Eurobike 2011

14 Sep 2011  |  Posted by BREGAN  |  Categories: Bicycles, Events, Videos

Interbike, a large gathering of people from the bicycle trade, starts today in Las Vegas; we’ll hopefully have some news from there before the week is out. But first, the largest bicycle trade fair in the world, Eurobike, took place earlier this month on Lake Constance in Friedrichshafen, Germany. And though this is undoubtedly our most hectic time of the year, we have managed to somewhat report on this important bicycle industry phenomena.

Tim fitting Martin from Meissner Räder in Leipzig at our stand in Friedrichshafen.

Making the trip with us was Timothy Everest, who measured several fortunates for a bespoke John Boultbee Criterion. (The Ladies’ Criterion, by the way, won the Eurobike Clothing Award.) Tim is an extremely pleasant guy to have around,  which really helps lighten the load when you are working 18-hour days.  How he managed to complete the Rapha ride on Saturday morning (Eurobike–>Austria–>Eurobike) after 3 hours’ sleep I may never know, but the man was apparently put on earth to challenge convention and amaze his colleagues.

Though Eurobike is terribly demanding, we do manage to browse around for a few hours to see the Brooks products on display at the other stands. Or, with any luck, to find a short enough queue to hazard a wait for a bratwurst or schnitzel before having to hurry back.

So, here are some things we saw:

Brooks fans Kraftstoff showed some of their new machines that feature a unique option for customizing under the clear coat with whatever graphics you provide.  One on display even had a copy of the Brooks Bugle as permanent decoration.

Michael Cooper of eponymous high-end frame builder Cooper Bikes was there to oversee his company’s first Eurobike display.

Pashley also took a stand for the first time this year. They have some new models, such as the Penny below, and if you look closely at our short opening film you’ll catch a glimpse of the beautiful new lugged stem they’ve been working on.

Fresh from their hugely successful World Championship at Blenheim Palace the fortnight previous were Brompton. In settings such as this, when display space is at a premium, yet another practical aspect of the Brompton’s design comes to the fore.

Italian bike builders Anita were also at Eurobike. Here we see Andrea checking out some recent additions to their line. Each with a Brooks bolted to the post.

If you are unfamiliar with the German touring company Tout Terrain, now would be the time to take a look. They produce some of the finest and most technologically-advanced bikes for travellers today.

Bruno bikes are the end product of a recent and successful Swiss-Japanese collaboration. The Bruno mini bikes have quickly found a steadily growing constituency, but their full size frames also repay closer study.

A very pretty ride from Cielo bikes from Chris King:

Raleigh, who formerly owned Brooks for 40 years, has thankfully not replaced all of their leather saddles with unflattering imitations:

Hawk bicycles from Berlin continue to produce interesting cruiser bikes year after year…

and French giant Lapierre has a new line of urban bikes, Eden Park, for the crumpet and parasol set:

Well, thats about all we have time for today, we are way behind in selling these saddles. For more pics of the stand, please visit our Facebook page.

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9 Comments

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  2. Michel 
    Posted 3:51 pm
    27 Sep 2011

    GREAT JOB!

  3. Darius Detwiler 
    Posted 10:42 pm
    27 Sep 2011

    Dear Brooks Customer Service,

    I purchased the Imperial B17 Brook saddle for my Mercian last year, and I love it. After several saddles, the Imperial is much more comfortable and very classic—and looks beautiful on my Mercian.

    Sincerely,
    Darius Detwiler

  4. Gerry Dyke 
    Posted 3:39 pm
    28 Sep 2011

    Hi
    I love my B17 but I don’t like the idea of always having to protect it from the rain.
    I see that a French manufacturer now is selling a high-end leather saddle which is claimed to be waterproof. I think it is time for Brooks to do the same.

  5. Dr Seidlitz 
    Posted 7:03 pm
    28 Sep 2011

    This summer I bought a pedelec from Stevens with Bosch motor. The saddle was boring. So I purchased a Brooks saddle. Now the pedelec looks so beautiful and I ride perhaps every day.
    Much fun,
    Dr Seidlitz

  6. BREGAN 
    Posted 7:13 am
    29 Sep 2011

    In order for a leather saddle to be dubiously claimed waterproof, it needs to be treated with a synthetic coating. Which of all things, will not
    stay waterproof for a very long time. We feel that the care and maintenance of a Brooks saddle is not overbearing enough to
    warrant the use of synthetic coatings, and therefore have no plans to issue any saddle claiming to be waterproof.

  7. John Kendall 
    Posted 4:02 pm
    9 Oct 2011

    I have a Brooks swift titanium and love it. I swap it between my ss mountain bike and my madone. I was not aware there is an issue with water and the saddle. Could someone explain what this non-waterproofness is all about? Does this mean it will be ruined if I ride in the rain? If so, then how is it that it is not adversely affected by copious sweating?

    Thanks,
    Jck

  8. BREGAN 
    Posted 9:34 am
    10 Oct 2011

    Hi John,

    This means you should take care not to ride it too often when the leather is soaked. Best to use a cover if you know you will be long in soaking conditions. (a plastic bag will do in a pinch) Sweating will not be a problem.

    Best Regards,

    Bregan

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    4 Sep 2012

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