A unique bicycle visits the B1866 London Store.
16 Dec 2014 | Posted by Tim Gunn | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Curiosities, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling
Savile Row meets Coventry
Across England, are towns and regions which are well known for manufacturing certain types of products and only a short cycle ride from the Brooks Smethwick works for instance, is the famous Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. If you need a sharp fitting suit, then London’s Savile Row is the place to go and for those who attended L’Eroica Britannia last June; will know that Bakewell is remembered for its tarts. Stopping right there, before I get into trouble. I’ll take you back to Savile Row, and while trying not to get confused with tarts and tailor’s, I shall tell you more.
Luca from the Brooks sponsored bike polo team joins us to review 2014
10 Nov 2014 | Posted by GUEST | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Monthly highlights, Urban Cycling
Hardcourt bike polo is a growing sport that is constantly changing. Last year I was flattered and excited when Will and Paul asked me if I would join their team, Call Me Daddy, for the upcoming season.
A quest to to keep the Italian bicycle flame burning brightly.
10 Oct 2014 | Posted by Tim Gunn | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Heritage, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling
Uniqueness comes in many forms. Take the Brooks B17 saddle for instance. It started out life on a drawing board in the mid 1890’s at the Brooks Works. It uniquely set a standard, and has since formed the backbone to the Brooks saddle collection.
Guest blogger Bike Snob NYC joins us to document his preparations for Italy
17 Sep 2014 | Posted by Bike Snob NYC | Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Friends, Stories, Uncategorized, Urban Cycling
On October 5th I will undertake the greatest challenge of my cycling career, when I travel to Italy for the 18th edition of L’Eroica.
Thomas Callahan tells us about the latest addition to the Horse Cycles stable
7 Aug 2014 | Posted by GUEST | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Friends, Heritage, Urban Cycling
When my friends at Kaufmann Mercantile asked me to design a bike for them, I didn’t hesitate for a moment. Even if you know nothing about the New York based online store, just the name in itself inspires respect and intrigue, both of which the company deserves and fulfills. Not only do they curate some of the best-designed and most durable goods from around the world, they also are sustaining a conscientious culture where the history of materials, the ethics of production, and the resilience of design are paramount.
Brooks teams up with the world's leading bicycle poster show.
25 Jul 2014 | Posted by Oliver | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Events, Stories, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling
Brooks has teamed up with PEdAL ED to celebrate five years ARTCRANK UK, the world’s leading bicycle poster show. On Thursday 31st July we will host a retrospective of ARTCRANK in our B1866 store
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.
Tweed Run was back in London last month. We sent Liz Seabrook out with her camera.
17 Jun 2014 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Events, Heritage, Stories, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling
Over the past four or five years there’s been a well documented global surge in the number of non-competitive group rides requiring participants to dress up like extras from Downton Abbey. In fact, there’s hardly a country that hasn’t now hosted some sort of Tweed-themed day out on bikes.
14 May 2014 | Posted by Tim Gunn | Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Heritage, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling
Tommy Thien, a Physics student at The University of Texas, got tired of walking the 30 minutes to class every day, so got himself a bicycle. As time progressed, he gained a greater appreciation for the simple piece of machinery that is the bicycle and naturally wanted to fit a Brooks Saddle.
Italian Parks Pride, Jettisons Prejudice, Names Bike After Character In English Novel.
30 Apr 2014 | Posted by GARETH | Categories: Bicycles, Friends, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling
“…truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of 7 bikes must be in want of a wife.”
In and around his native Padua, Ciclico’s Leonardo Macciucca is known among all types of cycling enthusiast for the unique twists that mark out as special each of his individual vintage restoration projects.
Barns, lofts and forgotten garages across the country make up the hunting ground where he uncovers his bicycles, typically seized and rusting under the accumulation of 80 years of inactivity.