Out and about, Something different

Bespoked – the UK handmade bicycle show

April 24, 2015
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Last Saturday 18th April we took a quick look around the Bespoked Bicycle show – having acquired some tickets through our printers at work (I think they printed all the brochureware and tickets for them), it seemed a shame to miss it. I wanted to go to it last year but we couldn’t make it, so it was good to be able to go and see what was there this year.

The show was held in the Passenger Shed next to Temple Meads station. This was the first time i’d been to an event there! I know, I know…bad form. It’s a beautiful space, especially on such a sunny day.

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I mostly took photos of the pretty bikes…and there were so many amazing looking bikes! It was hard to know where to start with them all. They were all a marvel of engineering, and so many amazing colours, too, as well as quite a few wooden numbers. Tony and I did wonder whether a wooden framed bike would be a good idea in real life (he particularly commented on the mountain bikes with wooden frames), but they did look very impressive.

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This bike just above was one of my favourites, purely for it’s apparent simplicity, and the simplicity of the stand as well. It was just this one bike, standing on its own, looking very impressive. It’s by a company called AOI.CYCLE , although at a cool €1,599.00, I think I might have to save up a bit in order to afford it!!! Plus I would NOT trust Bristol with it – I don’t think i’d want to lock it up anywhere!

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This bamboo bike was pretty cool, but again we wondered whether it would stand the test of time? This one was by Virk Designs.

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I loved these two bikes by Seren Bicycles. They immediately caught my eye with the pretty pale blues and greens. Apparently the green one was custom built for a girl doing John O’Groats to Lands End. I asked if the hard leather seat would be replaced with something softer for such a long journey, but apparently not! Good luck, lady, who ever you are! If I spot you on your way to Land’s End i’ll ask how your bum is feeling, and comment on your pretty bike :)

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These guys had a particularly cool logo and stand – Field Bicycles. Plus they had some of the nicest colour bikes (that’s about as technical as i’ll get!).

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How could I resist taking a photo of this beautiful turquoise number! I think they were all custom built for customers, so not for general sale.

All in all it was a great show – particularly if you are reeeeaaally in to bikes. For me it was more about how ‘pretty’ they looked, and daydreaming about swanning around Bristol on a powder blue bike, with chrome mudguards and tan leather handles and seats…Well, maybe one day it might happen!

<3 Sofia

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