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31 October 2012 9 comments
The Brooks England Dashing Bicycle ShowFriends Events Bicycles Monthly highlights
In North America over the coming months, Brooks will be hosting the Dashing Bicycle Show, a travelling display of fine bicycles and accessories for fans of style in the saddle. The Opening Exhibition will take place on the 8th of December in San Francisco at Huckleberry Bicycles, where Hendrick's Gin will be on hand to lubricate the cogs of human interaction. "The Dashing Bicycle Show 2012-2013 Tour" 08 Dec 2012 Huckleberry Bicycles San Francisco, CA 23 Feb 2013 Salvagetti Bicycle Workshop, Denver, CO 20 April 2013 Bicycle Space Washington, DC 08 June 2013 Bikes on Wheels, Toronto, ON 25 July 2013 Bicycle Habitat, New York, NY Each event will begin with an opening party, and the display will remain for a fortnight thereafter. The bikes on display will be given away at the end of the tour in a very special contest, so read below for more details! A wooden box designed by Ben Wilson, such as this, will be travelling around the continent, its contents awaiting the appreciation and wonder of an admiring public The exhibition will visit five Brooks Dealers of Excellence and draws from among the world’s finest bicycles and accessories- specifically those lesser-spotted on the North American continent. The first is Pelago Bicycles from Finland. Pelago is one of the newer manufacturers on the European scene, producing classic, well-considered bicycles in a traditional vein. "Pelago produces strong and practical products for the needs of urban transport, alternative travelling and other pedal powered activities." sayeth Pelago on their website. The Pelago Capri The classically-tailored Pelago head badge Also on display will be a full selection of the new line of Brooks Cycle Bags including the Brick Lane panniers shown above The mini bike market has become an increasingly crowded one in recent years. Relative newcomer B_ant from Japan is among the more well thought of among the New Wave, and will be joining us on the road. They produce attractive steel designs considerate of the constraints living in an urban environment is wont to impose. Cooper Bikes from England will also be there to introduce their special brand of English design and modern crafsmanship to a new audience. If you are unfamiliar, this is the very same Cooper made famous by the popular undersized British car. Cooper bikes, according to Cooper: "Our classic designed bikes mix retro charm with modern components. All these steel machines are not only fast, but comfortable and efficient." The Comfortable and Efficient Cooper Revival Along for the ride will be the comfortable and efficient Brixton Tote and Shoulder Bag. More videos of the new Brooks Bags can be found here at the Brooks YouTube channel Tout Terrain from Germany has been quietly building a reputation as one of the most innovative trekking bike manufacturers in the world. They have become known for groundbreaking suspension concepts (like an independent rear suspension that allows the rack and panniers to remain stable on rough surfaces) and exquisite welding and paint work. As well as this, their "Plug" provides pedal-powered charging for USB devices. Unsurprising, then, that both their frames and accessories were in use by riders of this year's WCR Grand Tour. The Tout Terrain Grande Route Accompanying this will be clothing and accessories designed and made in Japan from PEdALED, who recently took home a Eurobike Gold Prize with their stunning Urban Jacket that combines a revolutionary natural waterproof material with a cut fit for cycling. The Eurobike Gold Prize-Winning Urban Jacket Also on tour with us will be BOOKMAN from Sweden to round out this impressive roster of manufacturers. Their clean and practical bike lights will be explored and discussed enthusiastically by guests over refreshments. The simple, and wonderfully practical Bookman light As we mentioned before, Hendrick's Gin, who have sponsored many number of Brooks cycling events in the past, will fly their peculiarly delicious concoction of juniper extract from deep in their London curiositorium for those who take their enjoyment in unusual delights. Hendrick's, by the way, may have one of the most interesting websites we have seen in some time. Momentum Magazine, who have been leading the way in reporting on alternative transportation alternatives for North American readers, has signed on as media partner for this series of events, making sure the word gets out and reports are filed to those interested parties in each corner of the great former colonies. *********************************************************************************************************** PHOTO CONTEST - WIN A DASHING BIKE!!! Most of the bikes on display will be given away at the end of the tour through a photo contest whimsically titled, "Dashing Bike, Guv'nor!" To enter for your chance to win one of the bikes on display at Dashing Bike, simply arrive to the event with yourself and your bike, dressed in your "Guv'nor Best", and add a few words about why you feel a dashing bike is essential to your "Guv'nor-ish" well-being. Then, starting from the 8th of December, when the first Opening Evening will take place, we will submit your entries to the Brooks Stories and Photos section whereafter a jury composed of sponsors will decide the winners based on an old-fashioned vote.