Climbing the 21 Hairpins of Bureaucracy

Guest Blogger BSNYC Is Not A Puffin

7 Aug 2015  |  Posted by Bike Snob NYC  |  Categories: Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories, Urban Cycling

Fundamentally there are two kinds of cycling.  There’s the escapist kind where you head out into the countryside in pursuit of some contrived goal, like covering a formidable distance or climbing a looming mountain.  Then there’s the realist kind where you bravely point your bike towards the heart of the city, and instead of doing battle with the landscape and the elements you confront traffic and potholes and the very forces of bureaucracy itself.  While the former may inform the bulk of stylized Internet cycling narratives it’s the latter style of cycling which truly tests both the mind and body of the cyclist, and is the stuff of which true “epics” and champions are made.

I am one of those champions, and this is the tale of one such “epic.”

All great rides start with a challenge, and mine was perhaps the greatest challenge of all: to get money back from the City of New York.  This is a near-impossibility, and it makes climbing the Tourmalet on a fixie look like, well, riding around Brooklyn on a fixie.  Nevertheless, having already filled out various online forms, I resolved to visit the actual offices of a city agency in search of restitution.

This would be no doddle, and equipment selection was crucial, so after much deliberation this was the bike I chose:

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The Challenge of Training

Juliet reflects on her mission to get race ready

31 Jul 2015  |  Posted by Juliet Elliott  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling, Stories, Urban Cycling

Several months ago I wrote a piece for this blog describing my battle with training. I’ve always struggled to commit to a strict and structured regime, preferring to simply ride hard and fast and randomly challenge myself by sprinting for signs and pegging it up hills. In some ways, what I wind up doing on a bike is my own peculiar and haphazard version of training, only I prefer to just call it cycling.


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Red Hook Criterium London Gallery

With Brooks sponsored riders challenging we sent Liz Seabrook to capture the action

15 Jul 2015  |  Posted by Oliver  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Monthly highlights, Urban Cycling

Saturday 11th July 2015 was the day that the Red Hook Crit paid its first visit to London.  The race series has built up quite a following over the years and it is with pride that we had several Brooks sponsored riders taking part.  


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Screening The Call Of The Wild

Guest Blogger Bike Snob NYC Goes Up The River

14 Jul 2015  |  Posted by Bike Snob NYC  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling

Some years back, fellow Brooks blogger Jack Thurston sent me this video:

It took me awhile to figure out that I wasn’t watching a Monty Python skit, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.


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Celestial Cycles

The summer solstice is longest day and shortest night of the year. It's revered by ancient cultures all around the world and always a good excuse for a bike adventure

17 Jun 2015  |  Posted by Jack Thurston  |  Categories: Correspondence, Events, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling

Long before the festivals of Christmas, Easter, Hanukkah, Ramadan or Thanksgiving came along human kind measured its progress through the year by observing the sun and the stars. The solstices are the pair of celestial bookends that mark the longest day of summer and the deepest depths of winter. Unlike religious and cultural festivals, which are ultimately products of the human imagination, the solstices are firmly rooted in the reality of our cosmic situation. Sometimes it’s good to remind ourselves that we live on a spherical rock hurtling around a gigantic nuclear explosion, spinning as it goes.

The Sweet Grass at Sunset. Photo (C) Nomadic Lass


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“Someday a real rain will come…”

Guest Blogger Bike Snob NYC Heads Out Under Cover Of Wetness

9 Jun 2015  |  Posted by Bike Snob NYC  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling

This past April I took delivery of a brand new saddle:

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Multi-Modal Memories

Guest Blogger Bike Snob NYC Time-Trials Into The Past

12 May 2015  |  Posted by Bike Snob NYC  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling, Urban Cycling

There are all sorts of reasons to go for a ride.  Sometimes you want to explore, and to mark the world with your tires like your bike is a cat and the road is someone’s pant leg.  Sometimes you want to challenge yourself on that big climb–or, even more pathetically, to challenge complete strangers via some social networking app like Strava.  And sometimes you just wanna get naked.


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Brooks Amsterdam Ride

Brooks England roll out across the Dutch Capital

10 May 2015  |  Posted by GUEST  |  Categories: Events, Friends, Urban Cycling

On March 28, the Brooks distributor for Netherlands culminated their month-long instagram contest featuring our #enjoyeverymile hashtag by putting together an afternoon exploring the beautiful, bleak, and weathered landscapes surrounding  Amsterdam.  By bike, of course, despite the ever-present rain and wind of that day. The theme of the tour was to connect south Amsterdam parks and green zones into one ride. Peter Gijam of was invaluable in uncovering some great examples of Dutch architecture and scenery and providing us with a course map. With Peter’s help we saw many scenic corners within a stone’s throw of Amsterdam’s city center.  Here are some impressions of the ride. Our route began at the Blauwe Theehuis, a modernist pavilion built in 1937 in Amsterdam’s the largest city park first opened in 1865: Vondelpark. Starting with a spin past the Bosbaan, oldest artificial rowing course in the world, we covered some gravel through the Amsterdamse Bos, which is three times the size of New York’s Central Park, the Amsterdam Forest is among the largest city parks in Europe.


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Big Guv’nor, Little Guv’nor?

Testing the Pashley Guv'nor Twenty-Six on the Tweed run.

24 Apr 2015  |  Posted by Tim Gunn  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Events, Friends, Heritage, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling

Little Guv’nor – Big Guv’nor

While I ride along the serpentine in Hyde Park, the mood is mellowed to the sound of 70’s disco. ‘Ring my bell’ by Anita Ward, plays from a makeshift stereo; crudely strapped to the back of a bicycle in front of me. I glance back, and I’m confronted by a sea of tweed; with faces beaming in the glorious spring sunshine. My stead for the tweed run this year was equally mellow; it was the latest offering from Pashley Cycles in Stratford-upon-Avon.


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The Tweed Run 2015 Gallery

Our favourite pictures from a day of tweed and picnics

20 Apr 2015  |  Posted by Oliver  |  Categories: Art & Design, Correspondence, Curiosities, Events, Friends, Monthly highlights, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling

This Saturday saw the Tweed Run take place around London.  As with years gone by, we were again a sponsor of this marvellous celebration of cycling.  Here we share our favourite pictures from the day.  Enjoy!


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