Bespoked Bristol 2013 gears up

UK handmade bicycle show set for April

Bespoked Bristol, the UK handmade bike show, is gearing up for its 2013 event, which will be held next to Bristol Temple Meads station from 12-14 April.

Exhibitor space has already sold out, with organiser Phil Taylor able to keep it to handbuilders only thanks to a resurgence in the frame building craft in recent years. "To be honest, we've politely turned away a good number of potential exhibitors who didn't really fit the 'handmade' requirement," he said.

It won't just be bikes though – there'll be accessories and clothing on display, as well as a series of talks over the three days. There will also be a competition of some sort to win a custom made bike.

"For the 2013 show we think that actions speak louder than words, so we are going to build a bike from scratch, which will be made to fit one very lucky person (details to follow)," said Taylor. "Some of the finest frame builders and bike fitters in the world will be combining skills in this event. It's really a platform for the artisan bicycle makers and their public to meet and share ideas. It's lovely, really."

Since its inception in 2010, Bespoked Bristol has been a success, with more than 4,000 tickets sold for the 2012 event. For more details of next year's show, visit www.bespoked.cc.

Rock candy handlebars – yum!

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