Bespoked 2021 – A Few Highlights – Now Go and Pick Your Own!

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You can disagree with my choices or complain that I’ve missed something important, but I had a fairly briefly dash around Bespoked yesterday and these are the things that caught my eye and heart. Mostly, I wasn’t thinking about writing a story, I was just enjoying getting to talk to people about bikes and beautifully made things. It’s still on tomorrow, so if you can make the trip there I’d recommend it – or book it into you diaries for future year and make a long weekend of it.

Ted James Design

A BMX with Manitou fork, stainless/rusted steel mix, and an extendable seat post so you can cover some decent ground to get to your local ride spot. This makes my list because it’s fun and I like the renegade vibe to this. If I could jump, I’d want to turn up to my local spot on this. Plus, when I asked what he called the pair of bikes next to it on the stand he said ‘my kids’ bikes’. Lucky kids! I’d bet few birthday cakes can be made with as much love and passion as these bikes.

Teme Frameworks

I’d met Ben before when he was at the now defunct Islabikes Imagine Project. He’s now making bikes in Shropshire. This one he’d made for his wife – the artist who drew his ‘hop’ logo – as she’s a bit small to fit many bikes and couldn’t find just what she wanted. Ben is hoping that this is the kind of customer he’ll be making bikes for – people who aren’t served by the mainstream market so have a specific need for a custom frame.

The Vandal Metalworks

If I’m allowed to pick a favourite stand, this might be it. A tall bike, a 3-speed hybrid, a track bike, a singlespeed gravel bike… it’s not so much the bikes themselves that got me, but more the vibe. It felt more like an interactive art installation than a bike show stand – fun, playful, and full of ‘ooh, let’s try this!’ experiments. The Surly Moloko homage bars though…I reckon I’d give them a go.

Coal Bikes

These bikes are built by Gavin, who was the framebuilder at Stanton when I visited there and he showed me how to weld. He’s now part of Coal Bikes, and they’re just finalising their design. For me, this was the best dressed mountain bike of the show. Looking more than skin deep, there’s a really interesting frame underneath that bears closer inspection.

Dear Susan

It was great to meet Petor, the builder behind the Bicycles Pubes bike at NAHBS, and also behind Grayson Perry’s Princess Freedom bike that I saw when I interviewed Grayson Perry a few years back. His stand had two bikes on it reflecting the fact that Hope and Paul Components are both the same age. One has an American theme, built with Paul Components parts for Dynaplug’s stand at the 2020 Sea Otter that never happened. The other is built with Hope parts, painted by a friend who’d never painted a bike before, and the last bike Petor says he’ll make as Dear Susan. In future he’ll be running Bespoked with new business partner Josh. They have some plans that sound great and made my whole flying trip over there have a nice warm glow of hope. Watch this space.

Brevet Cycles

Brevet

I think I’d give this bike the ‘Bike I’d Like To Own’ award. The twin top tubes run through into the seat stays and give a nice aesthetic balance with the truss fork up front – which I think are really comfortable and practical on this type of bike. There’s internal routing for the dynamo and rear derailleur, adding to the tidy look. Yes, I’d happily own and ride this. Yum.

It’s a great day out, I would have happily spent a whole weekend there instead of half a day, and I highly recommend you go along and pick your own favourites.

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  • Bespoked 2021 – A Few Highlights
  • Premier Icon Tim
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    That Coal Bikes full Sus is a lovely looking thing

    Premier Icon qwerty
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    #fingerscrossed TJD is on the front page 👌🏻

    Premier Icon Steve
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    Quite like the Teme bike – MrsMC is extra petite and LittleMiss isn’t much taller, so someone looking at bikes for shorter riders is great news

    Premier Icon monkeyboyjc
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    Gutted I couldn’t make it – first one I’ve missed, but the change of venue made it a bit of a trek. Looks great though….

    Premier Icon thepodge
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    I was slightly underwhelmed yesterday, lots of nice stuff but very little that was outstanding.

    Back in London town next year so ball ache for anyone slightly northern again.

    Premier Icon brant
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    Rå Bikes were clearly a stand out, though don’t seem to have been noticed by many.

    Premier Icon thepodge
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    There was a guy in the back corner who I think had built some kind of fixed gear hub with gears and a freewheel which only worked when you pulled a brake lever. Utterly bonkers and brilliant but presumably a market of 1.

    Premier Icon Matthew Hornby
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    I talked to him about it. Certainly clever, but definitely a solution without a problem. But I was too polite to tell him.

    Quite enjoyed it, not a single proper cargo bike in sight, but plenty of Porteur racks!

    Premier Icon salsaboy
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    I loved rhe look of that Coal bike, was there when Andi was talking to them, we picked that bike up and its superlight for what it can do, just too much capability for me.
    The Howler full susser was my bike of the day.

    Premier Icon Tom Howard
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    I reckon a Ra .410 is in my future. Was aware of them before the show, now I’ve seen it, that’s made my mind up.

    Premier Icon mick_r
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    How was it for crowds? I really wanted to go whilst it was up north, but didn’t fancy in current climate if it was as busy as Bristol.

    Back to London is a bit of a pain but suppose we could do a mini city break. Maybe more monied potential punters there I guess?

    Was it still Phil running things? What is the story with the change of ownership? 8 years since I had a little stand in the new builders room….. (just to talk and have fun – never any intention to make it a business).

    Premier Icon Lee
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    Loads more space – not sure if when compared to Bristol it is because a bigger hall….less punters …. Or less exhibits

    Premier Icon Hannah Dobson
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    @mick_r this is Phil’s last year. As I explain in the Dear Susan bit above, Petor and Josh are taking over. I like the sound of their plans…will bring you a proper news piece on it in due course when they’re happy to go public!

    Premier Icon voodoo
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    I like the idea of the twmpa made of ash. Beautiful bit of wood work. I would like to see a review on how these wooden bikes perform.

    Premier Icon Matthew Hornby
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    That Twmpa was lovely, massive contrast with the stand diagonally opposite that had a wooden bike which basically looked like it had been made with glued and sanded pallet wood.

    Same stand had an adjustable geometry with a big clamped headtube on a curved guide. I asked the owner what he planned to make once he’d worked out the geometry on his test mule, but no that was the actual bike. Oops. 🤭

    Premier Icon paton
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    https://variangle.com/

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    Premier Icon Tom Howard
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    What confused me was he had a bike with an on the fly adjustable head angle, and a fixed seatpost…
    From chatting to him, I think his hope was someone would buy the design.

    Premier Icon elshalimo
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    Did anyone chat to the Reilly guys about the orange steel gravel bike?

    I wonder if they’re going to make it and how much it will be? 🤔

    Premier Icon mark morgan
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    I like the idea of the twmpa made of ash. Beautiful bit of wood work. I would like to see a review on how these wooden bikes perform.

    I ride with Andy quite a bit and have also ridden his first 2 wooden bikes. He has ridden his first one thousands of miles both on and off road with ne’er a problem. He has Everested on it at least once as I joined him on a couple of runs up the pass.

    I think GCN did a review of the bike last year. Yep…

    Premier Icon bigsurfer
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    That Twmpa bike is amazing, first time I have ever thought that wood might be a credible alternative. I was presently surprised that the frame price was only £3500 for an early production item I think that is pretty comparable.

    I absolutely love the look of the frame I might never ride it because I would be too busy staring at those joints.

    Premier Icon dcwhite1984
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    That Coal Bikes full Sus is a lovely looking thing

    Been following progress of it on Instagram, very lovely looking bike, the yellow and black scheme they have is immense

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