BikeRadar contributors are to help judge this weekend’s inaugural Bespoked Bristol handmade bike show, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday (11-12 June) at the British city’s Paintworks arts centre.
Billed as the first event of its kind in the UK, the show aims to celebrate the craft of bicycle building and to showcase the talents of independent and small-scale makers of bikes, components, clothing and accessories. Established names such as Condor, Enigma and Villiers will be there, alongside relative newcomers such as Feather Cycles and Demon Frameworks.
The doors will open to the public from 9am-6pm. A judging panel of industry luminaries will be on hand to present a number of awards, with categories including Best of Show, Best Road Frame and Best Off-Road Frame. Among the judges are What Mountain Bike editor Matt Skinner, Cycling Plus’s Neil Pedoe, and Mountain Biking UK’s Steve Worland.
“If you have a love of bespoke or artisan things then Bespoked Bristol should sate your thirst for beautiful two-wheeled things,” said Matt. “Expect everything from up-to-the-minute frame designs for getting muddy on, to intricate show stoppers that really should be in gilded cages; it’s the first ever snapshot of the state of Britain’s custom scene and if the North American Handmade Bike Show is anything to go by, it certainly won’t be the last.”
Entry to the show costs £5 on the door (cash/cheque), or £6 online. Under-14s can enter for free. To find out more details about the show, visit the Bespoked Bristol website.