Brooks Retro Criterium returns

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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.

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Factory Tour: Brompton Bicycle

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Brentford, London is home to bicycle maker Brompton. More than 45,000 small-wheeled folders are made each year, with two-thirds exported around the world. Want to see how they’re made, and who makes them? Filmmaker Ben Marshall and photographer Guillermo Becerra captured the action below.

The design adheres closely to founder Andrew Ritchie’s vision when he started the company in 1976, with a few refinements. All Brompton folding bicycle models share the same curved frame, consisting of a hinged main tube, pivoting rear triangle, fork, and hinged handle-bar stem. The main tube and stem are made of steel in all models.

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The rear triangle and fork are either steel or titanium, depending on the model. The steel sections are joined by brazing, not welding. Wheels are 349mm (13.7 in) rim size, carrying 16-inch diameter tires. The handlebars and some peripheral components are aluminum.

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A Brompton bicycle uses over 1,200 individual pieces, 80 percent of which are manufactured solely for the Brompton design. We’ll be testing the latest model in October. Stay tuned for a first look!

Correction

This post originally misstated the number of bikes Brompton builds each year. It is 45,000.

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London to spend $500M on cycling and pedestrian infrastructure

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London has become synonymous with cycling and pedestrian danger, as the city has claimed more than 150 serious injuries or deaths in the past three years. Now the city, led by Mayor Boris Johnson, himself an advocate for cycling and pedestrian safety, is pledging $500 million to radically transform 33 intersections and roundabouts across the city.

Roundabouts at Archway, Aldgate, Swiss Cottage and Wandsworth, among others, will be ripped out and replaced with two-way roads, segregated cycle tracks and new traffic-free public space. The Elephant & Castle roundabout, London’s highest cycle casualty location, will be removed. At other intimidating roundabouts, such as Hammersmith and Vauxhall, safe and direct segregated cycle tracks will be installed, pending more radical transformations of these areas in the medium term.

“These road junctions are relics of the Sixties which blight and menace whole neighborhoods. Like so much from that era, they’re also atrociously-designed and wasteful of space,” Johnson said in a statement. “Because of that, we can turn these junctions into more civilized places for cyclists and pedestrians, while at the same time maintaining their traffic function.”

The move is part of the Safe Streets London campaign, a detailed plan to reduce the number of persons injured on London’s roads by 40 percent by 2020.

 

 

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