London Traffic Snarled in “Bikes versus Cars” Incident

Brooks Cycling Club Members In Black Cab, Mexican-Style Stand-Off

1 Apr 2014  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Curiosities, Stories, Urban Cycling


Members of the Brooks England Enthusiasts Club (Southwark chapter) at B1866.

Reports of a distinctly ugly nature involving cyclists from the Brooks England Enthusiasts’ Club and a group of taxi drivers have reached us from South London over the weekend. Firstly, Brooks explicitly condemns any and all incidents of cyclist-driver hostility, and we wish to explain the circumstances surrounding this shocking event.

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The Conquest’s Return.

30 Jan 2014  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Saddles, Bags, Etc., Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling

Eagle-eyed visitors to our online shop will have noticed a recent addition to our Trekking & Touring range, but any amateur Cycling historians may already be familiar with the Brooks Conquest.

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B1866 Store Opens in London

16 Nov 2013  |  Posted by ANDREA  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Curiosities, Events, Friends, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories, Style & Fashion, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Uncategorized, Urban Cycling

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.

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Creepy, Ghoulish, Etc. – Halloween On Your Bike? Really? Yes!

We Have Some Scary Suggestions For Anybody Who's Still In The Dark. Mwahahaha...

31 Oct 2013  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Correspondence, Curiosities, Events, Friends, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling


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?

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Bike Book & Hatchet. The 3D Walk-In Rivendell Shop.

Note To Self. Go To California. Buy Bike, Buy Book, Buy Hatchet.

30 Oct 2013  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Friends, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Style & Fashion, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling

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.

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Greatest Hits. Hell’s Belles Vol. 3

The Ladies Bike Polo Tournament Hits Barcelona.

22 Oct 2013  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Events, Sports Cycling, Urban Cycling

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.

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Aviators, Afterburners, Etc.

New Bike Light Project Draws Required Funding Within Days Of Kickstarter Launch.

9 Oct 2013  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Urban Cycling

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.

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Brooks At The 2013 CMWC In Lausanne

21st Bike Messenger World Championships Pass Off With Precision and Parties.

6 Sep 2013  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Events, Sports Cycling, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling

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.

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The 2013 Cycle Messenger World Championships.

Watch Live Streaming Of The 21st CMWC Main Race Final This Weekend.

1 Aug 2013  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Events, Friends, Sports Cycling, Urban Cycling


Spoke On The Water? The tyre in the sky? Bear with us…

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.


Early arrivals to CMWC at Lausanne have been touring the surrounds.

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.

Brooks is a proud sponsor of the CMWC at Lausanne, and we’ve joined up with PEdALED to mark the event…

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The Brooks Dashing Bicycle Show Hits New York.

SoHo Branch Of Bicycle Habitat Location For Our Final Stop-Off.

25 Jul 2013  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Bicycles, Friends, Monthly highlights, Urban Cycling

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.

And while the display models from Cooper, Tout Terrainet al remain in the shop for a fortnight, the free Hendrick’s Gin cocktails will all be gone by close of business today. So get down there.

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