Bespoked never ceases to amaze me. The attention to detail, the level of creativity that goes into each bike. Every bike has a purpose and means the world to its owner. Much like ourselves, Bespoked covers all aspects of cycling from the crazy and fun to the fast and serious. This year was no different, one of the first bikes that truly caught my eye was a 36er from PIM Cycles. This bike looked great and what a unique way to experience cycling!?
There were some familiar faces at the show this year but certainly not any familiar ideas. Since last year’s show, Ricky Feather has been working on making a dream become reality by creating his own racing team #highspeedsteel! But I will come back to this in a moment. Tom Donhou has been producing some truly inspiring frames with a lovely creative twist to the paintwork, truly epitomising the custom frame process.
We will also continue adding small galleries like our first one here in the weeks to follow as there is so much great stuff to show you. For more details of the exhibitors and winners at the show take a look at the official Bespoked website. If you’re wondering what the show was like last year you might want to read the 2013 feature or our report from the first Bespoked Bristol.
I have always enjoined seeing Eric’s work since I first saw him at Bespoked Bristol 2012, when he had a couple of frames with him and a set of Curtis Odom hubs, which are just truly awesome. This year was no different, I love the sentiment behind ‘OverKill’, part of his “Speed Metal” track bike series. A true track sprint frame, “Go fast, turn left”. OverKill also features a limited edition chain ring from AARN. Simplicity. I would be happy Eric only brought his head badge over for the show.
What Ricky had to share this year was very different indeed. Feather Cycles Racing was launched at Bespoked and all of the team bikes were unveiled. Part of the idea behind Feather Cycles racing was to revive the connection between frame building and road racing, a connection that has broken down since the rise of aluminium/carbon bikes. After getting a taste for racing from his friends at York Cycleworks, he decided not only to race but to forge a team and hand craft the bikes they will be racing. The outcome is really quite beautiful, though I must say I am a little bias. Blue being my favourite colour and the limited edition turquoise Chris King components. It would of been hard not to enjoy the outcome. For more information about Feather Cycles Racing and #HIGHSPEEDSTEEL, take a look here.
The latest work from Matthew is just exceptional and he had a selection of 5 bikes to drool over. Including a disc brake equipped cross-bike, a stunning collaboration with Death Spray Custom, which is a must see to fully appreciate the level of detail and a fully stainless steel road bike for CycleFit which won ‘Best in Show’, a VERY well deserved award for such a beautiful creation. I need a bicycle like that in my life. The paintwork for the CycleFit collaboration was inspired by a 1936 Buick custom convertible.
It was really nice to see this bike in the flesh and meet Richard himself. Most of the bikes you see at Bespoked are crafted from steel but Craddock will create you a completely bespoke carbon frame. Based on your body dimensions, weight, preference and many other details. With all of the these details taken into consideration, you will be leaving with a bike not only tailored to you but tailored to enhance your performance and efficiency. I really like the muscular look the hand laid joints give the frame. I really hope to see some exciting builds of Craddock frames in the future.
Engineered Bicycles are designed in the UK and handmade in Italy. The man behind the bikes, David Fong is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with a life long passion of cycling. Both the Zondag and Donder were on display at Bespoked. The Donder on display was David’s personal bike which has been painted in the colours of one of our local clubs, Bristol South CC. I knew of Engineered Bicycles before the show but had no idea of the collaboration and was really pleased to see my own club’s colours on the bike. It looks really great. I am looking forward to seeing more from Engineered in the future.