This year, Brooks England is celebrating its 150th anniversary by enlisting the cooperation of some of the world’s best bike builders to create various interpretations of a “Brooks Bicycle.” These unique creations are being produced in limited numbers and sold worldwide.
For those unfamiliar, Brooks is arguably the world’s most famous bicycle saddle maker, having stitched its first two-wheeled perch in the 1880s. The company has been in business since 1866.
As overseer of the anniversary project, Brooks stipulated a single theme: copper. The simple rationale is that copper is a versatile and elegant material with which to work, and has long played an integral role in Brooks products. The copper rivet on a Brooks England saddle, for instance, is as iconic as any other single element of its design.
Brooks then contributed by creating special saddles and accessories to complement the special paint schemes, head badges, and other details on the finishing kit of each bike.
The program is called Dashing Bikes and the list of collaborators is impressive. From the veritable Condor, itself a fixture in the history of British cycling, as well as that of Brooks’ own history, to Brompton, the brand synonymous with the words “folding bicycle.” Other collaborators include Pashley and Moulton, as well as Canyon Bicycles, which created a special edition of its futuristic Commuter.
But the program is by no means limited to U.K. builders. From Europe and elsewhere we will see editions from iconic greats like Dario Pegoretti, the great Italian exponent of steel frames, to belt drive innovators Schindelhauer, and touring aficionados Tout Terrain. Also expect special creations from Achielle of Belgium, Skeppshult of Sweden, Pelago of Finland, Toykobike of Japan, the highly-stylish Moustache e-bike from France, and a top-level gravel grinder from Salsa here in the United States.
To be able to enlist the support of such eminent builders and brands is a testament to the Brooks appeal throughout the cycling world and a fascinating insight into the way the company is perceived worldwide. Each model will be featured in a rotating monthly display at its flagship U.K. store in Covent Garden for the remainder of 2016.
One of the first collaborations to be released is from Brompton Bicycle, featuring copper elements, a moss grey frame with beige details, a unique colorway and decals exclusive to the 150th anniversary. Next was from Skeppshult of Sweden, dressed with tasteful Cambium components in brown. These and subsequent model releases will be on display in London through the year. The Canyon Commuter Brooks 150 is outfitted with Brooks’ new Cambium C15 saddle, GP1 150 grips, and Land’s End rear pannier, the Commuter Brooks 150 has a timeless look to last a lifetime.
For more info visit www.brooksengland.com