What do you get when Bené, aka Ultra Romance, aka Ronnie McFly, aka Glistening Gandolf coerces an XC/roadie racer boi into embracing the long and slow lifestyle? Well, you’re about to find out. While Benedict and Sean from Team Dream were working closely on those nifty merino wool bib shorts, Benedict convinced Sean with his silver tongue to build up a dream bike. A veritable ex-roadie 2.0 cruiser, complete with all the iconic componentry of MTB and randonneuring’s heyday, which pinch me if I’m wrong, is always the present time. What you see here is the result of much toodlin’ and many man hours spent scrounging for parts. All aboard a Crust Bikes Lightning Bolt.
Who is Uncle Dan?
Surely many of you know the Heighdealist emporium that has become the Dangle Supply Company, but most folks do not know the origin story of this incredibly popular and successful bong business.
Words by Coach Ronaldo Romance Jr. and photos by Team Brooks
(Gallery Photos are 95% disposable film cams that I handed out to the team. Felt like it captured the inner “race” pretty authentically; and the medium was pretty fun in a “trip to the water park” “safe grad night” sorta way)
Booming Billowing Blooping Blurping Gravel.
Even with DK getting as much coverage as the TDF, I trust the pace of the news these days has left your mind blank of such cognizance once again. That’s good, as my memory of competing in the event 2 years ago has also been selectively erased, perhaps that’s why I reluctantly agreed to participate in this particular edition.
For those looking to put a little more color on their bikes, Brooks has three new Organic Light earth tone saddle colors. Included in the mix is olive drab, a brown, and a brick. Head to your local dealer to see these in person! They’re really quite nice.
Earlier this week, we got a look at the new Brooks All-Weather Carbon Cambium and many readers expressed concerns that this model would come in various widths, as well as with a carved option. Well, fret no longer. Brooks now has the all-weather carbon cambiums in stock, with 132mm and 145mm widths, as well as carved options. These Carbon All Weather Cambium saddles weigh approx 280 grams, compared to the metal-railed Cambium’s weight of 405 grams and retail for $220.
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I’ve got a mole over at Brooks in the EU and they just sent me teaser images of their new all-weather carbon Cambium saddles. These new saddles address the glaring issue with the standard all-weather Cambiums, the weight! With the all-weather design and the carbon body, the saddles will be substantially lighter. Available in white or black with more information to follow…
… has some interesting reads, great illustrations and a photo by yours truly from my South Africa trip to the Karoobaix, as an intro for a op-ed piece written by Tom Owen on digital documentation of cycling and life in general. Head over to check out this free publication.
For those looking to try out the Brooks Cambium “All Weather,” your local shop can now order them. These saddles are comfortable right out of the box, feature solid rails and a nylon back plate with loops for a saddle bag. Head to your local shop to order one today.
For those looking for one of the David Millar CHPT 3 Brooks Cambium saddles, Above Category has the only stock currently and the good news is, they’re selling them online for $220. The Cambium C13 shell uses an all-rubber construction with an organic cotton cover, and it’s there that CHPT3 has applied its special aesthetic touch – the striking OneMoreLap data pattern shared with many other pieces in the line.
See more information at Above Category.
For anyone who’s ridden in the rain on a cambium, you can attest to how fast the materials can wear. Brooks has addressed that problem, with the all-weather, and most importantly, all-black C15 All-Weather Cambium. These saddles will perform in freezing rain to blazing sunshine. The saddle top is made from a waterproof, weatherproof nylon cover and designed to perform flawlessly in all conditions. Additionally, the updated fiberglass reinforced back plate has loops for a saddle bag or other accessory. Looks like a win/win if you ask me!
In stock now, so head to your local shop to order.
This has got to be the best Brooks collaboration I’ve seen to date but at a price. $445 gets you the limited edition C13, a book and jersey.
“To celebrate the memorable Paris-Roubaix race, Brooks England and Chpt. III, David Millar’s road cycling clothing brand, have created a limited edition collector’s set inspired by the famous Roubaix Velodrome.”
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Live in Seattle, the Bay area or LA? Roll through one of these stops and test out a carbon railed Brooks C13 saddle. See more information in the full flier below.
To commemorate its 150th anniversary, Brooks England has composed a well-designed book, featuring art and photography from many talented individuals:
“Published by Thames & Hudson, this book is a collection of fascinating views on the bicycle and its cultural influence, featuring contributions from Guy Andrews, Ron Arad, Bella Bathurst, Matt Brammeier, Will Butler-Adams, Antony Cairns, Taz Darling, Geoff Dyer, Timothy Everest, Joe W. Hall, Caren Hartley, Frank Herholdt, Guy Kesteven, Joe MacLaren, George Marshall, David Millar, Simon Mottram, Martin Parr, Laura Quick, Amy Sherlock, Sir Paul Smith, Tom Southam, Mark Sutton, Bernard Thompson, Jack Thurston, Richard Wentworth, and Ben Wilson.”
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To commemorate Brooks’ 150th anniversary, Salsa has pulled together one impressive limited edition Warbird. Complete with custom paint, Zipp wheels and SRAM Force, this bike is available now, in small numbers, from your local Salsa dealer. Check out full specs and information at Salsa.
Brooks England may be known best for their saddles, yet over the years, they’ve developed various other products including apparel, tools, bags and now helmets. They just announced two helmets for 2017: the Harrier, a road and the Island, a commuter. Currently, Brooks is looking for 300 “Brooks Boomers” to help in the R&D of these helmets. Head to Brooks to see more details.
… with a limited edition run of polished copper rail and rivet saddles. Oh and one of those Pickwick Rucksacks too. See all the details at Brooks and order any of these products at your local Brooks dealer!
Brooks interviews David Millar in the Arenberg about the carbon fiber C13 saddle.
If you’re heading to Sea Otter this year, be sure to swing by the Brooks booth (135) at 11AM on Friday for a casual, two-hour, mixed surface ride. A road or a ‘cross bike will be fine and Brooks will have a select number of C13 saddles for you to test out.