Bespoked Bristol 2012 – UK Handmade Bicycle Show Finalists

Bespoked Bristol Best In Show Mather

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…

Bespoked Bristol Best In Show Mather Close

Best Road – Feather Cycles/Rapha

Bespoked Bristol Best Road Feather Cycles Rapha

Bespoked Bristol Best Road Feather Cycles Rapha Close

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’

Bespoked Bristol Best Track Demon Frameworks

Bespoked Bristol Best Track Demon Frameworks Rear

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

Bespoked Bristol 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

Bespoked Bristol Best Touring Roberts Ruff Stuff

Roberts Ruff Stuff

Bespoked Bristol Best Touring Winter Bicycles Eric EstlundRoberts 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

Bespoked Bristol Utility Mercian

Bestpoked Bristol 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

Bespoked Bristol Best Off Road Crisp Titanium CloseBased in Italy, Crisp Titanium won the Best Off Road with the Crisp “Il Capo” sponsored by Hope.


Chris - 04/01/12 - 2:19am

Great to see so many good handbuilt frames again these days, & Chas Roberts in amongst them !

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