Bespoked is a wonderland of the world’s finest hand-built treasures, from one-offs like Dear Susan‘s beachcomber bike (below left) or this specially adapted bike for children with dwarfism (upper right), built by Curtis Bikes … to world-class adventure machines like this (lower right) from Talbot Frameworks, complete with a bunch of Restrap‘s brilliant bike luggage.
The build-up to Bespoked is always pretty intense for us at Boneshaker. Each year we try and launch a new issue there, so we can share it with the thousands of discerning bike fans who flock to our hometown of Bristol for the event. This year was no different, with issue 19 flying hot off the press just hours before the show opened. We’re delighted with how it’s turned out, and the response from the Bespoked crowds had us all grinning from ear to ear.
Wandering through the show over the weekend, we were overwhelmed as ever by the sheer variety and skill of the work – from Condor‘s immaculate lug work to Winter Bicycles‘ hand-tooled Dura-Ace chainrings and derailleurs, and the ingenious innards of a Rohloff speed hub…
The story of how this tool-bedecked carpenter’s bike came into being is one of the features in our new issue – the bike was built by Andrew Riddington with the expert tuition of Downland Cycles‘ frame-building school.
This year, for the first time ever, Bespoked had a fringe – the politically inclined, DIY-inspired ‘Besmirched’, with bands, talks and crazy bikes on show including Michael Tuffsohn’s radiator tandem (see bottom right), the story of which you can also find in Boneshaker #19.
We’re already looking forward to next year’s Bespoked – but first we’ll be doing our best to get issue 19 out to our readers, so we can keep spreading good cycling vibes all over the world.
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