Bespoked - a celebration of handmade bicycles & those who make them
Bikes say a lot about yourself. Why then should a frame not be every bit as unique as the human being riding it? That's why I love and build custom frames. I don't do production runs. I build bespoke bikes, one by one, starting with design and the geometry to fit you like a glove, continuing with a hacksaw, a file, a TIG welder, a pipe bender and finishing everything off with an extensive manual finish and a bolt on headbadge. If I had a say everybody would ride a custom bike.
Maker - Mathias Scherer
Designer - Mathias Scherer
Where - Germany
On Wednesday afternoon, school is off and you can do anything you want. At Mercredi, we make bikes for everyone to do just that. Ride far and win races and the exact opposite too. All about the ride, built in batches, never a filled fillet.
Maker - Adeline O'Moreau
Designer - Adeline O'Moreau
Where - London
MERIVALE CYCLE WORKS
After a professional life using my hands, I needed to ‘keep on keeping on’ in retirement. I am a passionate cyclist. I have enjoyed years of commuting to work by bicycle. Sometimes, that was the best bit of the day. I have also undertaken much
longer cycling trips. It therefore seemed reasonable to combine the need to use my hands, and that passion for the bicycle. I built my first frame at Downland Cycles. Thereafter I attended The Bicycle Academy to further develop my skills. I believe that the bike you jump on for a trip to the shops, the bike you commute on, head to the beach on, or go camping on, should be the bike that you just love. After all, why leave your favourite bike in the shed awaiting that rare, dry, and free Saturday morning,? You might as well await the blue moon. Why not ride ‘best’ all of the time?
Maker - Charlie Merivale
Designer - Charlie Merivale
Where - Dorset
Métier Vélo builds completely custom bicycles with 3D-printed titanium lugs and filament-wound carbon-fiber tubes. Métier Vélo designs a unique frame for each individual rider and builds them by hand one at a time for road, gravel or mountain. Métier Vélo also offers unique custom-designed, 3D-printed titanium parts.
Maker - Jamie White
Designer - Jamie White
Where - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
USA - 385 202 6148
Moss bikes, established in 2011 in Cheshire, is a family run business with a personal touch. All Moss frames are handmade, custom built to last by designer and craftsman Andrew Martin Jones. The aim is to design and manufacture the best bicycles, making steel frames and bikes using as many British parts as possible. All the frames are hand-painted and detailed on site. A Moss bike can take you to work and back, carry shopping in the day, go off-road with the kids in the evening and complete a sportive, road race or track event aiming for your personal best at the weekend.
Sweet-handling and classy bespoke steel for any road, forever” Urban Cyslist Magazine Winter 2014"
Dr Alex Moulton pioneered the small wheeled bicycle revolution nearly 50 years ago. All of today's small wheeled cycles owe a debt of gratitude to the original Moulton 'F' frame design which not only introduced and proved the concept of full-size bicycles with small wheels, but also, right from launch in 1962, have utilised front and rear suspension systems for improved comfort and performance. The Moulton bicycle has been developed and refined constantly ever since and is held in high regard throughout the world.
Where - Wiltshire
The Moulton Bicycle Company, Holt Road, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1AH
Verity combined her love of all things cycling with her experience as a designer in the creation of Nichols Frameworks. A Specialist in multidisciplinary design, with a keen eye for detail, she utilises the best components to produce aesthetically beautiful bicycles built for the task. After Verity designs and builds the frames they are finished with a custom paint job, ensuring that every customer is provided with a one-of a kind companion.
Maker - Verity Nichols
Designer - Verity Nichols
Designed for off-road adventures in Great British weather, OLSEN BICYCLES have reinvented the hardtail MTB frame.
Engineered around both the Pinion gearbox and Gates Carbon-drive belts. This frame has both low maintenance and ride versatility offering years of maintenance free, quiet belt drive miles. OLSEN BICYCLES offers a semi-custom geometry tailored precisely for you. OLSEN frames are carbon monocoque construction and are all hand laid in Sussex. Whether it is a long travel trail or a bike-packing machine, OLSEN BICYCLES can make a bike for you.
Maker - Steven Olsen & Geoff Roberts
Designer - Steven Olsen
Where - Sussex