London masters honored at Bespoked show


London newcomers and old hands both attracted the attention of judges at this year's Bespoked custom bike  builders' show in Bristol.

Saffron Frameworks, a repeat winner at Bespoked, took an award for some very exotic paintwork. Paint maestro Billy says it took severeal days to apply the complex colour scheme.

Photo above - Varonha custom seat cluster

One of London's most experienced frame builders (formerly of Holdsworth and Roberts but now with his own workshop in Hither Green) Winston Vaz of Varonha received an award from The Cyclist magazine. 

Several London-built classics were also on display notably an immacualte Hetchins (originally based in Tottenham),  a Bill Hurlow (who built for London firms Claud Butler, Condor, Holdsworth) and a giant Ken Bird (once in Crystal Palace).




Isla Rowntree, best known for her innovative range of bikes for children, was displaying her children's bike leasing project (currently at trial stage) that  allows parents/carers  to lease/rent a series of very high quality bikes for a child that are swapped as the child grows bigger. The high grade construction (includuing stainless tubing) ensures the bikes last for many years.

And, as you might expect, ebikes turned up in customised versions. Among them a heavy duty off-roader from London's Auguste and an all black design for a cycling exec from Weymotuh's Sven.

Auguste above, Sven below