Every year Bespoked is the go-to show for any bike lover. With classic, cool bikes and revolutionary new design there is something for everyone. This year was no exception, with track bikes and road bikes still being the most prevalent at the show, it was good to see an echo back to the archetypal clean lines of old school bikes, but with new school technology. Over the last year or so deep section rims, cleaver internally routed cables and Di2 becoming the norm, its becoming harder to impress at these bike shows. I guess sometimes a classically finished clean bike can always be a winner at a bike show. You don’t have to reinvent the bike to impress!
This year there was a big emphasis on clothing, there were some high end brands out there with clean elegant lines at a reasonable price. We are currently in contact with a few of these companies looking to get their stuff in soon, so watch this space!
I have never been to an indoor velodrome before, so Bespoked was the perfect excuse to go. I was mightily impressed by the velodrome, everything finished to such a high quality, it is an amazing building and everyone should try and pay it a visit. One of my favourite parts of the show was actually seeing people ride around the track, It was a unique experience actually having people riding bikes at a bike show, rather than just looking at them. I heard some reports that on the Sunday there were a couple crashes, luckily no one was hurt.
It was also funny seeing my own bike at the show, Ryan from Oak cycles finished my frame set a couple weeks ago and I built it up ready for the show. It is the first 700c polo bike he has built and I am very happy with it. It feels incredible and he was pretty keen to show it at Bespoked. It got a good reception and everyone seemed impressed with the Oak cycles stand at the show.
I also visited Spin London a couple weeks ago, this was a bit of a different one for me as I was there as a exhibitor, showing bike polo to the masses. Spin is a pretty small bike show marketed more towards the urban cyclist, There was everything from Urban belt drive bikes to high end Di2 style road bikes. We played bike polo at the centre of the show, so pretty much everyone that came in saw us. It was a fun day out, with a mix response to the sport. We all had fun and it is always good to do something like this to give more exposure to bike polo and to hopefully pick up some new players.
There was also some pretty cool BMX tricksters there, they really had some skills and showed of some pretty cool flatland tricks.