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August 21, 2013 · 23:45

Bespoked Bristol 2013

I admit these photos area  little late, but none the less here are a selection of my shots from Bespoked Bristol 2013 back in March. It was a great show with the hall jam packed with fabulous bicycles and frames of all shapes and sizes. What was really impressive was the consistent high level of quality across all the stands, from the established Roberts, Rourke, Hewitt et al… to the younger generation Oak, Feather, Donhou etc…

I’ll definitely be back next year!

The rest of my set can be seen on Fickr

Roberts Cycles

Reynolds Tubing

Era Cycles

Oak Cycles

Columbus Tubing

Gunnar Bikes

Oak Cycles

Nagasawa

The rest of my set can be seen on Fickr

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Countdown to Bespoked.

Bought my rail tickets to Bespoked on Saturday. Very excited! Will be posting a full show report, with plenty of photos, sometime next week.

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Bespoked Bristol

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I’m really looking forward to Bespoked Bristol thats coming up in April. The exhibitors list is bursting with the best of British framebuilding, (from the legendary Roberts Cycles to the up and coming Oak Cycles), as well as a few international builders.

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Bespoked have released some great ‘Meet the Maker’ video profiles, which really give a flavour of the skill and craftsmanship that go into a handbuilt custom (mostly) steel frame.

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Made in England book review.

Thought I’d type a few words about “Made in England: The Artisans behind the Hand-built Bicycle” by Matthew Sowter (of Saffron Frameworks) and Ricky Feather (of Feather Cycles).

I’d taken keen interest in the first info that came out about this project ages ago, having a great interest in frame building and the British hand-built bicycle, and as soon as the pre-order came up my Dad and I placed an order straight away, especially as one of the featured builders is Chas Roberts (of whose bicycles we own several).

The book is a beautiful piece of work, with each builder having several pages of stunning ‘at work’ photos as well as a double page spread of one special frame or bicycle, as well as a fascinating section about Reynolds Tubing. Credit must be given here to Kayti Peschke for the brilliant photos which really capture the character of each builder and their creations. The writing is really excellent with both the questions asked and the responses given being interesting insights into the world of the framebuilders. It is obvious that everyone involved, from Matthew and Ricky to all the builders has a huge amount of passion and knowledge for bicycles, and this comes out in the book.

The book also serves as a wonderful memorial to Ron Cooper, in the form of the chapter dedicated to him, who sadly passed away on the 12th of December. His chapter really seems to capture his “old school” spirit as well as his incredible skills and passion.

I would really encourage any cyclist, engineer, or metal worker to get hold of a copy, or even just anyone with an interest in bicycles. If you are in the market for a custom built frame then this book would serve as the ultimate shop window!

Made in England: The Artisans behind the Hand-built Bicycle is available from the Push Projects website, or the Feather Cycles webshop.

(apologies for the iphone pics)

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Rapha Supercross at Alexandra Park

Headed up to the Rapha Supercross race at AllyPally yesterday, with a reluctant girlfriend in tow, but she admitted by the end that she’d quite enjoyed it! It was a great day out with plenty of exciting racing especially in the Elite mens and the Novice race complete with Tequila shortcut. The rain made a brief appearance, but didn’t dampen the large crowds spirits, helped I am sure by the bar, burger vans and coffee stall. (and the free cowbells!) I for one will be back next year, and if I can afford another bike possibly racing! Here’s a few snaps from the day, and there’s more on my flickr.

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A few recent shots…

Just a few iphone snaps from my instagram:

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And follow me on instagram user name de_souz or on webstagram here.

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Made in England

Can’t wait for the book to come out!

EDIT: I’ve placed my order, you can too, pre-order from Push Projects

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Why?

via: pinkbike

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