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November 28, 2014 1 comment

Brooks Tackles Cyclo-cross

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By GUEST
Brooks Tackles Cyclo-cross

I have ridden bikes all my life, but it didn’t really become an obsession until I moved to Copenhagen from New Zealand. There are no mountains to climb, no rivers to paddle, so I had to figure out what it was that I could do here. Biking became it.

I started by ‘finding’ bikes (there are piles of them everywhere) and what was useable on them to construct one bike that worked. Times have certainly changed now. Having worked as a bike courier for 6 years, I now work as a mechanic and am not really sure of how many bicycles it is that I have.  Counting them always results in remembering the ones that I haven’t seen in a while, so the number isn’t exactly fixed.

I can say that they are in double digits and can be found in 3 different countries. I have ridden and own mountain bikes, cross country, freeride and downhill, triathlon, road and cyclocross bikes as well. I have a BMX but can’t really seem to ride it and unicycles have always gotten the better of me so I just gave up. I have bikes with all the gears, I have bikes with just one, bikes with brakes and bikes with none, and bikes that can carry other bikes.

My first cyclocross bike was adorned with my first Brooks saddle, a Titanium Swift. I still have the bike but unfortunately someone else decided that they wanted the saddle more than me and we parted ways in the dark of the night. I got pretty serious about cyclocross after that (nothing to do with the loss of the saddle) and am currently on cyclocross bikes numbers 5 and 6. I get them in two’s now.

These happen to be a matching pair of Niner BSB9’s adorned once again with Brooks saddles. I was one of the lucky ones to be sent one of the Cambium C15 saddles in the post. I didn’t know what it was to begin with but once I got it mounted we quickly fell in love and soon all my race bikes will have one. So this winter I will be racing the World Cup cyclocross circuit for New Zealand riding the best that Colorado and England have to offer. They might just be saddles, but for someone that has tried many of them I am pretty excited about the coming season. Keep track of how Angus gets on this season here on the Brooks Blog and on his own site: https://angusedmond.wordpress.com  
Comments
Having a Sprinter reissue NOS and really liking it I have been thinking an additional knockabout one with some scuffs etc would be really good for CX.
Stephen May 23, 2016 at 5:03 PM