Sometimes, amazing is right there on your doorstep. But for some reason, you’ve never found it. So it was with Boneshaker and the New Forest. What a place to ride! We loaded up our bikes last month and headed east to join our long-time friends Will and James of Brother Cycles for their inaugural Brother in the Wild shindig. It was the perfect place to unwind after the release of our luscious new issue, Boneshaker 19. (You can sneak a peek at that here).
Maybe 150 other riders came along, from as far away as Germany, and over one sun-dappled weekend we dusted our bikes across the sweetest gravel trails, in and out of bluebell-strewn forests, to several pubs and even down to the beach, to gaze across the glittering sea at the Isle of Wight.
There was a fire, bucketloads of caffeine from all-night party kings Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, and many firkins of fine ale from Wild Bear Beers. We laughed, we ogled each other’s bikes, we rode and talked and licked ice creams. When night came, we camped out and woke to frosted grass and yet more iced coffee. Plus some hot stuff we brewed ourselves.
It was great to see Brother’s new Big Bro 29er in action, as well as a fleet of their trusty Kepler touring rigs and a fieldful of other tasty rides.
More than that, it was great to be surrounded by so many happy, friendly bike lovers of all stripes, to talk unselfconsciously about sleep mats and saddlebags, about alpine routes and Alaskan adventures.
It was a one of those weekends you look back on years later and smile about quietly. Thank you, Brothers – here’s to the next one!