Ever since it first started back in 2011, Bespoked – The UK Handmade Bicycle Show, has been one of our favourite shows to attend. Ok, so there’s usually only a small number of bikes with knobbly rubber fitted, but that certainly doesn’t detract from the appeal of the show. In this world of mass produced everything it’s so refreshing to shake hands with the very hands that made the bike sat in front of you. These aren’t just any old bikes either, there’s an attention to detail that you’ll never find in something that’s come off a production line. I think you either get the whole handmade thing or you don’t, but if you do then I guarantee that you’ll absolutely love this show.
In previous years the show has been held in Bristol, but it has now outgrown that venue, so the organisers have made the decision to move it to the Lee Valley Velodrome in London, where it will be one of the first events held since the place opened its doors after being the home of the London 2012 Olympic track cycling. As much as we’d still love the show to be on our doorstep in Bristol, we think this amazing venue is perhaps the perfect backdrop for the show, plus the Olympic BMX track is right next door too.
What are we looking forward to seeing most this year? Well it has to be the final unveiling of BTR’s full suss frame.
Burf from BTR has been teasing us for longer than we can remember with photos like the ones above, but come show time we will finally get to see the frame in the flesh. Will it be as radical and sweet as their hardtails? Let’s hope so!
Dates and times for the show are below, and if you get over here to buy your tickets before the end of March then you’ll save yourself a few quid compared to paying on the door.
Friday 11th April: 14.00-19.00
Saturday 12th April: 9.30-18.00
Sunday 13th April: 10.00-16.30