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This feature offers the opportunity to learn more about exhibitors’ individual style and inspirations, as well as giving an insight into their behind the scenes preparation for Bespoked 2015.

Every week we will ask a couple of different framebuilders the same five questions and along with photos of them, their workshops and the bikes they make display them on these pages.

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1. How did you get into making bags?

My first bike bag was in 1976 and was the original bag for carrying a bike on board a plane. I went on to start Freedom Bikepacking which was a brand leader in bike luggage across Northern Europe for more than 20 years.

2. What defines your style?

My current designs are very classic and combine traditional designs and materials with modern attachments to the bike. 

3. Who or what has inspired you?

I'm inspired by a great variety of classic design from all over the world and from a lot of eras. It's ironic that some of my bike bags from the 1970s are now regarded as classic in their own right. One of my favourite one off projects was a copy of a 1920s rucksack which Sean Connery used in the film Five Days One Summer. 

4. What can people expect to see from you at Bespoked 2015?

I am showing one Derailleur design at Bespoked. It is a classic game bag with a modern twist in the form of the Klick Fix system which attaches it to small wheeled bikes. The Gran Sport is a mix of canvas and leather whereas the Italian is made from Italian oiled leather - and in some amazing colours.

5. Where is your favourite place to ride?

The southwest has some of the most picturesque routes along the estuaries but I live on a hill that was once used for a national hill climb championship! I've done the Tourmalet but punctured early on the descent which spoiled the enjoyment. 

6. If you weren’t a designer/maker?

What would I do if I wasn't doing this?I've no idea but I'm not planning retirement either.

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Previous framebuilders of the week

Satoma Cycles

Shand Cycles - Steven Shand

Strawberry Bicycles- Andy Newlands

Sturdy Cycles

Sven Cycles - Darron Coppin

Sword Cycles - Tim Leicester

Sturdy Cycles

Takhion + Tsubasa

Winter Bicycles

Wittson Custom
 

 

Previous framebuilders of the week

Advanced Velo Design - Karl Sparenberg

Ahearne Cycles - Joseph Ahearne

Craddock - Richard Craddock

Dear Susan Bicycles

Donhou Bicycles - Tom Donhou

Grim Bicycles -Rollo Lunn

Jaegher Airlight

Mawis - Mathias Scherer

Malcolm Custom

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Fire breath of Petor Georgallou - photo courtesy of Dear Susan

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Tall bike - photo courtesy of Dear Susan

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The Derailleur range of entirely English handmade bags in traditional waterproof canvas, oiled leathers and English bridle leathers are a new development of a cycle luggage company founded in 1979 by designer David Blight. Primarily designed to use the companies specialist fixing system for folding bikes as well as ultimate classic style off the bike.

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