Brooks Retro Criterium returns


The popular Eroica movement in Europe and the United States has spilled over to criterium racing. Regulations stipulate that all bikes must be built before 1987, with similar clothing regulations to boot. Brooks England is bringing back its Retro Criterium event at the Jupiter Nocturne in London’s Smithfield Market this weekend.

Here’s a video from last year’s inaugural event:

The Jupiter London Nocturne combines elite and feature races alongside a festival atmosphere that runs into the night. More than 10,000 people will head to Smithfield Market to witness an action-packed race program, which will include the traditional Folding Bike and Penny Farthing Races. The main events are  the men’s and women’s Elite Criteriums, which will feature a host of British and international cycling stars.


Interbike: Brooks/Carrera Folding Helmet


Old timers will remember the leather hairnets worn by road and track cyclists through the early 1990s (I have a never-worn Cinelli in my workshop). Now Brooks England, known best for its durable leather saddles, has introduced the Italian-made folding helmet, weighing in at 330 grams and fully CPSC certified.

As part of its J.B. Collection, the Carrera Folding helmet combines modern technology with traditional elegance through the application of rich textiles and leather details (natch). The hidden flexible frame and elastic fitting system collapses down, secured by the Brooks leather carrying strap (double natch), which doubles as a pant leg strap for riding.


According to Carrera, its patented flexible frame inside of the helmet was developed to improve the level of comfort for the rider. It also quickly adapts to the shape of the head. As a bonus, when folded it will save more than the 20 percent of the space, easily fitting in a bag or backpack. Available in two sizes: Medium (55-58cm) and Large (58-61cm). Retail is $200.

See all our Interbike 2014 coverage here.

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