Once again this year we were proud to be part of Bespoked the handbuilt bicycle show, a showcase of world-class, hand-made bikes from all over the world……and little local ‘Rodford Built’ with our own sturdy handbuilt style. Highlights from the show included Feather cycles, always quality, August bicycles with their handsome city bike and Sven bikes who craft some of the finest looking touring and city bikes (and a cargobike last year). Bespoked is always a chance to catch up with old friends and so it was nice to see our friends at Boneshaker, the very super Ted James and Darron (and many others) A personal highlight was a chance meeting of the mighty Mr Schmitt and his masterful SON dynamo hubs, (selfie time).
We were showcasing our range of box bikes featuring two load decks lengths, various box options and electric assist. Below is a studio photo of our short model ready for adventure in our standard grey paint finish with orange accents. Contact us to talk about cargo or transport bikes, custom build requirements or a test ride.
Here are a couple of proud moments from this year’s Bespoked.
One photo shows us collecting our award for “Best Urban and Load Carrying Bike” (whilst trying not to look too surprised). Also a studio shot of our city bike from show photographer Ben Broomfield. See Ben’s other photos of Bespoked’s finest on this link.
If you missed this year’s show then put it on your ‘To Do’ list for next year. The craftsmanship on display is staggering and some of the innovations are remarkable such as Ted James’ 1kg Titanium frame and Robin Mather’s genius variable rake and trail bike.
Oh and if you get the chance to see the Hack Bike Derby film – check it out.
We start building in earnest this week for the Bespoked show in April. We have room for two bikes on the stand (maybe more) and we have some orders to fulfil too; so we’re building four bikes in total. Laser parts are ordered and headstocks are machined. Tube notching and mitring next………. We are also working out how to fit 80 litres of craft beer and associated paraphernalia onto a Rodford Bicycle. We’ll let you know how it goes…
We just received our exhibitors information for Bespoked and we’ll be on stand 62, the far side from the main entrance, but (importantly) good and close to the refreshments.
In the meantime have a look at the latest “Meet the maker” film featuring our good friend Steve from COFA engineering. Steve is a local mechanical engineer, machinist and all round decent bloke. The film takes you through some of the interesting projects he has been involved in and the services he can offer.
Don’t forget this year’s UK hand built bike show on April the 15th; we’ll be there in Bristol (our home town) showcasing one or two bikes and a range of accessories. Please stop by for a chat, we’d be interested to hear what you think to our latest designs and get your feedback. Last year we were runner up in the constructor’s challenge but this year we’re in the main exhibition at the Brunel Engine Sheds. See you there…..