markets Nocturne.
And spectators duly thronged at the bollards from early on Saturday afternoon until dark to witness this unique constellation.