One of roadcc's favourite bike shows (and not just because it's only down the road) is Bespoked Bristol is a little over a month away - this year's show runs from the 12 - 14th April in Brunel's Old Station at Bristol Temple Meads. Bespoked brings together a very fine collection of UK and worldwide frame builders. Names like Roberts, Condor, Swallow and some of the exciting younger builders like Feather, Donhour, Ted James, will be among the 80 exhibitors this year.
To whet your appetite we've got a full list of exhibitors below plus you can wallow in all last year's Bespoked loveliness by clicking this link to a page full of all of our stories and picture galleries from last year's show - including our Best of British gallery featuring this lovely mixte frame from Ted James.
It's fair to say that the market for handmade bicycles is strong and healthy, and as we've reported over the years there's a growing band of younger frame builders expressing their passion for cycling joining those builders who enjoy a long heritage of frame building.
Bespoked Bristol is THE place to see many of the hottest frame builders right now. So make sure you're free between 12-14 April and head on over to Brunel's Old Station, right next door to Bristol Temple Meads train station.
This year, as well as packing in more manufacturers than last year, they're attempting something quite bold: to build a custom bike during the course of the show. Organiser Phil Taylor explains: "We are going to build a bike from scratch, which will be made to fit one very lucky person. From the initial consultation and bike fit through tube selection, frame design, lug prep and carving, brazing, making forks and stems, checking alignment, choice of components and wheel building, some of the finest framebuilders and bike fitters in the world will be combining skills in this event." How much do you want to be that lucky person?!
Some highlights from last year
Pegoretti MXXXXXX (think that's enough Xs) art really does meet craft in the bikes from this Italian master frame builder
Roberts showed off their engineering ingenuity with this 4.7Kg steel race bike… that folds
Brian Rourke race bike with unpainted Reynolds 953 back end
Brian Rourke road frame with signature wrap around seat stay - for the first time executed in stainless steel
Donhou road bike with bi-laminate lugs
Rapha Continental Donhou - headbadge
Rapha Continental Donhou - full bike
Crisp Titanium road bike - Italian-based US frame builder
Legend HT9.5 Italian custom carbon
This year's show has something special to celebrate, the 100-year anniversary of stainless steel. Stainless steel, best expressed in Reynolds 953 and Columbus XcR, is one of the reasons that steel has been enjoying a resurgence of interest from cyclists. And it's also the material that a professional cycling team (Madison) is this year pinning their hopes on. Steel isn't dead, it's alive and kicking.
See www.bespokedbristol.co.uk for full details.
Here's the full list of exhibitors. Who are you most keen to see?
13th Floor Distribution
14 Bike Co
18 Bikes Ltd
Brick Lane Bikes
Campagnolo - Chicken Kit
Chicken Cycle Kit
Downland Cycles Ltd
Firefly - Velo Cafe Magasin
Flat Frame Systems Ltd
Guru - Cyclefit
- Mosquito + Velo Cafe Magasin
Just Riding Along
Made in England
Manchester Custom Cycles
Middleburn Cycle Components
Moulton Bicycle Company
Nagasawa - Tokyo Fixed
Parlee - Velo Cafe Magasin
Passoni - Cyclefit
Paul Component Engineering
Paul Hewitt Cycles Ltd
Pegoretti - Mosquito
Racer Rosa Bicycles
Rock n Road Cycles
Royce UK Ltd
Sapim - Chicken Cycle Kit
Serotta - Cyclefit
Seven Cycles – Cyclefit
Shutt Velo Rapide
Strada Wheels Ltd
Ted James Design
The Bicycle Academy
Tonic Fabrication - Tokyo Fixed
Trykit Conversions Ltd
Velo Cafe Magasin
Zullo - Mosquito
We're going to be there in force and hope to see you there too and we'll be featuring lots more news about the show in the coming weeks.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.