What an awesome show. Not since the heady days of the mountain bike boom have I witnessed such a sense of positivity and enthusiasm in the bicycle trade. This is just one tiny part of the UK trade of course – The artisans. The craftsfolk. The guys with dirty fingernails and an unhealthy addiction to the smell of hot swarf. This first ever Bespoked was, according to every single exhibitor that I spoke to, a better show than they could have dared imagine. Visitors were queueing up to get in on both days – and for the few hours I was there we were packed shoulder to shoulder.
The show had a slightly different flavour to the US and Euro handmade shows on which it was modelled. As Rob off of Really Useful Bikes pointed out – there were no cargo bikes, no ladies/step-through frames. I didn’t see a kid’s bike or a small wheeled bike either. Nonetheless, this was probably the best bicycle show I have ever attended. And I’ve been to few.
Awesome. Cyclorama will have a stand there next year for sure.
Donhue: Best Of Show!
Detail of Winner; Best Track Frame:
Lee Cooper: Winner; Best Utility: