London frame-builders scoop two awards at Bespoked Bristol

London frame-builders scoop two awards at Bespoked Bristol


Bicycle making is returning to London and its exponents are the toast of the country. Two of the capital's new frame makers won awards at Britain’s premier custom-made bike show, Bespoked Bristol. 


Saffron Frameworks won the Utility Bike Award for an exquisite green bespoke town bike that  whose details include screw in fittings for a front rack and perfect matching mudguards.  

Next door Southwark neighbours, Oak Cycles took the Touring Bike Award with a flawlessly fillet brazed flat bar machine that can take more than enough luggage for a world tour.


The rest of London’s bike making community was well represented at the show which packed in a staggering 4500 visitors into converted railway shed at Bristol Temple Meads station.



Adrian (master frame builder) and Brian (master mechanic) were showing off frames from the legendary Chas Roberts workshop including a glorious one in Columbus XCr tubing and the classic DOGSBOLX


Rusby cycles, one of the new London frame builders that work in Southwark brought down some  fine road frames.


Tom Donhou, who now works in Hackney, attracted a crowd with his evil looking record attempt machine that sported a 104 tooth front chainwheel that’s the size of a car wheel.


Brick Lane Bikes displayed some of their super stylish custom made La Piovra frames produced by one of the best builders in Poland (La Piovra (Octopus) is apparently what Italians call lugs).


Condor’s showed some of the lovely Paris Galibier machines that they have revived.

Racer Rosa demonstrated how dedicated they are to their brand defining Lombardy blue by displaying a row of identically coloured bikes made by their Italian frame maker.


Other curiosities included a retro road bike from Swallow, the copper plated bike built by Slate cycles and the extraordinary wooden frame from Ireland’s Woodelo.



There certainly were some beautiful bikes there. My favourite was by Paulus Quiros. Such attention to detail on the lugs and carriers. The Brompton people were friendly and very proud of their early version folder which was educational to see. I guess though I'm more in tune with PeterBart Cycles who's taking old frames and making pretty 'recycled' bicycles though.

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