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Bespoked Bristol 2013 opens Friday with chance to win a custom bike… made at the show

UK’s only handmade bicycle show starts this Friday. Over 80 exhibitors and a chance to win a special bicycle

Bespoked Bristol returns for a third year on Friday 12 April with doors opening at 5pm, and running until Sunday 14 April. Besides being a chance to see some of the most eclectic and exotic bikes from the likes of Swallow, Cyfac, Cinelli, Legend and over 80 other exhibitors,  this year a custom bicycle will be built live throughout the show for one very lucky person, with some of the best frame builders, wheel builders and bike fitters involved in the special project.

If you want to be in with a chance of having a unique frame built over the weekend, then you’ll need to head along to the show on Friday afternoon (5pm - 8pm) and take part in the raffle. Raffle tickets will cost £5 with the money raised being donated to The Bristol Bicycle Project and World Bicycle Relief.  A draw will take place later in the evening, at the same time as the show awards will be presented by Bristol’s Mayor George Ferguson.

And if your name is pulled out of the raffle, you will win a custom made, Reynolds 725 single speed, with a Columbus Minimal fork, Ceeway lugs and Paul Component Engineering dropouts. First you will be measured by Andy Sexton and Phil Cavell of Bike Science and Cyclefit respectively.

Then your special bicycle will be built by a who’s who of British framebuilding; Paul Hewitt, Robert Wade, Andrew Denham, Ryan McCaig, Mark Reilly, Jason Rourke, Marco Bertoletti and finished by Matthew Sowter. It will be painted (after the show) by Armourtex London. Jon Webb and Klaus Greuter will build the wheels.

The extraordinary frame will be built with Velo Orange and Grand Cru components, Campagnolo Athena Skeleton Brakes, a Brooks saddle, Nitto bars, stem and post, Paul’s hubs, H Plus Son Archetype rims, Sapim spokes and Schwalbe tyres.

Aside from the live frame building, there will be over 80 exhibitors showcasing handmade bikes from across the world. You can get a taste of what to expect from our coverage last year here, here and here. And here’s the full list. Who are you most interested in seeing?

  • 14 Bike Co
  • 18 Bikes Ltd
  • Atomic22
  • Bike Science
  • Boneshaker
  • Brompton
  • Brian Rourke
  • Brick Lane Bikes
  • Brooks England
  • BTR Fabrications
  • Campagnolo - Chicken Kit
  • Cherubim
  • Chicken Cycle Kit
  • Cinelli
  • COFA Engineering
  • ColourBolt
  • Columbus
  • Condor Cycles
  • Cyclefit
  • Cyfac
  • Demon Frameworks
  • DMO Frameworks
  • Donhou Bicycles
  • Downland Cycles Ltd
  • Dynamo Works
  • Enigma Titanium
  • Era Cycles
  • Faggin Bikes
  • Feather Cycles
  • Field Cycles
  • Firefly - Velo Cafe Magasin
  • Flat Frame Systems Ltd
  • Freshtripe
  • Guru - Cyclefit
  • Hobo Cycles
  • (iL) Soigneur
  • Independant Fabrications
  • - Mosquito + Velo Cafe Magasin
  • Ironworks
  • Just Riding Along
  • Legend
  • Libertine Bicycles
  • LookMumNoHands
  • Loop Wheels
  • Made in England
  • Manchester Custom Cycles
  • Mawis Bikes
  • Merényi Bicycles
  • Middleburn Cycle Components
  • Milltag
  • Mosquito
  • Moulton Bicycle Company
  • Nagasawa - Tokyo Fixed
  • Oak Cycles
  • Odoni
  • Oyster Bikes
  • Parlee - Velo Cafe Magasin
  • Passoni - Cyclefit
  • Paul Component Engineering
  • Paul Hewitt Cycles Ltd
  • Paulus Quiros
  • Pedaled
  • Pegoretti - Mosquito
  • Peter’s Bikes
  • Racer Rosa Bicycles
  • Renwick Bicycles
  • Reynolds Technology
  • Roberts Cycles
  • Rock n Road Cycles
  • Royce UK Ltd
  • Rusby Cycles
  • Saffron Frameworks
  • Sapim - Chicken Cycle Kit
  • Serotta - Cyclefit
  • Seven Cycles – Cyclefit
  • Schwalbe
  • Shand Cycles
  • Shutt Velo Rapide
  • Slate Cycles
  • Strada Wheels Ltd
  • Sven Cycles
  • Swallow
  • Sword Cycles
  • Swrve
  • Teague Bicycles
  • Ted James Design
  • The Bicycle Academy
  • The Footdown
  • Titchmarsh Cycles
  • Tokyo Fixed
  • Tonic Fabrication - Tokyo Fixed
  • Trykit Conversions Ltd
  • Velo Cafe Magasin
  • Villiers Velo
  • Vulpine
  • Winter Bicycles
  • Woodelo
  • Zamboo Bikes
  • Zullo - Mosquito

The show will also mark the 100th anniversary of stainless steel, and there will be a special display of steel bicycles at the show.

The following awards will be picked on the Friday evening, and you can see the winning bikes over the course of the show.

  • Best in Show - supported by Reynolds
  • Best Touring/Randonneur -  supported by Columbus
  • Best Road Bike  - supported by Reynolds
  • Best Track - supported by Paul Bicycle Components
  • Best Utility - supported by Brooks England
  • Best Off Road -  supported by Middleburn
  • Best New Builder -  supported by Columbus
  • Most innovative Product/Design -awaiting confirmation of sponsor
  • Spirit of Cycling
  • Public Vote  - supported by Brooks England & Vulpine
  • Peer Award – Bespoked Bristol

The show takes place at Brunel’s Old Station, Bristol Temple Meads, Bristol, on 12-14th April 2013. More info at We'll see you there.

David worked on the tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of 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, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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