Brooks have launched a new jersey, new colour options on existing bags, and they’re also working on a multitool that features a spanner for adjusting the tension on their saddles.
If you were taken by Brooks’ 1866 jerseys when I did a feature on L’Eroica retro ride in Tuscany back in October, they’re now available to buy.
Brooks originally had De Marchi make a limited run of the jerseys for assorted staff, dealers and journalists - 'blaggers', you might say - who rode the event, the brand being one of the long-term sponsors. Lots of people asked whether the jerseys would be available to buy, so now they are.
The Italian-made jerseys are a wool/acrylic mix and, as I’m sure you could guess, 1866 was the year the company was founded. As well as the year, ‘Birmingham’ is sewn across the back because… well, if you don’t know you can guess that one for yourself. You get a little Union Flag on the left sleeve too. Priced at £146.21 (€180) they’re not cheap… but they are available.
Brooks’ Challenge Tool Bag is now available in four new colours: royal blue, red, apple green, and ochre. These are in addition to the existing more subdued options: brown, honey, aged (a worn brown), and a darker green.
The Challenge was originally designed and patented back in ’96 – that’s 1896 – and it’s designed to buckle on to saddles that feature bag loops. It measures 175 x 45 x 78mm and is priced at £56.86 (€70).
Brooks are working on a new 21-function multitool that’ll be released at next year’s Eurobike (August). Interestingly, the design takes into consideration the views of 700 Brooks users who responded to a tool questionnaire., and it incorporates a Brooks saddle spanner, allowing you to adjust the tension on the leather. We’ve no word on price yet.
Mat has worked for more bike magazines than anyone else in the known universe, dating back to a time when this was all just fields. He's been road.cc technical editor for four years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. When he's not cycling around Wiltshire, he's running around it, or possibly swimming (sadly, he's one of those 'triathletes'). Mat is a youthful 42-year-old Cambridge graduate, GSOH etc.