Bespoked 2016.

21 05 2016

A few weeks ago, I travelled to Bristol to meet old friends, make new ones and see some cool bikes at Bespoked 2016. Shaggy and myself were to act as judges, representing Grit.cx and Singletrack magazine – judging the off road drop bar bike and the mountain bike exhibits. The Grit.cx awardees are here and the Singletrack awardees are here. The rest of the awardees can be seen here.

Overall, it was (just as in previous years) a fantastic experience. Phil Taylor and team organised a welcoming, informing, laid back and incredibly professional show that belied the amount of effort and work that it clearly took to produce. It was great to discuss the bikes with Shaggy – a great friend and bike builder himself. I think we complemented each other well – his keen eye for quality of workmanship and engineering know-how and my experience with various custom builders over the years on my own and others’ bikes.

The standard of frame building was superb. Really, there is little difference between the North American Hand Made Bike Show and Bespoked in anything but number of exhibitors.

I am looking forward to next year already.

I have a gallery up on flickr now that shows what I spent time looking at. Enjoy.

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