Bespoked Bristol 2012 – UK Handmade Bicycle Show Finalists
The results are now in for the UK Handmade Bicycle Show that took place on March 23rd-25th in Bristol, UK. In its second year, vendors and builders worldwide showed up in addition to local builders.
The above ‘Camponneur’ is the winner for both best in show & public vote – created by Bristol-based Robin Mather and sponsored by Reynolds. Mather enjoys creating rugged bikes equipped to handle the day-to-day commute, like this bike sporting mudguards and panniers. For a closer look and a list of all winners, click through the break…
Best Road – Feather Cycles/Rapha
In preparation for Rapha’s UK Continental, Rapha featured six handmade road bikes in their booth, each made by a different builder. Feather Cycles took the prize with this beauty, sponsored by Reynolds.
Best Track – Demon Frameworks ‘Hermes’
Already winning the Road Bike category at NAHBS 2012, Demon Frameworks swept it up with this wood-grained track bike sponsored by Brooks.
Best New Builder – Wilkinson Cycles
“Mixed Gear” by Wilkinson Cycles, sponsored by Columbus and Ceeway, was awarded Best New Builder. Taking influence from his three years as a London bike courier, Matt Wilkinson created the “Mixed Gear” with a dual-feature rear dropout that allows for a choice between gears or singlespeed/track setup.
Best Touring/Randonneur – Roberts Ruff Stuff and Winter Bicycles
Roberts Cycles and Oregon-Based Winter Bicycles split the vote in the Touring/Randonneur category with the “Ruff Stuff” and “the Wanderer”. Ruff Stuff came equipped for an all-out tour while the Wanderer had a different approach, boasting a classic-inspired internally wired lugged frame.
Best Utility- Mercian
Sponsored by Brooks, Mercian won the category of Best Utility Bike with “Jane’s Bike”. Established in Derby, UK in 1946, Mercian continues fantastic frame building with “Jane’s Bike”, a lugged frame conceived as an around-towner by the owner of Mercian, Jane Mosley.
Best Off Road – Crisp Titanium
Based in Italy, Crisp Titanium won the Best Off Road with the Crisp “Il Capo” sponsored by Hope.