Bespoked Bristol 2012 opens Friday evening with show judging and awards
Hardly more than 24 hours until the UK Handmade Bicycle Show kicks off at Brunel's famous Temple Meads...

The beautiful bicycle above made by Norwich's Tom Donhou won the 'Best in Show' award at last year's inaugural Bespoked Bristol, like Tom a newcomer to the traditional world of British custom framebuilding. Also like Tom the show caught the imagination of readers with subsequent features in the Guardian and Sunday Times not to mention a host of style mags, blogs and all the specialist magazines and websites.

This year's edition opens in barely more than 24 hours, just down the road from last year's venue in a Victorian railway shed in Bristol twice the size to accommodate the doubling in exhibitor numbers. The format stays the same however with a Friday evening session opening at 5pm with judging in which road.cc will be lending a hand before a prize presentation at 7.45pm and the well-deserved clinking of beer bottles.

Visitors get to choose their own winner in the 'Public Vote Best of Show' which will be awarded Sunday afternoon. Everyone who chooses the winner gets their name in the hat to draw a handmade leather saddle made by competition sponsors Brooks. Last year's 'public vote' was won by Demon Frameworks who went on to win at the North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show just finished in Sacramento. Make sure you pick up your voting slip as you enter the exhibition, as British voters are clearly trend-setters.


Award Categories

  • Best of Show - sponsored by Reynolds
  • Best Road Bicycle - sponsored by Reynolds
  • Best Track Bicycle - sponsored by Brooks
  • Best Utility Bicycle - sponsored by Brooks
  • Best Off Road - sponsored by Hope
  • Best New Builder - sponsored by Columbus and Ceeway


New Builders feature

An innovation for the 2012 Bespoked show is New Builders showing off young framebuilding talent just starting out and not yet working at a commercial level. A place to spot future Bespoked winners, maybe?


Exhibitors List

13th Floor Distribution
14 Bike Co
Argos Racing Cycles
Award Bikes
Bagaboo Bags showing Urban Hunter
Bicycles By Design - Landescape & Swallow
Bike Science
Boneshaker Magazine
Brian Rourke
Brick Lane Bikes
Brooks England
Brother Cycles
Burls Bicycles
Cherubim with Tokyo Fixed
COFA Engineering
CompanyZ showing Legend & Formigli
Condor Cycles
Crisp Titanium
Curtis Bikes
Cyfac with VeloBrands
Demon Frameworks
Donhou Bicycles
Downland Cycles
Dynamo Works
Feather Cycles
Flat Frame Systems
Foffa Bikes
Formigli with CompanyZ
Gunnar with Rock n Road
(iL) Soigneur
Independent Fabrication with Sideways Cycles
Landescape with Bicycles By Design
Just Riding Along
Kajak Custom
Kurtz Bikes
Leet Bikes
Legend with CompanyZ
Leonardi Racing
Manchester Custom Cycles
Mawis Bikes
Mercian Cycles
Merenyi Bicycles
Milk Bikes
Moots with Mosquito
Oak Cycles
OTM Bikes
Paper Bicycle
Paulus Quiros
Peter’s Bike
Pinstripe Push Irons
Quoc Pham
Racer Rosa Bicycles
Roberts Cycles
Robin Mather Cycles
Rock n Road showing Waterford & Gunnar
RodfordVelo with Really Useful Bikes
Royce with 14 Bike Co
Shutt Velo Rapide
Sideways Cycles showing Independent Fabrication & White Industries
Shand Cycles
Simon Jenkins
Slate Bicycles
Steve Mundie
Strada Handbuilt Wheels
Swallow with Bicycles By Design
Synergy Action
Ted James Design
The Bicycle Academy
The Footdown
Tokyo Fixed showing Cherubim
Urban Hunter showing Bagaboo Bags
VeloBrands showing Cyfac
Villiers - Velo
Waterford showing Rock n Road
White Industries with Sideways Cycles
Wilkinson Cycles
Winter Bicycles
Zullo with Mosquito


Bespoked Bristol

Brunel's Old Station, Clock Tower Yard, Temple Meads

Friday 23rd March - 5pm - 8pm
Saturday 24th March - 9.30 – 6.00pm
Sunday 25th March - 9.30 – 5.00pm

Details: bespokedbristol.co.uk



Jon Burrage [998 posts] 3 years ago

and a very friendly bunch they were too....  14