What To See (and eat, and drink, and watch) At Bespoked Manchester

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Bespoked Manchester is on 28-30th June at the Victoria Baths. Buy your tickets in advance to save on the on-the-door price, and be sure to book on for the rides or film night too! We’ll be there, so be sure to come over and say hi between all the other things there will be to see and do…

Rides

There are a couple of rides to join if you want to exercise your legs between stroking all the bikes. Choose between a chill 35k Cafe Route on Saturday and a full blown 70k Peaky Blinder out into the peaks on Sunday. Spaces are limited and sign up is essential, which can be done via this link.

Bar and Food

There is a dedicated room for the bar, music and food vendors featuring a selection of beers from Purity and Mash Gang, served up by the bar team from the late, great, Look Mum No Hands! There will also be food from a selection of great Manchester food trucks, and coffee and pastries from the folks at Rapha store Manchester.

Exhibitor List

You can see the exhibitor list here. Those of a mountain bike persuasion may be especially interested to see Actofive, 18 Bikes, Auckland Cycle Works, Atherton Bikes… and we’ve not even got past the A’s. There’s something for everyone, and we’d encourage you to chat as well as look – the builders spend hours alone in their workshops and love to have the chance to talk to appreciative people about their creations. You don’t have to be buying to improve their day!

Friday 28th June

  • 14.00 – 18.00 Exhibition opens
  • 18.00 – 22.00 Afterparty with pizza, drinks and DJs 

Yes – if you buy a ticket for Friday and you’re still in the exhibition at 6pm, you’ll be able to mingle with the builders, industry folks and such like. It should be a fun time – like being in a great pub where there aren’t any boring people talking about house prices or football. Just bikey people shaking loose. Be there before 7pm, when the doors will close.

Bespoked 2023 – Schwalbe x Leaf Cycles – Photo by Adam Gasson / adamgasson.com

Saturday 29th June

  • 10.00 – 11.30 Rapha Manchester 35K Café Route
  • 10.00 – 18.00 Exhibition open
  • 11.00 – 18.00 Live Tour De France screening in Bar Pool 
  • 13.00 – 14.00 Talk – Bikes and Bird Hides
  • 14.00 – 15.00 Talk – In conversation with Archie Atkinson
  • 18.00 – 22.00 Flim Night with Condor 

Tour de France

To celebrate le grand depart magically lining up with this year’s UK edition of BESPOKED, they will be streaming live coverage of the Tour de France throughout the weekend in the bar. Wondering where to watch the Tour De France in Manchester? Bespoked is the answer!

Film Night

BESPOKED is excited to announce the first BESPOKED x Condor film night on the evening of the Saturday 29th June between 18.00 – 22.00. Join them for a selection of their favourite short films hosted by Condor in the Angel screening room, with complementary Aperol spritz and popcorn. Tickets are free but with limited availability, so sign up is essential via their website here.

Bespoked 2023 – Drust – Photo by Adam Gasson / adamgasson.com

Sunday 30th June

  • 10.00 – 11.30 Rapha Manchester 70K Peaky Blinder
  • 10.00 – 16.00 Exhibition open
  • 11.00 – 16.00 Live Tour De France screening in Bar Pool 
  • 13.00 – 14.00 Talk – In conversation with Meg Barker
  • 14.00 – 15.00 Talk – Schwalbe on tyres made from tyres

Hannah will be hosting the ‘in conversation with’ talks, so if you’ve got any questions you’d especially like asked of Meg Barker or Archie Atkinson, drop them in the comments!

Surely the only question for you is: ‘do I buy a single day ticket, or come for the whole weekend?’

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    prettygreenparrot
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    Really looking forward to the Friday opening afternoon.

    might grab lunch in Rusholme beforehand.

    might even try http://dontacos.co.uk/Learn-Our-Food/

    qwerty
    Free Member

    Go see

    https://www.instagram.com/reel/C8HN6hktVQd/?igsh=NThwb2owYTkyeGJj

    and hear Ted’s gravelly growl drawl about it.

    stwhannah
    Full Member

    Who’s coming then? I’ll be there on a Singletrack stand, and judging the ‘Best Mountain Bike’ prize :-) Do come and say hi, I am totally there for the chat!

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    crazy-legs
    Full Member

    There on Sunday. Looking forward to it, that’s a great list of exhibitors!
    If you’re not completely caffeine’d out by then, I’ll buy you a coffee. :-)

    kelvin
    Full Member

    Friday chat for me.

    nickc
    Full Member

    Saturday morning for me. Looks ace.

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    mick_r
    Full Member

    Three of us coming on Saturday. I’ll mostly be taking photos of the clever tiny details that others probably miss.

    Finally got round to fitting the front rack to my commuter in vague prep for a late summer tour in the Netherlands. I didn’t make the fork but everything else including tube bending was done in the shed.

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    monkeyboyjc
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    Would love to go, having been to several of the Bristol shows, but it’s a big it’s a big ol’ trip to Manchester for me. Would love to see Dawley Bikes stand, Actofive and Huhn Cycles are also 😍

    Those that do go will have an excellent time – by far the best cycling show in the UK.

    mick_r
    Full Member

    It was a big ol’trip for us northerners for the many years it was in Bristol or London 🙂 Good to see it moving around and it should be a suitable character venue to match the great one in Bristol. (Think I did Bristol twice as a visitor and once exhibiting)

    ossify
    Full Member

    Would love to come and I’m pretty local, but can probably only be there from about 2pm on Sunday. Not sure if it’s worth it…

    prettygreenparrot
    Full Member

    Popped back to see ‘what to eat and drink’.

    maybe I’ll skip Rusholme and see what ‘food trucks’ are there.

    the list of exhibitors is long, I just checked it out on the bespoked site. Looks like it’ll be a great event!

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    Harry_the_Spider
    Full Member

    Make sure that you have a good explore of the building. Victoria Baths is a wonderful place.

    ratherbeintobago
    Full Member

    mrchrispy
    Full Member

    how did I miss this. just agreed to drive down to London with the missus this weekend :-(

    rOcKeTdOg
    Full Member

    Will be there tomorrow, is there a secret STW handshake/sign?

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    stwhannah
    Full Member

    @rocketdog freaky. You’ve read tomorrow’s weekly word?! I’ve not sent it out yet!

    prettygreenparrot
    Full Member

    Planning to be there soon after opening on Friday.

    rOcKeTdOg
    Full Member

    @rocketdog freaky. You’ve read tomorrow’s weekly word?! I’ve not sent it out yet!


    @stwhannah
    I’ve been called worse 😆

    kelvin
    Full Member

    Go hungry. Great food … I’d go burrito.

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    Saw this lovely couple there…

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    prettygreenparrot
    Full Member

    Burrito was great.

    saw this in todays weekly word

    They will effortlessly high five and fist bump their way through hellos

    sorry @stwhannah the awkward ‘er, hi’ to you and your delightful husband must have been a disappointment. it was great to see you both there. Have a great evening tonight and enjoy the arduous weekend of stand duty and interviews. If you need a break from the ‘inner’ city pop on the #50 & visit ‘leafy’ Didsbury & the Burnage riviera’s best bar https://www.reasonsbeercafe.co.uk

    for those undecided about going it’s a great show in a great venue. Folks I met at all the stands were so enthusiastic and took so much time to share their knowledge. Big callout to the great lady at Atherton Bikes and the lovely folks at Wizard Works.

    There’s parking a short walk away on most of the streets of Victoria Park. Your car will probably still be there and OK when you get back.

    there’s also parking at East Didsbury tram stop which is convenient for the #50 bus on Kingsway that stops on upper brook street near to the venue.

    there’s parking at the manchester aquatics centre which might be convenient if you’re coming off the Mancunian Way (A57(M)). Walkable to the venue or get the #50 bus.

    from the city centre you can get the #50 bus from outside of the manchester art gallery on Princess Street. Back in the day you could get this from Piccadilly bus station. How times change.

    there is cycle parking front and back. There were a few bikes locked up at the front of the venue today.

    slackboy
    Full Member

    Any word on the quality (and safety) of the bike parking? Not overly re-assured by the phrase “Bike parking will be available outside both venues.”

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    stwhannah
    Full Member

    @slackboy There is a big bike rack with a security guard in a sort of outbuilding adjacent to the venue.

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    slackboy
    Full Member

    thats the quality reporting we like thanks @stwhannah. I’ll come and say hello tomorrow.

    rOcKeTdOg
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    stwhannah
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