Bespoked - The UK Handmade Bicycle Show is only a few weeks away and we can't wait. We've been looking back at some previous shows and remembering some of the awesome award winning bicycles and builders that have links to The Bicycle Academy. It's really nice to look back and remember that Bespoked always boasts a high level of achievement from former students. We also take pride in the fact that some of the best frame builders in the country trust our tools, we can't wait to see this years exhibitors.
Follow the links in each heading to find out more about each of the builders and their bicycles.
'We build anything as long as it is steel; from tough go-anywhere mountain bikes, to simple and sleek commuter bikes.'
'This bike is based on the somehow unsung hero of British off-road cycling, the Cleland, designed by Geoff Apps. i'm really interested in this design as a completely different attitude towards ridingand a completely separate design evolution for an off-road bike to what is now considered the normal mountain bike.'
'Ted’s frames are designed with unique ideas and are engineered as much as they are handmade – if he can machine a part for your frame on one of his manual machines, he will.'
Rowan Frameworks - Paul Z's Fast Tourer won a Brooks Choice Award. Timmy Rowan is a former student of The Bicycle Academy and studied a frame building course in 2015.
Photography by Ben Broomfield and Jim Holland