Decided to visit Bespoked Bristol last minute on Sunday after seeing some lovely stuff popping up online. I knew I'd also be able to meet Ed from Milltag and the guys at Boneshaker magazine who I've just finished projects for, so it felt like a worthy visit!
Catching my train at Paddington with one minute to spare and no time to load up on chocolates for the two hour journey ahead was not how I'd planned to start the relaxed day out. Finding out that Southwest trains have no plug sockets for passengers was another dampener, I was now chocolate-less and in an attempt to preserve my battery for the day, phone-less. Luckily I brought along some pens and a sketchpad to spend the long journey drawing.
The venue was a 2 minute walk down the road from the station, upon entry my eyes were already overwhelmed with shiny bikes gleaming in the spotlights. To the left of the main door, the highly decorative frames of Festka stood out immediately. This steel beast above had some gorgeous polka dot detailing on the stem and handlebars, complete with a hand painted frame and matching Aerospoke's. It was bold and garish, exactly what I'd hoped to find!
Photo below of the full build from Festka
There were a number wooden frames at the show. With Keim Cycles and Williams Cylesshowing some true crafting skills. These are obvious show stoppers, drawing in the crowds, their true functionality and relevance for the masses is still debatable, but I couldn't ignore the perfection in the builds, especially from Keim.
Of course, we couldn't do a full write up without mentioning the rainbow TT bike painted by Alistair mclean of Fat Creations for Dear Susan Bicycles. another bold piece I enjoyed, with perfect precision on the alignment of the frame and disc stripes, very satisfying!
On the subject of satisfaction, the fixed gear bike from Cloud 9 Cycles also impressed. With a slightly busy looking cockpit all evened out by the perfect small logo detailing on the rear brake bridge and the classy gold name plaque on the top tube.
There were so many nice frames and parts, I feel like we need a three part blog to truly go through all the details. There's a bunch more photos below of some of the best bits, including the Boneshaker and Milltag pop up shops in the Arnolfini where I got to pick up a copy of the mag featuring my illustration and a some full Eyes kits from Milltag!
After an action packed morning, it was a relief to meet up with our good friend Lucy for some much needed tea and brownies, spending the rest of the day at FCP Coffee and taking some fun photos of her skidding down Bristol's side roads before heading back to the station for another long journey, this time with a full phone battery (thanks for the electricity FCP!) and a new edition of Boneshaker to keep me occupied.