Bespoked Bristol 2012 poster is out: mark your diaries

The highlight of the year coming. Well, it is if you like lovely handmade bicycles

by nick_rearden   January 25, 2012  

The organisers of the Bespoked Bristol show on March 23-25 have launched the poster and a fine job it is, too.

You may have noticed the preview videos we've recently run so far about the framebuilders Robin Mather, Paulus Quiros and Demon Frameworks. If you haven't this would be a good time to look because there's a renaissance going on in handcrafted bicycles and the forthcoming show at Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Temple Mills railway station in Bristol this coming March is going to be a showcase of the movement if the first edition held last year is anything to go by.

Since then, we've seen the extraordinary success of the Bicycle Academy where over £40,000 was raised in a public 'crowdfunding' campaign so that a traditional framebuilding school could be established in the Somerset town of Frome later this year. There is undoubtedly a rise in interest with a number of builders, among them Downland Cycles in Canterbury, offering traditional brazing classes with the Kent workshop also offering official government-backed courses for students that hitherto would have only learned welding as part of an automotive repair course.

Road.cc will be there at Bespoked Bristol in force. Yes, it's just down the road from us but the food, the beer and the riding in Brizzle is better than at Eurobike and the cream of Britain's framebuilders will be gathered in one place to show off their skills. There's even a superstar coming in the form of Italy's Dario Pegoretti who is bound to be good value especially if he can be kept in one place to engage with some of our own characters. We're thinking Pegoretti versus our own Brian Rourke from Stoke or Chas Roberts from Surrey, both exhibiting and all passionate advocates of their way of doing things.

The buzz is already going round about what the builders are preparing specially; it's going to be great and we can hardly wait.

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Sounds promising, nice venue Cool Last year's was pretty good, but could've done with a bit more space. I went on the last day and all the stands I spoke to seemed to think it had gone well and was worth repeating.

Albeit spoiled a bit for me by getting absolutely drenched walking from the station (oh, and being made redundant a couple of days beforehand - so after 3 years of saving for a custom frame I ended up just 'window shopping', sigh).

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posted by sk8ir [20 posts]
25th January 2012 - 1:50

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Well, you won't have to walk from the train this year, sk8ir. Brunel's Old Station as you probably realise is quite literally next to his new station and I think I'm right in saying there's twice as much space as before. And it's right on the National Cycle Route/Railway Path giving the opportunity to cross the river Avon at Bristol's claim for the official 'Coolest Cyclists' Bridge Award.'

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posted by nick_rearden [859 posts]
25th January 2012 - 8:42

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Cool bridge maybe but it's still slippy in the wet!

posted by ficklewhippet [48 posts]
25th January 2012 - 13:32

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ficklewhippet wrote:
Cool bridge maybe but it's still slippy in the wet!

Really? Funny, cos the day it opened I thought that might be the case and made quite a few test runs to try and induce something disconcerting (yes, it was raining) and it seemed OK. I must admit I wasn't trying too hard as I feared what falling off on that 'cheese grater' surface would be like. I've only crossed it two or three times subsequently and I don't think it's rained again...

posted by nick_rearden [859 posts]
25th January 2012 - 15:44

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Not noticed it's slippery side and I've been over it plenty of times on 23mm slicks in all weathers. Noisy though. Bump Dududududududududud bump! You get the idea Surprise

posted by Ting [52 posts]
25th January 2012 - 16:15

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I have to agree with the cheese grater feel to the bridge, feared what it'd do to my tyres! Worried

posted by mb429 [76 posts]
25th January 2012 - 16:23

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