Bespoked - a celebration of handmade bicycles & those who make them
"Anybody who did not come did not only miss some brilliant bikes but more importantly, maybe, the best atmosphere and vibe of any bike show I have personally been to bar none." Mathias Scherer, Mawis Bikes
The ninth Bespoked show took place over the bank holiday weekend at Brunel's Old Station in Bristol, with another astonishing array of handmade custom bicycles and more sparkle and magic than ever. It just gets better! With over 100 exhibitors from across the globe making bicycles from steel, carbon, titanium, carbon and wood plus a mouth-watering display of exquisitely good components and accessories, there was truly something for everyone.
"Your show is like a birthday party for us, the atmosphere, the friends, the presents..." Mindaugas Zukauskas, Wittson Custom Ti Cycles
The show reflected the growing popularity in bike-packing and gravel bikes. Ted James won two awards; The Singletrack Choice for his Ti Adventure Bike as well as the Pannier Choice for his Ti MTB Tourer, which arrived at the show freshly splattered with mud. Pi Manson from Clandestine impressed all with his versatile Carrier - a commuter bike that easily converts into a dirt-friendly steed and won the Grit CX Choice for an off road drop bar. Meanwhile American exhibitors Alpine Luddites and home-grown Restrap showed an inspiring range of pack and bags for every conceivable adventure.
"..Every booth you went to there was some extra detail lurking for anyone who talked to the builders themselves – some extra feature or add-on that wasn’t immediately obvious on first look." Singletrack
Australian Prova Cycles swept the awards board winning Best in Show, The Cyclist Magazine Choice Award and the Road.cc Choice award with Speciale. The long trip over was worthwhile! Made from Stainless Steel with both Reynolds 953 and Columbus XCR, it also features 3D printed dropouts and seat cluster. 3D printed technology could also be seen on Quirk Cycles, who used 3D printed stainless steel drop outs and seat lugs on an eye-catching new gravel bike (which also featured real silver in the paint work).
"If you want to see some of the finest and most beautifully made custom frames, this is the show for you. In its 9 years, it has never failed to deliver some spectacular bikes with the sort of attention to detail you rarely see in the rest of the bike world. " Road.cc
The talks were more diverse than ever. Chris King and the IslaBike Imagine project headed up a panel discussing sustainability in the bicycle industry, former round the world record holder Vin Cox chaired a discussion on long distance cycling/racing and of course there was the opportunity to talk all things framebuilding at the Ti builders panel, Framebuilders Q & A and 'Building your own frame' talk by The Bicycle Academy.
And if that wasn't magic enough, how about Moss Bikes' Silver Eagle? With a 520in gear, bowsprit, parachute and fat, fat tyres it already holds the European speed record for drafted cycling at 149mph. The next goal is the world speed record of 183mph (if they can find a long enough runway).
"..Another cracking show which is an essential visit if you consider yourself a discerning cyclist. Here's to next year!" Velo Atelier
Bespoked is celebration of handmade bicycles and those who make them.
Bespoked is a UK based public event promoting the international talents of independent makers and designers of the bicycle world.
This is the place for the public, industry and press to meet independent makers and designers of everything bicycle.
Bespoked is primarily a celebration of handmade bicycles and those who make them. If you are involved in the making of custom handmade bicycles then Bespoked is for you. Alongside the bicycles, makers of fine components, apparel and accessories are also welcome to show at Bespoked. Visitors, exhibitors and press from around the world have attended Bespoked to be part of Europe’s premier handmade bicycle show.
A Brief History
Bespoked is the brainchild of Phil Taylor, Stroud-based frame builder and passionate cyclist. When Phil set out to make his own bike in 2009, he started thinking about why there wasn’t something along the lines of NAHBS (The North American Handmade Bike Show) where UK frame builders could promote their work to the public, as well as swapping ideas and building a community. He realised the need for an event, in the UK, to promote the international art of the handmade bicycle.
Phil and wife Tessa organised the country’s first bespoke bicycle show at the Bristol Paintworks in June 2011, with 40 exhibitors. In April 2014 it took place at the Olympic Velodrome in London, with over 120 exhibitors from as far afield as the USA, Australia and Taiwan. True to its roots, the backbone of the show is still frame builders producing one off custom frames, although Bespoked is now open to all independent makers and designers whose craft is the bicycle.
The essence of Bespoked is passion! Those exhibiting at the show are passionate about what they make and design - their product does not exist without them. At Bespoked you can meet and talk to the people that have - or will make the bicycle of your dreams.
·‘The friendliest and most interesting bicycle show I’ve ever been to by far’
Julian Houndslow via email
‘I went to my first cycle show in the late 60's...yours has been the best ever!!!’
Andrew via Facebook