Bespoked Bike Check: The Metal Bike, by Fern Bicycles

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For the first time ever, the Bespoked Bike Show is leaving the UK and taking place in Dresden, Germany. From 13th-15th October, people will be able to go and peruse gorgeous hand built bikes and accessories, and chat to their makers. Sadly we couldn’t make the trip this year, so we’re bringing a taste of the show to these pages. Maybe it’ll whet your appetite to head along, or maybe it’ll make you wish you were there enough to get organised for next time.

There are hundreds of small independent manufacturers of super high-end bikes spread across central Europe, making incredible work that deserves to be seen! We want to bring these makers to the fore, and work with them, as well as a handful of larger and more established brands to bring the European handmade and independent bike scene to a global audience


This bike caught our eye because it inspires us to pack up everything and hit the road. Any road. All the roads, and the trails, and basically anywhere that might lead to local delicacies and spectacular views.

The Metal Bike

Based in Berlin, Germany, Flo has been building bikes for 10 years. Building 10-15 bikes a year, he works in steel with a focus on ‘allroad touring bikes’. This one is TIG welded, and takes 650B tyres with a maximum width of 2.4 inches. Flo says this was the trickiest part of the build – getting the tyre and crank clearance – and that for the next build he’d like to see if he can get even bigger tyre clearance.

He’s most pleased with the racks and bags on this bike, and enjoys the whole process of building from design, choosing the (many) optional extras, through building the frame, bags and then handing over to the (hopefully!) happy customer.

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