Top handmade bike builders from UK and the world heading for London in April


Tickets are now on sale for Bespoked 2014 – The UK Handmade Bicycle Show at Lee Valley Velopark, London on April 11-13.

The show moves this year from its birthplace in Bristol up to That London and the Lee Valley Velopark, the cycling venue for the London 2012 Olympics.

What hasn’t changed, though is the focus of the event: beautiful hand-built and custom bikes from top UK builders and also from Italy, the USA, Taiwan and South Africa, plus fine components, clothing and accessories.

The exhibitor list reads like a who’s who of British framebuilding, from monuments of the bespoke bike scene like Rourke, Woodrup and Roberts to newcomers like Toad Custom Cycles and Richard Craddock, the carbon fibre specialist featured in Bespoked’s framebuilder of the week spot this week.

From outside the UK there will be bikes from Australia’s Baum Cycles, Cyfac from France, Italian builders including D’Accordi, Faggin and Pegoretti, Igleheart from Portland, Oregon and Tsubasa of Japan among many others.

Organiser Phil Taylor says he’s confidently expecting this to be the best Bespoked ever, and with the line-up he’s assembled we’re almost as excited as he is.

Advance tickets cost £7.50 (+50p booking fee) for a day - £10 on the door - and £17.50 (+50p booking fee) for all three days rather than £20.

Public opening times
Friday April 11: 14.00-19.00
Saturday April 12: 09.30-18.00
Sunday April 13: 10.00-16.30

Tickets are available from http://billetto.co.uk/bicycleshow2014.

For more detais of the show, see the Bespoked 2014 website.

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Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.