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The latest special-edition saddle from Brooks England celebrates Kenya’s first official gravel event, the Migration Gravel Race,
which celebrated its first exciting edition in 2021welcoming top gravel riders from Africa and around the globe in an effort to raise the profile of cycling in Kenya and increase opportunities for African cyclists.
Limited to just 50 pieces, the Brooks C17 Migration Gravel Race saddle is an homage to the AMANI Project’s Timu Moja campaign. The term, meaning “One team” in the Swahili language widely spoken in East Africa, conveys the idea that in the drive for greater inclusivity in cycling, success for one East African cyclist, team or race organisation is success for all. Brooks identifies with the spirit of the Migration Gravel Race, and by purchasing this limited edition saddle you’ll be directly supporting the Maasai in their effort to maintain their beautiful cultural practices as well as the AMANI project in their laudable goal of making the sport of cycling more accessible to athletes from East Africa.
Following MGR2021, AMANI seeks to create cycling opportunities for the Maasai in particular through rider sponsorships and,
along with professional Kenyan riders, host a series of workshops at local schools where the riders could talk about how they cameto be professional cyclists and encourage kids to take up cycling.
See more at Brooks England.
With today’s coverage from the 2021 Chris King Open House comes a few limited products. The first is this Brooks Cambium, built with anodized turquoise rivets. These saddles come in the C17 and C15 widths on BrooksEngland.com.
The terms urban and gravel may seem at odds with one another—unless you are part of the team behind North London Dirt, that is. Back for its fourth year and with Brooks England as a sponsor, North London Dirt is a creative take on the increasingly popular gravel genre of cycling events. What first started as an experiment in linking disparate points on a map through the discovery of often-overlooked paths, farm roads, and winding trails in and around North London has since grown into an annual event that brings together like-minded riders searching for unexpected adventure amidst a well-trafficked city. This year’s 70-mile (113KM) route will take riders from urban to suburban and beyond, all while raising money for the local St. Mary’s community center.
Additionally, North London Dirt will be partnering with Ride 4 Unity, a global organization dedicated to celebrating diversity and togetherness in cycling. The fourth edition of North London Dirt takes place on Saturday, September 11th, and while spots are full, follow NLD on Instagram for ride photos, to enter their charity raffle, or to learn how to sign up for any future events.
To commemorate the approaching Tokyo Olympics, two British cycling companies have teamed up on a limited edition Team GB bike and matching saddle.
Since the 2012 Olympics in London, Brompton has been providing British athletes with their famous folding bikes for use around the various training centers and Olympic villages. Now these Team GB bikes and saddles are available to the public.
The Brompton bikes themselves feature a first-ever red-lacquer finish with white and blue detailing in line with the team’s classic colors. Crowned with comfort, Brooks has redesigned their C-17 saddle to proudly display the roaring lion logo of Team GB across its vulcanized rubber surface.
You can secure your own Team GB edition Brompton Bike and Brooks Saddle at the Brompton Junction shop in London or through the Brompton website, or you can pick them up online at Brompton.
This video showcases the Brooks England Scape bike travel bags and features some rather scenic backdrops.
If you like hits of anodized color on your bikes, then check out these four exclusive C17 models Brooks just listed exclusively on their website. With copper, titanium-colored, orange, and cobalt rivets, these C17 saddles will look good on just about any build.
Over the past few years, Brooks has used the Cambium C17 model to release limited edition colors. The latest refresh includes four new colors including Navy Blue, Silver, Brown, and Yellow. These all-weather saddles offer up a bit of color for your special build. Head to Brooks to see more and your local dealer for ordering.
A little while back, our friends at Swift Industries worked with Kona to create a collaboration Rove ST Special Edition touring bike. If you recall this project’s release, it looked really appealing for those wanting a classic touring bike package with bags and everything, ready to hit the road.
My bud Kyle Klain picked one of these up from the Broken Spoke here in Santa Fe when they first dropped. It’s been his bikefishing mobile and commuter before upgrading a few crucial components this year. To test out my new camera setup (more on that later) I met up with Kyle at his office and took his bike for a quick shoot…
For decades, Brooks saddles have been a staple on touring bikes, and today, Brooks has just widened their scope for bicycle portage with the SCAPE lineup.
These bags are for the cyclo-tourist, long-distance gravel rider, and bikepacker alike with panniers, saddle packs, handlebar packs, frame bags, and more.
There’s a lot to unpack so head to Brooks to see the full spread.
To commemorate the new limited-edition Chris King colors – matte black with gold lettering and gold anodizing – for 2021, Brooks England created these special edition Carved Cambium saddles with matching gold anodizing hardware. These limited saddles come in a C15 and C17 carved design, so head to Brooks England ASAP to procure one as they tend to sell out quickly!
While Brooks has marketed the C67 saddle for e-bike users and commuters, there are plenty more individuals who would benefit from its unique ergonomic shape. There has been a push for wider and thinner saddles like this over the years. If you’re a rider who has found saddles shaped like the new C67 more comfortable, don’t overlook this option. Like all Cambium saddles, the C67 is weather-resistant, perfect for fall and winter riding.
-Vulcanised Natural Rubber Saddle Top
-Flexible and Robust Touring Surface
-UV + Abrasion-Resistant Waterproof Nylon Top
-Innovative Fan structure in Fibreglass-Reinforced Nylon
-Nose-piece and Saddle Plate in Fibreglass-Reinforced Nylon
-Rubber grip on the saddle plate
-Metal Back Plate branding detail
-Durable, Anodised Aluminium Rivets
-Tubular Steel Rails
Retail $130. See more at Brooks.
As with year’s past, we love featuring this Chico collaboration between Sierra Nevada, Paul Component, and a California-based frame builder. This year’s bike is stunning and with it comes a huge photo gallery documenting this beautiful build. Check the official press release below with all the juicy photos and read on to find out how you can win this bike!
This build was made possible by Sincere Cycles. Bailey took Slade‘s idea and made it a reality. From a rolling chassis of frame, fork, and wheels, came this complete bike which has got to be one of the most clever builds I’ve documented this year. Slade’s an energetic soul who jumped right into the world of bikepacking with this Chumba Ursa…
Matt bought this classic Fisher MTB frame for $50 with the hopes of having a good ’round towner. Like all bikes, it’s going through various iterations over the years, with what you’re seeing now being the most current and arguably the best. I guess it depends how the parts bin and jewelry box are lookin’ ya know?
Throwing back to their heritage of hand-hammered copper rivets and jet black leather, Brooks has just stocked a unique C17 Cambium saddle with copper hardware, which looks great contrasted against the black C17 fabric. Unleash your inner steampunk, or match those sweet i9 wheels you snagged last year. See these in person at your local dealer and check out more at Brooks.
If you’re hoping to get your hands on a headset, hubs, or bottom bracket in the new Chris King Colors, then check out these limited edition Brooks Cambium saddles that were anodized by Chris King to be a perfect match. In stock now at Chris King for $130.
This year’s Chris King Open House chose 18 builders from all over the world to display their new colors for 2020: Bourbon and Violet. Thanks to ENVE, Santa Cruz Reserve, SRAM, Brooks, and Spurcycle. these bikes were built out appropriately for such a showcase. Below is a gallery of half the bunch, in alphabetical order for your enjoyment, with each builder’s description of the bikes. Make sure you comment on your favorite because there is some gold in these galleries!