Bespoked is the UK’s biggest custom bike show and this year we’ve been spoilt with a beautiful mix of road, gravel and touring bikes (and a cheeky tandem or two for good measure).
Now in its 10th year, the UK’s answer to NAHBS has moved from its long-term home in Bristol to Harrogate in Yorkshire after a two-year pandemic-forced hiatus.
Here are our seven favourite bikes covering the full spectrum of weird and wonderfulness from this year’s show.
Feather Cycles time trial bike
A gallery dedicated to a bike show in Yorkshire deserves to kick things off with a bike from Yorkshire.
This time trial bike from York-based Feather Cycles is both easy on the eye and a deeply emotional build.
Constructed from Columbus Spirit and Air tubing and bedecked in some seriously tasty kit.
The paint job is a homage to Joy Division – the owner’s brother’s favourite band – and the custom seatstay bridge is what he wanted to have on his own Feather Cycles bike . There are even Joy Division lyrics tucked away on the chainstays, hidden behind the disc wheel.
The rear light is switched on using an infinity symbol tucked away on the seat tube – a fitting final flourish on a hugely personal build.
Unlike many show bikes, this particular bike is actually raced hard, with the owner recently taking on a 24-hour time trial challenge on board it (and crashing in the process, fortunately sustaining no damage to the bike or himself!).
Brevet Cycles l’Ephemere
Our eyes were immediately caught by this truly stunning randonneur bike from Brevet Cycles.
The frame is made of Reynolds 953 stainless steel and is painted in-house by the brand. Extra details that really make the bike sing include a lovely custom chain hanger on the seatstay, a custom pump peg, and a modified Lezyne mini pump that now includes a spring to keep it in place. The bike also features an internal stopper brazed within the seat tube to prevent the seatpost from severing the internally routed cables.